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CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute was established in 1958, initially it was named as CPHERI, later named as National Environmental Engineering Research Institute(NEERI). NEERI is constituent laboratory of CSIR created and funded by Govt. of India and falls under the Ministry of Science and Technology (India). CSIR-NEERI is established in Nagpur and is pioneer laboratory in the field of environmental science and engineering. Five zonal centers of CSIR-NEERI have been established in Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.
Dr. Atul Narayan Vaidya did B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT), Nagpur and M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT-Bombay. He obtained Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from RTM Nagpur University. At present, Dr. Vaidya is Director of the CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI). Earlier, he was Chief Scientist and Head of Chemical and Hazardous Waste Management Division, CSIR-NEERI. He has over 34 years of research experience in environmental science and engineering, especially in waste management. Dr. Vaidya has extensively worked on various aspects of waste management, including characterization, treatment, reuse and recycle, impacts on the environment, Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and environmentally sound practices, such as waste minimization, clean technology, circular economy. He is also actively working for Stockholm convention, UNFCCC and Minimata convention. He also has experience in biotechnology and technology demonstration. He has implemented effective technological options for environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes at various industries in the country. Dr. Vaidya has facilitated decision-making across the country through his basic and translational interdisciplinary research on various environmental issues. His contributions in national and international environmental policies have been noteworthy. He has published many research papers in national and international journals.