23-OCT-2018: Three-day training programme on water pollution begins at AMU
ALIGARH October 23: "The water pollution menace will take an ugly turn if appropriate and timely measures are not taken soon", said Professor Tariq Mansoor, Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University while addressing the inaugural session of a three-day short term training programme on "Characterization of Water Pollution and Laboratory Techniques", organized by the Department of Civil Engineering, ZH College of Engineering and Technology, AMU.
Prof Mansoor said that water pollution has emerged as a big challenge and the situation is getting worse with more and more domestic and industrial polluting waste being let loose to channels and riverines. He said that polluted water has become hazardous for people as it causes intestinal diseases on a large scale. It has become one of the gravest threats to the health of common people in India in recent times, he added.
Prof Mansoor urged the social activists and non-governmental organizations to educate people and increase their participation in waste water management, adding that the three-day training programme will help increase awareness in society regarding water pollution hazards.
Prof Ashok Kumar, Founder Vice Chancellor, IIMT AKS University and Visiting Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, said that as many as 60 percent people die of pollution every year all over the world, which is much more than the deaths caused by TB, AIDS, Malaria and other diseases. He said that 92 percent of the people dying because of pollution belong to low or medium income countries and pollution is the main cause of deterioration in their GDP growth.
Prof Kumar urged AMU faculty members to work for bringing more and more patents to help strengthen research and innovation culture in the University. He said he was proud of being an alumnus of the Aligarh Muslim University.
Prof B H Khan, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology said water pollution affects not only human beings but also the flora and fauna and other water organisms causing a direct threat to the ecology.
Prof M M Sufyan Beg, Principal, Z H College of Engineering and Technology pointed out that water pollution poses a serious challenge to the sustenance of life on earth and it is essential to find out ways to control pollutants and minimise their effect on human life.
Earlier, welcoming the guests, Prof M Muzammil, Chairperson, Department of Civil Engineering said that pollution is a byproduct of developmental activities, yet they need to be checked and strong measures are imminent to control polluting activities, otherwise humanity will face dire consequences of its own indifference.
Organizing Secretary, Dr Sohail Ayub said that the training programme was being organized under the TEQUIP-III with an objective to foster understanding of laboratory techniques to measure water pollution and treatment. He said that the participants will visit the SWINGS Wastewater Treatment Plant in the University.
Prof Umar Mujtaba Khan conducted the programme.
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