Prof. P. Sankar Ganesh

Department of Biological Sciences

Environment and energy, Anaerobic digestion, Vermicomposting, Nano(eco)toxicology, Composting, Solid waste management, Termigradation, Technology for Pedagogy
Room number A119,
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
Hyderabad Campus
Jawahar Nagar, Kapra Mandal
Dist.-Medchal-500 078
Telangana, India

Administrative Responsibilities

Current Positions:

  • Coordinator, Global Sanitation Graduate School (From September, 2019).
  • Member, WILP & Industry Connect, Project Lakshya (From October, 2018).

Past Positions:

  • Nucleus Member, Instruction Division (August, 2009 to December, 2012).
  • Member, Curriculum Bench marking for MSc Bio Sc, BE Biotech & ME Biotech programs (March, 2010).
  • Faculty Member, Academic Counseling Cell (August, 2010).
  • Member, Curriculum Restructuring: Ecology & Environmental Science and Plant Physiology (July, 2011).
  • Member, Departmental Research Committee, Dept. of Biological Sciences (July, 2011 to February, 2013).
  • Program Coordinator, National Service Scheme (February, 2011 to September, 2012).
  • In-charge, Timetable, Instruction Division (August, 2011 to September, 2012).
  • Convener, Prof. V. S. Rao Prize for Innovation in Education (December, 2011).
  • In-charge, Course Management System (January 2012 to December, 2012).
  • Campus Coordinator, French courses, Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad (February, 2012 to September, 2012).
  • Invited Faculty Member, Student Faculty Committee (March, 2012).
  • Process Owner, Learning Management System, Enterprise Resource Planning (May, 2012).
  • Lead Faculty Innovator, Centre for Innovation (August, 2012 to February, 2015).
  • Faculty In-charge, Placement Unit (September, 2012 to February, 2014).
  • In-charge, Student Feedback & Monitoring, Instruction Division (September, 2012 to December, 2012).
  • Faculty In-charge, Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (June, 2013 to February, 2015).
  • Leader, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Mission 2015 (June, 2013 to March, 2016).
  • Associate Dean, International Programmes and Collaboration Division (January, 2014 to July, 2018).
  • Convener, Departmental Committee for Academics (November, 2016 to October, 2018).
  • Campus Coordinator, Project Management Office, Project Lakshya (August, 2017 to December, 2017).
  • Member, Departmental Research Committee (September, 2019 to November, 2020)
  • Associate Dean, Practice School Division (July, 2018 to September, 2021).

Other Positions:

  • President, Tamil Sangam, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus (August 2010).
  • In-charge, Microbiology Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences (October 2011).
  • Faculty Member, URJA, (November 2011).
  • Committee Member, Steering Committee Meeting & visit of the Governor of Andhra Pradesh (December 2011).
  • Transport Coordinator, Chancellor’s Visit (December 2011).
  • Member, Committee for mid semester test pattern (March 2012).
  • Coordinator, Transportation & Stay Arrangements, Convocation Committee (May 2012).
  • Coordinator, Workshop for researchers in infectious diseases from Canada and India. (June 2012).
  • In-charge, Pre-Convocation Events (August 2012).
  • Coordinator, Transportation & Stay Arrangements, Alumni Advisory Committee (August 2012).
  • Event In-charge, Srimad Bhagavad Gita by Swami Anubhavananda Saraswati, (August 2012 & January 2013).
  • Coordinator, Jeevan Vidya Introductory Talk by Prof. Rajeev Singhal (November 2012).
  • Coordinator, Farewell for outgoing students (November 2012).
  • Member, UGC Innovation Project proposal submission team (February 2013).
  • Event In-charge, Srimad Bhagavad Gita by Swami Anubhavananda Saraswati, (August 2012 & January 2013).
  • Member, Quality Assessment & Assurance, Mission 2015 Workshop (March 2013).
  • Coordinator, Convocation Documentation Sub Committee, Convocation 2013 (May 2013).
  • Coordinator, Convocation Documentation Sub Committee, Convocation 2014 ( June 2014).

Technology Developed

iSTAR® is a novel thermophilic anaerobic digestion technology, used to treat hazardous wastes such as landfill leachate and domestic septage. It can be used to treat single or multiple substrates (co-digestion). The inbuilt 'Remote Monitoring System' keeps track of the bioreactor's health. Organic matter present in the substrate(s) is converted into methane-rich biogas. Effluent sludge is composted and used as a soil amendment. This technology has been developed as part of the SPARSH project No. BT/SPARSH0144/03/15, funded by BIRAC.

Technology Commissioned: As part of the CoRE project, a 12,000 Lt thermophilic biogas digester was commissioned in 2014 at the students' hostel dining hall to treat food waste. The biogas produced is used as a supplement for cooking gas and the spent slurry is used as a soil amendment/ biofertilizer for horticulture. Click here to watch the video of the biogas plant.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Start-up Company:

ALMaC Protech: Incubated a start-up company named ALMaC Projects and Technologies Private Limited at Technology Business Incubator, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. ALMaC Protech is a Technology Development, Technology Adaptation, Systems Engineering and Projects Management Company, specializing in the domains of Biological Systems, Solar, IoT and IC Technologies.