- Best from Waste
- Objectives of the practice:
- To prepare meaningful and useful articles from waste.
- To explore new method having environmental awareness which are useful for society.
- To protect nature and environment from human activity.
- To minimize the harmful effects of environmental pollution.
- To explore the creative and innovative idea of students in conservation of nature and eco-system.
- To encourage students to use old newspapers, used notebooks, cardboard, old CD, DVDs, disposal glasses, pens, Toothpaste tubes, matchsticks, plastic bottles, cloths, envelops, sticks, waste mats, strings etc.
- Preparation of Jewelery, toys, flower vase, magic boards, folders and files, pen stands, flower pots, mat wall decoration, Jute work, bowl etc. from waste materials.
- To produce compost from plant wastes.
- To dispose garbage and garden plant wastes.
- To prepare and commercialize Vermi-compost.
- To bring awareness among the farmers to avoid the use of chemical fertilizers.
- To improve soil fertility.
- To use of municipal solid waste.
- The Context:
We know various human activities disturb the balance of nature. The resources of nature decreasing with very high speed and it is important to preserve it for the future generation. The human activity responsible for imbalance in eco system extinction of some plant varieties and animal species. In order to maintain ecological balance and environmental protection college constituted eco-friendly committee. College eco-friendly committee perform different activities in the college such as state level competition on “Best from Waste”, workshops, campus cleanliness, environmental awareness camp, tree plantations, poster presentation for snake awareness programmes drug abuse, rain water harvesting, anti tobacco campaign, rallies for relief fund for disaster affected people, anti addiction, eco-friendly festival, celebration like Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi and Dipawali. Wildlife conservation week was celebrated by organizing photo-gallery of birds, butterflies and animals. The eco-friendly committee plays a vital role in creating awareness amongst the students as well as in society. Students are encouraged to participate and take part in different environmental activities and projects. The students from various schools and colleges participate in the competition and presented various models, poster on different types of wastes like organic waste, toxic waste, papers, glass, metal, plastics wastes, etc. Students use their innovative and creative ideas to make new and useful articles, ornaments, jewelry, manures, vermi compost etc.
College has 45 acres of lush green campus. The waste material and leaves of trees are used to prepare manure and vermi-compost by using of earth worms. Vermi-composting is a method of preparing enriched compost with the use of earthworms. It is one of the easiest methods to recycle agricultural wastes and to produce quality composts.
Disposal of garden wastes is a major issue which is needed to be addressed. This conceptualized the idea of Vermi-composting. Vermi-compost is a rich source of nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, antibiotics and growth hormones. Therefore it not only increases the soil fertility but also does soil conditioning. Vermi-composts also harbours microbial populations that help in Nitrogen fixation and phosphates solubalization and make the soil fertile.
Vermi-compost is rich in humus and nutrients. It provides efficient conversion of organic wastes, all crop residues. It is a stable and enriched soil conditioner. It helps in reducing population of pathogenic microbes. It is economically viable and environmentally safe nutrient supplement for organic food production. It is an easily adoptable low cost technology. It is beneficial and highly profitable venture for farmers having dairy units, kitchen garden and ornamental gardens etc.
- The practice:
The waste material and leaves of trees are used to prepare manure and vermi compost by using earth worms.
Vermi-composts is stable fine granular organic manure which enriches soil quality by improving its physico-chemical and biological properties. It has become popular as a major component of organic farming system.
Vermi-composting is done by various methods, among them bed and pit methods are more common. We adopted pit method of vermi-composting.
Composting is done in cemented pits of size 5.5×26.5×3 feet with outlet 3.5×2.5.×3. The pits are prepared in a cool, moist and shady site of medicinal plant garden. The unit is covered with green mesh. The material used for vermi-composts were chopped dried leafy material and cow dung in a proportion of 1:3 and kept for partial decomposition for 15 to 20 days. A layer of 15 to 20 cm chopped dried leaves were kept as bedding material at the bottom of the bed. Each bed was contained 1.5 to 2 sq.ft. of raw material. The number of beds were increased as per raw material availability. The earthworm were released on the upper layer of the bed. The water was sprinkled immediately after release of worms. The beds were kept moist by sprinkling of water.
The beds were turned once after thirty days for maintaining aeration and proper decomposition. The compost get ready in 45 to 50 days. Harvesting was done when raw material was completely decomposed and it appeared black and granular. The watering was stopped and composts gets ready. The compost was kept over a heap of partial decomposed cow dung for migration of earthworm to cow dung from compost. After two days compost was separated and sieved and packed in small labeled bags which is used for home gardening and college gardening. A lush green garden, medicinal plant garden, green house, fruit plants are maintained with the use of Vermi-compost produced in the campus.
- Evidence of success:
- Students prepare different ornamental articles from waste materials.
- Students get benefited from the Vermi-compost practice implemented in the campus. They share their knowledge with farmers and other stake holders. They even apply in their own farms. Use of waste material which minimize the environmental pollutions
- Promotion of innovative and creative ideas
- Maintenance of cleanliness and lush, beautiful campus.
- Protection of nature, environment and maintenance of ecological balance.
- Problems encountered and resources required:
There were problems of Ants, Snakes, termites, centipedes, rats, pigs and birds. Preventive measures were taken to protect the pits and earthworm by regular monitoring, fencing and application of anti-termites along the boundary of pits and applying 4% neem based insecticides before filling the heap.
The raw material required for Vermi-compost is easily available in the campus. The cow dung is made available from the farm house.
- SWAMI RAMANAND TEERTH DEBATE COMPETITION
Swami Ramanand Teerth founder of Nanded Education Society was a great visionary, freedom fighter and leader of Hydrabad state Liberation Movement. He started Nanded Education Society with mission that, “The Science college will try to give a new orientation and educate the students to touch life at all points including the most important one, the human point. There is no regimentation, no particular ‘ism’ which is being specialized with the preview of this institution. The students have freedom to develop their own national and international views without any bias or prejudice. The evolution of the whole personality of man is what we wish to achieve through this college.
The Debate competition is a practice of our institution based on vision and mission of Swami Ramanand Teerth, a founder of this institution. This is regular practice over last 51 years. The aims of this practice are
- To develop and evolve the students personality with freedom to develop their own views without prejudice and ffee from all “ism”.
- To give a new orientation and educate the students to touch the life at all points with human values.
3. The Context
- The knowledge, experience, skill and sound attitude are important to make an individual civilized, refined, cultural and educated.
- To nurture the speech communication, critical thinking on diverse issues of society.
- Experience the learning process and express the views.
- Power of convincing the diverse opinion and criticize their views.
- Enhance the confidence level and stage courage.
- The Practice
- The college organizes state level debate competition regularly on the 22nd January, the death anniversary of Swami Ramanand Teerth, founder president of the institution.
- The students from different colleges and universitys of Maharashtra are invited to participate in the competition.
- Three cash prizes are given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd top three winners of the competition.
- The general championship is announced to one of the participatory college/ university / institute.
- The outstanding experts from education, society and institutions are invited as Judges of the competition.
- The debate on the current issues is organized during the competition.
- The audience from different colleges and society is called for competition.
- Evidence of Success
The debate competition on current and burning issues like Lokpal Bill, Values in Education System, Impact of Use of Social Media on Personality development of youth, Farmers suicide, World Terrorism, Demonetization, GST, etc. are organized and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes are awarded to the winner teams.
- Problems Encountered and Resources Required
Problems : 1. Less participation from students of Rural areas.