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ACHARYA PRAFULLA CHANDRA ROY ECO CLUB
Raja Peary Mohan College Eco Club was established in a joint collaboration with Pachim Banga Bigyan Mancha, a body actively engaged in enhancing scientific awareness throughout the state. In fact it is the only organisation of its kind in an undergraduate college in West Bengal.
Convenor: Dr Maitri Bose Biswas, Associate Professor in Zoology
The college has eco-club after the name of Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy. The club undertakes various activities relating to Environment Consciousness in the college campus. Although there is no formal mechanism for Green Audit, the institution takes all possible steps to make the campus eco-friendly. The use of plastic bags is avoided in the campus and the authority is planning to declare the entire campus as “No Plastic Zone’ from June 2014. The students and staff has planted more than 100 tree saplings during various tree plantation programmes organized by the institution and all these trees are taken care of and maintained by the institution.
The initiatives taken by the college to make the campus eco-friendly under the leadership of Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Eco-Club are:
- The college classrooms are airy and well lighted. The institution strictly observes to see that no electric equipments runs unnecessarily. Thus enough measures are taken to use electricity carefully. In order to reduce electricity consumption the corridors of the college have been provided with CFLs in place of the traditional tube lights and bulbs.
- The college has proposed to submit a proposal to Local Municipality and Department of Renewable Energy, Government of West Bengal for installation of solar energy panels in the campus.
- The College at its own level has taken up certain preventive measure to check the emission of Carbon Dioxide.The College has made arrangements for the parking of the vehicles of the students and staff near the entrance. This helps in keeping the campus as much as possible clean. In order to reduce pollution and unnecessary wastage of vehicle fuel the College does not allow two wheelers by students on campus. The campus is also smoke free. The dead leaves and waste papers are not allowed to be put on fire. The dead leaves and waste papers are scientifically decomposed off by burying them in the soil by making pit in the adjacent areas.
- The eco-club often organizes tree-plantation & maintenance programmes in and outside the campus. These planted trees are also maintained carefully by the college authorities. As a result of these efforts, the whole campus is a green campus.
Eco Club members planting trees
Plantation is done on a regular basis
- The College authorities have arranged and have constructed deep pits in the unused places for the disposal of hazardous wastes and e-waste created by chemical sciences and computer department. Waste chemicals in the chemistry labs are properly disposed by dissolving them in water or by keeping separately in protected sheets. Electronic waste, such as discarded computers, office electronic equipments, mobile phones, television sets and refrigerators are disposed off as per their conditions and handed over to the companies or NGO’s engaged in recycling of e-waste.
Other activities undertaken by the Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Eco Club for creation of Environment awareness are:
- Organizes seminars & lectures on contemporary environmental issues to increase the environmental awareness of the students.
- Organizes regular Scientific Exhibition and Environmental & health awareness camp in collaboration with Pachim Banga Vigyan Mancha Hooghly District committee on “Scientific and Environmental awareness” in different places in the Hooghly district, like Arambagh, Goghat, Uttarpara etc..
- The wall magazine of the A.P.C Eco Club, Sabujava Ritubarnamala (a phrase borrowed from Rabindranath Tagore meaning the “greenish hue of different seasons”) is being published 4 times a year & focuses on rare and engendered species of the world, environmental awareness and global-warming.
- A seminar was organized to commemorate the Centenary year of Physics (2005) on 13.01.06 on "Theory of Relativity and its implications".
- Organized a scientific exhibition and environmental & health awareness camp in collaboration with Pachim Banga Vigyan Mancha Hooghly District committee on "Scientific and Environmental awareness" in the college in December 2007.
- Documentary film show on global-warming titled "An Inconvenient Truth" in 2008
- Seminar on global-warming in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology, Government of West Bengal, in 2009.
- Participated in the West Bengal Government “Ganga Bachao Project” with Uttarpara-Kotrung Municipality in November 2012.
- Actively Participated in “Dengue Awareness programme” in the slums of Uttarpara with Uttarpara-Kotrung Municipality in November 2012.
- The President of the Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Eco-Club of Raja Peary Mohan College Dr Maitri Bose Biswas has actively participated to make the Bio-diversity Register with Bio-diversity Board of West Bengal in the Hooghly district, like Arambagh, Goghat.
- Dr Dibyendu Talukdar, Assistant Professor in Botany has actively participated to make the Bio-diversity Register with Bio-diversity Board of West Bengal in the Nadia district of West Bengal.
- The Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Eco-Club of Raja Peary Mohan College has now undertaken the initiative to make a Bio-diversity Register with Bio-diversity Board of West Bengal in the Raghunathpur Grampanchyat, in the Hooghly district, of West Bengal, which is just few kilometers away from the college.
Hands-on demonstration of preparing low-cost nutritious diet
Measuring the weight of slum children
- Apart from the above programmes, the Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Eco-Club of the college also conducts community health movement. For the last two decades, a large number of people in villages and slums living under the poverty line are suffering from mal nutrition due to scarcity of food particularly for developing countries. Nutritionists have discovered that weight for age has been one of simplest characteristics to reflect relative importance of deficiencies of protein and energy in a community survey. The eco-club has utilized this method in their surveys-cum nutrition awareness programmes who are below the poverty line in different areas of the Hooghly district. The slum dwellers are generally unaware of the type of nutrition they require for a child or for an adult and consequently they are prone to suffer from various diseases. The purpose of the nutrition programmes is to aware the parents about the health of their child and also of the female members of family which also include proper cooking procedure through demonstration as it helps to frame a healthy society. The aim is to inculcate change of life-style through low-cost nutrition and hygiene awareness among the slum dwellers. This also make the students aware of the importance of nutrition and also help them to understand the problems the slum dwellers faces and establish a connection with the common people of the society. The Health, nutrition and education awareness camp are organised in the following slums:
- Shalimar Industry Labour quarter in Uttarpara, Hooghly in 2007, 2010
- Bolio bagan slum near the college in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
- Slum in Maniktala, Makhla, in Uttarpara, Hooghly in 2006, 2007
- Slum in Kanaipur in Uttarpara, Hooghly in 2007
- For the health workers of Kanaipur Gram Panchayat in 2008
- For the health workers of Bhadreswar Municipality in 2009
- Health, nutrition and education awareness camp in a colony among children of lower income group, with Uttarpara-Kotrung Municipality in November 2012