GNDU to install portable ambient air quality sensor

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 30

Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) elaborated upon the several initiatives it has undertaken in order to make the campus environment friendly and improve the air quality in and around it. In a webinar attended by distinguished scientist from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, Prof J Srinivasan, VC Prof Jaspal Sandhu, informed that university would soon install portable ambient air quality sensor (PM2.5) as part of collaboration with Research Institute of Humanity and Nature (RIHN) Kyoto Japan.

He said the Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, GNDU, is collaborating with atmospheric scientist Prof. Sachiko Hayashida from RIHN as part of working group on ‘Crop residue burning in North India’ under Aakash Project and GNDU will install portable ambient air quality sensor as part of collaboration.

He also shared several other green initiatives like starting an electric bus service for transportation inside campus for students in the webinar. The webinar was hosted by UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, GNDU, is a flagship programme of UGC, New Delhi.

Prof J Srinivasan, who was lead author and review editor of intergovernmental panel on climate change’s fourth assessment report on climate change for United Nation, talked about climate change modelling and challenges in mitigating the climate change. He emphasised that climate change was far greater challenge and need political will and reduced dependence on coal and carbon based fuels. Other experts in the panel included Prof AP Dimri, an expert of climate modelling from JNU New Delhi, who deliberated on climatology of north India along with monsoon trends. Dr Satnam Singh Ladhar, ex-director, Punjab State Council of Science and Technology, gave expert talk on impact of stubble burning on climate change.

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