A perfect blend of science and technology marked the environment day celebrations at city based CSIR- Indian Institute of Toxicology Research. Welcoming the gathering, Director of the Institute, Prof. Alok Dhawan said, the Institute was privileged to host Padmashri Prof. D. Balasubramanian, Former Director, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad and Distinguished Scientist, L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad and Padmashri Dr. Nitya Anand, Former Director, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, reflecting Institute’s commitment towards converting fundamental science into tangible human benefit. Also present were former and serving scientists and staff of CSIR-IITR.
Go Green with alternative fuel resources to save environment, says Prof. Balasubramanian
Padmashri Prof. Balasubramanian, delivered the XXI Dr. C.R. Krishnamurti Memorial Oration on the occasion. Speaking on global warming, he highlighted the need to forego fossil fuels so that the future world can cherish the clean and green environment. Dr. Balasubramanian said that it is high time to go green by using alternative energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy apart from bioelectricity generation from Microbial fuel cells.
The function was presided over by Padmashri Dr. Nitya Anand Former Director, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow. He stated that the environment is the most sacred place facilitating the survival of life and hence needs to be conserved. He suggested that schools and colleges shall have a regular course in environmental science. He also requested everyone to pledge for implementing actions towards the safe environment.
A report entitled “Assessment of Ambient Air Quality of Lucknow City during Pre-Monsoon, 2017: Findings of a Random Survey", prepared by Environmental Monitoring Division of the Institute was released on this occasion. Details of the report are available on the institute’s website.
CSIR–IITR conducted a painting competition for school students in two age groups, the prizes for which were distributed on the occasion. The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by Er A.H. Khan Principal Scientist, CSIR-IITR, and convener of the function.