In quest of viable green technology

Vikram Vishal is a a young researcher who has brought a hope in the country’s struggle for reduction in the greenhouse gas emission.

Written by Sreecheta Das | Kolkata | Published:January 30, 2011 4:49 am

Vikram Vishal recently received Young Scientist Award

Vikram Vishal is a a young researcher who has brought a hope in the country’s struggle for reduction in the greenhouse gas emission. Vishal who hails from West Bengal was felicitated as the Best Young Scientist Award on January 3 at the Indian Science Congress in Chennai. He was the youngest among the scientists to receive the award only at the age of 24.

Vishal is working on a multipurpose technology in the form of coal bed methane which will offer low-carbon,clean and green energy to the nation.

“India is a coal-rich nation. We will absorb carbon dioxide emitted by industrial units and take it to regions like Jharkhand,Chhattisgarh and West Bengal where there are enough coal reserves. The carbon dioxide will be pumped under high pressure into the deep-seated coal beds,” said Vishal explaining on the technology he is working for.The carbon dioxide will expel methane from the coal beds and will be collected and used as fuel in automobiles and for cooking he pointed. Vishal stressed that the research which he has undertaken will come up with green technology that will be commercially viable.

Vishal is an alumnus of Presidency College,Kolkata where he completed his graduation. After that he did his M Sc in apllied Geology at IIT Bombay. Vishal has also experience of working in industry and has remained associated with leading brands like Shell Oil,Malaysia,CIMFR,Dhanbad as intern and Tata Steel as Manager.

Vishal has been a meritorious student. He was a gold medallist of Geology Honours, from University of Calcutta. His other laurels include IIT JAM Rank 2,GATE Rank 3,Dr Coggin Brown Award and fellowship from Council of Science and Industrial Reserach (CSIR). At present he is working at IIT Bombay Monash Research Academy,a joint initiative of IIT Bombay and Monash University — two of the world’s leading educational and research institutions taking a collaborative approach to multidisciplinary research.

At present he is doing research with Prof T N Singh (IIT Bombay) and Prof R P Gamage (Monash University). Vishal’s other interests are working on socio-environmental issues which impact the society apart from feature writing and classical music.

Vishal points that his alma mater Presidency College,Kolkata now Presidency University,has a considerable impact on him and what he could achieve so far. He says that for the geology graduates of the college there are considerable takers from Industry. According to him although many students like to do research but not are able to pursue research once they get into private sector. The young scientist that has achieved considerable success in a short span of time stresses that most of the students should take up research to make significant contribution to society.

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