Chandigarh, December 2
Dr Meenakshi Goyal, reader in the department of chemical engineering and technology, PU, has sanctioned a research project entitled “Design Parameters and Theoretical models for the Adsorption of Toxic Chemical Compounds using Fixed Bed Activated Carbon Columns” amounting to Rs 12 lakh by the ministry of defence, government of India.

The project duration is 3 years and it aims at developing an activated carbon technology for industrial pollution control.

Dr Goyal is already working on two research projects entitled “Surface, Structure, Characterisation and Adsorptive properties of Modified Activated Carbons” worth Rs.14.95 lakhs sanctioned by the ministry of defence, government of India, and “Adsorptive Removal of Toxic Vapours and Gases by Activated Carbons” worth Rs.15 lakhs sanctioned by AICTE.

At present, four students are working under the supervision of Dr Meenakshi Goyal on different aspects of activated carbon adsorption and environmental clean up.

Training programme

A four-week-long in-service training programme for college teachers and university teachers conducted by the Academic Staff College, PU, was inaugurated by the vice-chancellor, Prof R.C. Sobti.

In his inaugural address, he stated the mandate of academic staff colleges had changed and was gradually changing in the past few decades. He further said teachers now had an added duty to bring the estranged students into the mainstream. It is the teachers who could through demonstration, through example and through stimulation of mind, could lead the students to a balanced perspective.

Prof S.K. Sharma, director, Academic Staff College, briefed the participants about the UGC rules and regulations and presented a vote of thanks. 44 participants from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Kerala are attending the programme, according to S.K. Sharma, honorary director, Academic Staff College, PU.

Source: Tribune News Service