The Department of Chemical Engineering at National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NITK), Surthkal, India jointly with the Central Pollution Control Board organized the National Symposium on Environmental Pollution Prevention and Control: Future Perspective from 23 to 25 August 2019. This symposium was organized as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of NITK.

Prof. C. Visvanathan was invited to participate in the symposium, and his visit was facilitated by the AISTDF – SERB, DST, Govt. India sponsored project titled Synthesis of β-cyclodextrin Nickel Ferrite Nanoparticles for the Removal of Pharmaceutical Compounds from Aqueous Systems”. This is part of the on-going 3-year research project in collaboration with Prof. Raj Mohan of NIT-K Chemical Engineering Department.

Prof. Visu was invited to give a keynote speech entitled “Waste 4.0 – Bridging the Digital Revolution in Waste Management”. This keynote presentation focused around: the interventions of digital technologies in waste management which can be used as a pivotal tool to support and implement sustainable waste management of the future. Prof. Visu also presented the development stages of various technologies in different steps of wastes management, such as collection, transportation, treatment, material recovery facility, landfills, and waste to energy technologies, and also indicated the current technology adaptation status in India. This lecture was well received by the more than 300 participants at this conference.

Apart from this conference participation, extensive discussion was held with DST project staff members, and possible joint publications of research articles, and a conference presentation. One of the research staff from this project from NITK is expected to spend 15 days in EEM field of study before the end of this year.