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A Symposium by IIT Kanpur Alumni to Find Practical Solutions to Counter Growing Air Pollution

Press Trust of India  |  KANPUR 

/ -- The Alumni Association of IIT (AAIITK) is organising a one-day symposium on 10th January 2019 at the titled SEE Central - Care for Air. Speakers in the symposium will explain everything one needs to know about air pollution. The goal is to come up with solutions that can be first tried out at a city level in by IIT and later be scaled to cover the country at large.

Air pollution has become the world's most pressing problem especially in with 15 of the most polluted cities in the world being from (according to a WHO report). Kanpur has even been listed as the most polluted city in the world. To find for this growing menace, alumni of IITK organized this symposium to bring together entrepreneurs, doctors, policy-makers and researchers for a day of talks and discussions.

IIT Kanpur has always been at the forefront of research in the area of pollution - the widely used Air Quality Index was developed at IIT Kanpur, the first is being set up in and even the pollutants causing discoloration of the were investigated by a team from IIT Kanpur.

For SEE Central event, the Keynote speech will be delivered by Prof. SN Tripathi, IIT Kanpur on SATVAM, a collaborative project to understand air quality in India. The schedule also includes a session by Prof. Sagnik Dey, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT on the use of satellite for monitoring air pollution; a talk by Mr. Ritesh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary & Project Director, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, on effective policy-making for cleaner air; a talk by Dr. Rajesh Dikshit, on how air pollution contributes to cancer.

The post-lunch sessions will focus on how the youth has been engaged in curbing the problem of air pollution. There will be talks by several young entrepreneurs who are running successful start-ups in this area.

The day's events will also include two insightful panel discussions on the viable projects that can be implemented by IIT Kanpur in the cities of Kanpur and and on how citizens can get involved in curbing air pollution.

About SEE Platform:

The Social Entrepreneurs & Enterprises (SEE) is a network of passionate individuals and institutions to promote social innovation in India. SEE was conceptualised in June 2016, so far, we have organized 5 events covering challenges in the area of Healthcare, Education, Waste Management, Water and Agriculture. 6th edition will focus on Air Pollution, its challenges and opportunities. "We have developed a platform for social entrepreneurs, which give them access to mentoring, networking, and funding support. Our goal is to support all individuals and organizations who aim to bring change in India through innovations and social impact," Mrs (Batch of 2005), SEE Platform Lead.

About IIT Kanpur Established in 1960, IIT Kanpur is a one of the foremost engineering institutions in India. The Institute runs several undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses across engineering, humanities and sciences. IIT Kanpur is also known the world over for its cutting edge research and teaching methodology.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 16:05 IST