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Unveiling secrets of sludge treatment

india Updated: Oct 21, 2006 21:53 IST
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SECRETS OF waste water treatment as well as sludge treatment to keep our environment clean and pollution free will soon be revealed to a select group of engineers by well-known experts courtesy Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT).

Under a novel initiative, the Deemed University is gearing up to host a six-day Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO) Refresher Course on "Computer Aided Design of Water and Waste-water Treatment Plant" from October 30, 2006.

Being organised by MNNIT's Department Of Civil Engineering, the refresher course has been sponsored by the Union Ministry Of Urban Development And Poverty Alleviation and would be inaugurated by MNNIT Director Prof Arun Baran Samaddar.

"We plan to limit the number of participants to 25 to make the course more effective. The Government of India has already nominated 16 engineers of the Public Health and Engineering Department while we aim to have engineers of various departments and faculty members on the vacant seats as participants," informed Course Co-ordinator and assistant professor (Environmental Engineering) at MNNIT Dr RC Vaishya.

It is worth mentioning that the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO) is Technical Wing of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, and deals with the matters related to urban water supply and sanitation including solid waste management in the country.

Though water supply and sanitation is a State subject, the policies, strategies and guidelines are being provided by CPHEEO to the States and Union Territories' Governments including Municipal Corporations and Committees.

"The CPHEEO plays a vital role in processing the schemes posed for external funding agencies including World Bank, JBIC and ADB and Bilateral and Multilateral funding agencies and institutional financing such as LIC.

It also acts as an Advisory body at Central level to advise the concerned State agencies and Urban Local Bodies in implementation, operation and maintenance of urban water supply, sanitation and solid waste management projects besides helping to adopt latest technologies in these sub sectors," Dr Vaishya said.

He said that the fee of the refresher course has been fixed at Rs 3000 per participant.

"We will primarily be dealing with topics like Computer Application for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design, Unit Operation and Unit Process for Water,
Application of Dynamic Programming to the Optimum and GIS Application in Environmental Engineering. Issues related to Design of a Sewage Treatment Plant Using Microsoft Excel, Computer Aided Cost Estimation of Engineering Municipal Solid Waste Landfill, Sludge Treatment and Tertiary Treatment of Wastewater would also be focused by the resource persons," he added.

Dr Vaishya said that besides MNNIT faculty members, experts from IIT-Delhi and IT-BHU would instruct and guide the participants during the six days of the course.

The Course will be extremely useful for middle level Engineers like Executive Engineers, Assistant Engineers and Junior Engineers besides the faculty members of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Departments.

"Participants have to make their own arrangement of stay during the course.

The timings of the course shall be from 9.30 am to 5.15 pm with lunch break from 1.15 pm to 2 pm. One day of training course will be devoted for technical visit to nearby city," Dr Vaishya said.