NSS Unit and Centre for Women & Gender Studies (CWGS) of the college organized a National Conference on Individual Social Responsibility on Waste management on October 10, 2018. The Seminar was organized as a part of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of National Service Scheme.
The seminar was inaugurated by Sri K Amarnarayana IAS (Rtd). In his inaugural address he appreciated the organizers for choosing an apt subject. He said the relevance of managing waste in every individual’s life.
Sri Rajashekhar Puranik, Environmental officer, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Mangalore gave key note address. He deliberated on the impact of different types of waste on the environment. He made a call to the youth to lead a life which is environmental friendly.
Sri CA. Vaman Kamath, Alternate Treasurer of Canara High School Association expressed his happiness saying “I am happy that my institution is organizing this conference which is need of the hour”. He recalled his memories of Green Mangalore.
The seminar had 4 technical sessions. The first session was on the topic “Waste to Wealth-A Practical Approach” by Sri K. Amarnarayan IAS (Rtd). He said, every waste can lead to wealth. New technologies are available to convert waste to wealth. He called on the youth to be entrepreneurs where they will be trained with ideas and technology in this direction. He made a challenge that every single waste can be converted into wealth.
The second session was a Panel discussion on “Individual Social Responsibility in Waste Management- Pros and Cons &d Challenges”. The panelists were Sri Ranjan Bellarpady co-ordinator, Swaccha Manas Programme, Ramakrishna Mission, Mangalore and Smt. Manjula, co-ordinator Swaccha Bharath Mission, DK district. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Dr. A.Jaya Kumar Shetty, Department of Economics, SDM College, Ujire
Sri Ranjan Bellarpady spoke about the involvement and initiatives of Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru in keeping the city clean. He said it is his institution which started giving Bio Bins to households at a concessional rate. They are taking active role in changing the attitude of the children towards waste, by conducting various programmes at school levels.
Smt. Manjula explained the challenges of implementing Swaccha Bharath Programme in the Grama Panchayath Areas and she also highlighted the success stories of handling waste in different panchayaths.
The third session was by Sri Shashidhar Shetty, Secretary , National Environment Care Federation ® Mangalore on the topic “Role of NGO’s in Solid Waste Management”. He said Environment belongs to every living organism. But Man mishandled the environment and made it more complicated to the other living beings. He said like minded people need to join hands to protect our environment.
The fourth session was by Smt. Nandini Raghuchanda, Owner, Earth to Earth home composting solutions, on the topic “Kitchen waste composting”. She said major part of the waste is degradable and it can be handled by every household through composting. She made a demo of Bio bin in a sarcastic manner in order to create an impression in every mind that, our waste is our responsibility.
The valedictory programme was presided by Dr. Malini K V, Principal, Canara College. She said that; let us individually commit ourselves towards creating a healthy environment.
Prof. Vineetha K, Co-ordinator, National Service Scheme, Mangalore University was the chief guest. In her address she shared the healthy practices which can be followed by everyone, so that each one of us can contribute for a beautiful environment.
Nearly 150 delegates participated in this interactive seminar. The seminar was co ordinated By Prof. Dejamma A., Prof. Seema Prabhu S., and Ms. Vindhya B.B.