Tezpur University organizes e-Conclave for promotion of biogas in NE India
An e-conclave on ‘Promotion of Biogas through SATAT and GOBARDHAN
TEZPUR: An e-conclave on 'Promotion of Biogas through SATAT and GOBARDHAN: Aspiration and Roadmap for Northeast INDIA' was organized by the Department of Energy, Tezpur University as part of silver jubilee celebration.
GOBARDHAN (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan) is aimed at ensuring cleanliness in villages and generating wealth and energy by converting cattle dung and solid agricultural waste into biogas, compost, and bio slurry. Whereas, SATAT (Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation) is aimed at setting up of industrial scale Compressed Biogas (CBG) plants and make it available for use in automotive fuel.
"Both the ambitious schemes were launched by two ministries of Government of India (Petroleum & Natural Gas and Jal Shakti ministry) in 2018. Biogas technology is a prospective circular economy system, which is the need of the hour considering the mandates for Sustainable Development Goals, climate change mitigation and most importantly increasing the self-reliance on domestic energy generation," explained Prof. DC Baruah, Head, Department of Energy and Coordinator of the e-Conclave
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressed the e-Conclave through a video message. He applauded the contributions of the Department of Energy, Tezpur University for the research and promotional works in the field of Renewable Energy. He also appreciated the initiative of the Department to organize the e-Conclave observing that it was a timely intervention, which would motivate and encourage the entrepreneurs of the region to take up ventures under the ambit of the SATAT and GOBARDHAN programmes launched by the government. He extended his heartiest wishes to the Department of Energy, Tezpur University for successful completion of 25 years of its existence.
Jisnu Barua, Chief Secretary, Government of Assam, through his message congratulated the Department of Energy on the successful completion of 25 years and assured all possible support of the government for biogas projects in Assam under SATAT and GOBARDHAN.
Prof V K Jain, Vice Chancellor, Tezpur University, delivering his welcome address highlighted the importance of the e-Conclave for the growth of biogas in Northeast India.