JORHAT, Dec 20 - The CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology (CSIR-NEIST), at Pulibor here, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL), Lepetkata, Dibrugarh, to carry out collaborative research work in a wide range of areas.
A CSIR-NEIST official informed this newspaper that the MoU between the organisations was signed on Friday on the premises of BCPL, Lepetkata, by CSIR-NEIST Director Dr G Narahari Sastry and BCPL General Manager (HR) Asit Das.
Reep Hazarika, Managing Director, BCPL, Pruthiviraj Dash, Director (Finance), RK Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Pranjal Changmai, General Manager, Chemical/Operations In-charge (All from BCPL) and Dr Swapnali Hazarika, Principal Scientist (Chemical Engineering Group), Dr Jatin Kalita, Principal Scientist and Head, RPBD, (both of CSIR-NEIST), were also present on the occasion, the official mentioned.
The official stated that the chief features of the MoU are � Identification of critical research areas pertinent to microbial remediation; soil chemistry; functionalization of low grade/weight hydrocarbons and subsequent upgradation; training of scientists, technologists and officials in specialized areas; carrying out analytical tests and providing expert analysis of the results; and other activities mutually agreed upon by both sides.
Dr Sastry observed that the endeavour would open up new vistas of collaborative industrial research, which will be a win-win situation for both the organisations, the official said. The CSIR-NEIST Director stated that the organizations coming together for collaborative research work is expected to create quality human resource development and employment generation.
Dr Swapnali Hazarika, speaking on the occasion, stated that the CSIR-NEIST, over the years, has developed high-level of expertise through vigorous research and development studies in the areas like oil recovery from refinery waste, membrane for oil/water separation, membrane for recovery of organic solvents from process effluents, phenolic waste water treatment, developed catalyst to convert waste polyethlene terephthalate (PET) to a plasticizer named dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP), which finds application in polymer industry and site-specific bio-remediation technology for crude oil contaminated soil and water-bodies, to name a few. Earlier, Tamagna Ghosh gave a brief presentation on the activities of the BCPL, the official stated.