Bangabasi College

Bangabasi College

Affiliated to the University of Calcutta
Applied for NAAC Re-Accreditation, 2017 (2nd Cycle)

Eco Clubs

Bangabasi college eco club preamble:

  1. All the Departments of the College, including the Office, Library, Faculty Members, Staff and students, constitute the members of the Eco Club.
  2. Faculty members, each from the Departments of Anthropology, Botany, Zoology, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Physics & Chemistry, constitute the associate members of the Club.
  3. The Club looks after the following aspects:
    • Water consumption
    • Pollution discharge
    • Electricity consumption
    • Natural gas consumption
    • Solid waste management
    • e-Waste management
      It also outlines the recycling efforts of the college as far as waste management is concerned and suggests measures to the College authority for improving the overall scenario of the Institution.
  4. Upon the initiative of the Eco-Club, the College has conducted a comprehensive green audit of its campus and facilities through Department of Botany in collaboration with that of Bangabasi Evening College.
  5. Campus Monitoring Team has been set up from amongst the Eco-Club members to supervise matters to enhance the green and healthy ambience of the college campus. This team, in collaboration with the other two colleges recommended several measures to make the campus eco-friendly.
  6. Some of the suggestions of the Eco-Club, that were implemented, are as follows:
    • Replacement of traditional bulbs/tube lights by LED/CFL wherever possible.
    • Replacement of old refrigerators/air-conditioners by energy efficient versions.
    • Spreading awareness to switch off electrical appliances when not in use.
    • Switching off or using hibernation modes for computer monitors not in use.
    • Regular checking of electrical devices/equipment to prevent faults/leakage.
    • For effective use of renewable source of energy, a Solar Panel is being installed on the College Rooftop.
    • The College has initiated an ambitious plan for Rain Water Harvesting.
    • Being housed in a small campus in a densely populated urban locality, Bangabasi College has little scope for planting huge number of trees. Notwithstanding space restrictions, most of the plantations exist in the form of potted plants in the corridors and wherever else the structure of the building permits, and is carefully maintained. However, more than 100 saplings are planted each year in the college playground at Kolkata Maidan. A caretaker has also been appointed to protect the trees as a modest contribution towards mitigating atmospheric Carbon Dioxide levels.
    • Vehicles belonging to students and staff are parked outside the college gates, to reduce campus pollution.
    • Burning waste matter as fuel is banned inside the campus, and the use of LPG is encouraged over other fuel types, especially in the canteen.
    • E-waste management: The departments are entrusted with the identification and disposal of all exhausted, unusable or discarded electrical and electronic material. These are temporarily isolated in an unexposed space, and eventually turned over to professional e-waste recyclers. The disposal of e-waste in municipal vats is prohibited. During the temporary storage phase, utmost care is taken to prevent seepage of the toxic material present in certain types of e-waste like batteries, compressors and CRT monitors. Efforts to reduce the usages of papers by various modern means like SMS gateway, online payments etc. have been introduced.
    • Hazardous waste management: a) Solid wastes are disposed in containers stationed at various points on the campus, and these are regularly emptied. b)The laboratory wastes of the chemistry laboratories are properly treated by a Treatment Plant to minimize the bad effect of hazardous chemical effluences. Afume hood has been installed to limit the exposure to toxic fumes and particles in Chemistry laboratory. c) The Department of Zoology is careful about the proper post-experimental disposal of animal cadavers.
    • Environmental Studies have been made a compulsory part of the curriculum. The theoretical classes and field trips held as part of this course help to generate awareness of environmental issues among students. The college has recently appointed a contractual teacher for the environment studies who also coordinates in different activities within the campus for environmental consciousness. Each third-year (honours and general) student is required to submit one project paper on a topic relating to the environment. This is intended to give them first-hand exposure to environmental issues.
    • A vending and incinerating machine for sanitary napkins has also been installed within the girls’ common room.
    • The College occasionally organizes seminars lectures, debates, talks and quizzes on contemporary environmental issues.