Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution



 Implementation strategies for National Clean Air Programme

Comprehensive Technology Policy exchange through collective intelligence 

September 07, 2020, New Delhi, India

Time: 10.00 AM -12.30 PM




Prof.  Ranjana Aggarwal

Director, CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS)


  10.00 am – 10.10 am

Inaugural Address

Special  Guest

Dr. Prashant Gargava

Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board , New Delhi

   10.10 am – 10.30 am

Session I


Context setting Presentation/ Moderation

Speakers/Key discussants

Time (approx.)

Policy Learning


  • Clean Action Plans and National framework
  • International Perspective on Clean Air



Moderator: Prof. Sujit Bhattacharya

Chief Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS


Ms. Prarthana Borah

India Director, Clean Air Asia


Dr. Preeti Soni

Chief - Climate Change, Resilience and Energy,

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)



Guest of Honour

Shri. Ravi S Prasad, IAS

Additional Secretary to Government of India

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change


  10.30 am -11.00 am


Session II

Innovation landscape for air pollution mitigation


Enabling environment to boost tech / innovations;

Experiential knowledge derived from traditional systems for clean air; Entrepreneurship for clean air




Moderator: Ms Rozita Singh,

Head, Solutions Mapping, Accelerator Lab, UNDP India


Padmabhushan Vaid Devinder Triguna

President, Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth

Ministry of Ayush


Ms Swetha Kolluri,

Head, Experimentation, Accelerator Lab,

UNDP India


UNDP Air Pollution Innovation Challenge winner- Mr Irfan Pathan Co-Founder and CEO, Pi Green Innovations Pvt Ltd


Clean Air Asia’s ‘Nature Hack for Clean Air’ winners:

Mr Shivam Bachhety 

  (Project Air-Ninja)


Ms Rajhrita Dutta

    (Project Idea - Air Map)


11.00 am-11.50 am




















Session III

Innovative partnerships and policy mechanisms

(discussion mode)


Perspectives of different country contexts on formal and informal and technology innovation; community participation; citizen science

Quality standardization, quality assurance issues



Ms. Prarthana Borah

India Director, Clean Air Asia


Prof. Sujit Bhattacharya,

Chief Scientist, CSIR – NISTADS


Dr. Sumit Kumar Mishra

 Principal Scientist, National Physical Laboratory (NPL)


Dr. Krishnan Srinivasaraghavan

Head of Exploration, Accelerator Lab, UNDP




11.50 am- 12.20 pm


Conclusions and Wrap up

Vote of Thanks

Dr. Madhulika Bhati,

Principal Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS

12.20 pm 12.30 pm




About the Programme 

The policy dialogue intends to bring different stakeholders together to discuss opportunity and challenges, technological interventions, formal as well as informal innovation and various strategies that can be useful for addressing the challenges of Air pollution It intend to explore new avenues such as that of informal innovation like citizen science initiative, experiential knowledge that comes from traditional practices, and standard and certifications.  The policy dialogue intends to provide solutions that can be implementable. The policy dialogue is being held when the world is struggling to cope up with COVID-19.  This context also will be underscored in the discussions and developing policy suggestions.

This Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution coordinated by CSIR-NISTADS,UNDP India and Clean Air Asia, intends to address some of the above issues and suggest actionable plans to embed into the Air pollution Policy framework. It is envisaged that the experiences and lessons from this policy dialogue will help us in understanding how countries are planning their strategies to reduce air pollution as well as their preparedness in the pandemic era, and what countries could learn from each other.

The policy dialogue will deliberate on a range of technological options that can be leveraged by countries to control the menace of air pollution. It will also provide a forum for exchanging experiences with actionable science-based solutions for the prevention and management of air pollution. The findings are also expected to contribute towards the current discussion on sustainable development goals.

The policy dialogue will primarily be structured around the following issues:

  • Understanding the existing National Clean Air Policy (NCAP) framework of India in the context of the mechanisms it provides for mitigating air pollution through technology interventions
  • The technological interventions (formal and informal) that can provide novel pathways for improving air quality
  • Suggest a Roadmap to improve the quality of the infrastructure (standard setting mechanism , quality assurance, etc  )
  • To deliberate upon the scope, types of partnership and institutional arrangements for developing a robust regulatory and governance for monitoring and addressing air quality challenges. The learnings from different countries that can be shared and implanted.

The discussion will be free-flowing, structured brainstorming for about two and half hours, anchored around the above issues. The policy dialogue intends to contribute towards developing a policy document with an implementable framework/roadmap that can act as a policy advocacy for ‘clean air’.

The above issues are intended to be covered under three themes (a) Status of Clean Action Plans and National frameworks (b) Innovation landscape for air pollution mitigation (c) Innovative partnerships and policy mechanisms. 


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