“Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.”
The Enviro Club of Patrician College of Arts and Science organized a horticulture programme for the students on 28 February 2017. The chief guest for the programme was Dr. K. A. Shanmuga Sundaram, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Chennai. He educated the students on different types of plants that can be a part of the roof garden. He has 15 years of experience in vegetable plantation. He has given many talk shows on radio and television on roof gardening and vegetable cultivation. He was honoured with ‘Dr. J.C. Anand award’ by TNAU, Coimbatore for the best research in post harvest management of crops in Horticulture. He also received ‘Senior Research Fellowship’ for his doctorate research from CSIR, New Delhi.
The chief guest and resource person gave a presentation to the students on roof gardening followed by a practical training using a kit. This plantation programme was vital in turning the campus green after the recent cyclone that had destroyed several trees. The students learnt to plant tomatoes, chilly, lady’s finger, brinjal, radish and varied varieties of flowers. The students planted saplings of neem, almonds, mahogany and curry leaves around the main block area converting it into a mini garden. The students who planted the saplings wrote their names on them and took oath for their care and protection. Under the guidance of the resource person, Dr. Geetha Rufus, the Vice Principal and the coordinator of the Club Dr. Ravita Bhatia planted a neem sapling on the campus. Mark Angelo, Chairperson of the Student Council, Madhu Shalini, Enviro Club Vice President, and other Club members Ali Asgar Sakarwala and Arun participated and made the programme successful. The news of this programme was published in the Hindi daily ‘Rajasthan Patrika’ (Chennai) and Samvad Vimarsh newsletter from Delhi.
The competitions such as poster painting, slogan writing and wealth out of waste were conducted for the students on the topics ‘loving the nature’, ‘afforestation’, ‘protecting our environment’ and ‘roof gardening’. Nearly 65 students participated in the events and their creations were kept for the exhibition. The winners of slogan writing were Sebin Joy, Burhannudin and M.Nagarjun. Amrita Srija, Rahul, Sowndarya and Bhuvaneshwari were given awards for the best poster design. The winners of wealth out of waste were Varshini, Azaruddin, Princy Sophia, Mohammed Nazir and Zaineb.
Madhu Shalini, Vice President, Enviro Club participated in a workshop on ‘Grow Your Own Organic Produce Sustainably’ on 26 February 2017 and learnt techniques of soil composition and usage of urban waste materials for permaculture.