VTU universities join hands to fight pollution
With an aim to take up research works to combat environment pollution, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) will have a tie up with Visveshwarayya Technological University (VTU),Rajiv Gandhi University for Health Sciences (RGUHS) and University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS).
The initiative will help expert faculties interact with each other and suggest measures for protecting environment. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting held recently at its Bangalore head office under the leadership of its chairman A S Sadashivaiah.
Over 150 people, including KSPCB member secretary S M Putta buddi, technical advisory committee (TAC) chairman S Manjappa, former vice-chancellor of UAS U Mahadevappa and faculties from colleges of engineering, medical, agriculture and fisheries.
The move is aimed at taking up projects to reduce pollution level and develop a module to train workforce in industry and officers of the environmental pollution control board.
“The tie-up will help faculties make use of the data available at the KSPCB and suggest measures to maintain quality of environment,” TAC chairman S Manjappa told TOI.
Efforts are on to establish a pollution control chair at VTU, Belgaum, to organize research and development programmes related industrial pollution control through which a bridge between the institutes, industry and board can be created.
VTU V-C H Maheshappa assured support and manpower at the affiliated and constituent colleges of the university to the board to carry out research activities.
The chair will consider the opinion of specialists in different fields. A meeting of the KSPCB chairman with VTU V-C will be held at Belgaum on May 16 to chalk out the features of MoU, Manjappa said.