JAMMU, APRIL 06: Flag off ceremony of “Source Apportionment study of Aerosols in Jammu” was today held in CUJ Campus.
Chief Guest, Suresh Chugh, Chairman, JKPCB, and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ashok Aima inaugurated the air monitoring station.
For this project, five High volume samplers of the latest technology will be installed at different signature sites viz. CUJ, Bari Brahmana, Vikram Chowk, Narwal, and Kachchi Chawni for a sampling of PM2.5 (the fine particles in the air) in Jammu. This one-year rigorous sampling campaign will be followed by laboratory analysis of collected samples and receptor modeling to identify the major sources of air pollution in Jammu.
The event started with a welcome address by Dean Prof. B. S. Bhau and opening remarks by Prof. Sunil Dhar, HOD, EVS.
Dean Prof. Devanand along with faculty members from the EVS department witnessed the landmark event. Dr. Ravi Kumar, Registrar, CUJammu was also present.
Guest of Honour Prof. S. N. Tripathi, IIT Kanpur, National Coordinator, NKN, NCAP along with other knowledge partners Prof. B.R. Gurjar, IIT Roorkee, Prof. Suman Mor, Punjab University, Prof. Neeraj Rastogi, PRL, Prof. Khaiwal, PGI-Chandigarh, Prof. Sachin S. Gunther, IIT Madras, Dr. Ankit Tandon, CUHP, Dr.Vinoj Velu, IIT Bhubaneshwar, and Dr. Vijay Kanawade, University of Hyderabad joined through a virtual platform.
In his keynote address, Prof. S.N. Tripathi put it on record that CUJ and JKPCB are the first in presenting this model of the best coordination where a dedicated Aerosol Instrumentation Facility is coming up and a Source apportionment study has been initiated under the aegis of the National Clean Air Programme.
The Chairman, PCB emphasized the importance of Source apportionment study in understanding the causes of air pollution. He also thanked HVC for the contribution of CUJ towards the success of NCAP in J&K. HVC congratulated Prof. Tripathi for creating a knowledge network to support NCAP. He added that CUJ is committed to providing all the institutional support for the smooth functioning of the project and the proposed instrumentation facility, where installations of high-end instruments are in process. He also appreciated the meaningful MoUs signed between CUJ and JKPCB in the years 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Dr. Shweta Yadav thanked Prof. Tripathi for his mentorship and all the knowledge partners from different states for joining. She also thanked all the stakeholders from CUJ and JKCPB for their support and contribution to this project. Sh. B.M. Sharma, Member Secretary, Dr. Syed Nadeem, RD, and Dr. Yashpaul, Scientist from JKPCB graced the ceremony.