Subha Muthukumar

Lead - Urban Practitioners' Programme | subhamuthukumar at iihs dot ac dot in


2017    PhD, Environment Science, GITAM University, Vysak

2016    PGD, Environmental Law and Policy, National Law University, New Delhi

2005    MPhil, Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University, Trichy

2002    MSc, Environment Science, Bharathidasan University, Trichy




Countries: India
States: Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Puducherry, Jharkhand, Punjab, Kerala
Cities: Chennai, Hyderabad, Siddipet, Warangal, Vizakhapatnam, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Indore, Jabalpur, Puri, Bhubaneshwar and Ambikapur
Languages: English, Tamil, Telugu

Subha Muthu Kumar works with the IIHS Urban Practitioners’ Programme to integrate the mission and vision of government policies, stakeholder requirements and grassroot level problems into a single platform and help incubate, innovate and integrate ideas to develop value added services through science and technological means in the Public Health and Sanitation sector.


Prior to joining IIHS, Subha was Senior Faculty and Head i/c in the Environment Management Department   at Engineering Staff College of India, Hyderabad. She possesses over 17 years of experience in Teaching, Capacity Building, Research and consultancy projects. Her areas of expertise are Water Supply and Sanitation, Faecal sludge Management, Waste Water Treatment, Waste Management, Pollution monitoring and modelling, EIA and Environmental Data Management.


Subha is a certified Lead Auditor for ISO QMS 9001, ISO EMS 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and an Internal auditor for NABL ISO 17025 Laboratory Management System. She is also an empanelled national expert and resource person for MoEF&CC, GoI for Waste Management rules 2016 and a Certified Master trainer by MoHUA, GoI for the Swachh Bharat Mission. She had trained more than 3000 engineers from various ULBs across different states of India under AMRUT, SBM, SMART CITIES and Housing for All urban flagship missions. She was instrumental in getting NABL laboratory accreditation of Atomic Mineral Directorate-Chemical testing laboratory, Department of Atomic Energy, GoI and served as liaison between various ministries and government departments for project development and institution building. Subha has undergone professional training in AERMOD – Air pollution dispersion modelling and BHUVAN mapping. Her ongoing research project focuses on pollution abatement of lakes using Phytoremediation techniques.

Journal Articles

  • Subha, M., & Srinivas, N. (2019). Phytoremediation potential of Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa L.) In Benthic lake sludge. Pollution Research, 38(4), 1061-1071.
  • Shubha, M., & Srinivasa, M. (2017). Curious case of Indian mustard as self-defeating phytoextractor in an Urban Benthic Sludge at India. International Journal of civil engineering and technology, 8(6), 732-740.
  • Subha, M., & Srinivas, N. (2019). Phytoremediation potential of weedy plants in heavy metal contaminated Benthic lake sludge. International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, 12(14), 4534-4538


Book Chapters

  • Subha, M. (2020). Decentralized solid waste management—a tool for achieving the benchmark for successful Swachh Bharat transformation at institutional level—a case study. In S. K. Ghosh (Ed.), Sustainable waste management: Policies and case studies (pp. 215-222). Springer.

Conference Proceedings

  • Presented a Paper titled Decentralised solid waste management – a tool for achieving the benchmark for successful swachh bharat transformation at institutional level – a case study, 7th International Conference on Solid Waste Management, PJTSAU, Hyderabad.
  • Presented a Paper titled Study of  trace elements and heavy metals in soil  and  selection of suitable hyper accumulative plant for remediation–a case study, Technical volume Proceedings, 29th Indian Engineering Congress, Institution of Engineers.
  • Presented a Paper titled Economics & future business potential through waste management-sustainable approach towards green gross domestic product–a review, Technical Volume Proceedings: 4th International Conference on Solid Waste Management, MA&UD Dept., Govt of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Presented a Paper in Indian Engineering Congress on “Phytoremediation of soil sludge” Institution of Engineers, India (Hyderabad).
  • Presented a Paper in International Conference on “e-Waste Management, ANGRAU, Hyderabad.
  • Presented a paper in National Conference on Environmental Sustainability, CBIT, Hyderabad.
  • Presented a Paper in International Conference on “Sludge Phytoremediation, University of Kerala, Trivandrum.