AICTE has said that ‘Institutions and colleges being thought leaders
of society could play a leadership role in chalking out long term sustainable action
plans in collaboration with other stakeholders for cleanliness.’
Professor Kartik Chandran, Associate professor of Earth and Environmental
Engineering at Columbia University, USA is working on a project for developing sustainable
sanitation and for creating the “Next-Generation Urban Sanitation Facility” in Accra,
Ghana. He is working on the research project jointly with Professor Moses Mensah
of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Toilets designed in South Korea are used all over the world, including
the countries in our neighbourhood in Arabia. They are working on the idea of powering
homes by using the mechanical energy of flowing water in flushing toilets. Karl
Linden, Professor at the University of Colorado, has developed a revolutionary waterless
toilet powered by the sun. Linden's team is one of 16 around the world funded by
the Gates "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" since 2011. Mahindra and Mahindra, through
their SparkTheRise project and many other agencies are prepared to help research
and development work in these areas.
GTU made a small beginning by organizing a Preparatory Meeting
and a Half-day Seminar on Saturday, 10th August 2013 on Solid Waste Management systems.
Krupali Raval and Priyanka Deliwala, two young women-students at LJ Institute of
Engineering & Technology developed an innovative system of solid waste management
as their Final Year project. They have studied the properties of the solid waste
in Ahmedabad and the dumping site of Pirana. I visited the Institute on 13th May
2014 to inaugurate the use of the system for the entire LJ campus.
Let every College work on the technologies, which may be the most
appropriate for the villages, talukas and cities, near their College. Let every
College study the financial viability of various technologies for their area. Let
us help make our areas clean by an optimum use of available technologies or by developing
new technologies, wherever required. Through this work, we may be able to strengthen
our existing industries or help develop new ones.