In continuation with the earlier workshop, Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India in collaboration with University of Exeter, United Kingdom jointly organized ‘India-UK Workshop on Knowledge transfer on the sustainability of innovative wastewater treatment technologies to India-II’ at the Arulpuram Common Effluent Treatment Company Pvt. Ltd on 04.08.2018. Dr. K. Muthukumar, Assistant Professor in Tamil, Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore welcomed the gathering and gave the introduction about the programme The theme of the programme was given by the Organizer Dr. Senthilarasu Sundaram, UoE, UK. Dr. David Benson, UoE, UK explained about the Wastewater Management policies & its Social Impacts. Mr. S. Nagarajan, President, Dyers Association of Tirupur, presented the Present Scenario of Wastewater Treatment by Dyeing Industries in Tirupur. “Graphene based nanomembrane as an alternative strategy for Dye waste water treatment” was suggested by Dr. V. Bhuvaneshwari, Head, Department of Biotechnology, Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore. Followed by round table discussions about 20 participants participated in this workshop, got benefited by collaborating industry, academics and social activist for the better and cheaper treatment of industrial effluents. The discussion was carried out by Mr. Perur Jeyaraman, Coimbatore, Mr. Subrabharathi Manian, Tiruppur, Mr. Sai Prasad, Kovai Kulangal pathugappu, Mr. Bala Santhanam, Joint Secretary, Dyers Association of Tirupur.
On 04-08-2018, this team also visited Chinnakkarai common effluent treatment plant, Tiruppur and discussed the possibilities of reduction in cost and the way to reduce the mixed salt waste obtained from the treated effluent. These are the Zero Liquid discharge plant and the possibilities of future Zero Solid discharge plant were discussed. Tiruppur has become the model treatment plant in the whole world to follow and is like heaven when compared to other parts of world in treating Dye effluent. Futuristic collaborative projects and the need for others to visit these plants and follow in rest of the parts of world are discussed by Dr. S. Senthilarasu, UoE. Vote of thanks proposed by Dr. R. Amsaveni, Assistant Professor in Biotechnology, KASC. Dr. S. Senthilarasu, University of Exeter, Dr. K. Muthukumar, Dr. V. Bhuvaneshwari and Dr. R. Amsaveni, Assistant Professors, Kongunadu Arts and Science College, organized this International workshop.