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IndianDesalination Association(InDA)

IndianDesalination AssociationInDA


Introduction


Indian Desalination Association(InDA) was formed in the month ofSeptember 1991 in Madras (now Chennai) with the main goal for the developmentand promotion of the appropriate use of desalination and desalinationtechnologies nationwide in water supply, water reuse, water pollution control,water purification, water treatment, other water sciences and technologies andvarious solute-solvent separations.


 InDA is growing and getting national &international recognition. It has its international bearing/ affiliation alongwith Asia Pacific Desalination Association (APDA) & InternationalDesalination Association (IDA).  InDAPresident has always emphasized the need to motivate and increase participationfrom younger generations in InDA activities. InDA President requested all themembers that the intense efforts should be put by all, towards creatingawareness amongst the people about water issues and to gather more and moremembers with a better representation of India in the world map as a whole.


Inthe last twenty two (22) years, the recognition for InDA has grown and the samecan be judged by the fact that other organizations like Desalination IndiaCongress, EA Water, WTR, Water Today, CHEMTECH Foundation (conductingseminars/exhibitions on water related issues), have approached InDA toassociate with them. InDA has been striving for societal cause. Its members arebeing increasingly associated with National Committees which prepare policiesand road map for fulfilling societal goals.


Thegrowth of the association is quite good with Life Membership number increasingto 302 from 274 i.e. addition of 28 new Life Members and 3 new CorporateMembers taking the total to 38 by the end of 31st March 2013. About 10% growthevery year is good. It has been quite an active and eventful year (2013) asmentioned above. Members evinced keen interest in the activities of InDA andcontributed significantly in the organizational matters of the Association.


Recently activities


TheAnnual Seminar ‘InDACON-2013’ was held on 21st & 22nd February 2013 atHotel Ramada, Jaipur along with MNIT,Jaipur. It was inaugurated by PadmaVibhushan Awardee Dr Anil Kakodkar Chairman, Solar Energy Corporation of Indiaand former Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy. InDACON-2013 was a grand success.  The seminar was well attended. There wereabout 120 participants and students’ enthusiasm was unlimited. There weredifferent technical sessions and panel discussions. An exhibition on WaterTechnologies was also organized during the occasion. Students were given awardin oral and poster papers categories by our President Dr. PK Tewari. Next InDAAnnual Seminar InDACON 2014 will be held during February 2014 at Chennai.


On22nd March 2013, Dr. Prabhakar, InDA Vice President organized “National WaterDay” at Kalpakam along with Anna University, NIOT & Tamil Nadu PollutionControl Board. It was well attended. InDA President Dr. P.K. Tewari, Mr.K.P.Gwalani and Mr. M.P. Ramaswamy from InDA Executive Committee attended thecelebrations.


On27th & 28th September 2012, InDA along with IIChE - Mumbai Chapter & DJSanghvi College of Engineering, Vile Parle, Mumbai- 400056 organized a NationalWorkshop on ‘Water and Energy: Sustainability & Security for Future Needs’.


Ithad been decided to have Memorial Lectures in memory of departed InDA Life TimeAchievement Awardees. Dr.P K Tewari gave the first Late Shri Kamlesh Goyal ofROCHEM Memorial lecture during WAVE 2012 Seminar/Workshop on 27th September2012.


TheInDA website (www.indaindia.org) is in operation. The website is beingregularly updated with the various activities taking place, but there is stillmuch scope for improvement for which we need some volunteers to help us incoordinating & updating our website. The InDA News, InDA Membership Form isalso made available on the website. The website was mutually linked to severalother organizations viz. International Desalination Association, AmericanMembrane Technology Association, Environmental Data Interactive Exchange,Middle East Desalination Research Centre, Indian Institute of ChemicalEngineers, World Council of Nuclear Workers etc. Indian DesalinationAssociation has been bringing out the InDA News.