Indian Institute of Technology Madras is one of the pioneer technology, teaching and research institutes in India. It was established in 1956 as one of the Institute of higher education in India with the support from German Government. It has established itself as a pioneer institute for research, teaching and industrial consultancy in the country. The institute is involved in various international projects in the field of water infrastructure and has MoU signed with various European Organizations and Universities such as DAAD, ESTP France, KTH Sweden, etc., IIT Madras is hosting the Indo-German centre for Sustainability (IGCS). IIT Madras is one among the top institutes with excellent research facilities and multitude of international research programs. IIT Madras is ranked as the best Engineering Institute in India ever since the national ranking of academic institutes in India started. IIT Madras is also ranked as the second best academic institute in the country.
Department of Civil Engineering of IIT Madras is ranked in top 100 in the global ranking. The Environmental Engineering Laboratory at Civil Engineering Depart, IIT Madras has a world class laboratory facility with all the top notch analytical instruments. The Environmental Engineering Programme in IIT Madras started in 1997 in the Department of Civil Engineering. Though it is a relatively new program, the Environmental Engineering program at IIT Madras is considered as one of the best programs in the country actively involved in teaching, research, consultancy and continuing education programmes in the area of conventional as well as unconventional ;such as Physico-chemical and biological treatment processes, Industrial bioprocess techniques applied to environmental engineering, advanced water and wastewater treatment (including ozonation and membrane techniques), sludge treatment and management, water quality assessment and management, environmental impact and risk assessment, solid waste treatment and management, and industrial pollution control,
Role in the project
IITM is co-leading WP4 “Automation and control”, and leading the implementation of pilot 10 (WP2/3) on anionic membranes developed by the Ben Gurion University of the Negev for nitrate removal from secondary treated wastewater. Prof. Ligy Philip has worked extensively in the area of treatment and reuse of domestic and industrial wastewater, including nutrient and emerging contaminant removal. She has implemented many pilot scale reactors for the treatment and reuse of wastewater in industries, schools and residential apartments involving different technologies. She is the mentor of Greenvironment, a start-up company who is involved in the online monitoring and control of water and wastewater treatment systems, and which is also participating in this project.