Plastic Man Prof Vasudevan Shares his Waste Management Mission with Passion at Banasthali
India today is said to generate 15000 tons of plastic waste per day which amounts to 5.6 million tons per year. It is laudable that Indian Institute of Petroleum IIP Dehradun has developed a technology for converting 1 Kg of plastic waste to 750 ml of gasoline which will go into an automobile which has to cruise on the road. Prof Rajagopalan Vasudevan presently Dean at Thiagarajar College of Engineering Madurai Tamilnadu is of the opinion that roads are more necessary for progress of India and has demonstrated how to use plastic waste cost effectively for making durable roads. He is a chemist by qualification but engineer in problem solving. Not many would have refused an offer of 300 million dollars for his research findings.
He began his research in 2002 with waste plastic in kitchen utensils and presently has three state of the art laboratories for researching in polymers, road making as well as materials testing. He has received commendations from CPCB Central Pollution Control Board as well as from former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He is recipient of Tech Icon award from current Prime Minister of India Sri Narendra Modi also. He has featured in highly popular Satyamev Jayate TV program hosted by popular film star Aamir Khan, Amazing Indians in Times Now TV as well as in France National TV.
Prof Vasudevan took time from his busy schedule to visit Banasthali during 28 – 29 Aug 2017. After a campus tour of Bansthali, Prof Vasudevan was of the opinion that Bansthali is not only world’s largest fully residential women’s university but also a world class university for women’s education and empowerment. In his address to the students on 29 Aug 2017, he gave highlights of the struggle he had to undergo in developing the technology for using plastic waste in making better roads cost effectively. He gave an overview of Innovative Research and gave a new name In(n)dovation meaning Innovation for India.
He emphasized that Reuse, Reduce and Recycle is the tridev for environmental conservation and sustainable development. By using plastic bags for road making, one also reduces carbon dioxide emission to atmosphere as otherwise these bags would have been burnt for disposal. Various states in India which include Tamilnadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, Maharashtra, Goa and Andhra Pradesh have actively taken up laying plastic roads. It is a matter of pride several foreign countries which include Indonesia, USA etc have expressed interest in his pioneering work. At the end of his talk, Prof Vasudevan patiently answered all questions raised by the audience and had a busy time signing autographs. He advised the students to love their Alma mater Bansathali and add glory to it by their career achievements.
Banasthali faculty Sri Raghuvir Singh anchored the proceedings and Prof BR Natarajan presented a memento to Prof Vasudevan on behalf of the host institution and proposed vote of thanks. Beyond doubt Prof Vasudevan’s inspiring talk has added fuel to the entrepreneurial flame among the Banasthali students.
For more details about Banasthali see http://www.banasthali.org/
About Banasthali: The Institution which is also the largest fully residential women’s university in the world has played a big role in revolutionizing women’s education in the country for the last eight decades with a belief that there is a tremendous role of higher education in empowering the women. Banasthali has scripted numerous success stories in a wide range of fields, and stands tall among the citadels of learning in India today. Team Banasthali with Vice Chancellor J C Bose Memorial Award for eminent scientist recipient Prof Aditya Shastri a highly acclaimed alumnus of BITS Pilani, SUNY State University of New York Stony Brook and MIT USA is indeed racing forward to be the very best among global women universities. Proud to be Banasthali alumni who call themselves as Banasthalites can be found in all latitudes, longitudes and altitudes in all walks of life across the globe.
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