Eco-Club – A Society for Environmental Education Through Actions
Eco-Club of Shivaji College, University of Delhi is a multidimensional, highly active society that runs in co-ordination with the Department of Environment, Govt. of NCT of Delhi. The Eco-Club plays an important role in creating environmental awareness amongst the future generation. It is actively engaged in overall environmental education by adopting various environment friendly approaches for conservation and preservation of environment.
The activities of the Eco-Club are:
- To motivate the students to keep their surrounding green and clean by participating in “Plant and Adopt a Tree” Campaign.
- To sensitize the students to save electricity and also encourage them to use solar panels as an
- To motivate the students to imbibe habits and life style for minimum waste generation, separation of waste, disposing off the waste to the nearest storage point.
- To sensitize the students to minimize the use of plastics/polythene bags. Not to throw them in public places as they choke drains and sewers. Being non-biodegradable they cause water logging and provide breeding ground for mosquitoes. Also, to encourage the use of healthier alternatives like jute, cloth and paper bags. etc.
- To educate students about concerns of e-waste, their eco-friendly segregation and disposal.
- To provide training of bioconversion/recycling of waste leaves into organic fertilizers through vermi-composting.
- To train students to make blotting sheet from waste paper using paper recycling unit.
- To educate the students about reuse, recycle and reduce principle and preparation of products out of waste like paper bags, paper packets, etc.
- To celebrate various environmental days, such as International Ozone day (16 Sept), Wetland Day (2 February), World Earth day (22 April), International Biodiversity Day (22 May), Environmental Day (5 June) and weeks, like Van-Mahotsav, Wildlife Week etc.
- To adopt good practices like gifting potted plants rather than flowers wrapped in polythene.
- To promote ethos of rain water harvesting (storage and ground water recharge) and conservation of water by minimizing the use of water.
- To create awareness on harmful effects of noise and air pollution.
- To spread awareness about flora and fauna (birds such as sparrow etc) in the college and its
- The students are also exposed to various field activities such as visit to natural ecosystems, bird watching sites and biodiversity parks to create enthusiasm regarding issues pertaining to environmental sustainability.
- To arrange other awareness programmes such as lectures, quiz, essays, painting competitions, rally, nukkad-natak, etc aiming on various environmental issues.
Members of Eco-Club Committee:
- Dr. Vijay Kumar (Convenor)
- Dr. Aparna Jain
- Dr. Rajni Kanojia
- Dr. Sunita Gupta
- Ms. Bharti
- Dr. Smita Tripathi
- Dr. Misha Yadav
- Dr. Renu Baweja
- Dr. Jayita Thakur
Activities Organisezd by ECO CLUB SHIVAJI COLLEGE (during 2015-2016)
Eco-Club Shivaji College is a highly active society of Shivaji College that organizes number of environmental awareness programmes and projects from time to time.
Sparrow Conservation Project: House sparrow Passer domesticus is a common bird of India. In the recent past its population has rapidly declined in Delhi. It is also a State Bird of Delhi, therefore for sparrow conservation; we have installed nest boxes in different parts of college campus in August 2015. Though, it is not colonized by sparrows however it is being used by Squirrels. Their absence in and around college is worrisome and in next phase we are planning to install feeder boxes to attract sparrows from adjoining areas.
Vermi-composting Unit: Our society is also engaged in making vermicompost from organic waste. The compost is made using redworms and is maintained. The vermicomposting unit produces excellent quality of compost which is distributed at free of cost among teaching , non teaching staffs and students.
Paper Recycling Unit: Our Society manages and collect waste paper generated from college and convert it into recycled paper for reuse in Laboratory.
On September 7th 2015 Eco-Club organized “Pledge to Plant, Adopt & Protect a Tree Campaign”. The motive of the campaign was to sensitize the students for protection of plants and also to motivate them to participate in afforestation programmes so as to protect Mother Earth from pollution, climate change and global warming. Competitions like Poster making and Slogan Writing were held in which students from different courses participated. The topic of poster making was “Plant: A Victim”. For Slogan Writing Competition, topic was “Virksha Dhara Ki Punji Hai”. Apart from this signature campaign was launched for Pledge to Plant, Adopt and Protect A Tree Campaign for college teaching, non teaching staffs and students. The overwhelming participation of students, Eco-Club Volunteers, Teacher Coordinators had made it a success.
On Deepawali festival, Delhi’s air quality suffered due to burning of fire crackers, to spread awareness, our society took initiative and urge all the students to “Say No To Fire Crackers”. Our society also runs a wall magazine for spreading environmental awareness among college students.
Eco Club Shivaji College, Organized a field excursion to Yamuna Biodiversity Park, New Delhi to celebrate World Wetland Day on 02nd February 2016. The excursion was coordinated by Dr. Vijay Kumar, Dr, Kiran Bamel and Dr. Virat Jolli. Students of B.Sc. (H) Botany Semester-II and Semester -IV along with B.Sc. (H) Zoology Semester-II participated and learnt about the importance of wetland ecosystem and its eco services.
Eco club, Shivaji College has observed World Earth Day on 22nd April 2016 and awareness on “Earth Day 2016 – Trees for the Earth” was spread among teachers and students through social media.
National Seminar on Water and Air Quality in Urban Ecosystem on 22nd march 2016.
Eco Club of Shivaji College observed World Water Day on 22nd March 2016 by organising a “National Seminar on Water and Air Quality in Urban Ecosystem“. The Seminar was inaugurated by the Keynote address of Prof. C. R. Babu, Professor Emeritus, University of Delhi. Prof. Babu presented his talk on “Wetlands as Water Resources for Urban Centers”. The seminar had a Technical Session on Water and Air. In the Water Session, Prof. A. K. Gosain, Professor, IIT Delhi delivered a talk on “Issues of Water Pollution in Yamuna, Delhi”. The second invited lecture was delivered by Dr. Rita Kumar, Scientist Emeritus, IGIB, Delhi. She presented her talk on “Biotechnological Endeavours Towards Waste Water Management”. In Technical Session on Air, Shri B. Sengupta, Former Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi delivered his talk on “Air Quality Concerns and Options to Improve Air Quality in India“. Later on Prof. G. V. Subrahmanyam Scientist G (Rtd.) MoEFCC, Delhi gave invited talk on “Pollution Prevention/Cleaner Production in Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs)”. The final invited talk was given by Dr. Balakrishnan Menon, Professor, V. P Chest Institute, University of Delhi on ” Health Effects of Air Pollution“. At the seminar, young researchers, teachers and students from different colleges and Universities participated and presented their research work at the seminar . The poster session was judged by Dr. B Sengupta and Dr. G.V Subrahmanyam.
HIGHLIGHTS OF ECO CLUB ACTIVITIES:
The Eco- club runs in co-ordination with the Department of Environment, Govt. of NCT of Delhi. The Eco-club has organized various activities to sensitize the students on environmental issues, environment conservation, sustainable utilization of natural resources and their management. Following is the list of activities of ECOCLUB in the past.
- 20 volunteers participated in ‘Yamuna Action Plan II – Public participation & awareness programme organized by ACCORD at Indraprastha Park on Sep12, 2009.
- More than 50 Members have participated in ‘Environment & Wild Life film-festival’ organized by CMS vatavaran at Indian Habitat Center from Oct 27-31, 2009.
- Eco club had organized excursion programs for college students to visit Yumuna Bio-Diversity Park (YBP), Delhi. The visit to YBP had not only enhanced their knowledge of native flora & fauna and their conservation but also made them aware of the importance of biodiversity in human survival. A similar visit was organized on Wetland Day on Feb 09, 2010 to emphasis the importance of wetland ecosystem.
- Apart from this, the Eco-Club members had also visited National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) on March 16, 2011 to learn about latest Ex-situ conservation techniques that included crop germplasm collection of crop plants.
- Eco club, runs a wall magazine to spread awareness about various environmental issues like ‘say No to Cracker’ and also “Khelo Holi Naturally”.
- Eco-Club members have active participation in various activities organized by Department of Environment such as International Ozone Day on September 16, 2010. Four Eco-Club members along with incharge had attended Annual Eco-meet cum Exhibition organized by Department of Environment, Delhi Govt. on Feb 12 &13, 2013.
- On September 5, 2012 i.e. on Teachers day, Eco-Club activities were inaugurated with “Pledge and Plant a Tree Programme”. The campaign was to sensitize the students for plantation and protection of Plants so as to protect mother ‘Earth’ from various types of Pollution and to counter climate change and Global warming. A number of competitions such as Poster Making, Rangoli Making, Slogan Writing and Know Your Garden were organized on this occasion. A ‘Pledge to Protect and Plant a Tree’ to save Mother Earth was signed by students, teachers and non-teaching staff members.
- The Eco-Club had organized a program in which 55 students along with teachers visited “Yamuna Bio-diversity Park” on March 21, 2013. These visits enhanced their understanding of native flora and fauna, various ecosystems particularly wetland ecosystems and their importance for Sustainable Development. Members also interacted with biodiversity experts and enjoyed bird watching activity.