M-Tech Course on E-waste resource launched in IIT-H

This M Tech programme will catalyse the efforts towards E-waste management in the country and worldwide and will provide the necessary support for several Government initiatives

By   |  Published: 1st Sep 2020  6:36 pm
Virtual orientation programme for the first batch of students in M-TRech course on E-waster resource management in IIT-H on Tuesday.

Sangareddy: Faculty of Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) and Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (CMET) have observed  that e- waste is an asset and not a waste.

During the launch of the M-Tech (E-waste Resource Engineering and Management), the experts, who addressed the first batch of students in a virtual orientation programme, said IIT-H and C-MET had taken the first step to find effective ways to recycle e-waste.

Dr Chandra Shekhar Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT-H and Course Coordinator said: “This unique course has attracted students from different wings of engineering such as Civil, Electrical and Mechanical. These students will get the benefit of being jointly supervised by IIT-H and CMET and the programme will also be supported by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)”.

“With the rapid change in technology and more digitalisation in the world, there is an explosive growth in the electronics industry and subsequently, that has led to enormous growth in electronic waste (e-waste). E-waste contains many hazardous and toxic substances which have serious health and environmental effects, if not managed properly. Therefore, it becomes essential to learn about various technological interventions to manage, reduce and recycle e-waste for its safe disposal” he said.

Prof BS Murty, Director, IIT-H in his opening remark said, “Co-existence of IITH & C-MET in Hyderabad has been proved to be a boon. “About nine months ago we initiated the process by signing an MoU with C-MET. The students will get practical learning at C-MET which will be equally complemented by theoretical knowledge by IITH’s Academician. This will not be merely a course but will also provide an opportunity for the students to work on various industry-oriented problems and MeitY will play the role of catalyst in this, the Director said.

Various technologies for recycling of e-waste including the recovery of metals, plastics will be studied in detail followed by understanding life cycle analysis and carbon footprint calculations. Chain and supply management including the role of the Artificial intelligence based techniques to develop an effective recycling system will also be covered. Few case studies will be taken in the seminar course while the thesis work will facilitate in developing new technological and viable solutions to meet the challenges in E-waste management.

Sharing his insights, Dr B B Kale, Director General, C-MET said, “CMET has started its unique centers in Hyderabad and Pune. At present we are doing 21 different projects at these centers which includes programs in energy generation, organic batteries and many more. “We have recently supplied 2,000 masks made with a special coating of nanoparticle on cotton fabric and are under clinical trial at different hospitals. Both of our facilities are working towards developing effective and economic technology for e-waste recycling and management. This Mtech program is the first academic collaboration of CMET and will be very useful to take this initiative forward, the C-MET Director said”.

This M Tech programme will catalyse the efforts towards E-waste management in the country and worldwide and will provide the necessary support for several Government initiatives in this direction such as Skill India, Swachh Bharat, Waste-to-Wealth initiatives.

Delivering Welcome remarks, Arvind Kumar, Group coordinator, MeitY said “India is the largest e-waste generator in Asia and among top five countries in the world. Picking-up e-waste from the garbage can lead to serious health hazards. Hence, he said that the MeitY has taken initiative to develop an ecosystem for the treatment of e-waste, its trading, recycling and recovering of the precious material and making new products. “There is a great dearth of skilled manpower in this sector to develop and advance technology. This Course by IIT-H & CMET will help the industry in realising and localising the technology and MeitY endorses this Center of Excellence to develop resources, support the economy and save the environment. We wish this program to be a great success, Kumar said.”

Highlighting the need of e-waste recycling technology, Dr N R Munirathnam, Former DG, C-MET said “It was in 2016, we first thought to have an engineering course in e-waste recycling and management. Thanks to Prof Murty, a renowned metallurgist, this dream has come true today. This course will be an asset to develop eco-friendly and cost-effective technology.

Dr Chandra S. Sharma, Program Coordinator has shared Program Course Structure and Timetable Details with the instructors and students, followed by Introduction of All Faculty & Scientists associated with the program.

IIT-H announced eight new M.Tech programmes commening August 2020. These M.Tech programmes are designed to cater to the needs of industry in collaboration with respective industries.

Classes for M.Tech courses in Additive Manufacturing, Energy Science and Technology, E-Waste Resource and Engineering Management, Integrated Sensor System, Network and Information Security, Polymers and Biosystems Engineering, and Smart Mobility commenced on Tuesday. For the first time, IIT-H enrolled Ph.D scholars in Entrepreneurship and Management.

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