Dr. M.V. Nimkar En­dow­ment Lec­ture

Chemical Industry Digest - - News & Views - - By Dr K S Murthy

Depart­ment of Fi­bres and Tex­tile Pro­cess­ing Tech­nol­ogy, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Dr. M. V. Nimkar Foun­da­tion or­ga­nized Dr. M. V. Nimkar En­dow­ment lec­ture on 19th June, 2018 in the evening, at K. V. Au­di­to­rium, ICT, Mum­bai.

To be­gin the event, Pad­mashri Prof. G. D. Ya­dav, Vice Chan­cel­lor of ICT, spoke about Dr. M.V. Nimkar En­dow­ment 4th lec­ture. Then, he wel­comed and in­tro­duced the speaker Pad­mashri Dr. S. Si­varam to the au­di­ence. D. Si­varam de­liv­ered the pre­sen­ta­tion on sus­tain­able chem­istry.

Af­ter Dr. S. Si­varam’s pre­sen­ta­tion, a launch of C.N. Si­vara­makr­ish­nan’s 3rd book “Tex­tile Doc­tor: Com­pre­hen­sive So­lu­tions for Pro­cess­ing” was con­ducted.

‘Sus­tain­able Chem­istry – The only way for­ward’ – By Dr. S. Si­varam

Pad­mashri Dr. S. Si­varam, Prof. at In­dian In­sti­tutes of Sci­ence Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (IISER), Pune has 225 peer re­viewed pa­pers and chap­ters in books, patents (50 US and 52 In­dian) and has trained 36 PhDs, 20 Masters and 15 post­doc­toral fel­lows. He pre­sented the lec­ture on ‘Sus­tain­able Chem­istry – The only way for­ward’.

Si­varam said that sus­tain­abil­ity in global con­text in­volves En­ergy, Ecol­ogy, En­vi­ron­ment and Eq­uity. Be­sides re­spon­si­bil­ity, how we think and act, will de­cide the fu­ture of the planet earth. The chal­lenges in­volved are pop­u­la­tion and earth car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity, ur­ban in­fra­struc­ture, de­ple­tion of nat­u­ral re­sources and ac­cess to af­ford­able clean en­ergy.

Neg­a­tive im­pact of ph­thal­im­ide, DDT, Love Canal tragedy, Bhopal dis­as­ter, etc., not only changed pub­lic per­cep­tion of chem­istry as harm­ful and dam­ag­ing but also led to in­tro­spec­tion and the be­gin­ning of a sus­tain­able jour­ney. Chem­istry is the key to sus­tain­abil­ity and how ma­te­ri­als are trans­ferred from na­ture to mankind and back, de­cides the ecosys­tem bal­ance.

Dr. Si­varam also spoke on sus­tain­able chem­i­cals/ chem­istry guide­lines such as de­ter­min­ing con­cen­tra­tion of chem­i­cals, trans­porta­tion from point of ori­gin and ac­cu­mu­la­tion in food chain.

C.N. Si­vara­makr­ish­nan’s Book Launch

“Tex­tile Doc­tor Com­pre­hen­sive So­lu­tions for Pro­cess­ing”

C.N. Si­vara­makr­ish­nan, alum­nus of Depart­ment of Fi­bre Sci­ence, ven­tured to col­late ar­ti­cles in his 3 books with fo­cus on shop floor prob­lems re­lated to tex­tile pro­cess­ing with vi­able so­lu­tions that have been pub­lished in COLOURAGE in the past 10 years. He has shared his knowl­edge, ex­per­tise and acu­men on pre-treat­ment, dye­ing, print­ing and fin­ish­ing through the book.

N. K. Parekh, Vice Chair­man, Pidilite In­dus­tries Limited, re­leased the book, at­tended by academia, stu­dents and shop floor per­son­nel. Parekh con­grat­u­lated Si­vara­makr­ish­nan for writ­ing a book that is in­for­ma­tive, prac­ti­cal and easy to fol­low.

Si­vara­makr­ish­nan ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to those who in­spired and guided him dur­ing stress­ful times and pro­vided un­stint­ing co­op­er­a­tion in writ­ing the book. He ded­i­cated the book to his late par­ents.

C.N. Si­vara­makr­ish­nan

Dr. S. Si­varam

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