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Bakul Rao

Associate Professor, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT Bombay


Bakul Rao joined the Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas in 2009. She has a BSc in Chemistry from Bombay University, a MSc in Analytical and Medicinal Chemistry from SNDT Women’s University. She has a total of more than 28 years experience in the field of environment which ranges from matrix characterization, technology development for sanitation, wastewater treatment, FSM and soil remediation, Life cycle assessments, etc. 

Research Areas

  • Decentralized Planning of Panchayat Raj Institutions
  • Natural Resources Planning
  • Environmental Assessment and Remediations
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Frameworks and State-of-the-Environment Studies
  • Municipal Solid Waste Management
  • E-waste and Agricultural Systems
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Sustainable Development and Sanitation.
  • Academic Background

  • Management Program for Women Entrepreneurs, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India (2006)
  • PhD in Environmental Science & Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India (2001
  • MSc Analytical & Medicinal Chemistry, SNDT Women’s University (1989)
  • BSc Chemistry, Bombay University (1987)
  • Publications


  • Kumar, A. Rao, B., De, A.K. “Milk proteins, health issues and its implications on National Livestock Breeding Policy of India” accepted Current Science, 2018
  • Jain R., Ajmera H. Rao B. “Reducing resource disparity in healthcare resource allocation of laboratories in countries with limited resources by empowering policy making and implementation” accepted Current Science, 2018
  • Jain R., Rao B. and Tare A. “Comparative Analysis of the Spectrophotometric based Total Phenolic Acid Estimation Methods,”  Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Vol.72 9:, 2017, pp.972-976
  • Sharma N. and Rao B. “Life cycle atmospheric emissions and energy use of the collection phase of a typical Indian sewerage system,” Energy, Ecology and Environment, 2017
  • Thampi, A., Rao, B. “Application of Multi-criteria decision making tools for technology choice in treatment and disposal of Municipal Solid Waste for Local Self Government Bodies: A case study of Kerala, India \textit{The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, Vol.41 1:, 2015, pp.84-95
  • Jain, R., Rao, B. “Medical diagnostic laboratories provisioning of services in India,  CHRISMED Journal of Health and Research, Vol.2 1:, 2015, pp.19-31
  • Jain, R., Rao, B. “Critical analysis of India’s National Mission on Medicinal Plants (NMMP) in providing access to quality botanical drugs to improve public health, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Vol.6 3:, 2015, pp.198-207
  • Kumbhar, S., Kulkarni, N., Rao, A.B., Rao, B. “Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Traditional Bricks in Western Maharashtra, India,” Energy Proceedia, Vol.54 :, 2014, pp.260-269
  • Rao, B., Mane, A., Rao A.B., Sardeshpande V. “Multi-criteria Analysis of Alternative Biogas Technologies,” Energy Proceedia, Vol.54, 2014, pp.292-301
  • Rahi Jain and Bakul Rao  Application of AHP tool for decision making of choice of technology for the extraction of anti-cancer bioactive compounds of plant origin. International Journal of Analytic Hierarchy Process,  Vol.5 1:, 2013, pp.3-29.
  • Rao, B.H. Issues in Water Resource Management for Urban Centres. Business Review, 2008.
  • Rao, B.H. and Asolekar, S.R., QSAR Models to Predict Effect of Ionic Strength on Sorption of Chlorinated Benzenes and Phenols at Sediment-Water Interface. Water Research  35, 14, 3391-3401, 2001.
  • Rao, B.H., Swaminathan, R., and Asolekar, S.R., Washing of Marine Coastal Sand in a Batch Reactor:  Sorption and Desorption of BTEX. J Air \& Waste Manage Assoc. 51, 1043-1059, 2001.
  • Rao, B.H.,Conditions Imposed by the MoEF While Granting Environmental Clearance. Environmental Impact Assessment Quarterly 2000. 
  • Book Chapter / Reports / Books

  • Singh R., Vivek J.M., Rao B., Asolekar S.R. (2019) Significance of the Presence of Asbestos in Construction and Demolition Wastes in India. In: Kalamdhad A., Singh J., Dhamodharan K. (eds), Advances in Waste Management. Springer, Singapore
  • Singh, R., Rao, B. and Asolekar S, R., (2017). Treatment and Disposal of Glass-wool and Asbestos Bearing Waste-Insulation Materials from Ship Dismantling Yards in India, In 15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST 2017) held during Aug 31 and Sept 2, 2017 in Island of Rhodes, Greece [Selected by the journal of WM&R- under review].
  • Singh R., Vivek J. M., Rao B. and Asolekar S. R. (2016). Environmental Sound Management of Asbestos Wastes Generated from Industries in India. In Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Solid Waste Management, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal during 22 and 26 Nov, 2016 [Selected for publication in Book release by Springer- Waste Management and Resources- under final review]
  • State of Environment Report, Bangalore – 2008 Published by EMPRI, Government of Karnataka and GTZ
  • Eco-Reckoner  – A compendium of ecological terms – 2008, Published by the Indo-Norwegian Environment Programme
  • State of Environment and Action Plan, Karnataka – 2003 – Published by the Government of Karnataka and World Bank