Extra-Curricular Activities

Eco Club

Feb 2019

PLANTATION ACTIVITY FOR GREENING THE CAMPUS BY ESTABLISHING A HERBAL GARDEN


The planning for establishing a herbal garden with a view to green the college campus was carried out over nearly three months on the basis of guidelines of Mr. Rohit Punja and Col. (Retired) Ramachandra in association with Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), Bangalore, under the mentorship of Dr. Ganesh Babu, Senior Scientist, FRLHT, in coordination with Dr. M. S. Annapurna Kishore.

The idea of having a herbal garden within an educational institute is quite unique. The herbal garden is expected to contain useful plants that provide forest produce, or promise relief from ill-health, or ensure better living conditions. For example, it would include honey bee and butterfly attractors, mosquito repellants and immune-boosters etc.

Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, social reformer and economist, said that, “For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure. I believe that there is healing potential locked inside plants which is integral with their evolution, just as it is part of human evolution to learn to tap this wonderful gift of Nature”.

Dr. Shanthi.R.Iyer, Principal, Dr.N.S.A.M FGC and Mrs. Chitra S P, Principal, Dr.N.S.A.M PU college initiated the plantation activity by planting Saraca indica trees. All faculty members and students of Dr.N.S.A.M FGC joined her to complete the planting. Currently, in the FGC campus, there are 1440 plants, which include herbs, shrubs and tree species.

Trees represent life, growth, peace, nature…

They give us hope, insight and courage to persevere…

They teach us to nurture, stay rooted and soar to great heights…

The above lines truly emphasize the importance of plants in one’s life.

The greening of the campus by the establishment of herbal garden was carried out under guidance and supervision of Dr. .M. S. Annapurna Kishore, Coordinator, Prakruti Eco-club.


Feb 2019

One day visit to learn Forest Conservation


“Prakṛuti” - Eco Club of Dr. N.S.A.M. First Grade College Bangalore, one day visit to CEE ( Centre for Environmental Education ) in association with MNA for Students on 28 th February 2019.

Mr.Mohan, Founder of More Nature Association welcomed – Sri.Santosh Sutar, Regional Director , CEE, Bangalore, Dr.R.Shanti Iyer - Principal, Dr.Annapurna Kishore and Dr.Gagankumari and all students for one day Environmental activity based learning program.

Mr.Santosh explained about objectives of Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in brief. It was established in August 1984 as a Centre of Excellence supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. CEE, a national institution with its headquarters in Ahmedabad, has a mandate to promote environmental awareness Nationwide.

After having interactive session, MrSantosh gave hands on experience to Students by conducting activities like- preparation of proper plant bedding, composition of soil, leaf litter and organic compost in proper required quantities. Students learnt plantation technique, making paathi or groove to existing trees and watered the plants. Later students were taken to Jarakbande Reserve Forest spread across 700 acres, of which 400 acres for plantation and 300 acres for conducting rsearch. He explained about the interesting life cycles of Butterfly and termites. Students learnt that Termite mound temperature never comes down below 25 degree Celsius and never exceeds 30 degree Celsius. Termite mound is nature’s wonderful architecture. He also explained about Snakes and their territory, their self-protection techniques etc.

The Students were accompanied by Dr. Annapurna Kishore and Dr. Gagan Kumari and remain thankful to Mr. Mohan from MNA.


Feb 2019

One day visit to Know Birds and Save Birds


“Prakṛuti” - Eco Club of Dr. N.S.A.M. First Grade College Bangalore, one day visit to CEE ( Centre for Environmental Education ) in association with MNA for Students on 28 th February 2019.

“Prakṛuti” Eco Club of Dr. N.S.A.M. First Grade College Bangalore, arranged a visit to “Jarakbande reserve fores –a peacock sanctuary” in association with MNA ( More Nature Association) for Students on 27 th February 2019

Mr.Mohan, Founder of More Nature Association welcomed – Mr.Hareesha, Doctoral Fellow, School of Ecology and Conservation Lab, Department of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, GKVK, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Dr.R.Shanti Iyer - Principal, Dr.Annapurna Kishore and Dr.Gagan Kumari and all students to the program.

Mr.Hareesha explained about birds and their importance in forest ecosystem. Forest ecosystem provides food, medicines and important raw materials. They keep the climate stable, oxygenate air and transform pollutants into nutrients. Birds play an important role in the effective functioning of these systems.Throughout the world, birds are essential seed dispersers for plants that provide us with food, medicine, timber, and recreation. They can be indicators of deteriorating habitat quality and environmental pollution, as well as metrics to determine the success of restoration efforts. Studying the presence and behavior of birds can inform us about changing ecosystems.

Mr.Hareesha beautifully explained how to watch birds and study them. Jarakbande Kaval Tree park is known for peacocks. He also suggested to keep the water and grains for birds on terrace or outside houses, as it is summer season to quench the thirst of birds. Students got an opportunity to watch varieties of birds with the with the aid of binocular and enthusiastically leant about birds, their protection and conservation.

The Students were accompanied by Dr. Annapurna Kishore and Dr. Gagan Kumari and remain very much thankful to Mr. Mohan Kumar – from MNA


Jan 2019

‘Prakruthi” Eco Club of Dr. N.S.A.M. First Grade College, yelahanka, Bangalore, conducted “LEAF COLLAGE” activities for students on 28th and 30th January 2019.

“Prakṛuti” - Eco Club of Dr. N.S.A.M. First Grade College Bangalore, one day visit to CEE ( Centre for Environmental Education ) in association with MNA for Students on 28 th February 2019.

Various kinds and shapes of green and dried leaves (withered off), stems pieces , fresh and dried flowers and petals,colored pencils, water paints etc. were used for the preparation of collage.

Collage (from the French: coller, "to glue"]) is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a complete form. Leaf collage activity induces high level of imagination and creativity in mind. It is healing technique for stress in young minds.

All students are taken to campus ECO WALK to observe , collect and to learn different aspects of leaves of trees, herbs and grasses. Students have been educated on the role of leaves of the plants as they are food producing units by carrying out photosynthesis. They were educated on nutrients/minerals present in leaves and their role in composting once they wither off from plants. Students were amazed by looking at the marvelous structure shape arrangements of leaves on plants, understanding their mechanism of work.

Later students made beautiful collage of eco cards.

The activity was carried out under guidance of
Dr.AnnapurnaKishore
Dr.GaganKumari And Mrs.Rajeshwari. s


Jan 2019

“Prakruthi” Eco Club in association with Community Oriented Club of Dr. N.S.A.M. First Grade College, Yelahanka, Bangalore, Conducted Environmental Awareness Activity on “Organic Farming” on 5/01/2019 at DoddaTumakur village, Bangalore Rural.

“Prakṛuti” - Eco Club of Dr. N.S.A.M. First Grade College Bangalore, one day visit to CEE ( Centre for Environmental Education ) in association with MNA for Students on 28 th February 2019.

This Environmental Awareness campaign on “Organic Farming” was carried out on 05/01/2019 The focus of this program was on “Organic farming – social and economic importance and impact on Environment.

Prior to the campaigning day,the student members have been trained and given knowledge of Organic farming, which is a farming method in which organic manure and Bio pesticides are involved rather than inorganic chemicals and fertilizers. This awareness activity was conducted under the guidance and participation of Asst.Prof.Dr.Annapurna Kishore. Organic farming includes techniques such as Crop rotation, Green manure, Biological pest control and Composting techniques. The training also included the knowledge related to the health of the soil, microbial balance of the soil, production of more yield which leads to economic benefit to the farmers. The Students were made to understand that organic farming can be taken up as business and they can become farmer entrepreneurs.

After training, the students went for awareness campaign. Farmers of the rural region were educated about the importance and benefit of Organic farming, its positive impact on health of a society. Awareness program also created an insight on healthy and nutritious food. The students carried the slogans on placards and banner conveying the message of importance of Organic Farming.


Jan 2019

Environmental Awareness Campaign on “Water Conservation” and “Protect Green Environment” on 04/01/2019, at Kakkehalli village, Bangalore Rural.

“Prakṛuti” - Eco Club of Dr. N.S.A.M. First Grade College Bangalore, one day visit to CEE ( Centre for Environmental Education ) in association with MNA for Students on 28 th February 2019.

The Environmental awareness campaign on “Water Conservation” and “Protect Green Environment” has been conducted to create an awareness on importance of clean water ,its availability, affordability and need of conservation of water for present generation. The rural community has been educated by imparting the knowledge of rain water harvesting, collection of water in fields, increasing ground level water and initiatives of Government for water conservation. The village people were also educated on various aspects of pollution of water bodies, maintaining hygienic water quality , spreading of diseases by polluted water and protecting and preserving the water bodies.

An insight was given to rural community on issues of deforestation, soil erosion, loss of soil fertility and human created disasters in nature .They were told the importance of protecting green environment by planting and preserving trees.

“Forests are our lung spaces on earth ,we must plan, preserve and propagate forests”. Students carried placards of slogans such as “ Swach Neeru –Swastha Samaja” , Hasire Usiru” and “Parisara Patha” . This Environmental Aawareness Campaign was conducted under the guidance and participation of Asst.Prof. Dr.M.S.AnnapurnaKishore and student members .


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