Dr Rajeev Pratap SINGH (India)

Rajeev did his PhD work at the Department of Botany of the Banaras Hindu University in India, where he examined how municipal sewage sludge can be used in land applications.

PhD in Botany

Current position: Assistant Professor, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, India

Research focus: giving waste a second chance

Following this, Rajeev did his postdoctoral work at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Afterwards, he started to work as an assistant professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development at Banaras Hindu University. The Green Talents award was a turning point in his career, and the first international recognition for his research.

2020 NAAS Fellow - Elected in 27th Annual General Body Meeting of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi
2019 Fellow of International Society of Environmental Botanists (ISEB), Lucknow
2016 Water Advanced Research and Innovation Fellowship (WARI)
2012 ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in sustainable development from United Nations University, Tokyo and Scopus


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2011):

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Research focus: land application of sewage sludge

Rajeev Pratap Singh has focused his work, studies and teaching on waste management, particularly how sewage sludge can be used in land applications.

An assistant professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development at Banaras Hindu University in India, Dr Singh is specialised in the management of agro-industry waste using composting and vermicomposting technologies. He has pursued his interest with a strong conviction that sending waste to landfills is not a sustainable solution for the long term.

Formerly, he worked as a senior research fellow at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and he publishes regularly in international journals on the subject of land applications for sewage sludge. Recent papers include one on how sewage sludge can be used as a fertiliser supplement and another on vermicomposting as a sustainable option for the management of urban solid waste.

He is now turning his focus on managing municipal solid waste, tannery waste and kitchen waste, using various technologies that recycle useful plant nutrients and restore soil quality. He is also interested in how waste can be converted to energy and that energy can be used for industrial and domestic purposes.

The jury said Dr Singhs research was an important contribution to waste management and lauded his doctoral work on sewage sludge for fields. It also noted Dr Singhs current focus on the composting of biomasses and the wide variety of other sustainability-related areas he is researching, including elements that help restore land, the efficient use of water in agricultural processes and efficient resource management.

Dr Singh is looking forward to the Green Talents Forum as a way to build research connections between the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development and institutes in Germany. The experience gained from the visit will be helpful for me to explore new areas of Research, he said.