I am pursuing post graduation in Environmental Sciences. I need to do a project for my final semester. I can take up any project related to any aspect of environmental sciences. Can you suggest some ideas. I want to do a project which is a bit different from the regular ones like water testing analysis, soil quality analysis etc.
Dear Jyoti ji,
Firstly, congratulations for choosing the subject of Environmental Sciences for your higher studies. I am happy that you are searching for a ‘different’ project idea and not just fishing for good grades. This shows your liking for the subject! After scratching my brain for long, I came up with this - How about making bio-fuel in your laboratory? As you know, the demand for a sustainable energy source is what is driving the world and bio-fuels might just be the answer. So, get going! (Do wear our rubber gloves and safety goggles before you begin)
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Dear Pandit ji,
I want to bring to light the importance of Neem as the wonder drug. It finds application in mosquito coils, especially when combined with Eucalyptus and Tulsi. Not only this, mere planting of Neem and Tulsi tree around your house also cuts down mosquito attacks, and also act as air freshners. Syrups and tonics of Neem can be used as a cure for diabetes, skin problems, and general wounds. Neem finds great use in animal husbandry, too.
Dear Pandit ji,
I represent Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan in Visakhapatnam. We have a chain of over 14 colleges and schools situated around here. I am a guest faculty and have often taken advice from copies of Gobar Times and shared it. I make efforts to sensitise one and all on environmental issues. At our school, we have huge amounts of paper collected every year, like used note books, stationary, newsletters, newspapers etc. The children and also our Director would like to put a recycle paper unit where all this paper can be recycled and reused. There are units that I found via google but these turned out to be very expensive. Can you help?
Dear Jayshree ji,
Paper recycling units do cost upto 1.5 lakhs, which is expensive for an individual. Sometimes state governments offer financial support to schools. Tell the officials about the volumes your school chain generates. http://taramachines.com/Mini_Paper_Recycling_
Unit.aspx Other wise, each class can do their recycling separately, too, the way we have described many times in our magazine. For this, all you would need will be a mixer and grinder and a huge mesh and tubs. See the following URL. http://www.gobartimes.org/20100115/gt_covfeature1.asp
Dear Pandit ji,
Its been my dream to become an environmental engineer for as long as I can remember!! And now, I’m in my most crucial year. I stay in bangalore and there are no Environmental engineering courses here. Environmental Sciences is available but I want to do engineering and nothing else. A few friends suggested that I do civil or chemical engineering first, and then environmental engineering. I’m really confused! Which are the colleges where environmental engineering is available in south india. Is there any scope for environmental engineers in India?
Dear Medha ji,
Welcome aboard the green brigade. You indeed have made the right career choice. The demand for green engineers is considerable. Here, look at the places, which will help you pursue your interest (B. Tech in Environmental Engineering):
And in case you decide to do post graduation in Environmental engineering then it is available at:
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