GAJALAKSHMI S Associate Professor

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  • Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engineering
  • School of Engineering & Technology
  • s.gajalakshmi.cpe@pondiuni.edu.in

Academic Activity

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Educational Qualification (UG,PG & Higher Order)

S.No Degree Subject/Title of thesis University/Board Year of Passing
1 PhD Environmental Science & Engineering Pondicherry University 2003
2 MPhil Environmental Science & Engineering Pondicherry University 1997
3 MSc Zoology Pondicherry University 1996
4 BSc Zoology Pondicherry University 1994

Area of Specializaion

Environmental Biotechnology: Solid Waste Management, Wastewater Treatment, Microbial Fuel Cells, Soil Nutrient Dynamics

Awards / Prizes Conferred

S.No Name / Title of the Award Type Name of the Agency conferred the Award Year of the Award Amount for Cash Award
1 Best Teacher Award REGIONAL Pondicherry University 2018 Certificate
2 Best Teacher Award REGIONAL Pondicherry University 2016 Certificate
3 Best Teacher Award REGIONAL Pondicherry University 2015 Certificate
4 Best Teacher Award REGIONAL Pondicherry University 2014 Certificate

Teaching Experience

S.No Designation Department/Centre Institution
1 Assistant Professor Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engineering Pondicherry University

Research Experience

S.No Designation Department/Centre Institution Area of Research
1 Research Associate Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engineering Pondicherry University Environmental Technology
2 Assistant Professor Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engineering Pondicherry University Environmental Technology

Industry Experience

S.No Designation Company/Corporate Nature of Work

Contribution towards Innovation

S.No Name of the Work/Contribution Specialization Remarks
1 Start up project on ‘ Green Voltz-Cera Tech System’, a ceramic based Plant Microbial Fuel Cells Climate Launchpad 2019, Coordinated by Association for Promoting Sustainability in Campuses & Commu Selected for the Global Grand Finals

Patent Details

S.No Title Status Patent Number Year of Award Type Commercialized Status
1 A NOVEL PROCESS FOR ECO-FRIENDLY TREATMENT OF LIGNINOUS BIOWASTE APPLIED 303781 2014 NATIONAL NO
2 DYNAMIC SELF SUSTAINING AND SELF PROPAGATING SYSTEM FOR WASTE WATER TREATMENT AND A METHOD THEREOF GRANTED 302282 2012 NATIONAL NO

Papers Published in UGC Approved Journals

S.No Title Name of the Authors as per the order in Paper Journal Name Volume, Issue & Page Nos. Year Impact Factor
1 Termites can have greater influence on soil properties through the construction of soil sheetings than the production of aboveground mounds Ajay Harit, Hemanth Moger, Jean-Louis Duprey, Selvaraj Gajalakshmi, Shahid Abbas Abbasi, Sankaran Subramanian, Pascal Jouquet Insectes Sociaux 64:247-253 2017 1.675
2 Comparative efficacy of vermicomposted paper waste and inorganic fertilizer on seed germination, plant growth and fruition of Cyamopsis tetragonoloba M. Karthikeyan, S. Gajalakshmi* and S.A. Abbasi Journal of Applied Horticulture 16(1): 40-45, 2014 Nil
3 Effect of storage on some physical and chemical characteristics of vermicast A.K. Harit, M. Karthikeyan, S. Gajalakshmi and S.A. Abbasi Journal of Applied Horticulture 16(2): 112-116 2014 Nil
4 Ingestion of sand and soil by phytophagous earthworm Eudrilus eugeniae: a finding of relevance to earthworm ecology as well as vermitechnology M. Karthikeyana, S. Gajalakshmia & S.A. Abbasi Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science Vol. 60, No. 12, 1795–1804 2014 2.254
5 Effect of vermicast generated from an allelopathic weed lantana (Lantana camara) on seed germination, plant growth, and yield of cluster bean (Cyamops M. Karthikeyan & N. Hussain & S. Gajalakshmi & S.A. Abbasi Environ Sci Pollut Res 21:12539–12548 2014 2.800
6 Direct, Rapid and Sustainable Vermicomposting of the Leaf Litter of Neem (Azadirachta indica) M. Nayeem-Shah, S. Gajalakshmi & S. A. Abbasi Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 175:792–801 2014 1.797

Papers Published in Peer Reviewed Journals

S.No Title Name of the Authors as per the order in Paper Journal Name Volume, Issue & Page Nos. Year Impact Factor
1 Inventory of termite species in thickly vegetated region of Northeastern Puducherry, India G. Kaur, T. Anantharaju, S. Gajalakshmi and S. A. Abbasi International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation Vol. 9(8), pp. 265-272 2017 Nil
2 Studies on the development of captive termite colonies A. K. Harit, S. Gajalakshmi & S. A. Abbasi Zoology and Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21658005.2016.1228731 2016 Nil
3 Disposal of municipal solid waste with in situ termireactors: proof-of-concept SA Abbasi* and S Gajalakshmi Bioresources and Bioprocessing 2:24 2015 Nil
4 Sustainable vermicomposting of Mimosa pudica in two different forms by employing three epigeic earthworm species S. G. Antony Godson, S. Gajalakshmi, S. A. Abbasi International Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering Research Vol 6(1):1-6 2015 Nil
5 A new process for the rapid and direct vermicomposting of the aquatic weed salvinia (Salvinia molesta) T Ganeshkumar, M Premalatha, S Gajalakshmi* and SA Abbasi Bioresources and Bioprocessing 1:26 2014 Nil
6 Effect of storage on the properties of vermicompost generated from paper waste: with focus on pre-drying and extent of sealing M. Karthikeyan • S. Gajalakshmi • S. A. Abbasi Int J Energy Environ Eng (Springer) 5:135 2014 RG
7 Sampling and identification of termites in Northeastern Puducherry T. Anantharaju, Gurjeet Kaur, S. Gajalakshmi, and S. A. Abbasi Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 2 (3): 225-230 2014 Nil
8 Swarming of the termite Coptotermes gestroi in north-eastern Puducherry A.K. Harit, S. Gajalakshmi and S.A. Abbasi Zoology and Ecology (Taylor and Francis) Vol. 24, No. 1, 62–69 2014 Nil
9 Direct Vermicomposting of Vegetable Waste Using the Concept of High-rate Vermireactor Operation M. Nayeem Shah, S. Gajalakshmi, S. A. Abbasi International Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering Research Vol 4(3):59-65 2013 Nil
10 Termite biodiversity in Pondicherry University campus: a reappraisal on the basis of feeding preference studies Gurjeet Kaur, S. Gajalakshmi, S.A. Abbasi International Journal of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Systems 4(1), 30 - 38 2013 Nil

Papers Published in Conference Proceedings

S.No Title Name of the Authors as per the order in Paper Details of Conference Publication Page Nos. Year
1 SURFACE MODIFIED CLAY BASED AIR CATHODE MICROBIAL FUEL CELLS FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT G.J. Bárcenas Durón*, K.Gunaseelan**, S. Gajalakshmi**, F. Caballero Briones***, K. Sathish-Kumar* y and F. Aguirre Sámano Proceedings of EFC2017 European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Conference - Piero Lunghi Conference December 12-15, 2017, Naples, Italy 53-54 2017

Books

S.No Title of the Book Name of the Authors as per the order in Book Publisher Year ISBN No.
1 Vermicomposting of the pernicious weed Salvinia molesta, Mitchell T Ganeshkumar, S Gajalakshmi* and SA Abbasi Lambert Academic Publishing 2013 10: 3659353531 ISSN 13: 9783659353536

Chapters in Books

S.No Title of the Chapters Name of the Authors Title of the Book Publisher Year ISBN No.
1 Physio-chemical characteristics of termites processed soil from trees infested with termites A.Thamizharasan and S. Gajalakshmi Recent Innovations in Biosustainability and Environmental Research Empyreal Publishing House 2019 978-81-939070-9-2
2 An Overview of Current Trends in Emergence of Nanomaterials for Sustainable Microbial Fuel Cells Gunaseelan Kuppurangam, Gajalakshmi Selvaraj, Thirumurugan Ramasamy, Vignesh Venkatasamy, and Sathish-Kumar Kamaraj Emerging Nanostructured Materials for Energy and Environmental Science Springer 2019 ISSN 2213-7114
3 Design and performance evaluation of vermicomposting systems for solid waste utilization S.Gajalakshmi, S.A.Abbasi Soil biodiversity: inventory, functions and management M/s Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh; first Edition edition 2016 978-81-211-06979
4 Species composition and duration of termite swarms at a wooded location in Puducherry –II: the pattern in the year 2010 A.KHarit, S.Gajalakshmi S.A.Abbasi Environmental challenges in conservation of resources of ‘One’ Planet for sustainable development Bishop Heber College Publication 2012 978-93-80767-05-5
5 Generation of biofertilizer in the form of vermicompost from the terrestrial weed lantana (Lantana camara) T.Ganesh Kumar S.Gajalakshmi S.A.Abbasi Environmental challenges in conservation of resources of ‘One’ Planet for sustainable development Bishop Heber College Publication 2012 978-93-80767-05-5

Edited Books

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Ongoing Projects

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Ongoing Consultancy Works

S.No Title of the Consultancy Work Sponsored By Period Sanctioned Amount(Rs. Lakh) Year

Completed Projects

S.No Title of the Project Sponsored By Period Sanctioned Amount(Rs. Lakh) Year
1 Towards opening a new frontier in bioprocess technology: development of termite-based systems for resource recovery from ligninous and other difficult-to-biodegrade solid wastes Department of Biotechnology, Government of India 2010 - 2014 39 2014

Completed Consultancy Works

S.No Title of the Consultancy Work Sponsored By Period Sanctioned Amount(Rs. Lakh) Year

Career Guidance Offered to students

S.No Name of the Scheme No. of Students Competitive Examinations/ Career Counseling No. of Students Passed No. of Students Placed

List of capability enhancement such as Soft skill development, Remedial coaching, Language lab,
Bridge courses, Yoga, Meditation, Personal Counselling and Mentoring etc.,

S.No Name of the Programme/Scheme Date of Implementation No. of Students Enrolled Agencies Involved

Research Guidance - PG

S.No Year Degree No. of Students Awarded Department/Centre
1 2019 M.TECH 4 Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engin
2 2018 M.TECH 5 Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engin
3 2017 M.TECH 4 Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engin
4 2016 M.TECH 5 Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engin
5 2014 M.TECH 1 Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engin
6 2012 M.PHIL 5 Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engin

Research Guidance - Ph.D

S.No Student Name Registration Date Registration No. Thesis Title Thesis Submitted Status Thesis Submitted Date Vivavoce Completed Status Date Awarded
1 T. Anantharaju 30.07.2010 EXPLORATION OF TERMITE SPECIES IN TWO DENSELY VEGETATED REGION IN NORTHEASTERN PUDUCHERRY FOR POSSIBLE USE IN SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT YES 14-02-2016 NO
2 G.ZhamalaDevi 18.08.2014 Ongoing NO NO
3 Man Mohan 14-.08.2014 Ongoing NO NO
4 Mohammad Nayeem Shah 13.10.2009 Exploration of methods for gainful utilization of phytomass-based biowaste YES 04-03-2014 YES 19-01-2016
5 T. Ganesh Kumar 13.10.2009 Utilization of two of the world worst weeds Salvinia molesta Mitchell and Lantana camara L. by vermicomposting YES 19-10-2015 NO
6 V.kiran Kumar 13.08.2014 Ongoing NO NO
7 A.Thamizharasan 13.08.2014 Ongoing NO NO
8 K Gunaseelan 09.08.2014 Ongoing NO NO
9 S.G.Antony Godson 09.08.2011 ATTEMPT TOWARDS UTLIZATION OF SOME TERRESTRIAL AND AQUATIC WEEDS BY VERMICOMPOSING YES 10-02-2016 NO
10 M. Karthikeyan 05-09-2008 STUDIES ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF PHYTOMASS-BASED VERMICOMPOSTS AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON THE PLANT GROWTH YES 04-03-2014 YES 10-05-2016
11 Gurjeet Kaur 05-09-2008 SAMPLING AND IDENTIFICATION OF TERMITES IN NORTHEASTERN PUDUCHERRY AND EXPLORATION OF THEIR USE IN TREATING LIGNINOUS SOLID WASTE YES 20-05-2014 YES 10-05-2016
12 Ajay Kumar Harit 05-09-2008 Towards ex-situ development of ‘bioengines’ in the form of termite colonies to process ligninous waste YES 09-10-2014 YES 10-05-2016

Research Guidance - Post Doctoral

S.No Scholar Name Designation Funding Agency Fellowship Title Year of Joining Year of Completion

Financial assistance availed to attend conferences / workshops and to pay membership fee
of professional bodies during the year

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E-Lecture Details

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Content/Module Title Institution/Platform Year Weblink

Details of Online Education Conducted

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Invited Talks in Conference/Seminar/Workshop/Training Programme

S.No Title of the Paper Conferences/Seminar/Workshop/Training Programme Organized by Whether International / National / State / Regional / College or University Level From To Year
1 Microbial Fuel Cells integrated technology for treating different types of wastewater, with emphasis e-Faculty Development Program (FDP) cum Workshop on “WASTE TO BIOENERGY Department of Life Sciences, School of Basic Sciences and Research, Sharda University, Uttar Pradesh International 28-06-2020 04-07-2020 2020
2 Pollution Monitoring Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) ENVIS-Hub- Pondicherry Pollution Control Committee National 17-02-2020 21-03-2020 2020
3 Prospects of vermiculture industries for persistence of rural economic development International Conference on Paradigm on the potentials of biotechnology in rural entrepreneurship Department of Zoology, M.V.Muthiah Govt. Arts College for Women, Dindigul International 21-02-2020 21-02-2020 2020
4 A glimpse of the study on the design, operation, and application of Microbial Fuel Cells integrated SPARC sponsored Indo-Belgium Workshop on Upscaling and field scale application of bioelectrochemical systems for wastewater treatment and bioenergy re School of Environmental Science and Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur & PK Sinha International 26-02-2020 27-02-2020 2020
5 Indoor air pollution: a major threat Refresher Course UGC – HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (HRDC), PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY 18.06.2018 18.06.2018 2018
6 Composting industries: as a tool for rural entrepreneurs National Conference on bio-industries for sustainable livlihood Department of Biology, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu National 27.03.2018 28.03.2018 2018
7 Solid waste management - a tool to mitigate climate change Training Program on Recent Trends/ Technologies in Climate Resilient Agriculture ICAR-Perunthalaivar kamaraj Krishi Vigyan Kendra National 19.03.2018 21.03.2018 2018
8 Pollution Monitoring Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) ENVIS-Hub- Pondicherry Pollution Control Committee National 11-09-2018 26-10-2018 2018
9 Household Pollution Summer Refresher Course on Sciences UGC-HRDC Pondicherry University University 23-07-2018 23-07-2018 2018
10 Bio Medical Waste Management Rules - 2016 State Level Awareness Program on Sustainable Waste Management – 2017 -2018 Pondicherry Pollution Control Committee, Department of Science Technology & Environment Pondicherry State 18-02-2018 18-02-2018 2018
11 Bio Medical Waste Management Rules - 2016 State Level Awareness Program on Sustainable Waste Management – 2017 -2018 Office of the Regional Administrator, Government House, Mahe, Govt. of Puducherry State 04-11-2017 04-11-2017 2017
12 Bio Medical Waste Management Rules - 2016 State Level Awareness Program on Sustainable Waste Management – 2017 -2018 Office of the Regional Administrator, Government House, Mahe, Govt. of Puducherry State 03-11-2017 03-11-2017 2017
13 Bio Medical Waste Management Rules - 2016 State Level Awareness Program on Sustainable Waste Management – 2017 -2018 Pondicherry Pollution Control Committee, Department of Science Technology & Environment Pondicherry State 12-09-2017 12-09-2017 2017
14 Bio Medical Waste Management Rules - 2016 State Level Awareness Program on Sustainable Waste Management – 2017 -2018 Pondicherry Pollution Control Committee, Department of Science Technology & Environment Pondicherry State 11-09-2017 11-09-2017 2017
15 Household pollution Zoology Association & Enviroclub Inauguration (2017-2018) St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Cuddalore College 12-07-2017 12-07-2017 2017
16 Audio Visual Competition on Biodiversity Children’s Conclave 4th Indian Biodiversity Congress Pondicherry University National 10-03-2017 12-03-2017 2017
17 Hazardous waste management Environmental awareness Department of Chemistry, Theivanai Ammal College for Women, Villupuram College 02.02.2012 02.02.2012 2012

Conferences/Seminars Organized

S.No Title of the Programme Sponsors Venue & Duration Whether International / National / State / Regional / College or University Level From To Year

Workshop Organized

S.No Title of the Programme Sponsors Venue & Duration Whether International / National / State / Regional / College or University Level From To Year
1 Bioelectrochemical Technologies for Waste To Energy Conversion and Resource Recovery Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India Centre for Pollution Control and Environmental Engineering, Pondicherry University, July 22 - 24, 20 National 22-07-2019 24-07-2019 2019

Administrative Responsibilities in the Government and Quasi Government Agencies

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Affiliation in Academic Bodies/Societies

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Participation & Extension Activities (Academic/Administraion)

S.No Name of the Position (Head, Dean, Co-ordinator, Director, etc.,) Duration Nature of Dutites
1 Member, Doctoral Committees As and when convened To give inputs to the research work presented by the students
2 Member, Stock verification committees As and when convened stock verification
3 Member, Board of Studies As and when convened Syllabus updation and revision
4 Observer, University Examinations 26.05.2014 & 28.05.2014 to 11.06.2014 (except Satu Verification of question paper opening, overall supervision and sealing of answer scripts
5 Polling Officer, Student Council Election 1 day (2016 and 2017) Conduct of elections
6 Scrutiny Committee, Student Council Election 1 day (2016 and 2017) Scrutiny of nomination forms received from the students
7 Evaluator, Video presentation Competition, School children Conclave, 4th Indian Biodiversity Congres 1 day (12.03.2017) Judging the presentations
8 Head (in charge), As and when given charge when the Head of the Cent routine duties of Head
9 Head (i/c) since June 9, 2018 routine duties of Head

Participation & Extension Activities (Co-Curricular)

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Collaboration with Institution/Industry

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Faculty Development Programme Attended (Orientation, Refresher, other Short Term Course during the year)

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Details of Executive Development Prog/Management Development Prog. conducted

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Participation in IMPESS, IMPRINT, SPARC, STARS, LEAP Programme etc and DSF Funding Programme

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Enrolment under ARPIT Programme

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