Environment

Agenda for the future

Agenda for the future

Natural biopolymers made from silk, chitosan, collagen, gelan gum are now not only used to make scaffolds for tissue engineering, but they can also be used to create a “3D cell culture microenviroment” to investigate the proliferation and migration of cancer cells. The information was given to the audience by Dr Subhas C. Kundu of the University of Minho, Portugal at the International Conference on Advances in Polymer Science and Rubber Technology (APSRT) at IIT Kharagpur held from September 24-27. At another session at the same conference, Prof. Sanjib K. Patra of the Department of Chemistry of IIT Kharagpur explained…
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Going with the flow

Going with the flow

Indian Express,  India Today, Down to Earth As the lead Indian partner, IIT Kharagpur will be steering the multi-institutional, multi-crore Saraswati 2.0 project for the rejuvenation and treatment of water funded by the European Union and the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Biotechnology. The overall objective of Saraswati 2.0 is to identify the best available as well as affordable technologies for wastewater treatment and provide solutions to the challenges of water use in both rural and urban areas. Saraswati 2.0 builds on the Saraswati project of 2012-17, which was jointly funded by the…
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Planting the seeds of change

Planting the seeds of change

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” These prophetic words of Mahatma Gandhi aptly sum up the deliberations on the World Environment Day on June 5 at IIT Kharagpur. On the day, a panel discussion organized by Vision Prabaho, the eco-conservation forum of IIT Kharagpur, brought together professionals from different walks of life to talk on ‘Environment Vs Development: from confliction to sustainable coexistence’. There was Ms. Nadira Patheriya, Former Judge, Calcutta High Court, Mr. Satyajit Roy, WBFS, Directorate of Forest, Govt. of West Bengal, Prof. Somnath Ghosal, Rural Development Centre, IIT Kharagpur, Prof. Saamdu Chetri, Rekhi…
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Earth Day on IIT KGP campus

Earth Day on IIT KGP campus

Vision Prabaho, the eco-conservation-cum- awareness forum of IIT Kharagpur, observed Earth Day 2019 with its program for “Un-nailing Trees”. Volunteers of the group went around the campus armed with pliers to pull out nails, brackets, iron rods, wires and screws from tree trunks. This was their attempt to prolong the life span of the trees. Each nail or protrusion hammered into trees interrupt the circulation of water, sugars and other valuable nutrients, thereby damaging them. Not surprisingly, the area surrounding the nails or bits of metal become dark and stop growing. Within an hour, the foreign objects extricated from the…
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Canals as green lungs

Canals as green lungs

Since the 1990s, we have observed a rapid change in the urban landscape of Kolkata and the most significant impact has been in areas with extensive water bodies. In addition to the reducing surface water landscape in the city, there has been a considerable deterioration in the condition of the water bodies which thereby has led to the decline of the drainage and sewage system. Notable among these is the Adi Ganga – Tolly’s Nullah stretch, which continues to be the backbone of city’s drainage system. The ‘khal’ or canal system of the city was once integral to the life…
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Say No to Single-Use Plastic

Say No to Single-Use Plastic

Students at IIT KGP are working towards preventing single-use plastic usage Business Standard    The Week    The Echo of India    Indian Express (PTI)   NDTV    Indian Express   Indian Express (Print)  NewsBytes   The Telegraph  The Telegraph (Print)   About 30 students at IIT KGP have taken up the task of reducing single-use plastic usage in the campus. The students are in the process of forming a students’ society which among other environmental issues will extensively work towards creating social awareness in collecting and disposing of plastic waste including e-waste. The students have led by example not using single-use plastic for over 4 months and…
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