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CIPET making plastics popular

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 01:37 IST

SAY ‘NO-TO-PLASTIC’ slogan might be in fashion. But, inside the sprawling campus of the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), Lucknow, novel courses are being developed to teach the varied uses of plastics to youths.

And the courses taught here seem to be in high demand. For they provide gainful employment too.

On Monday, as the new academic session of CIPET, an autonomous ISO-9001 institute,started, the UPTU V-C Prof Prem Vrat urged the authorities here to present the right picture about plastics to the people.

“The facilities here at CIPET are among the best. Guess, you should be making people aware about the advancements in plastics technology and the fact that plastics is not the villain it is being made out to be,” he said.

At CIPET here, its senior officials like deputy director Dr Vijay Kumar, senior manager Sania Akhtar, laugh when they are told that outside the CIPET campus, plastic is dirty word now.

“The kind of advancements that are being made in plastic technology now and the demand for the courses here clearly indicates that plastics and its uses are gaining in popularity,” said Dr Vijay Kumar who is working on highly advanced plastics.

Dr Akhtar herself has done some pioneering work on biodegradable plastics—plastics with an expiry date. The general impression is that plastics are non-degradable. “Some, plastics indeed are non degradable. But, the problem is not in plastics. It’s in us,” Dr Akhtar said as she explained how the lack of basic civic sense leads to various problems that are later attributed to plastics. “Plastic they say chokes the drains, kills the bovines who swallow them, reduces fertility of soil etc. But, then it’s reusable and if we were to develop basic common sense these problems won’t be there,” the CIPET officials said.

Dr Vijay Kumar informed HT that imparts specialized, practical-oriented training of international standards in the field of Plastics Technology and Engineering.

“The institute was set up to meet the growing demand of trained manpower and technical services of plastics industries in UP as well as the entire northern belt,” he said.  UPTU awards degrees to CIPET’s students taking the MTech course in Plastics Engineering that is approved by AICTE.

Apart from Plastics Engineering, other courses whose teaching resumed from Monday include postgraduate diploma in plastic processing technology, postgraduate diploma in mould design and diploma in Plastics Mould Technology.