Sri Venkateswara College

Sri Venkateswara College (SVC) was set up by three stalwarts in the public domain, Smt Durgabai Deshmukh, Dr K.L.Rao and Dr C.Anna Rao. It is one of the premier colleges of University of Delhi, set up under the benign auspices of the TTD, Andhra Pradesh in 1961. The college has been honored with several awards and accolades such as a Centre for ‘Potential for Excellence’ (2004-2008) by University Grants Commission (UGC) and as ‘Star College’ by the Department of BioTechnology (DBT), Government of India (2011) and ‘DBT Star Status’ (2016 till date) for all the science departments in the college.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dr. P. Hemalatha Reddy

Principal

Sri Venkateswara College
(University of Delhi)
Benito Juarez Road
Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi

It gives me immense pleasure to announce the International Workshop on ‘Air Pollution and Public Health: Challenges and Interventions’ in association with the Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) from 5-7 February 2020 in New Delhi. Air pollution is a global environmental and health challenge that adversely affects health and well-being of all life forms plants, animals and humans alike.  Its severity as a challenge to human health can be gauged from the fact that in the last two decades deaths due to air pollution related diseases have doubled. According to World Health Organization, globally 4.2 million deaths have been linked to ambient air pollution of which 43% have resulted from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Air pollution and associated changes in global atmospheric composition of gases have led to altered plant and crop phenology, and reduced nutritive value of crops. Pollution related morphological abnormalities have been reported in species of amphibians that are also indicator species of air pollution.  To address such a multifaceted problem of global scale, adoption of multidimensional approach is required wherein all stakeholders are engaged in consultative discussions to come up with solutions that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially acceptable and equitable. Solutions are needed that have global credence and provincial realization, that are easy to implement and practice, and above all have value for all life forms. The workshop shall provide a platform for all the stakeholders, including the scientists, doctors, policy makers and industries, to deliberate upon improvisation of traditional approaches by infusing science, technology and innovation, to mitigate and adapt to air pollution and the health effects associated with it. I commend the efforts of the organizing committee for arranging and coordinating the workshop. I wish them success and hope that the deliberations would lead to formulation of meaningful and workable solutions.

Dr. P. Hemalatha Reddy

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