Chennai: SRM Institute of Science and Technology celebrated the World Environment Day with the aim to convey the importance of environment. The week long celebrations started on May 30 and concluded on June 5. Various activities and awareness programmes were conducted within and outside SRMIST’s campus.
The event started with an Environmental Audit around the University campus. This activity helped to gauge the exact status of the waste, created by us and eventually helped us to reduce the quantity of the waste. With this, it also helped us to analyse and understand the impact it had on our ecosystem.
Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science and Technology presided the whole event and Dr. A. Sundaram, Dean, SRM Medical College Hospital; Research Centre delivered the special address and gave a few interesting insights into the ways, the environment can be handled better. He also explained ideas that could make the country more sustainable.
Shri J. Daniel Chellappa, Senior Scientist in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BRAC) facilitated the event and pinpointed the need to develop higher efficient water purifiers in houses and colleges. He spoke about the ways water purification can be perceived in SRM. He also added that BRAC has developed technologies that would decrease the water wastages during reverse osmosis. He also commented about the BARC developed variety of drought seeds in Tamil Nadu.
Er. M. Shanmugasundaram, Scientific Officer, Kalpakkam gave a speech about Radiation awareness. While, Dr. V. K. Ramadesikan, Former Professor in Madras Medical College, spoke about the Hospital Waste Management. He said that we need to be careful while disposing Hospital wastes such as a syringe, liquids, used bandages and dressings, discarded gloves and other medical supplies.
The weeklong event got kick-started with the Tree planting and Seed Ball throwing in SRM Rural Health Hospital in Mamandoor. Events such as E-poster and Banner creation based on Hospital Waster management and, this year’s main agenda, Beat Air Pollution (#BeatAirPollution) got hundreds of entries. Lot of Students took part in these events and were at their creative best. The Institution of Engineers, Kalpakkam and Indian Association of Nuclear and Allied Scientist, Kalpakkam sponsored gifts for the first three prizes in each category.