Workshop on “Identifying best available technologies for decentralized wastewater treatment and resource recovery for India (Saraswati 2.0)”at IIT Bhubaneswar on 3 November 2023

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We are pleased to present a comprehensive update on the SARASWATI 2.0 Stakeholder Workshop hosted at the School of Infrastructure, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar on November 3, 2023.

The central objective of this workshop was to facilitate the application and evaluation of European technologies in Indian conditions through practical piloting. Notably, IIT Bhubaneswar achieved a significant milestone by successfully piloting an integrated system for energy-efficient carbon and nutrient removal utilizing UASB – Deammonification technology. The success of this endeavor can be attributed to the exemplary leadership of the principal investigators – Dr. Manswini Behera, Dr. Rajesh Roshan Dash, and Dr. Puspendu Bhunia.

The workshop served as a crucial platform, bringing together major stakeholders from the state of Odisha. Participants included government entities such as the Water Corporation of Odisha (WATCO), Orissa Water Supply & Sewerage Board (OWSSB), Water Resources Department, Odisha State Pollution Control Board, and municipalities (Jatni Municipality, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation). Additionally, representatives from industries, consultancy firms, and technical institutions actively contributed to the discussions.

The success of the SARASWATI 2.0 Stakeholder Workshop at IIT Bhubaneswar signifies a positive step forward in advancing knowledge and fostering practical solutions for environmental sustainability. The collaboration between European and Indian expertise holds promise for addressing pressing environmental concerns on a broader scale.

For those seeking more in-depth insights into the outcomes and discussions of the workshop, we encourage you to stay tuned for forthcoming publications and updates on our official channels. We extend our appreciation to all participants and contributors for their valuable contributions to this collaborative effort.

Stakeholders Workshop on “Novel Technologies for Nutrient Removal/Recovery from Wastewater” at IIT Madras on 19 December 2022


We are delighted to announce the successful conclusion of the SARASWATI Stakeholder’s Workshop, held at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, on December 19th, 2022. The workshop, centered around the theme “Novel Technologies for Nutrient Removal or Recovery from Wastewater,” served as a platform to bring together leading experts in the field.

The event commenced with enlightening opening remarks by Sukanya Das from TERI School of Advanced Studies and Markus Starkl from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). Their insightful contributions set the tone for a day of meaningful discussions and knowledge exchange.

The workshop featured a distinguished panel of 15 experts who shared invaluable insights on state-of-the-art technologies for nutrient removal and recovery from wastewater. Key highlights of the discussions included deliberations on specific regulatory norms applicable to various industries, effective water treatment strategies to bridge nutrient demand and availability, and considerations related to capital requirements and technology specifications for successful replication.

These discussions, rooted in cutting-edge research and practical applications, have significantly contributed to advancements in wastewater management and the promotion of sustainable practices. The workshop served as a crucial forum for fostering collaboration between experts from academia, industry, and research institutions, creating a synergy that is expected to drive future innovations in water management.

For those interested in gaining deeper insights into the proceedings of the SARASWATI Stakeholder’s Workshop, a comprehensive video recap is available. You can access the video by following this link: SARASWATI Workshop Video.

Workshop hosted by Central University of Rajasthan Ajmer (CURAJ) and Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur (MNIT), on 23 March 2023


We are pleased to highlight the Indo-EU workshop on ‘Identifying Best Available Technologies for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery for India.’ This significant event was hosted by the Central University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (CURAJ) and Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur (MNIT) on 23rd March 2023.

The workshop drew participation from over 40 esteemed individuals, including notable figures such as Pradeep Verma, Rajesh Kumar, A.B. Gupta, Vivekanand Vivekanand, Nidhi Pareek, and Dr. Garima Kaushik. Their collective expertise and insights contributed to the success of this milestone event.

The primary focus of the workshop was to raise awareness and facilitate the exploration of new avenues for research in the wastewater sector, with a specific emphasis on energy and resource recovery. The discussions and presentations held during the event were aimed at identifying and promoting the best available technologies for decentralized wastewater treatment in the Indian context.

The workshop served as a platform for fostering collaborations between academia, industry experts, and policymakers. The collective effort of participants has undoubtedly paved the way for advancements in addressing critical challenges related to wastewater treatment and resource recovery in India.

For those interested in gaining further insights into the proceedings of the SARASWATI 2.0 workshop, a comprehensive video recap has been made available. You can access the video by following this link: SARASWATI 2.0 Workshop Video.

We extend our gratitude to all participants, organizers, and contributors for making this event a resounding success. The outcomes of SARASWATI 2.0 are expected to have a lasting impact on the trajectory of research and innovation in the field of wastewater treatment and resource recovery.