The Team of Consultants

Apart from the team of core-members, WaRM group possess a cadre of field staff and volunteers spread throughout India.  WaRM group also fosters a symbiotic relationship with many of the technical experts in the field of biomedical waste management.

Prof. D. K. Banerjee
Professor and Dean (retired), School of Environmental Sciences,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Prof Banerjee did his M.SC and Ph.D in Chemistry from University of Sagar.  Subsequently he undertook his post-doctoral studies from University of Bonn, Germany. Prof Banerjee has been recipient of CSIR Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship and Commonwealth Academic Staff Exchange Fellowship.
Prof Banerjee joined the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as faculty in 1972 and retired in 2005 as Professor of Environmental Chemistry. During his tenure he undertook international collaborative research studies with Imperial College Centre for Environmental Technology, London and School of Environmental & Applied Sciences, University of Derby (under UGC-British Council Higher Education Link Programme) and with Institute of Environmental Protection Engineering, Lublin Technical University (under Indo-Polish S & T Cooperation Programme). He also has been a Fellow / Member of Indian Association for Air Pollution Control, Indian Association of Analytical Scientists & Academy of Environmental Biology, India. Prof Banerjee has been on the Editorial Board of four international journals viz. Chemical Speciation & Bioavailability, Indoor & Built Environment, Polish Academy of Sciences Archives of Environmental Protection, and Environmental Practice; and one national journal, viz., Indian Journal of Air Pollution Control. Further he was on the research advisory committees/board of studies/academic councils of various institutions like Indian Oil Corporation’s R&D Centre, Delhi School of Planning & Architecture, IGNOU, Sambalpur University, MS University of Baroda, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, TERI School of Advanced Studies, CPCB, CEE etc.

Prof Banerjee’s academic and research interests lies in Air, water and soil pollution chemistry, waste management, environmental monitoring and management. He has been an examiner of theses and dissertations of Ph.D./M.Phil / M.Tech courses and also as subject expert in selection committees of various Universities/CPCB/Ministry of HRD etc.  Around 20 students completed their Ph.Ds under his supervision while 15 completed their M.Phil. Prof. Banerjee also undertook research projects funded by CSIR, DST, CPCB etc. and published a number of papers in peer reviewed international journals.


Dr Lakshmi Raghupathy
Retired Director,  Ministry of Environment & Forests
Government of India

Dr. Raghupathy is a post-graduate in Bio-chemistry and Soil Biology from B.I.T.S., Pilani. She did her Ph. D in Environmental Sciences from B.I.T.S Pilani and Post-Doctoral Research at Asahikawa Medical College, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan, 1986. Further she also undergone professional training on 'Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management' at Sophia Antipolis, France, in 1990 and Bits, Sweden, in 1993.
Dr. Raghupathy’s area of specialisation are (a) Environmental Exposures and bodily uptake of environmental pollutants in mining and metallurgical industries and methodologies for evaluation of exposures to heavy metals in the industrial and urban environment; (b) Waste Management -  Solid Wastes, Hazardous Wastes and Bio-medical Wastes Management; and (c) Conservation of Medicinal Plants.
Dr. Raghupathy worked in the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India for 20 years in various capacities. She handled various subject areas which include hazardous waste management, bio-medical waste management, e-waste management, issues related to waste lead acid batteries, municipal solid waste, plastic waste, Environmental Impact Assessment, Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization, Biodiversity & Medicinal Plants Conservation, IPR etc. She also worked as Consultant with the UNEP for the Secretariat of the Basel Convention on Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous and other Wastes.

Dr. Raghupathy has been credited with handling international areas of negotiations such as Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal and represented the Government of India, as technical expert in the Basel Convention meetings, Working Groups and Conference of the Parties. She worked as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Technical Working Group (TWG) during 1993-1997 and participated in other meetings of the Basel Convention and worked as consultant for Basel Convention.
She co-ordinated projects funded by International agencies such as World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Danish International Development Assistance (DANIDA) etc.

Dr. Raghupathy represented the Ministry as the technical expert in various International and National Meetings, Conferences, Seminars, Workshops etc. she also contributed in preparing number of Country Reports, Status Papers, Documents and Compilations in the area of Hazardous Waste and other waste management and Conservation of Biological Diversity. Dr. Raghupathy was further involved in Teaching and Research in the area of Environmental Sciences. She guided number of Post-graduate projects for students of Masters in Environmental Sciences, Jiwaji University, Gwalior.

Dr. Raghupathy has more than 40 technical papers and articles to her credit which are published in both international and national Journals, Proceedings, books and publications in various subject areas on environment.  She also contributed in preparation of some of the important guidelines which includes “Hazardous Wastes Management & Handling Guidelines”, “Guidelines for safe disposal of Asbestos Wastes” & “Guidelines for the Handling & Management of Bio-medical Waste”. She was also involved in preparation of the Technical Guidelines on incineration on land, recycling of used oil, Physico-Chemical and Biological Treatment of Hazardous Wastes for the UNEP Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.

Air Marshal (Dr) Lalji K Verma
AVSM (Retd)

Dr Verma, an MBBS doctor with Ph D in hospital waste management, served Indian Air Force for about 4 decades & retired from post of Dir Gen Medical Services in the rank of Air Marshal in Aug 2002. He has been working for inculcating 'best practices' in biomedical waste management in India since beginning of his career. He has been founding president of the Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management (ISHWM), which was primarily founded as his initiatives.
Dr. Verma has undertaken a number of research projects, studies, and tasks related to biomedical waste management. Dr. Verma has undertaken various projects on bacterial mutation, vermicomposting of biomedical waste, biomedical waste management survey of nursing homes and small hospitals in Delhi, and external audit biomedical waste management in selected large hospitals in Delhi. He authored a book - "Managing Healthcare Waste - a Practical Approach" and also published many articles, and papers in Indian and international journals.
Apart from ISHWM, Dr. Verma serves as a President of Vikalp, an NGO committed to protection and promotion of human health through arrest of environmental degradation. He is also associated with M/s Vegma Enviro Consultants India Pvt Ltd in the capacity of CEO.


 Dr. O.P. Sharma
Enviro Sciences Analyst 

Dr. Sharma, a clinical Ophthalmologist with medical background has had the privilege of working at the two premier institutes of the country i.e. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi & Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh.  He also has considerable experience of working in private sector. He has a total teaching experience of more than 40 years.
Dr. Sharma is credited with development of full concept of a Health System which includes Quality of Care, Health care Waste Management, establishing a Referral system, Emergency Obstetric care, Hospital Systems Improvement Teams, Standard Treatment Guidelines, EML & Rational Use of Drugs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Hospital related statistics, Access & Equity of poor & underserved, Management of HR Component of Health System, Institutional Building, Leadership and Communication. He is a Member of Rajasthan State level Resource Team (5 member committee constituted by Govt. of Rajasthan) overseeing Health Systems Improvement in the state. As Consultant (Trainings) in World Bank Aided Rajasthan Health Systems Development Project Dr. Sharma was actively involved in development, execution & monitoring of concept of Health Systems Improvement at State/District/facility level & was responsible for planning & execution of Training programmes for more than 15,000 Medical/Para medical Staff in different fields, including onsite trainings of HCWM, in Rajasthan.  He was also involved in biomedical waste management trainings in 3 states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Himachal Pradesh



Mr. Nihar Doctor
En – Vision Enviro Engineers Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Nihar Doctor has done his Masters in Engineering (Environment) from South Gujarat University, Surat, India. Prior to that he also undertook Masters in Engineering (Structure). He is further trained as a lead assessors and auditors for ISO 14000 environmental Management System. He has expertise in environmental engineering and pollution control. He has been instrumental in setting up of 3 CBWTFs which are located a Surat, Udaipur and Ranchi and his Centralized Bio-Medical Waste Treatment Facility at Surat, Gujarat has received Dubai International Award for Best Practice to improve the living Environment. He is a member of many professional bodies and a committee member of Task force for Bio-Medical Waste for Gujarat State.



 Mr. Jatin Dalal
Manager Projects
En – Vision Enviro Engineers Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Dalal is a Mechanical Engineer by qualification and his expertise includes Project Management & Design Engineering of Equipments. He has been involved in setting up and operation & maintenance of common biomedical waste treatment facilities. He has also undertaken assignments pertaining to design of various equipments of Effluent treatment Plant.  Mr. Dalal also coordinates training programmes on biomedical waste management for the healthcare functionaries.

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