Saturday, 31 March 2012

EARTH HOUR organised @ RGSC: Another landmark added by Eco One

It was 8.30 pm on clock. Occasion was Earth Hour Day. The worldwide campaign organized by WWF in partnership with other environmental groups across the world to spread awareness about saving energy to reduce our carbon footprint. We all must be aware of the fact that coal fired power plants are major source of our electricity which is also a chief source of green house gas CO2.  On every last Saturday of March, a global campaign to switch off lights was started in which one hour there should be complete black out. Slowly, this campaign is reaching every corner of the world. In Banaras Hindu University, a first campaign of this type was organized in its south campus situated in Mirzapur. It was also a first time in history of RGSC that a candle march was held. Approximately 150 students participated in the first ever Earth Hour Campaign organized in BHU by Eco One, the environmental activism group started by students which is now getting support from the entire faculty and recently got the Vice Chancellor’s patronship. The lights of almost every rooms could be seen switched off.

As Eco One has always followed... ‘Our action speaks more than our word’. Our tradition follows in every campaign. This campaign was another addition to the landmarks Eco One has been setting since its inception a couple months ago.

The Earth Hour campaign not only witnessed a great enthusiasm from the students but Dr. Ashish Singh, who is very active member of Eco One and also Hostel Coordinator for RGSC joined this global campaign with his family.. As he said, ‘ I came here not for myself but my 1.5 year old daughter  in whom I want that sensitivity towards environment in her growing years’. Warden of Shivalik hostel Mr. Vijai Krishna along with his friend joined the campaign and informed students the reason for this campaign. The campaign was huge success pertaining to the fact that it was totally voluntarily.

After the candle march was over we put the candles in front of Malviyaji’s Statue in front of Admin building showing our respect to the ideology of Mahamna which Eco One has been following in all its activities.

Our special thanks to the inmates of Vindhyachal Hostel and New Boys Hostel who made this effort a great success! Many many congratulations to the Vindhyavasini Girls Hostel who supported the campaign by doing their part by switching off the lights. It is a great experience to be a part of the landmarks coming every other weeks! Eco One is proud to have such responsible students as its foundation and our teaching staff who are pillars supporting our strong building which is adding a floor with each works. Congrats!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Eco One: The Journey till now...

 Eco One has completed 2 successful months of existence in BHU. It is now standing strong with 180+ students as its foundation. In its latest addition Padmashree Prof. Lalji Singh, Vice Chancellor of our University has accepted to be our ‘Patron’. We are very much excited and honoured. It is indeed my happiest moment when I got the confirmation on telephone.

To read profile of Prof. Lalji Singh, click here

Here I am sharing you my personal experience while starting Eco One in brief. Hope you will enjoy reading it.

It was second week of January, one evening I was sitting with our OSD Prof. R.P. Singh. It was my first meeting with him and I knew nothing about him except what I heared from few teachers. I must say he is very straightforward person who likes to hear and speak straight. He asked, tell me your problem. I explained him what we want to do for the campus. To my surprise he was so unexpected. He showed encouragement for such initiatives. In the mean time Prof. Guru Prasad Singh joined the discussion. OSD Sir said.. ‘Let him deal with all of your activity. You can directly contact him and if he say yes, then its yes from me too.. He is another OSD for you’. It was my first interaction with both of them. 

Navendu Nidhan, Co-Founder

It was 24th January, 2012 when the foundation of Eco One was laid through this blog in room no. 66 of Shivalik Hostel. We didn’t know where it would head and what its fate is. We four friends were sitting in our hostel room making the registration form. While me and Navendu were busy designing and creating content for the blog, my room partner Jaydev was given the task to list all the courses in RGSC.  Help came soon as Ram Bahadur step in in helping Jaydev. Then what? The Eco One blog was ready to publish. We knew we have very less time and our work is herculean keeping in mind the fact that we have hardly 3 months time left in campus.  We were lucky to have friends like Ashutosh Mishra and Awanish Mishra for boosting our moral. But the confidence was high, our trust on each other was exceptional. There was nothing negative but positive positive and positive. I saw the young brigade really enthusiastic over formation of the eco club. We needed to spread the word as quickly as possible so as people of RGSC know us. We made internet and mouth to mouth publicity as our basic tool. Few notices were also put up on notice boards and walls after discussing with Prof. G.P. Singh. We made 2 students from each hostel as Ambassadors of each hostel.

26th January, 2012… Republic day celebration at Malaviya Park. Who can forget that day? After the sweets were distributed people threw the polythene wrappers everywhere. Slowly, the park and the admin block turned into mosaics of orange plastic bags. We started voluntarily collecting those polythene wrappers. It lasted 30 minutes during which every one present there watched us.. some laughed on us.. But we knew this is the initial spark of a large fire which is yet to come. Prof. G.P. Singh saw us and congratulated us for starting a unique initiative. Eco one made its first public appearance!

We did the advertisement by our work. People now know Eco One. Then we held the first meeting of Eco One management council on 31st Jan, 2012. Till then we had 87 registrations online! The basic organization of Eco One was decided that day by mutual consensus. I was elected Head, Navendu as Associate Head and Harshita as General Secretary. Ram Bahadur was elected  treasurer while Ashutosh and Varsha were elected as Editor. Awanish was given the department of mobilization. Few other positions were discussed. The management council was later joined by Prakhar Parashar, Suryakant Upadhyay, Satya Prakash Tripathi, Hari Om Singh, Abhishek Pandey, Pankaj Gupta, Shishir Kumar and Prafulla Kumar.

Clean Windham Campaign on World Wetland Day

2 days later was ‘World Wetland Day’. We decided not to celebrate it within a hall but do something through our action. What would have been the better place except Windham Fall. We talked with Prof. G.P. Singh and announced the first ever campaign to clean ‘Windham Fall’. We expected 50-60 students to turn out for the campaign. In our room Navendu and I were talking about how things will be successful. We were really very much worried. More than participation, discipline and security were also one of the reasons we were much worried. I talked with DFO Mr. Maneesh Mittal. Mr. Maneesh is a very different kind of prson is what I can say from all the interactions I had with him. He is also a kind of person who listens, understands and encourage every good initiatives. Within one day notice he confirmed provision of security at the place and himself assured to encourage the students by being present there. Finally the day came. We were waiting for students to register. Slowly, students started coming in front of Lecture Theater… and then.. keep coming…. Around 110 students participated. Eco One’s first mass campaign was successful! This lead to wide media attention.
Prof. G.P. Singh was very happy with our work. He said, ‘Till now, people have come Windham Fall to enjoy and has always made it dirty… It was first time in history when people went there not for purpose of picnic but to clean it.’ The campaign led to many good things. Not only the fall was given a new life, but the problems were discussed directly with DFO on which he assured to take steps major being installation of dustbins, banners and security for accident prone areas.
Our OSD Prof. R.P. Singh was also very glad with the work and asked us to expand this idea to more people. He is a person who has been always supportive of good causes. In all the time I spent in south campus, I must say… Prof. R.P. Singh has been the most supportive OSD for students.

After that, with each passing day Eco One added more bricks to its foundation towards a larger and stronger roots. We were very close to Prof. G.P. Singh. We made him our Mentor which he accepted happily. HE has been not only just a mentor but a person whom we really see as father figure. He is the person who believes in building trust. In a very quick time we were very comfortable with him. His support and encouragement has been very crucial in success of Eco One. He never let us down. Whenever we need him he was there standing above us. His words works like magic each time we talk to him. I have very less words for Guru Prasad Sir for the kind of encouragement he has given not only to Eco One but all the emerging talents of RGSC. He was the perfect choice for Mentor of Eco One. As he always say, ‘Besides having so much corruption in a country of 121 crore population, still the GDP s 6% which is due to the meager percentage of people who are honest. The best way to defeat evil is joining hands with good and the evil will be less powerful.’

Then we organised ‘Eco Mania’ an open competition. Slogans, posters and photographs were invited. We got good quality participation in which some serious concerns were highlighted.

Management Council: Jaydev, Ram Bahadur, Ashutosh,Awanish
This was followed by ‘Environ’ on 2nd March marking formal inauguration of Eco One. The event was marked by participation of almost all faculties and staff. On this day, the people who were left out till then were connected. Some prominent teachers who showed interest in supporting Eco One were Dr. Ashish Singh who is Campus Hostel Coordinator and Dr. Sunita Singh, Environment teacher of B.Ed. One of our important initiatives was joining hands with NSS of the campus. Dr. Ajay Singh announced officially that NSS and Eco One will support each other’s motive equally. 

Next day, the first collaborative campaign of Eco One and NSS was organized. Dr. Somu Singh, Dr. Vinod Singh and Dr. Ajay Singh are also member of Eco One and at the same time coordinators for NSS. We planted 2 trees on behalf of us. OSD Sir inaugurated the relationship by planting the trees and assigning the duties to volunteer from Eco One and NSS. Students were very enthusiastic to discuss problems regarding waste in campus. OSD asked us to prepare a proposal for RGSC.

That day, we felt, there is a need of separate public participatory events to get the suggestions from the students. We planned a week dedicated to public participation. The week of 19th – 23rd March was selected by NSS for carrying out camps in nearby villages and Eco One planned a series of ‘Open Discussion on Waste’ in each hostel of RGSC. All the wardens and Hostel Coordinator agreed with that with active participation of themselves in each discussion.
Our first discussion was held at New Boys Hostel on 21st March and at Vindhyavasini Hostel on 22nd March. On 23rd March, OSD Prof. R.P. Singh and our Mentor Prof. G.P. Singh were present at Vindhyachal Hostel and actively moderated the discussion. The final discussion went good at the Shivalik hostel on 24th March. In all the discussions Dr. Ashish Singh, Dr. Somu Singh, Dr. Ajay Singh, Dr. Vinod Singh and Mr. Vijai Krishna were present personally and actively took part in the discussion.

Open Discussion Panel onWaste Management in RGSC @ Vindhyachal Hostel.

The Open Discussion series was overall a great experience for all of us. It was for first time when an open meeting of students and administration has happened to hear the problems and invite solutions from them. I see this as a great initiative where trust between administration and students will increase and we feel to be a part of Banaras Hindu University family.

24th March coincidentally also marked completion of 2 months for Eco One. And adding to our achievements we were honoured when I got the news on telephone that Vice Chancellor has accepted to be the ‘Patron’ of Eco One.  Our journey couldn’t be better than this. I informed Prof. G.P. Singh first and then Navendu and others that Eco One is indeed lucky to have Prof. Lalji Singh as our Patron now.

We hope the same energy is carried to our next generation of Eco One. Eco One has reached this stage so quickly only because of positive people associated with it whether its Prof. R.P. Singh, Prof. G.P. Singh, Dr. Ashish Singh or Dr. Somu Singh to name a few. It’s a common encouragement and will… there is nothing negative in any of our approach. Eco One is a live example where we can see that with mutual trust and encouragement nothing is impossible. We share a common dream which we have been successful to convert into reality to great extent. Congratulations to all members of Eco One Management Council who has worked hard since its inception and gave their 110% contributions in all of the endeavours of Eco One. Our heartfelt thanks to all the faculty members who has encouraged the Eco One to grow and guided us in every possible way. Special congratulations to Navendu and Ashutosh!

We are very grateful to our Vice Chancellor and we are honoured to have him as our Patron. I can only say, our responsibilities are even more now!

 ~ Debadityo Sinha, M.Sc.(Tech.) Env. Sci., Sem VI
    Head, Eco One Management Council

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Eco One Thursday Plantation Campaign

In one of its latest initiatives, marking World Forest Day on 21st March Eco One started an unique initiative. 'Plant Trees Every Thursday'.

The first two trees of Peepal and Bargad were planted in front of New Boys Hostel by Eco One Hostel Ambassadors Ashutosh Mishra and Awanish Mishra and Eco One volunteers Vivek and Dhrup Nath. This initiative is seen as a long term effort of Eco One in making the campus not only clean but green too.

Take the responsibility and plant your tree. Let the next generation remember your name!

Monday, 19 March 2012


As you all may be aware that ECO ONE and NSS is working on improving the waste management practices in RGSC and soon is going to propose a ‘Zero Waste’ plan for RGSC. In continuation of this, we are organizing an open discussion forum on waste management in hostels on the following agendas:

  • Waste management in campus
  • Installation of dustbins and compost pits
  • Efficient plan for restriction on polythene use in campus
  • Drains and sewage system
  • Community participation in waste management
  • Monitoring of waste management practices

All the students are requested to be present and share their valuable suggestions/ideas/proposals in the open discussions to be held in the ‘Common Hall’ of respective hostels on following date and time:

New Boys Hostel:                                     7 p.m. | 21.03.2012
Vindhyavasini Girls Hostel:                      7 p.m. | 22.03.2012
Vindhyachal Hostel:                                  7 p.m. | 23.03.2012
Shivalik Hostel:                                         7 p.m. | 24.03.2012

Be there and make your idea registered for a clean campus!! 

Monday, 5 March 2012

Tips for Safe Holi

Holi and the chemicals 

Source: Toxics Link Fact Sheet, Date: March , 2009 (


Holi Holi which marks the harvest of Rabi crop and the arrival of springwas traditionally celebrated using natural coloured extracts from seasonal herbs. However, gradually these herbs were replaced by synthetic dyes ,some of which are toxic.This is because of the presence of mica,acids,alkalis, pieces of glass etc that are hazardous to huma Apart from inducing skin irritation and abrasion and these chemicals can go as far as impairing vision, causing cancer and respiratory problems.

Broadly there are three categories of colours available in the market:paste,dry powder and wet colours.All these could be hazardous.The hazard increases when these are mixed with oil .Oil helps the rogue chemicals to seep into the skin easily.

Holi pastes contain harmful chemicals such as Lead oxide (common in black colour), copper sulphate (found in green colour), aluminium bromide (in silver colour), prussian blue ( blue colour) and mercury sulphite ( a major component in red colour).These can cause renal failure, eye allergy, puffiness, temporary blindness, cancer etc.

Dry colours or gulaals have two components -a toxic colourant and a base which could be either asbestos or silica. Both these, especially asbestos, can cause health hazards even if exposure is limited.Gulaal has heavy metals called systemic toxins that can get deposited on kidneys, liver and bones .Presence of lead in Holi colours can lead to learning disorder,chromium to bronchial ailments,cadmium to fragile bones, nickel to dermatitis , mercury to nervous system disorder etc.

The wet colours have mostly gentian violet as a colour concentrate that can cause skin discolouration, dermatitis,irritation of mucous membrane etc.

How to make Natural Colours?

Dry Colour:
Use mehendi / henna powder, separately or mix with equal quantity of any suitable flour to attain a lovely green shade. 

Make use only pure mehendi and not the one mixed with amla (meant to be applied to our hair) as this would be brown in colour. Dry mehendi will not leave colour on your face as it can be easily brushed off. Only when it is a paste (i.e. it is mixed in water) will it leave a slight colour on your face. Thus, it can be used as a pucca / fast colour. 

Many people like smearing other person's hair with colours. How about doing it with mehendi powder and saving a trip to the parlour? 

Other methods
Dry and finely powder the leaves of Gulmohur (Delonix regia) tree for a green colour. 
Crush the tender leaves of the Wheat plant to obtain a natural safe green Holi colour.

Wet colour:
  • Mix two teaspoons of mehendi in one litre of water. Stir well.
  • Green colour can also be obtained by mixing a fine paste of leaves like spinach / palak, coriander / dhaniya, mint / pudina, tomato leaves, etc. in water.
 Dry colour: 
Mix two teaspoons of haldi / Turmeric powder with double quantity of besan (gram flour). Haldi and besan are extremely healthy for our skin, and are also used widely as a ubtan while taking bath. 

You can use the ordinary haldi or "kasturi" haldi which is very fragrant and has enhanced therapeutic effects. Besan can be substituted by atta, maida, rice flour, arra rot (ground nut) powder, fuller's earth (multani mitti) and even talcum powder. 

Another Method

Flowers like Amaltas (Cassia fistula), Marigold / Gainda (Tagetus erecta), Yellow Chrysanthemums, Black Babul (Acacia arabica) yield different shades of yellow. Dry the petals of these flowers in shade and crush them to obtain a fine powder. Mix appropriate quantity of the powder with besan, etc. or use separately. 

Dry the rind of the Bael fruit (Aegle marmelos) and grind to obtain a yellow powder. 

Wet Colour:

  • Add one teaspoon of haldi to two litres of water and stir well. This can be boiled to increase the concentration of colour and further diluted.
  • Soak Amaltas (Cassia fistula) or Marigold / Gainda (Tagetus erecta) flowers in water. Boil and leave overnight.

Dry Colour:

  • Red Sandal Wood Powder / Raktachandan / Lalchandan (Pterocarpus santalinus) has a beautiful red colour, is extremely beneficial for the skin and is used in face packs, etc. This can be used instead of Red Gulal.
  • Dry red hibiscus flowers in shade and powder to make a lovely red colour. To increase the bulk add any flour to it
  • Sinduria, called Annato in English has a water chestnut shaped fruit which contains lovely brick colour red seeds. These yield both dry and wet colours.
Wet colour
  • Put 2 teaspoons of Red Sandal wood powder in a litre of water and boil. Dilute and use.
  • Peels of Red Pomegranate boiled in water give red.
  • For a bright orangish-red, mix thoroughly a pinch of chuna / lime powder (the one that we eat with our paan / betel leaves) with 2 spoons of haldi/ turmeric powder and a few drops of water. Use only after diluting with 10 litres of water.

Extracting red from flower petals

  • Buras (Rhododendron arboreum) known as Burans in the Garhwal hills and Brans in the Kumaon hills gives a lovely red colour when soaked in water overnight.
  • Red hibiscus flowers soaked in water overnight give a red which also has medicinal value.
  • The Palita Madar / Pangri / Indian Coral tree/ (Erythrina indica), found commonly in coastal regions, has large red flowers. Soak the flowers in water overnight.
  • Boil wood of Madder Tree in water for a deep red.
  • Red colour can also be obtained from juice of tomatoes and carrots. This can be diluted with sufficient quantity of water to remove the stickiness.

Dry Colour

  • The Jacaranda flowers can be dried in the shade and ground to obtain a beautiful blue powder. The flowers bloom in summers.
  • The blue Hibiscus which is found in Kerala can be dried and powdered just like the red hibiscus
Wet Colour

Crush the berries (fruits) of the Indigo plant and add to water for desired colour strength. In some Indigo species the leaves when boiled in water yield a rich blue. 

Wet Colour

  • Slice or grate one Beet root. Soak in 1 litre of water for a wonderful magenta. Boil or leave overnight for a deeper shade. Dilute.
  • Boil the peels of 10 - 15 pink Onions in half litre of water for an orangish-pink colour. Remove the peels before using to remove the smell.
  • Soak Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) flowers (pink variety) in water overnight, or boil for a pinkish colour.
Wet Colour

  • The Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperma), known as Tesu, Palash or Dhak in vernacular languages, is the source of the wonderful, traditional colour for Holi. The flowers are soaked overnight in water and can also be boiled to obtain a fragrant yellowish - orange colored water.
    The dried flowers can be dried and powdered for a orange powder. Legend says that Lord Krishna used to play Holi with Tesu flowers, and the flowers also have a lot of medicinal properties. Tesu blooms during month of March.
  • Boil flower petals of red variety of Semul / Silk Cotton (Bombax ceiba ) in water.
  • Collect and dry the stalks of Harashringar / Parijatak (Nyctanthes arbor-tristis) flowers during the early winter season. Soak them in water to get a pleasant coloured orange.
  • Mix a pinch of Sandalwood powder from Ujjain (also used in our temples) in one litre of water for an instant, beautiful and fragrant saffron colour.
  • Soak a few stalks of Saffron / Kesar in 2 table spoons of water. Leave for few hours and grind to make a fine paste. Dilute with water for desired colour strength. Though expensive, it is excellent for our skin.

Celebrating a Safe and Eco-friendly Holi:


Judicious Use Of Water: In the current situation, when most cities in India are facing acute water scarcity, the wasteful use of water during Holi, is also being questioned. Thus recommend to play dry Holi with Gulal only.This will also save the risk of falling ill.

Avoid synthetic colours: Prefer preparing eco-friendly natural colours at home; haldi concoction for yellow, beetroot concoction for red, and methi or neem concoction for green. In any case, organic colors are now easily available in the market.

Smart use of Bonfire: Lighting of wooden pallets for the bonfire is a serious environmental issue. Would request you to lit one symbolic community bonfire, rather than burning individual bonfires across your locality as a way to reduce wood consumption. The other way is to lit bonfires by using waste material rather than wood.

Protect your eyes from attacks: Eyes are extremely vulnerable on Holi because of the use of harmful chemicals in colours these days. The chemicals can badly infect your eyes due to the toxic chemicals mixed with colours and can even cause blindness.

Play Safe: Don’t  play with someone if he/she is not willing to play and do not let others to be rude with you. The best option would be to play with natural colours.

Preparations before Holi Celebration:

Make sure that you apply ample quantity of cream on your face before and after playing with colours. Cover up the body to the maximum with synthetic garments so that they do not  soak much water.

Oil your hair well, it will make it easy for you to get rid of the colour stuck in the hairs. Also it will limit the effect of chemicals to hairs.

Keep your lips tightly locked so that colours do not enter your mouth. Also protect your face from any possible attack on face.

Try to avoid going outside of your premises in the peak hours of the festival. This way you can prevent yourself from being engaged with rough friends.

During travel, keep the window of your car tightly closed, even if you don’t have an AC car. Stay at a safe distance from the mob celebrating holi.

Take a bath with luke warm water after the Holi celebration is over. Avoid frequent washing of face and regular baths during the Holi celebration. It will ruin your skin with dryness.

Do not run and jump on wet floors as you may slip and pose the danger of bone fracture.

Avoid drinking of bhang and alcohol during festival. Do not drive when you are high on alcohol.

If you are asthmatic, take preventive doses in advance and keep S.O.S. inhalers [e.g. Astheline] handy. For such people, it is best to avoid playing Holi, if possible.

Keep anti-oxidants and other anti-allergic medicines ready for any accident or if you encounter any skin problem.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

A new beginning with NSS: The first step towards Zero Waste Project

Today… it can be seen as a small beginning towards a bigger goal. Today... We started together with the volunteers of National Service Scheme the initiative to make the campus ‘Zero Waste’. The cleanliness drive was formally inaugurated by the Officer on Special Duty Prof. Ravi Pratap Singh by planting tree. Two trees were planted in name of NSS and Eco One. Both the trees were adopted by member of NSS and Eco One Munna Kesari, B.Com(H) I year and Prafull Chuadhari, M.Sc. (Tech.) I respectively.



OSD said, the problems of polythene bags can’t be controlled until we ourself don’t stop using them. He interacted with students and encouraged them to keep doing the good work. He also asked the Eco One and NSS team to prepare a proposal for installation of dustbins and compost pit in the campus.

All the four NSS units with their heads Dr. Somu Singh, Dr. Vinod Singh, Dr. Ajay Singh and Dr. Rajesh Kumar were present to lead the students. The drive was carried out from the Malviya Park via Central Library towards the Jalpan Griha during which more than 100 students volunteered to make the campus clean. The polythenes collected were then burnt and disposed. At the end all the volunteers were treated with refreshments by the NSS.

On this occasion Dr. Somu Singh informed that there are few more campaigns coming up in near future and together with Eco One we will achieve our motive well.

This event marks a new chapter of the motive of Eco One which shares similar compassion for the campus. We welcome this endeavor and say thanks to all the NSS Coordinators.

Now we have only one aim  ‘Zero Waste Campus’.

Friday, 2 March 2012

A Brief Synopsis of ENVIRON 2012

The Environ was not just an event by Eco One but this was the first time that any formal event has been organized just to celebrate environment. The event was started by following the tradition of Banaras Hindu University showing respect to the founder father of BHU Pt. Madan Mohan Malviyaji by lighting lamps in front of his statue by the eminent faculty members of the campus namely Prof. Guru Prasad Singh (Member of Core Group RGSC and Mentor of Eco One), Prof. S. K. Swaine (Dean of Students of RGSC), Dr. Ashish Singh (Hostel Coordinator, RGSC) and Dr. S.P. Singh (Sr. Lecturer, FMS). This was followed by singing BHU’s kulgeet.

Dean of students, RGSC Prof. S.K. Swaine congratulated the students on coming up with the Eco club and said this type of work shows the enthusiasm and creative hard work of the members of the club. He showed his support for the club and asked the club to keep doing such great work in future too.

The next program was a presentation on ‘Introduction to Eco One’ by the Head of Eco One Management Council, Debadityo Sinha. He informed the audience about the concepts of an eco club and the objectives of the Eco Club through powerpoint. He informed that Eco One has crossed the mark of 150 student registrations. He congratulated students of B.Com of being the front runner in all the activities. He gave a brief introduction to the Management Council of Eco One and the coordination of the club.  He informed that Eco One blog has an average of 80 page views per day. He announced that the Eco One's main objective from now onwards is 'Zero Waste' Campus' in which help of NSS will be taken in all of the initiatives.  The presentation is shared as follows:

Next was the much awaited talk by Prof. Guru Prasad Singh who is also mentor of the club.  As always, he spoke amazingly and told us about the ideology of Mahamna and environment conservation. He cited examples from tradition, culture and religion of India and their relevance towards environmental laws. Ofcourse, it would be difficult to write all the words he spoke but he was very happy and appreciated the people behind Eco One. Everybody was glad to hear his speech which left us overwhelmed.
Dr. Ajai Singh, Coordinator NSS was also present at the program and he said NSS and Eco One share similar motive and he announced that from now onwards NSS and Eco One will do all the events with mutual support. He also informed about the campaigns of NSS and about the upcoming cleanliness drive in RGSC the day after i.e. 3rd March, 2012.

Dr. Sunita Singh, Environment Teacher in B.Ed was very glad with the work and appreciated the initiative of Eco One. She said, she will be happy to help the club in all its future endeavor. She told, that being an environment teacher she will personally ask her students to join the club.

Environmental Oath was taken. Being Mentor of the club, Prof. Guru Prasad Singh acted the oath giving person.

Continuing with the schedule, the documentary films were screened. The ‘Vanishing Giants’ by Mike Pandey was the opening film which was followed by ‘Faith Revisited’ and ‘Vindhyan Scourge’ which was produced by Debadityo Sinha and focuses the environmental and social problems in surrounding areas of RGSC.
The prizes of ‘Eco Mania I’ was distributed by the guests which are as follows:

Photography Competition

I – Jaydev Kumar Mahato (M.Sc. (Tech.) Env. Sc. & Tech. II)
II – Navendu Nidhan (B.Com(H) FMM III)
III – Ashutosh Mishra (B.Com(H) FMM III)

Jay Dev Kumar I
Navendu Nidhan II
Ashutosh Mishra III

Slogan Writing Competition

I – Neha Dikshit (B.Com(H) III)

See yourself don’t bother about others We exist on the earth its our mother. 
II – Dharmendra Kumar Singh (B.Com(H) III)

Our campus is beautiful and green, let’s make effort to keep it clean.
III – Rena Ahmed (M.Sc. (Tech.) Env. Sc. & Tech. I)

Lead the scene keep the R.G.S.C Campus clean and green.. 


I  - Ananya Tewari (M.Sc. (Tech.) Env. Sc. & Tech. II)


II - Jaydev Kumar (M.Sc. (Tech.) Env. Sc. & Tech. II)

Poster Making competition

I Manoj Kumar (M.Sc. Soil and Water Conservation I)
II Pradeep Kumar (M.Sc. Plant Biotech I)

The last two documentaries ‘The Last Dance’ and ‘Miracle Water Village’ were screened after which Debadityo gave the vote of thanks to end the event.