Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES)

Vision
Our vision is a greener Earth in which people are conscious of their environmental responsibilities and practice the principles of reduction, reuse and recycling of resources thus promoting sustainable development.

Mission
Our mission is to instil a sense of responsibility for the environment and a personal commitment to protect and preserve the environment among the youth. We are committed to working locally to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of our community.

Objectives

  • To raise awareness and understanding of environmental issues.
  • To instill a sense of responsibility for the environment and a personal commitment to protect and preserve the environment among youth.
  • To inculcate practice of sustainable management of means and resources.
  • To implement green initiatives towards conservation of energy, water and waste management
  • To carry out environment friendly green practices in the college
  • To optimize current use of fossil fuels, eliminate waste, recycle, use renewable source of energy, save time and reduce or eliminate pollution

Environmental Programmes and activities 2022 - 2023 August 2022 to February 2023


ES Objectives, Activities, Composition, Awards[VIEW HERE]

Reports of Activities of 2021-22[VIEW HERE]

Reports of Environment Club 2015-2021[VIEW HERE]

Reports of Environment Club 2015-2021[VIEW HERE]

Reports of Environment Club 2019-2020[VIEW HERE]

Reports of Environment Club 2018-2019[VIEW HERE]

Reports of Environment Club 2017-2018[VIEW HERE]

Reports of Environment Club 2016-2017[VIEW HERE]

Reports of Environment Club 2015-2016[VIEW HERE]

The Environment Club of Kristu Jayanti College aims to create awareness on various environmental issues that are rampant today. Unless environmental issues are solved or taken care of, the future generations may find earth not worth living. There is no denying the fact that environment has to be protected and conserved so as to make our future life possible. The Environment Club strives to make the students conscious of their responsibilities towards the environment and practice the principles of reduction, reuse and recycling of resources. The Environment Club instigates a sense of responsibility for the environment and a personal commitment to protect and preserve the environment among the youth.

Environmental Club Committee Members
Dr. Indira M.N.
Dr. Sivagama Sundari U
Dr. Jaspreet Kaur
Dr. Ruth Magdalene T
Dr. Jagadisha T. V
Dr. Prasanna Kumar C
Dr. Irona Bhaduri
Dr. Gopinath D
Dr. Samridhya Moitra
Dr. Subha B
Dr. Akshaya I
Ms. Tulika
Ms. Ponny Thomas
Ms. Annapoorni Ammal

Special Radio Programme - ‘Nature's Talk’
Date: 09 February 2024
“The Earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children. So we have to hand over to them at least as it was handed over to us" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The Department of Media Studies in collaboration with Centre for Environment and Sustainability presented a special Radio Programme "Nature's Talk" which was aired on KJC Radio on February 9, 2024 at 12:50 pm. The guest invitee was Dr. Indira M.N. Assistant Professor, Department of Life Science, Kristu Jayanti College. Dr. Indira in her talk spoke about the ill effects of single use plastics, deforestation and green-house emissions. She also mentioned the alternate use of resources to mitigate stress on the environment. She was delighted to share the green practices in Kristu Jayanti College and their efforts in maintaining a smart clean green campus. She in her conversation emphasized upon the importance of sustainability, environment conservation and eco-friendly practices and initiatives that the youth of this generation need to bear in mind for a healthy and safe ecosystem.


Nature walk ‘Recalling Nature’
Date: 13 January 2024
Embarking on a nature walk through the enchanting Jarakabande Kaval Forest was a journey into tranquillity itself. The centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru, organised a nature walk on 13th January 2024 under the leadership of their faculty coordinator Dr. Indira M.N. to motivate and create interest among youth towards biodiversity and to foster a sense of responsibility towards nature. A green therapy in today’s fast world is the need of the hour for fresh air and good mental health.

As the team traversed the forest paths, the gentle hum of cyclists echoed through the air. Their wheels paved the way through the labyrinth of eucalyptus trees, creating a harmonious blend of human activity within the natural realm. The air was thick with fog and mist, creating an ethereal atmosphere that enveloped the surroundings in a mysterious charm. The serenity of the forest was palpable, offering a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The diversity of flora and fauna painted a vivid tapestry of the ecosystem's resilience.

The environment sparked conversations about the importance of preserving forests. The young eco activists of Kristu Jayanti College were highly enthusiastic. Their passion for sustainability and nature preservation added an extra layer of energy to the serene surroundings. Walking also turned out to be a good physical exercise for the students with a touch of environment consciousness. In the heart of Jarakabande Kaval Forest, the convergence of fog, mist, cyclists, and eco-conscious individuals created a harmonious symphony. It was a reminder of the profound beauty that nature bestows upon the humans and the responsibility we bear to preserve it for generations to come.


Commemorative Day: National Bird Day
Date: 05 January 2024
Birds form an integral part of the biotic community. The ecosystem is filled with a plethora of different species of birds varying in their habit to habitat. This beauty of the avian species has fascinated people all over the world. To honor the existence of avian diversity and to raise awareness of the danger that these magnificent species face due to illegal trade, disease and climate change, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Kristu Jayanti College, observed National Bird Day on January 5, 2024. Public awareness as well as support for conservation is evitable to preserve the rare and endangered bird species. Let us preserve and protect the beautiful and diverse avian species around us.


Observation Of World Soil Day - Poster Awareness
Date: 05 December 2023
On December 5th, 2023, the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at Kristu Jayanti College observed World Soil Day with enthusiasm and dedication. The event aimed to raise awareness about the crucial role soil plays in sustaining life and promoting environmental well-being. As part of the observance, a visually engaging poster was created and prominently displayed across the college premises. The poster conveyed key messages about soil health, the importance of sustainable agricultural practices, and the need to address soil-related challenges facing our planet.


Screening of the Documentary film ‘Adapting to Climate Change’
Date: 08 November 2023
The Centre for Environment and Sustainability organized the screening of the Documentary film ‘Adapting to Climate Change’ as an initiative, to commemorate International Day of Climate Action. The 20-minute documentary highlights the growing recognition of the need for action to adapt to climate change around the world. It introduces audiences to the topic of climate change adaptation by interlacing inspiring stories of adaptation action together with views from experts.


World Sustainability Day
Date: 07 November 2023
On November 7, 2023, in observance of World Sustainability Day, a compelling skit titled "Sustainability Today and Tomorrow" was performed at the quadrangle by the volunteers of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Kristu Jayanti College. As the world tackles with persistent challenges such as climate change, pollution and depletion of resources, this day serves as a crucial reminder of the urgent need to protect our planet for generation next. The skit was designed to raise awareness about pressing sustainability issues, exploring both the current challenges and the potential future consequences of our actions. The performance left a lasting impression, motivating viewers to make responsible choices and promote sustainability in their communities, workplaces, and homes.


‘Essay Writing Competition’
Date: 06 November 2023
Awareness was created among the academic community including students, faculty members, staff and society as a whole by creating poster on environment commemorative days and sharing in social media. To commemorate International day for prevention of environment in war and armed conflict (06th November) an online essay writing event was conducted wherein submissions were allowed from 05/11/2023 to 08/11/2023. A google link was created to draw in essay submissions. There were about 50 students across disciplines of Kristu Jayanti College who participated. This event helped students to be aware of various aspects of harmony in nature. The students across various departments participated to nurture their creative faculties with a purpose to spread awareness about environment conservation and sustainability. The students made judicious and artistic use of words and articulated relevant concerns adhering to environment.

Featuring the Best Essays:

Sl. No

Roll. No.

Student Name

Class

Essay Title

1.

22BTGE24

Devikrishna Sinilal

 

III Sem BSc

Greening the Battlefield: A Call for Preservation And Prevention

 

2.

22ACP614

Catherine Shibu

Department Of Professional Accounting And Finance

The silent victims: Environmental degradation in the wake of war

3.

22MENG16

Joel S John

English (PG)

"War's Silent Casualty: Our Precious Environment"

 


International E-Waste Day
Date: 14 October 2023
Electronic waste is a significant part of today's global, post-consumer waste stream. Electronic waste are known to contain hazardous materials and various toxic substances. If not managed properly, these substances can pollute soil, water and air, causing a serious threat to human health and ecosystems. Recycling e-waste has several benefits, including conserving natural resources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and preventing environmental health hazards.

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability, in association with the Department of Computer Science (UG), Kristu Jayanti College, observed a week long ‘International E Waste Day’ starting 4th October to 20th October 2023. The staff and students of the college were encouraged to collect electronic wastes from their homes and offices and deposit in the E waste bin provided at different locations in the campus. Many electronic wastes were deposited by the students and staff which was then handed over to the system administrator of the college for recycling. This was a small effort by the Centre towards creating a sustainable environment.


Energy Efficiency Awareness Program
Date: 04 October 2023
The Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Kristu Jayanti College in association with the Department of Management, organized an engaging street play to promote Energy Efficiency Awareness on October 4th, 2023. The play was performed by the first-year BBA students with the objective to educate the audience about energy efficiency, shed light on energy waste, and empower individuals to adopt energy-saving practices in their daily lives. The play also emphasized the environmental benefits, cost savings, and the role of community action. By creatively addressing misconceptions and inspiring sustainable living, the students left a lasting impression, encouraging everyone to take small steps for a more energy-efficient and sustainable future.


Instagram Reels competition- Zero Impact Challenge
Date: 21 September 2023
An Instagram reels competition was conducted on 21st September for all the UG and PG programmes of the college to create awareness of responsible energy conservation methods. The students were asked to create a short video of a minimum of 40 seconds demonstrating innovative methods to reduce energy consumption. A Google form link was created to draw in video submissions. A total of 35 students registered for the program and actively participated in the competition.

Sl. No.

Reg. No.

Student Name

Department/ Class

Position

1

22MSMB23

Nirmal Sheebha I

M.Sc. MB III Sem

First

2

22BCAA36

Monisha R.J.

BCA "A" III Sem

Second

3

22ACP666

Vinay Kumar S

B.Com ACCA p6 III Sem

Third


Digital Poster Making Competition
Date: 19 September 2023
A digital poster making competition was conducted for the students of Kristu Jayanti College Autonomous by the Centre of Environment and Sustainability. The theme given for the poster competition was “Fixing the ozone layer and reducing climate change”. Posters were collected in a google link provided. The submitted posters were analysed as per the guidelines provided for the students and 3 winners were selected. The selected posters are included underneath. The students displayed their creativity and created thoughtful posters.

The students responded well to the activity and submitted their posters on time. Each poster had its own unique creativity and design. Posters which adhered to the guidelines provided were selected for first, second and third prize


Poetry Writing Activity
Date: 18 September 2023
Awareness was created among the academic community including students, faculty members, staff and society as a whole by creating poster on environment commemorative days and sharing in social media. To commemorate World Clean up Day (18th September) an online poetry writing event was conducted wherein submissions were allowed from 19/09/2023 to 22/09/2023. A google link was created to draw in poetry submissions. There were about 30 students across disciplines of Kristu Jayanti College who participated. This event helped students to be aware of various aspects of harmony in nature. The students across various departments participated to nurture their creative faculties with a purpose to spread awareness about environment conservation and sustainability. The students made judicious and artistic use of words and articulated relevant concerns adhering to the environment.

Featuring the Best Poems:

Sl. No

Roll. No.

Student Name

Class

Poem Title

1.

23BTFS37

Manasa D

I Sem BSc BTFS

Harmony in Nature

2.

23BTFS18

Deeya Lama

I Sem BSc BTFS

 Harmony with Nature

3.

22MBGE43

Tapobrata Chattaraj

III Sem BSc MBGE

Finito

4.

22BTGE08

Ameena Syed Ziaulla

III Sem BSc BTGE

Waste and pollution

5.

22ENGA25

Vaibhav Arora

III Sem BA ENGA

Nature: A Great Beauty


‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ 2023
Date: 12 September 2023
The Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), Kristu Jayanti College observed ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ a cleanliness drive initiated by the Government of India. With the objective of spreading the message on cleanliness and sanitation, the Centre organized an awareness campaign on ‘Health, Hygiene and Environment’ at Government Lower Primary School, K. Narayanapura, Bangalore on 12th September 2023. The awareness programme was initiated to drive a sense of consciousness not only among the children but also in the surrounding community. Sanitation and neatness play an important role in our day to day routine. It is important as it prevents the spread of dangerous diseases like Dengue, typhoid, hepatitis, and other diseases caused by mosquito bite, etc. Posters done by the students from the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, highlighted the importance of Swachhata in one’s life. Knowledge on personal health and environment sanitation was imparted to the children. The awareness witnessed the participation of 140 school children. The children patiently listened to the information provided and also actively participated in the sessions. It was heartening to see the involvement of the school children in maintaining their environment. The Centre for Environment and Sustainability has been actively involved in many such environment driven extension activities


Commemoration of International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies
Date: 07 September 2023
Awareness was created among the academic community including students, faculty members, staff and society as a whole by creating poster on International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies and sharing in social media. The students designed the poster supported by the faculty member. The purpose of the poster was to spread awareness on usage of green energy, to reduce air pollution and thus maintain clean air and blue skies


Special Lecture on Climate Change and Energy Transition
Date: 03 August 2023
Climate change poses an existential threat to our planet, driven primarily by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels. Embracing energy transition, is essential to mitigate these impacts and secure a sustainable future for generations to come. The Department of Life Sciences and Centre for Environment and Sustainability jointly organized a special lecture on ‘Climate Change and Energy Transition’ on 3rd August 2023 for the Undergraduate students of the Life Science Department. The resource person Ambassador Dinkar P. Srivastava, an eminent speaker highlighted the green house emissions and the noxious effect on environment. He mentioned the ill effects of the increase in CO2 concentration over the years and its climatic effect. He in his talk statistically represented the CO2 concentrations in different countries and also in India. He mentioned India's position in Climate Change Performance Index. Change in rainfall pattern, extreme heat, drought, ground water, glacier melt, sea water rise, agriculture and food security are few of the climate change impacts. The students patiently listened to the speaker and raised their queries and concerns. Raising awareness and discussing solutions for a sustainable future are essential steps towards addressing climate challenges. Ambassador Dinkar P. Srivastava’s insights and profound knowledge on these crucial topics enhanced everybody’s understanding about the impact of climate change on our environment and the ways to overcome it.


Felicitation of Outstanding CES student volunteers
Date: 03 May 2023
The Centre for Environment and Sustainability conducted various events during 2022-23. To acknowledge the efforts of students, the CES felicitated the outstanding student volunteers who had contributed tremendously for the conduction of various events during the academic year. A team of 10 students from II Sem BOBT/ BBB involved in terrace gardening, 6 students from I, II and III Year BBG/MBG/B.Com/ BTBC for ‘Home for Birds’ and 8 students from IV Sem BOBT, involved in ‘Cocopeat production’ were felicitated by Rev. Fr. Deepu Joy, Director, Student Welfare Office, Kristu Jayanti College on 3rd May 2023. Also Ms. Indrani Balyam from II Yr. BA HSPS and Mr. Aswin V from III Year BSc BBB were felicitated for regularly designing the poster and anchoring most of the events respectively.


Webinar on our Tigers’ Return
Date: 08 March 2023
The Centre for Environment & Sustainability organised a webinar on ‘Our Tigers Return’ on the 8th of March 2023 for students across all the deaneries to commemorate the World Wildlife Day. The Resource person of the day was Mr. Peeyush Sekhsaria, renowned geographer and writer. He is known for his conservation initiatives in the tiger reserves and documentation of the successful projects through illustrated books for children. The session began with a round of quiz about the interesting facts about Tiger population in India. The students were introduced to the alarming reduction level of tiger population in the remote forests due to illegal activities and hunting. He conversed primarly about the Panna Tiger Reserve which is located in Vindhyan Mountain range, Madhya Pradesh. The reserve serves as an abode to rich flora, fauna, and significant population of wild tigers. The reserve is also famous for its rich culture and heritage and home to several tribal communities. The reduction of tiger population distressed the native people and measures were drawn to regenerate their count. Mr. Peeyush demonstrated with pictures of how tigers were transported from nearing reserves for breading and the ways in which the areas were familiarized for them for breading purposes. The result of the operation admist the hindrances was successful as the count of the tiger population is beyond 200 in the present time. During the talk he instilled activism in the students with lines like ‘Then do something - who is stopping you’. The puppet video of the journey of tiger population increase was screened in the end, followed by few questions


“Backyard Birding”
Date: 30 January 2023
An orientation session on backyard birding was conducted in the college on 30th January 2023. This event was organised by Dr Ruth Magdalene and the members of CES. The resource person of the day was Ms Surabhi Deshpande, Senior educationist, WWF, Karnataka. The speaker was welcomed to give an orientation session. There was a brief talk by the resource person about WWF in which she explained that now India is a leading and funding country of WWF with over 50 years of experience. WWF works in the field of wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment. The resource person also gave a presentation on different types of birds, their nature, the importance of birding and thumb rules for birding and also gave various resources to study about birding. A publication from WWF was distributed to the winners of the quiz conducted at the end of the event. The vote of thanks was proposed by CES student coordinator Ms Sandra Devassy.


Inauguration of “Home and Food For Birds”
Date: 11 January 2023
A novel initiative called Home and Food for Birds was inaugurated by Ms P Bineesha ,Executive director IIWM, on 11th January 2023 as a part of the commemoration of National Bird Day in Kristu Jayanti College, Autonomous, Bengaluru. A number of activities including DIY nest making contest, Photography of birds contest etc was conducted as a part of the National Bird Day. More than 75 eco friendly bird nests and bird feeders were prepared by the students and placed all over the campus and nearby localities. An awareness programme was conducted in the college and nearby vicinities , educating the society about the importance of preserving birds and biodiversity.

The inauguration of the initiative commenced with the arrival of the chief guest and keynote speaker Ms. P Bineesha, Executive Director, International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM). The event was compered by Rishika Bhattacharya of BSc BOBT. The welcome speech was delivered by Dr. Priya Josson, Director of Centre for Environment and Sustainability. Principle, Dr. Fr. Augustine George gave the presidential address in which he spoke about the various other initiatives taken up by the college to achieve its goal of sustainability. Ms Bineesha appreciated the college and the members of the CES for the innovative and humane initiative in her inaugural address. She also spoke about importance of birds and biomimicry. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr.CH Madhavi Latha, Faculty coordinator of The National Bird Day initiative.


“Cocopeat Production”
Date: 28 November 2022
The Centre for environment and sustainability accomplished an activity on the production of cocopeat, an organic, sustainable and eco-friendly approach to replenish and conserve soil. Cocopeat is an environment-friendly medium for root growth, aeration of the soil, retention of soil moisture and also as a component of organic manure. Cocopeat blocks are useful in soilless and hydroponic farming. The activity was carried out by the Botany students of I and III Sem BSc under the guidance of Dr. Indira M.N., Faculty Coordinator of CES. The entire process of cocopeat production was done on the premises of Kristu Jayanti College by using the waste coconut husks derived from the coconut trees on the campus. Ms. Sandra Devassy, the student coordinator of CES, welcomed the audience after which, a short video on the making of cocopeat was projected. Dr. Indira spoke about the relevance of soil and the initiative undertaken.

Principal Fr. Dr. Augustine George released the cocopeat blocks made by the students in the college. The students also welcomed him with a seedling germinated in cocopeat. Fr. Principal was delighted to see the outcome of the initiative and appreciated the efforts put in by the students and faculty of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability and further suggested the team take this initiative forward on a bigger scale. He also suggested that a project can be done in this regard.

Ms. Sangli Keerthi, a student of III Sem BOBT, shared her experience with her involvement in the entire process of this activity. This was followed by a vote of thanks delivered by Mr. Vijay, student Coordinator of CES.

The event concluded with a photo session of the entire team of CES in Chavara square.


My Gardening Experiences and the Joys of Growing your own Veggies
Date: 22 November 2022
The expert talk started off with the arrival of Fr. Dr. Augustine George, Principal, of Kristu Jayanti College, and Fr. Deepu, Director of the Student Welfare Office to the venue. Members of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability and students from the Life Science Department were present in the venue as the audience for the occasion. The program was anchored by Aswin V from 5th-semester BSc BBB. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Priya Josson, Director of the Centre of Environment and Sustainability. Principal, Fr. Dr. Augustine George spoke about the importance of involvement of students with the nature and motivated students to nurture nature. In his address Principal shared some of his experiences with gardening and the joy of being with nature. Principal appreciated and presented the CES badge to Rishika who designed the logo for CES.

Ms. Noella Ann, Admission Office Executive, took over the dais to share her personal experiences with home gardening and shared photos of different varieties of vegetables grown with organic farming. The session was followed by an interactive Q&A session. Mr. Roshin Ray Varghese, Research Assistant, Department of Life Sciences then took over the session to share the scientific and theoretical aspects of growing one’s own roof-top vegetable garden. Mr. Roshin also answered a few questions from the audience before concluding his presentation.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Ms. Sandra Devassy, Student Coordinator of CES. The session concluded with an information discussion between the panel members.


Initiation of Terrace Gardening
Date: 14 November 2022
The much-awaited terrace gardening initiative was started off by the members of the CES on 14 November 2022. The students along with the faculty in charge gathered at the nursery area at 1:30 pm. A brief description of the process was given by Dr. Sivagamasundari with the assistance of Mr. Binu. The students prepared the pot mix and filled the grow bags with dried leaves and manure accordingly. The first later was with dried leaves. The potting mix was mixed by the students in a seperate tray and then transferred to the grow bags. The pot mix was a mixture of soil, cow dung and coco peat which was mixed manually by the students. The growbags were ready within an hour due to the combined effort of each member. The grow bags were kept aside and transferred to balcony/ terrace of the third floor of PG block.


E-Rase Your E-Waste (Collection of e-waste for recycling)
Date: 14 to 21 October 2022
October 14 is International E-waste Day. E-waste is any electrical or electronic equipment that has been discarded. This comprises working and damaged items that are thrown in the garbage. E-waste is mainly dangerous due to toxic chemicals that naturally leach from the metals inside when buried waste includes Home Appliances, Communications and Information Technology Devices, Home Entertainment Devices, Electronic Utilities, Office and Medical Equipment. Every year millions of tons of electronic waste are discarded and we need to improve the way it is collected and treated to prevent it from becoming a major environmental issue. The day is used to raise awareness on e-waste recycling. Let’s pledge to prioritize e-waste recycling.

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability in collaboration with Department of Computer Science (UG), Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) made an attempt to raise awareness on e-waste management by collecting e-waste for recycling. Students, Faculties and Administrative staff deposited the e-waste in the bins which were placed in various blocks. E-waste comprising of mouse, keyboard, wire, Circuit boards, DVDs, Compact disks, Audio Equipment, amplifiers etc were collected for recycling. The day was used to raise awareness on e-waste recycling and motivated students and faculty to prioritize e-waste recycling.


Expert Talk on “One Life One Planet”
Date: 24 September 2022
The expert talk on One Life One Planet started off with arrival of the keynote speaker Shri Anil Kumar, a renowned philanthropist and environmentalist. Principal Fr. Augustine George briefed the speaker about the environment initiatives in college and appreciated the great work done bt Shri. Ag Anil Kumar. The real back stage preparation began way before his arrival under the able guidance of the staff coordinators of Centre for environment and sustainability Dr Priya Josson and Dr Indira MN.

Ms Sandra Devassy, student coordinator of CES, did the anchoring on the dais. Mr Ashwin V, student of 3rd year Bsc BBB provided a radiant overture on the resource person. Dr Calistus Jude, Dean of Faculty of sciences welcomed the guest with a sapling.

Then the chief guest enlightened the audience with his escapade into the world of philanthropy. He shared multitude of his experiences on how he helped his village, Ananthapuram, overcome the horrors of the COVID pandemic. He also voiced his appreciation to Mr Vijay, Coordinator CES for his immense contributions to animal welfare back in his home town. He motivated students to do their little towards the society and environment. He inspired the audience with his Heal Ananthapur, Green Ananathapur, Green army and Home for Birds campaign. The audience gave their undivided attention to the guest of honour which was clearly evident in the interactive session that followed.A video was played on the environmental activities of Shri. A G Anil Kumar.

Mr Vijay Narasimha P, proposed a very evocative vote of thanks as a token of gratitude to the guest of honour. In honour of the chief guest, Dr Calistus Jude, bestowed a momento to Shri Anil Kumar. The event concluded with the college anthem. Shri. Anil Kumar went around the campus and was impressed by the green practices of the college including medicinal garden, rain water harvest and landscaping with trees. He identified the spots where home for birds could be implemented in Kristu Jayanti College campus.

The session motivated students to be part of the home for birds campaign to bring the urban sparrows back to city and to plant more saplings and to save trees. It also inspired students to spend a part of the time for the well being of the community and environment. He gave away the message that one person taking even one step can save this planet reverberating with the title of the talk, One Life One Planet.


Visit to Biodiversity Park and Participation in Inauguration of Biodiversity Park, NAAC Office, Jnana Barathi Campus, Bangalore
Date: 20 September 2022
Biodiversity parks are unique landscapes which consist of the form of diverse communities and provide ecological, cultural & educational benefits to the urban society. This diverse community of living organisms keeps the soil healthy and fertile. Because of natural calamities and destructive acts by humans, the biodiversity is depleting. It is therefore imperative to adopt sustainable methods to preserve and replenish the nature.

To commemorate the 12 year of its existence in Bangalore, the NAAC office organized a function to inaugurate the biodiversity park in its campus. The park was inaugurated by Honorable minister of state Shri. V. Sommanna along the director and office bearers of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

The students of Kristu Jayanti College along with two faculty members attended the inauguration function and also visited the biodiversity park. They were fascinated to see the various kinds of fruit trees and herbs that were planted in the park. All plants were labeled for easy identification by the visitors. Many ornamental and plants of medicinal importance were also seen in the park. The students made careful observations of the diverse flora.

There were about 50 students along with the faculty coordinators from the Centre of Environment and Sustainability who visited the campus. The Biodiversity Park with its rich flora and fauna are ideal instruments for promoting conservation education that ultimately will have positive impacts on environmental quality and conservation ethics.


Cleaning of Public Park in Commemoration of World Clean-up Day
Date: 18 September 2022
Department of Life Sciences and Centre for Environment and Sustainability organized a Clean-up of public park at Byrathi Cross, Bengaluru in commemoration of World Clean-up Day on September 18, 2022. 15 student volunteers under the guidance of Dr. Hanumanthappa cleaned the park and cleared the litter and disposed it in the specific waste bins. The park was made clean and the daily visitors to park were happy. The student volunteers spread the message of keeping our surroundings clean and tidy.


Poster Awareness
Awareness was created among the students, faculty and general public by creating poster on environment commemorative days and sharing in social media. The posters of commemorative days which fell in September are attached below.

Sl. No.

Commemorative Day

Date

1

World Biofuel Day

August 10

2

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

September 7

3

International Day for the Preservation of Ozone Layer

September 16

Commemoration of World Biofuel Day 2021
World Biofuel Day is observed on August 10 and the day is set aside to raise awareness about unconventional fuel sources that can serve as an alternative to the more traditional fossil fuels. The emphasis is on the usage of non-fossil fuels or biofuels that enable cleaner consumption patterns.

An extension activity to share knowledge on biogas plant, installation and working was organized with the teachers Mrs. Neeraja Sharma and Mr. Prashanth of Vishwa Vidyapeeth School. The teachers were greeted and briefed about the college by Dr. Calistus Jude, Dean, Faculty of Sciences. The teachers took a video of the demonstration on working of Biogas plant and shared it with the high school students of Vishwa Vidyapeeth School, Honnenahalli, Bangalore on August 10, 2021 to spread awareness on non-fossil fuels. Mrs. Priya Josson, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences and Coordinator of Environment Club explained the working of Biogas plant and green practices in Kristu Jayanti College. Dr. Hanumantappa B Nayaka, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences explained about setting up of vermicompost plant and the process of recycling waste. A walk through the Medicinal garden and awareness on the need to preserve biodiversity was emphasized.

The students of Vishwa Vidyapeeth School prepared a beautiful handwritten creative art message as a token of their love to Principal Fr. Augustine George who spread the message of inculcating environment consciousness and sustainability amongst students.


International Plastic Bag Free Day
International Plastic Bag Free Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the very real and pressing issues of plastic pollution. We need to think it through when using plastic bags in regard to what it does to our environment and how it will wreak havoc in the coming years.

Kristu Jayanti College is aiming at a plastic free campus which is being implemented in a phased manner. We have already started the process. It is our individual responsibility to take alternate measures to avoid plastic and save the earth from the hazards of plastic pollution. International Plastic Free Day was commemorated in Kristu Jayanti College by the Environment Club through the following activities

  • Students and faculty posted their resolution on International Plastic Free Day on Instagram/ Facebook/ Twitter/ status in whatsapp.
  • Students and faculty made a 20 seconds video on your ideas in making the environment plastic bag free and shared in known whatsapp groups.
  • Students and staff to support the college in its no plastic initiative- Carry your food, water in ecofriendly containers and bags to college. Never carry plastic bags to campus
  • Students and staff to be part of the initiative by participating in pledge taking ceremony to make our campus and environment plastic free.

Fr. Emmanuel P J, Director Kristu Jayanti College of Law and faculty Dept.of Psychology gave an inspiring message on how each and every small initiative by each one of us can make a huge difference in making a plastic free world through a short story. The International Plastic Bag Free Day was commemorated in the online mode where students and faculty participated to take the pledge which was led by Fr. Emmanuel P J. As the pledge was taken, all took a resolution to try to cut plastic from our everyday life and make our environment plastic free. Mrs. Priya Josson, Coordinator, Environment Club quoted that plastic pollution free world is not a choice but a commitment to life - a commitment to the next generation

We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.


“Build Your Micro Terrarium” Competition in Commemoration of World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June every year to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and action to improve and conserve our environment. This year the theme for World Environment Day is “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore”. The Environment Club of Kristu Jayanti College, in commemoration of World Environment organized an Intra-collegiate Event “Build your Micro Terrarium” for the students and faculties of the college Day from 1st June to 5th June 2021.

Micro Terrariums are stackable little Ecosystems that add Nature to your desk. The transparent terrarium is designed as a tiny greenhouse that retains moisture. The concept of micro terrarium is to initiate a small ecosystem at our home and workplace. The competition was open to all Jayantians including faculty and students who actively participated and uploaded their beautifully created micro terraria. There were 43 participants from all departments who came up with innovative ideas and techniques of building micro terrariums. The micro terrarium were soothing to eyes and relaxing for the mind.


Grow Your Own Garden Intra-collegiate Competition
Plants support a whole world of creatures in the soil, that in return feed and protect the plants. This diverse community of living organisms keeps the soil healthy and fertile. Because of natural calamities and destructive acts by humans, the biodiversity is depleting. It is therefore imperative to adopt sustainable methods to preserve and replenish nature. The Environment Club of Kristu Jayanti College, organized an Intra-collegiate Event “Grow Your Own Garden” for the students of the college in commemoration of Sustainability Day and Soil Day from 11th November to 10th December 2020. The duration of the event was for four weeks where the students were required to grow their own herbal garden staring from a young seedling/ seed.

The completion was very challenging as the activity had to be monitored through the four weeks taking care to nourish the young plants and periodically take pictures and record the growth pattern. There were about 10 participants from all programs of study. It was quiet pleasant to see more number of male students participate in the contest. The students had displayed their innovative ideas and techniques of growing plants in a sustainable and eco- friendly manner.


Poster Designing Competition
Energy efficiency refers to a method of reducing energy consumption by using less energy to attain the same amount of useful output. To highlight the importance of efficient use of energy and its conservation for a brighter future, the Environment Club organized a Poster Designing Competition on the theme “Conserve Energy Today, Produce Energy Tomorrow” in commemoration of Energy Efficiency Day between 22nd to 29th October 2020. The main objective of the event was to enhance students' knowledge of their creative streak to express their ideas using the colors of imagination. Students had to make handmade posters with a tagline based on the theme of the competition. Total of thirty entries were received for the poster competition. The posters were promoted through twitter handle of the college by the students and likes, shares and comments were encouraged for the posters. The likes, shares and comments were calculated for points and five best posters were selected and announced on KJC Twitter account on 5th Nov 2020.This activity kept the students engaged by exploring and encouraging creativity among the students. It also gave students a platform to showcase their skills and inspired them to think and work creatively to promote artistic excellence. The creativity & innovative ideas to resolve the particular issue were artistically presented and captured through posters. The artistic endeavor of the students was highly praised. Winners & participants were awarded with certificates.


Home Composting: Enriching the soil naturally
World Waste Monitoring Day, September 2020

A practical online workshop cum webinar on Zoom platform was organised by the Environment Club of Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) on Saturday, 26th September 2020. The session was delivered by the resource person of the day Mr. Vasuki Iyengar. The session was attended by faculty and students of Kristu Jayanti College. The inaugural address was rendered by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel P.J., Director, Kristu Jayanti College of Law, Faculty, Director, Jayantian Extension Services & Jayantian Alumni Association.

Mr. Vasuki Iyengar explained the need to manage garbage and how it is related to soil health to human health. He demonstrated various useful practices that will help in reducing the impact we have on waste accumulation in our environment. He highlighted the need to refuse, reduce and reuse single-use plastic materials including disposable utensils, bags, containers etc. He explained the process of waste segregation which is widely practiced in Bangalore and showed how the wet waste can be used in creating compost at home. Mr.Vasuki also explained different composting methods including zero cost option and minimal cost option and demonstrated garden composting methods and DIY composting. He highlighted the need to switch to using bio-enzymes as natural cleaners instead of chemical ones. The students were encouraged to take this activity as a project or an assignment which could be included as part of internal assessment.

  • MoU was signed with International Institute of Waste Management on 01/08/2019 , for consultancy on waste management, water management and green campus.
  • Environment Club in collaboration with Center for Social Activities of Kristu Jayanti College organized ‘Jalshakthi Abhiyaan’ (rainwater harvesting) on 12/09/2019. Prof. Vishwanath Srikantaiah, Adjunct Professor, Azim Premji University was the chief guest who enlightened the students about the excessive misuse of water resources especially ground water due to the excessive increase in surplus population, food grain production and electricity generation. Prof. Srikantaiah brought into focus the need to revive or rejuvenate wells, borewells to conserve water.
  • Environment Club and the Department of Life Sciences of Kristu Jayanti College is organizing the 7th National Green India Essay Competition, 2019 on the topic “Gen Y’s Solutions to Water Conservation”. This competition will provide an opportunity for the students to think originally from a non-conventional point of view and provide valid solutions in managing the water resources and its use. The participants will be instigated with a sense of commitment to protect and preserve water.
  • Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) has successfully been rated as a Green Campus and secured the ‘GOLD RATING’ as per the certification criteria on Oct 10, 2019
  • 1. Green auditing, was conducted by the Environment Club in collaboration with Department of Life Sciences from July 18- September 1. It was aimed to improve the standard operating procedures and efficiency of instruments and equipments, to analyse whether we are performing in accordance with relevant rules and regulations and to determine a way in which we can lower the usage of energy, reducing the cost and thereby add to the revenue. The green audit also helped in assessing the total energy consumption thereby helping to take up measures to save energy.
  • 2. 6th National Level ‘GREEN INDIA’ essay competition, was announced by Environment Club in collaboration with Department of Life Sciences on October 2018. The theme of the essay was “My solutions to Global Warming “.The aim of the competition was to sensitize the young minds on environmental issues and to come out with practical solutions to tackle the issue in their region.Good response was received from different states in India and abroad with innovative suggestions to reduce global warming.The results were announced on January 9, 2019.
  • 3. Environmental awareness programme was held on Dec 20, 2018. The importance of saving our mother planet was shared to the students at quadrangle by thematic dance. Awareness was made to stop usage of plastic and Jayantians pledged to stop using plastics in all spheres of life.
  • 4. Medicinal plant garden was maintained by the environment club. Volunteers identified botanical names, relabeled plants and trees in the campus and documented medicinal uses and botanical names of fauna and flora of college campus during July1-December 20, 2018.Volunteers of environment club on rotation basis maintain the medicinal garden throughout the year.
  • 5. Continual monitoring of usage of electricity and water in college was done by environment club volunteers working in batches in different wings of college to ensure switching off of lights, fans and other electrical instruments, closing of taps in washrooms, repair of leaky taps and disposal of wastes in the specific waste bins on a regular basis from July 1, 2018-Dec 20, 2018.
  • "Clean and Green India" on September 14, 2017. The talk was held as one of the many activities under the 'Swacchata Pakhwada' programme
  • ‘Self or sustainability’ was organized on September 21, 2017 .
  • Proper usage of water, electricity and waste disposal on a rotation basis in the college campus as a green initiative.
  • The 5th National green India Essay competition was organized in the month of October.The results were published on January 6th, 2018. 78 particiants from 14 different colleges participated and they were felicitated with cash prizes and certificates on January 22, 2018
  • Awareness programme through skits and dance and posters in the quadrangle
  • Poster competition for all the Under Graduate students on 23rd February 2017
  • Creatrix-Exhibition was organised in association with emphasis on waste management on 20/12/2016
  • E-waste management drive was organized in collaboration with Centre for Social Activities (CSA) during 3rd, 4th & 5th August 2015 to sensitize the student community on the awareness of E-waste disposal and recycling.
  • A MoU has been signed with ITC Ltd for recycling of paper waste in August 2015. The college was appreciated for contributing 1902 Kgs of Paper for recycling and saved 48 trees.
  • Creatrix-Exhibition on waste management
  • Awareness programme for all the Under Graduate students, as part of Environment education programme on 27th August 2014. Ms. Itika Singh, from Daily dump organization Bangalore, delivered lecture and hands-on-training on ecofriendly management of wastes generated at home, college and office.
  • 4th National level Green India essay competition on the topic Green Governance on January 2015.
  • Environmental Science Club (ESC) organized various activities in spreading awareness in preserving environment.
  • Exhibition ‘SADUPAYOGAM’ on 21st March 2014, that revealed students’ creativity in converting ‘trash to art’
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