Energy and Environment Wellness -- An Indian Perspective by Dr Sanat Kumar Saha

Location and Date: 
Wednesday, 28 August, 2019, 04:00 pm, Seminar Hall, Second Floor, DESE-CESE Building
Energy and Environment play a vital role in industrial, socio-economic growth and sustainable development. India is a growing economy and the fourth largest energy consumer, after China, USA & Japan. India is also the seventh largest producer in the world.
 However, unfortunately India's per capita energy consumption is very low ie approximately 624 KGOE versus world average of 1900 KGOE. We are therefore committed to increase the energy consumption and ensure energy security, through multiple sources of energy, with particular reference to renewable sources of energy.
 As per the recent report of ICMR, currently in India, one out of eight unnatural deaths are taking place due to air pollution related diseases, particularly traffic pollution, which is a big warning and concern for all of us.
The lecture deals with global and Indian energy scenario , energy security through multiple sources of energy, renewable sources of energy, efficient use of energy, energy conservation, current Government Policies & vision, City Gas Distribution( CGD), both CNG & PNG ,innovations ,environmental protection,concern , human activities degrading nature and remedies , climate change & global warming , challenges ahead etc.
The lecture is designed around arriving at compelling and relevant questions that forms the basis for the much needed Energy & Environment welless of our country.
Biographical sketch

Dr Sanat Kumar Saha is currently working as Honorary Member (Eminent Scientist),West Bengal State Council of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal, Kolkata and involved in the Policy issues of about 40 Universities in West Bengal.

With approx four decades of professional experience as a Scientist, Energy, Environment, Corporate Leader and more recently as an Educator, the role he is most passionate about, he converges diverse point of views on Energy security, Environment, Food & Agriculture.
He has completed Ph D & Post- doctoral research in the areas of natural resources management from Allahabad University, with Fellowship from CSIR.
He has published more than 30 research papers in national and international journals of repute.
Dr. Saha has been felicitated by Government of Assam for his life time achievement for his overall contribution as a Scientist during the ceremonial observance of the 73rd Independence day on 15th August, 2019 in Dhubri of Assam.
As a strong proponent of keen & continuous learning, he has completed PGDM in management ; MDP from Royal Institute of Management, London; ISB,Hyderabad; IIM,Bangalore & Lucknowetc.
His career started as a Scientist of CSIR and he was on deputation to a Fertilizer Company, PPCL, a Government of India Enterprise in 1982 for a year and worked in PPCL till 1997 at New Delhi.
During this period, he was involved in UNIDO sponsored research project at International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), Alabama, USA; also Australian aided Wasteland Afforestation Project as well as European Union sponsored Fertilizer Education Project.
After working in the field of natural resources management, bio-degradation, environmental management for more than 15 years, he joined GAIL(India)Limited, A Maharatna Company of Government of India at New Delhi in 1998 to work with Natural Gas, a green , clean and environment friendly source of energy in its promotion, supply and distribution, including City Gas Distribution (CGD), both CNG & PNG.
He received prestigious " GAIL's Hero " Award in 2005 for his outstanding contribution. He retired as General Manager & Zonal Head of GAIL in 2013.
Dr Saha loves travelling around the globe and has visited most of the countries.
As an educator, he delivers Guest Lectures on various topics, more particularly on Energy and Environment at different Universities, Institutes, Colleges, Engineering Colleges Management Institutes, Schools etc. in India and abroad to bring an awareness on Energy Security & Environmental Protection.
In the recent times, he visited Moscow State University of International Relations ( MGIMO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation, Moscow ; St Petersburg State University, Russia; Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy & Administration ( RANPEA),Moscow; Institute of Earth and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS), X'ian, China; Max Planck Institute, University of Stuttgart, Germany; Dhaka University ; Foreign Service Academy of Bangladesh,Dhaka; IIT,Gauhati ; Jadavpur University, Kolkata ; Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan; Pondicherry University ; Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth,Rahuri ,Maharashtra; Amity University, Kolkata; Delhi Public School, Bongaigaon, to name afew.
Dr Saha is a Fellow of different Academic and Professional Institutions and Bodies.