SBIT works jointly with IIT Delhi & IIT Madras

Air pollution in India is quite a serious issue with the major sources being fuel wood and biomass burning, fuel adulteration, vehicle emission and traffic congestion. In autumn and winter months, large scale crop residue burning in agriculture fields – a low cost alternative to mechanical tilling – is a major source of smoke, smog and particulate pollution. India has a low per capita emissions of greenhouse gases but the country as a whole is the third largest after China and the United States. A 2013 study on non-smokers has found that Indians have 30% lower lung function compared to Europeans.

The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act was passed in 1981 to regulate air pollution and there have been some measurable improvements though the 2016 Environmental Performance Index ranked India 141 out of 180 countries

Delhi Pollution Control Board is committed to Sustainable Development by ensuring improvement in “Environmental Quality” of National Capital Region through partnership with all Stakeholders. Their main area of focus is on:

  • Prevention of air, water and noise pollution and conservation of natural resources.
  • Continual improvement in our environmental performance, providing a better quality of life to Delhites.
  • Efficient and effective waste management practices to ensure that we reduce, reuse and recycle all types of Waste.
  • Improvement in workplace environmental quality by adopting simple energy efficient practices like CFL, solar water heating, natural lighting, green buildings low energy equipments etc.
  • Environmental awareness among all Stakeholders towards rain water harvesting, water recycling, composting, carpooling, use of metro and bicycles instead of petrol/ diesel vehicles.
  • Mitigate climate change by ensuing that carbon emissions are checked and reduced by everyone, in their daily lives.
  • Compliance with all applicable legal and other requirements to ensure environmental protection.

As a part of its functioning, recently Delhi Pollution Control Board has taken up a Study work in association with IIT Delhi and IIT Madras wherein they shall monitor the Quality of air in and around Delhi NCR.

As a part of this measure, Shri Balwant Institute of Technology has been chosen as Air Quality Monitoring Centre under Joint Project headed by Prof. Mukesh Khare (Professor – Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi) and Dr. Shiva Nagendra (Professor – Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras). Students from Shri Balwant Institute of Technology shall be assisting the Project Team in carrying out the complete work.

The findings of the study shall be used by Delhi Pollution Control Board for various purposes aimed directly at taking measures to improve the air quality in and around Delhi.