‘Don’t litter plastic, but reuse, recycle and recover’
Director, CIPET, Mysuru calls upon students at St.Philos’s
“Plastic is literally at our fingertips all day long. The amount of plastic we encounter daily has no count. But, all plastics are not toxic and non-biodegradable. The variety of plastics that are used in day -today life, if reused, recycled and recovered they will pose no danger to the earth planet. Prevent the littering and dumping of waste plastic items, especially in areas where there is an absence of a suitable collection infrastructure. Develop and implement practices for sound collection, treatment and disposal of plastic waste” said R.T.Nagaralli, Director, Central Institue of Plastic Processing and Engineering Technology(CIPET), Mysuru.
He was speaking after inaugurating the two-day skill up gradation awareness training programme with hands-on workshop for the Chemistry students of the college on ‘Plastic Technology’. This programme was organized by the Department of Chemistry of St.Philomena’s Collge(Autonomous), Mysuru in association with CIPET from 03rd to 04th February 2020 in the conference hall of the college.
“There is so much misconception about plastics in the mind of people who fail to distinguish the usefulness of these materials over its dangers. The abundant applications of plastics include pharmaceutical, Medicine, Agriculture, Automobiles , space-crafts, defence etc. With comparison to US where the usage of plastics is 50 Kg per capita per person it is only 10 Kg per capita per person in India” he said.
Dr.Ravi J.D.Saldanha, Associate Professor, Dept.of Chemistry gave introductory remarks about the programme. Dr Ruth Shantha Kumari, Principal of the college who presided over the inaugural function stressed on the importance of up grading skills in this modern era and also from the point of view of the directions of UGC. She said that it is a unique training programme where the students get trained and become industry ready. Two technical sessions were conducted soon after the inaugural ceremony by Mrs.G.Gunabharathi, Placement officer, CIPET (Topic : Introduction to Polymer Science and structure and property relationship and applications of of plastic materials) and Mr.Navneethan, Technical Assistant, CIPET(Topic : Introduction to plastic products processing methods and its techniques).
Thereafter post lunch, students were taken to CIPET campus for practical sessions.
On 4th February, the forenoon sessions were engaged by Mr.Sreekanth, Sr.Technical Asst.,CIPET(Topic : Identification of plastics and Testing methods); Mrs.Bhuvaneshwari, Faculty, CIPET(Topic : Introduction to Recycling of plastics and value addition); and Mr.Navneethan, Technical Asst.,CIPET(Topic : Applications of plastics). Post lunch session was spent in the CIPET campus to gain hands-on experience on purity testing, processing and designing units.
Valedictory function was held at 5.30pm. Certificates were distributed to the students.
Mr.N.Ramesh Babu, Senior Technical officer was the training coordinator.