Speakers - Urban water and environment management - Working towards a zero discharge society

Faculty Alumni Network
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

The Indian FAN Symposium 2018 on Smart and Sustainable Cities

January 20, 2018


Kapil Gupta
Civil Engineering,
(Urban Water Engineering and Hydrologic Disaster Management),
IIT Bombay

Educational Qualifications:

  •  B. Tech., Civil Engineering, I.I.T. Delhi
  •  M. Tech., Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering , I.I.T. Madras
  •  Ph. D., Water Quality Modelling, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K

Research Interests:

  •  Water Engineering
    • Urban Water Management
    • Urban Climate systems and Urban Flood Mitigation
    • Urban Drainage and Flood management, Flood Protection Structures
    • Hydrologic Disaster Management
    • Automation and Early Warning Systems for Urban Flood Alerts

Awards/ Recognitions:

  • UKIERI (British Council) Visiting Fellowship Award, University of Exeter, Exeter, U.K. December 2012.
  • Awarded the ACU Quality of Life Award by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London, UK to carry out research at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K. during May-June 2003: Investigation of Invert Trap Configuration for Minimization of Overflows by Trapping Sediments in Stormwater Channels.
  • Awarded the Royal Society (London, UK) fellowship to carry out research at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK during 4th December 2005 to 15th January 2006: Optimization of the Use of Stormwater Channel Invert Traps for Urban Indian Catchments
  • Awarded the ICEWaRM - International Centre for Excellence in Water Resource Management (a Government of Australia initiative) fellowship for academic collaboration at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, during 7th May to 9 th June 2006.
  • Member of several expert committees on Urban Water and Flood Disaster Management for the Central Government such as
    • o The National Disaster Management Authority
    • o The Ministry of Urban Development; State Governments of Maharashtra, Telangana and Assam;
    • o Many Municipal Corporations in India
  • Instrumental in conceptualising and setting up the:
    • o real time automatic weather station network with 60 AWS for Mumbai after the July 2005 Mumbai mega floods
    • designing the hydraulic works for the Mithi River
    • Mumbai International Airport in Mumbai. He is also a member of the IPCC Working Group II.

Virendra Sethi
Professor , Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering,
IIT Bombay

Educational Qualifications:

  • B.Tech, Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay, 1983
    • Thesis: Concentration of 20 TPD Cane Sugar Juice from 8% to 20% using Reverse Osmosis
  • AEP (I Year) (Product Design), National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad - 1984
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 1990
    • Thesis: Study of Particulate Formation and Growth in a Bench Scale Flame Incinerator System
  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 1996
    • Thesis: Experimental Studies in Transport of Dissolved and Suspended Contaminants in Drinking Water Distribution Systems

Research Interest:

  • Aerosol and air quality
  • Hot gas clean-up (thermal gasification)
  • Nano-Powder synthesis
  • Satellite remote sensing for air quality
Awards/ Recognitions:
  • 1983 - Institute Cultural Citation, Students Gymkhana, IIT Bombay
  • 1985 - Outstanding Engineer of the Year, ONGC, Bombay
  • 1994 - Oak Ridge Fellowship, USEPA, Cincinnati
  • 2002 - Excellence in Teaching Award, IIT Bombay

Satish Agnihotri
Head of Department,
Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) & Centre for Technology Alternatives for
Rural Areas (CTARA),
IIT Bombay

Educational Qualifications:

  • M.Sc in Physics, IIT Bombay
  • M.Tech in Environment Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
  • M.A. in Rural Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK
  • Ph.D on sex ratio patterns in Indian Population from School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK

Research Interests:

  • Child Malnutrition,
  • Declining sex ratios in India,
  • Energy access and renewable energy.

Dr. Satish B. Agnihotri, formerly a career bureaucrat, is now Professor at IIT Bombay at the Centre for Technology Alternatives in Rural Areas (CTARA). He is also Head of the newly set up Centre for Policy Studies. He retired as Secretary (Coordination & Public Grievances), Cabinet Secretariat where he also held the charge of Secretary (Security), Chairman, National Chemical Weapons Authority. Prior to this he was Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy and Director General (Acquisition) in the Ministry of Defence. He has been a member of the Dhirendra Singh Committee on ‘Make in India in Defence Sector, Co-Chair of the Raman Puri Committee on Quality issues in Ordnance and Chairman of the MNREGA Awards Committee of MoRD for 2016 and 2017.

He held other important assignments such as, Additional Secretary cum Financial Adviser in the Ministry of Agriculture, Director General of Shipping in Mumbai and JS in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India. He was the founder Chief Executive of the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency.

Professor Agnihotri has worked on issues of child malnutrition over two decades and is working on it at IIT Bombay. He and his students are currently working on the issue in Dhamtari, Nashik, Nandurbar and Odisha. He has also worked as Secretary, Women and Child Development in Odisha and has also worked with UNICEF, Kolkata as Consultant on Child Nutrition and Health. He is on the Governing Board of the Centre for Food and nutrition Security.

Shyam Asolekar
Professor, Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering,
IIT Bombay

Educational Qualifications:

  • B.Tech Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, 1980
  • M.Tech in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1985
  • MS in Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University (1987)
  • Ph.D in Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa (1991)

Research Interests:

  • Hazardous, municipal & biomedical waste management
  • Eco-industrial networking
  • Eco-centric and low-cost wastewater treatment
  • Treatment of leachates and special industrial wastewaters
  • Environmental policy and preventive environmental management
  • Recycle and reuse of effluents
  • Air pollution control technologies
  • Current Research:
    • Preventive Environmental Management
    • Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal
    • Eco-technologies for Wastewater Treatment
    • Reactor Modelling and Technology Development for Biological and Physico-chemical Treatment of Hazardous Waste Leachates and Special Industrial Wastewaters
    • Application of Remotely Sensed Data for Monitoring of Environmental Systems


Dr. Ajay Deshpande
Ex-Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) member,
Former Expert member, National Green Tribunal (Pune Bench)

Educational Qualifications:

  • B.Tech, Civil Engineering, Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli, 1988
  • M.Tech, Environment Engineering, Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli, 1990
  • Ph.D. in Air Pollution Modelling and control, IIT Delhi, 1997


Dr. Deshpande is graduate in Civil Engineering and Post graduate from Environment Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli. He completed his Ph. D. from IIT Delhi in 1997 in the field of Air Pollution Modelling and control. He has nearly 26 years of experience in the field of environment protection and governance. He has also worked as Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He has worked in several state and central government organizations in India of which more than 15 years working with environmental regulatory agencies. Presently, he is working as Part-time Member of Compliance Review Panel of Asian Development Bank. Before joining ADB, he was working as an Expert Member at the National Green Tribunal of India which is a specialized environmental adjudicatory body performing judicial functions. He has worked on adjudicating various environmental disputes related to environmental degradation, restoration and restitution, compensation etc. to resolve them within a  technical  and  legal  framework.

Dr. Rakesh Kumar
CSIR- National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI)

Educational Qualifications:

  • M.Sc in Chemistry, IIT Bombay, 1985
  • M.Tech. in Environmental Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay, 1987
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, RTM Nagpur University


Dr. Rakesh Kumar is the Director of the CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur. Dr. Rakesh Kumar has obtained his M.Tech. in Environmental Science and Engineering from IIT-Bombay and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from RTM Nagpur University. He has a vast experience in all fields of environmental science and engineering, especially air pollution control and management, urban air quality monitoring, emission inventory and modelling, environmental impact assessment, environmental audit, climate change and health. Dr. Kumar has given a notable contribution in developing technologies for reuse and recycle of domestic and industrial wastewater, which brought a paradigm shift in the country. His efforts have always been for upliftment and application of Science and Technology for a sustainable development. His goal is to provide science and technology oriented solutions for the benefit of society and industry. He has received many awards for his outstanding contributions in Environmental Science & Engineering, among which notable are, “Environmental Leadership Award” by US Asia Environmental Partnership and US-AID for outstanding contribution in improving quality of life for the population of Asia in 2005; VASVIK award for his exemplary work for urban environment improvement and sustainable technology "Phytorid" for sewage treatment for better environment in 2012; and "Hiyoshi Think of Ecology Award" for his work on use of ecology in solving environmental engineering problems in 2015. Dr. Kumar has ten patents on pollution control devices including two international patents, and published more than 95 papers in national and international Journals and 92 papers in national and international conferences.