School of Environment and Earth Sciences

Centre for Environmental Science and Technology

The thrust areas of research include water pollution and waste water management, development of bioherbicides, supramolecular and environmental chemistry, nanotechnology, air pollution, geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing, bioenergy/ green technology, membrane technologies and membrane bioreactor (MBR), nutrient removal, microbial fuel cells, solid waste management, air pollution, soil pollution for pesticides and heavy metals and bioremediation (including phytoremediation and rhizoremediation).

Faculty

  1. Prof. Vinod Kumar Garg, Professor & COC
  2. Dr. Sunil Mittal, Associate Professor
  3. Dr. K. N. Yogalakshmi, Assistant Professor
  4. Dr. M. S. Dhanya, Assistant Professor
  5. Dr. Puneeta Pandey, Assistant Professor

Academic Programmes Offered

  1. Integrated M.Phil.-Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Technology
  2. M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Technology
  3. Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Technology

Syllabi

  1. Integrated M.Phil.-Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Technology
  2. M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Technology
  3. Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Technology

Laboratory Facilities

The Centre for Environmental Science and Technology has instruments like
  • Multipoint Stirrer IKA A11
  • Cutting Mill, Ion Analyzer with Ion Selective Electrodes
  • Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)-Differential Thermal Analyzer (DTA)
  • Monochromatic Microplate Reader.
  • U.V. Illuminator, Volta Meter
  • Bomb Calorimeter
  • Cooling Centrifuge
  • Viscosity Meter
  • Microscopes
  • Flame Photometer(Na, K,Li,Mg)
  • Muffle Furnance
  • Deep Freezer
  • pH & conductivity meter
  • Thermo Digestor
  • Parastaic Pomp Melting Point apparatus
  • Rota Evaporator
  • Flash Point
  • Plant Growth Chamber
  • Fumehood
  • Incubator
  • Laminar airflow
  • STP Plant
  • Biogas plant

Publication

  1. Mittal, S., Kaur, G. and Vishwakarma, G. S. (2014). Effects of environmental pesticides on the health of rural communities in the Malwa Region of Punjab, India: A Review. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 20: 366–387.
  2. Vaid, U., Mittal, S. and Babu, J. N. (2014). Removal of hexavalent chromium from aqueous solution using biomass derived fly ash from waste-to-energy power plant. Desalination and Water Treatment. DOI:10.1080/19443994.2013.833554.
  3. Anamika and Yogalakshmi, K.N. (2013). Laccase enzyme and its role in degradation of pesticide – A mini review. International Journal of Engineering Research and Technology 1-5.
  4. Kaur, J. and Yogalakshmi, K. N. (2013). Impact of treated industrial wastewater on crop productivity: A mini review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Development 3 (6): 42-46.
  5. Anamika and Yogalakshmi, K. N. (2013). Enzyme assisted biodegradation of chloropyrifos pesticide: A mini review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Development 3 (2): 9-13.
  6. Nag, S. Jain, A. K. and Dhanya M. S. (2013). Effect of pesticide residues in solanaceous vegetables to human health. International Journal of Engineering Research and Technology 6 (7): 5-9.
  7. Dhanya, M. S., Prasad, S. and Singh, A. (2013). Biogas technology - An approach to sustainable development in developing countries. In:    Bioenergy Production by Anaerobic Digestion Using Agricultural Biomass and Organic Wastes (Ed. Nicholas E. Korres, Padraig O’Kiely, John  J.A.H. Benzie and Jonathan S. West), Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, New York. pp. 397-421.

Papers Presented in Seminars/Conferences/Symposia/Workshops

  1. Mittal, S. (2013). Biodiversity significance: Methods in preparation of peoples Biodiversity Register at Distt. Level Biodiversity Technical Committee. PSCST Chandigarh, April 26, 2013.
  2. Mittal, S. (2013).  Water crisis in Malwa region of Punjab – Health issues and solutions. National seminar on Sustainable Development at Baba Hira Singh Bhattal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lahragaga Distt Sangrur Punjab, September 8, 2013.
  3. Mittal, S. (2013). Solar Energy to Electricity – Viability and Economics. National seminar on Sustainable Development at Baba Hira Singh Bhattal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lahragaga Distt Sangrur Punjab,  September 8, 2013.
  4. Rishikesh, S., Babu, J. N. and Rabindra, K. (2014). Closed chamber burning technologies: An approach for management of surplus open biomass burning and environmental pollution. International conference on Environmental Technology and Sustainable Developments: Challenges and Remedies, Organized by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, February 21-23, 2014.
  5. Jaskiran, K. and Yogalakshmi, K. N. (2013). Screening of Quorum Quenching Bacteria in Dairy Industry Wastewater. Proceedings on International conference on Health, Environment and Industrial BiotechnologyICHEIB (BioSangham 2013).Mc Graw Hill Education (India) Private limited. pp. 23-26.
  6. Yogalakshmi, K. N. and Amita, B. (2013). Treatment of landfill leachate and biohydrogen generation using single compartment Microbial Electrolysis Cell (MEC). 5th IWA conference on Odors and Air Emissions jointly held with the 10th Conference on Biofiltration for Air Pollution Control at San Fransisco, USA, March 4-7, 2013.
  7. Jatinder, S., Anamika, D. and Yogalakshmi, K. N. (2014). Degradation of phenol using laccase immobilized chitosan coated magnetic nanoparticles. National conference on nanotechnology and renewable energy organized by Jamia Millia Islamia University at New Delhi, April 28-29, 2014.
  8. Manoj, S., Dinesh, K., Krishan, K. and Puneeta, P. (2013). Spectral characteristics of birds’ chorus in the urban habitats of Delhi Region. Ecosystem Services and Functions of Birds, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Indian Ornithology(ICIO-2013), Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore, November 19-23, 2013, pp. 34-36.
  9. Amit, K. and Puneeta, P. (2013). Assessing spatial and temporal changes using remote sensing and gis in Harike Wetland, Punjab, India. Proceedings of the HYDRO 2013 International; XVIIIConference on Hydraulics, Water Resources, Coastal and Environmental Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, December 4-6, 2013, pp. 878-882.
  10. Puneeta, P. (2014). A Multi-temporal remote sensing approach for detecting spatio-temporal changes of Harike Wetland, Punjab. Proceedings of the International Conference on Lakes and Wetlands, Environmental Planning and Coordination Organization, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, February 14-16, 2014, pp. 16-17.
  11. Dhanya, M. S. (2013). Advances in microbial biodegradation of chlorpyrifos- A review, 6th International Congress of Environmental Research, JERAD, Aurangabad, December 19-21, 2013.
  12. Dhanya, M. S. and Hill, G. A., (2013). Furfural tolerance and ethanol production by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. 3rd National Conference on Recent Advances in Bio-Energy Research at Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy, Kapurthala, November 22-24, 2013.
  13. Gupta, N. K. V., Dhanya, M. S., Khan, S. A. and Prasad, S. (2014). Biogas generating potential and evaluation of optimum operational conditions for economic biogas yield from castor oilseed cake. 3rd International Conference and Exhibition -“Envision 2025, Institution of Public Health Association (IPHA) and Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Chennai, March 12-14, 2014.
  14. Nag, S., Jain, A. K. and Dhanya M. S. (2014). Mutagenic effect of pesticides on vegetables of kharif and rabi season in India. International Congress on “Agriculture, Food Engineering and Environmental Sciences- Sustainable Approaches” (AFEESSA- 2014), at Krishi Sanskriti, New Delhi, March 29-30, 2014.

List of the Research Projects Operational in the Centre

  1. Mittal S. Bioherbicidal potential of immobilized (encapsulated/entrapped) formulations of essential oil from leaves of plant Callistemon viminalis. Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, (Rs. 23 Lac). (2012-15)
  2. Mittal S. Effect of arsenic toxicity and its accumulation potential in Oryza sativa L. varieties grown in Malwa region of Punjab. Funded by University Grants Commission, Basic Science Research Start-Up Grant, (Rs.6 Lac). (2013-15)
  3. Babu J. N. Synthesis and evaluation of calixarene capped quantum dots for sensing of organic analytes. Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, (Rs. 24.60 Lac). (2012-15)
  4. Yogalakshmi K N. Fluorimetric estimation of uranium and its source apportionment in groundwater of Bathinda district in Punjab. Funded by University Grants Commission, Basic Science Research Start-Up Grant, (Rs. 6 Lac). (2012-14)
  5. Dhanya M. S. Assessment of Chlorpyriphos in Non- Bt Cotton Soil of Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda and the effect of Amendments and Organic matter on Chlorpyriphos degradation. Funded by University Grants Commission, Basic Science Research Start-Up Grant (Rs. 6 Lac). (2012-14)
  6. Pandey P. Assessment of Organochlorine pesticide residues in groundwater and soil of Bathinda district, Punjab. Funded by University Grants Commission, Basic Science Research Start-Up Grant (Rs. 6 Lac). (2013-15)

List of the Projects Approved

Achievement/ Awards/ Grants

  1. Best Teacher 2016-Dr. K. N. Yogalakshmi
  2. Best Teacher 2015-Dr. M.S. Dhanya
  3. Best Student 2015-Gajendra Vishwakarma
  4. Best Oral Presentation-
  5. Best Poster Presentation- Shilpa Nag