The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) was established in 1958 as Central Public Health Engineering Research Institute (CPHERI), when environmental concerns were limited to human health with a focus on water supply/sewage disposal/communicable diseases and to some extent on industrial pollution and occupational diseases. Since the 1970’s, it was renamed National Environmental Engineering Research Institute.
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) is the coordinator of Indian partners of the NaWaTech project.
NEERI is devoted to research and innovations in environmental science and engineering besides solving a range of problems posed by the industry, government and public. It is a constituent of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi and has a nation-wide presence with its six zonal laboratories in Nagpur, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.
NEERI is the general and scientific coordinator of the Indian consortium, coordinating the EU-India collaboration and the advocacy core group. NEERI is also responsible for the technical planning and R&D at laboratory scale and for the identification of the highest-potential approach (task 2.4), will carry out R&D activities according to the implementation of the development parks and their upgrading (task 3.5). Moreover, NEERI will be responsible for the integration of the projects’ training approach into the existing NEERI curriculum (supported by UPC) to bring this initiative also to a national level.
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, as a leading organisation in the field of environmental science and engineering R&D has several institutes among which are the Water Technology and Management Division conducting research in Water Resources Management Land Management and Water Resource Development; the Waste Water Technology Division; the Applied Aquatic Ecosystem and the Eco-Restoration laboratory, the Environmental Biotechnology Division; the Environmental System Design & Modelling Division; and the Knowledge Resource Centre. NEERI has been involved together with the ESF in different projects in Maharashtra and has worked directly with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) in projects for monitoring and pollution control.