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Reducing carbon footprints

“The petroleum products which are primarily used for motor vehicles, may not last long, and it is bound to exhaust one day."  

The Karnataka State Women’s University (KSWU) Bijapur is committed to exposing students to new ideas, and also encourage them to venture into arenas. The University is all set to launch a postgraduate diploma course in sustainable, renewable and alternative energy resources.

The University which is busy in preparing syllabus for this course, is planning to commence the full-fledge course from the next academic year.

Prof. S. B. Madagi, Director, Women Technology Park of the University, who is spearheading the project says that renewable energy is the need of the hour.

“The petroleum products which are primarily used for motor vehicles, may not last long, and it is bound to exhaust one day. It is therefore crucial to start putting our minds into research activities for discovering alternate sources of fuel. As of now, the best and the most effective source is surely the bio-fuel,” he said.

Prof. Madagi said that with the objective of encouraging the students to pursue research activities in alternate fuel such as bio-fuel, the University decided to introduce a four-month diploma course. He said that the course which would be mainly for students doing their master’s in the science discipline could take this as add-on course.

Stating that bio-fuel now has limited use as it only acts as alternate to diesel, Prof. Madagi said that the students, in future, could innovate such engines which could use bio-fuel even an alternate to petrol.

Asserting that the bio-fuel has several advantages over fossil fuel, he said that bio-fuel prevents carbon emission, thus it is environment friendly.

“More usage of bio-fuel would help in saving huge amount of public money as India is spending a substantial portion of its revenue on importing petroleum products,” he said.

Prof. Madagi however regretted that despite having numerous advantages, the country is yet to generate more quantity of bio-fuel. “With the new course, we hope that in coming days, the students may take up research in the field of bio-fuel to enhance its production,” he said.

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