Department of Tamil, PG and Research Department of Biotechnology, Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India in collaboration with University of Exeter, United Kingdom jointly organized Knowledge Transfer on the Sustainability of Innovative Water Quality Monitoring Technologies to India-III: Circular Economy, Graphene related technologies at the college premises on 13.03.2018. The welcome address and the theme, overview of the Project and Workshop Aims of the programme was given by the organizing secretary Dr. V. Bhuvaneshwari, Asst Professor and Head in Biotechnology. The Circular economy in textile industry was proposed by the Organizer Dr. SenthilarasuSundaram, UoE, UK. The present scenario of Socio economic aspects of Noyyal River were explained by Dr. K. Muthukumar, Kongunadu Arts and Science College. Alternate solution for sustainable textile processing was discussed by Mr. Balasandhanam, Dyer’s Association of Tiruppur.
A wastewater treatment practice in Textile Industries was discussed by Prof S.Karthikeyan, Professor (Microbiology), Dept of bioenergy, TNAU.“Sustainable energy production using algae and agricultural residues” was delivered by Dr.GanapathiArumugam, Managing Director, Enhanced Biofuels & Technologies India (P) Ltd, Coimbatore. Advanced waste water treatment technologies in India” was proposed by Mr. M. Gopalakrishnan, Environmental Engineer, Eco Green technologies, Coimbatore. Research need to establish low cost cationizing of the fabric so that use of salt is reduced, thus the solid waste will be reduced, Alternative to ion exchange chromatography, Need for Strategies to renovate the soil contamination and water contamination, Need for Strategies for cost effective treatment plant for small dyers to treat the waste water and reuse the dye and water were discussed in the workshop. Mr. D. Bharathi, Ph.D scholar in Biotechnology proposed the use of nanoparticle for dye decolourization. Ms. M. Tharanginipriya, II-M.Sc. Biotechnology, KASC proposed phytovolatilization process to decontaminate the metal contaminated soil and water. Mr. Jeslin Cherian Thomas, II-M.Sc. Biotechnology, KASC, proposed the use of hyacinth roots and leaves to decolourize dyes for small scale dyeing industries.Vote of thanks proposed by the organizer Dr.R. Amsaveni, Assistant Professor in Biotechnology, KASC. About 40 participants participated in this workshop, got benefited by collaborating industry, academics for the better and cheaper treatment of industrial effluents.