Best Practices

7.2.1 Best Practice of Institution (1500 words)

Best Practice 1

1. Title of the Practice: Eco-friendly and Green Campus

2. Goal:
a) Eco-campus by planting more trees
b) Conservation as well as generation energy
c) Efficient use of available water
d) Proper waste management

3. Context: Pollution is becoming very serious day by day due to deforestation and urbanization. As College is located in rain shadow region, it receives scanty rainfall. It was necessary to look forward to make efficient use of available water and other resources. A clean and healthy environment aids effective learning and provides a conductive learning environment. We decided to educate and make aware students on the issues such as renewable energy sources, waste management and recycling. We decided to work in the areas of power, plant, water and cleanliness. The stakeholders works to develop an eco-friendly, sustainable campus and to disseminate the concept of eco-friendly culture.

4. The Practice: HEI resolved to work with stakeholders to foster a culture of self-sustainability and eco-friendly campus. The time bound strategies are developed to implement green campus initiatives. At the outset, a committee comprising faculty from the various departments is constituted in consultation of IQAC. It was entrusted the task of formulating strategies for clean and green campus. This committee conducted a green audit of the campus periodically. This helps in strengthening eco campus. Following are the initiatives for making eco-friendly campus.

a) Plantation: The different varieties of plant species are planted at defined intervals in the campus with the help of stakeholders. During last five years, college has grown hundreds of new plants and trees. A unique cactus garden with more than 150 saplings, a nursery and botanical garden with medicinal plants are the outcomes of our sincere efforts.
b) Conservation of energy: College receives inadequate power supply from local power grid for its academic and administrative needs. Hence, in order to meet our requirements solar power generation plants are installed and the capacity of which is enhanced periodically. This has resulted in minimum expenditure on fuel, electricity bills. This helps us to overcome reliance on erratic power supply. Following initiatives are employed on campus:
i. Tube lights and bulbs have been replaced with CFL and LED lamps.
ii. Optimum power utilization is practiced.
iii. Solar water heating systems have been installed in the hostels and guest house to bring down electricity.
iv. Solar grid tie system has been installed to generate solar power. Entire administrative building is run on solar power
v. Biogas plant in girls’ hostel campus is used for generating cooking gas.
c) Water conservation:
i. The plants in the campus are watered by using drip irrigation system.
ii. Water harvesting system is in place to collect roof top water.
iii. Students are provided safe and clean drinking water using water purifying system.
iv. Waste water is recycled and used for watering the plants.
d) Waste management:
i. E-waste like electronic equipment, empty toners, outdated computers, CDs, batteries, pen drives and different electric/electronic items are handed over to a certified external agency as scrap material in order to ensure their safe recycling.
ii. Exhaust fans are installed in the laboratories to expel hazardous gases.
iii. Waste water from hostels is recycled and used for watering the plants.
iv. The wet waste and dry leaves of plants are used for vermiculture. The composting reduces greenhouse gas emissions such as methane and nitric oxide besides it enriches soil with micro-organisms.
v. The burning of litter is prohibited. Collected litter is used for composting and also as Mulch for plants.
vi. Food waste used in biogas generation.

5. Evidence of Success:
i. The green campus developed by college helps not only to save the environment, but also adds to the beauty of the campus. Besides providing shed to people, the plants are used for scientific studies.
ii. College is able to save a lot of money on electricity bills due above initiatives and is evidenced from the past electricity bills.
iii. Water conservation methods employed are helping maintaining gardens and campus green and eco-friendly.
iv. E-waste management saved space as well as earn some money.
v. Ban on plastic items, vermiculture and biogas has made college campus clean and beautiful.
vi. Eco-campus strategies employed resulted in one of the beautiful and clean college in the vicinity. It has resulted in attracting more students.

6. Problems encountered and Resources Required:
i. Preservation and healthy growth of plants require a lot of human resource planning. NSS, NCC units, Board of Social Welfare and students of 'Earn and Learn Scheme 'were given the task of preserving the plants. Water shortage problem was overcome with drip irrigation, recycled waste water.
ii. In summer season, we have to face lot of water scarcity. Hence in order to meet requirements we need to hire water tankers.
iii. There is need to install more solar power generation systems in the campus.
iv. Departments like Physics, Chemistry, Botany, and Geography provided technical support to implement these programmes.

7. Notes:
i. The college has displayed various slogans on environment awareness in the campus to propagate green campaign successfully. These slogans encourage students to protect plants and keep the environment eco-friendly.
ii. Use of paper cups and plates is encouraged and the use of plastic bags and plastic tea cups is banned. Plastic free culture is imbibed.
iii. College has organized four international and three national conferences on environmental theme. Students and teachers have presented articles on this theme. Some teachers have also completed their minor research projects. This helps raise awareness among students and society.
iv. Less paper communication and correspondence is practiced routinely. It encourages and practices communication through e-mails and social media. Electronic transitions are preferred during paying of fees and dues.

Best Practice 2

i . Title: Chemistry Fun-Damental
Chemistry Exhibition: Popularization of Science among the Society
ii. Objective(s):
• To create interest and awareness about Chemistry in Students of rural area.
• To develop scientific attitude among the high school students
iii. Context:
• Rural schools are flooded with large number of students. The current scenario in most of the schools reveals that the infrastructure and facilities in school laboratories are not sufficient. Further the teaching schedule of teachers does not permit them sufficient time to elaborate basic skills and interest about science in general and chemistry in particular. The laboratory sessions also looks inadequate or missing. In view of all these, we organized laboratory sessions including demonstrations and hands on practice sessions, for privileged school students of remote area where there is lack of laboratory facilities in schools. It is one complete day activity. More than 100 students from different schools participated and enjoyed this opportunity.
iv. Practice:
• Organize 20-25 small experiments /demonstrations with the help of our UG and PG students
• A poster session for popularisation of science, information of scientists.
• Video lectures, Science stories
• Experimental objective: Do yourself
• Popular Science Lectures
• January 4th week: Awards’ presenters
v. Evidence:
• We could read their faces of learning satisfaction and putting curiosity, found to share with their parents
• Formal feedbacks from them and their parents and teachers.
• Students looks to be directly oriented for their career
• Experimental Learning-Our students (UG and PG) are learning while teaching school students
• Many good students are approaching for career in Chemistry
vi. Problems and Resources:
• Due to overwhelming response from schools, Limitations to accommodate all students of this region but trying to reach.
• Resources used: Few chemicals, glassware’s, audio-visual aids, classrooms

Best Practice-3

i. Title: Introduction to Safety in Chemistry Laboratory and Training of Fire fighting: Short Term Course: Awareness of safety knowledge among the students

ii. Objective(s):
• To create Safety awareness among newly admitted students.
• To introduce toxic Chemicals and MSDS in order to avoid future accidents.
• To provide training of fire fighting and to encourage the students to follow safety rules in the laboratory

iii. Context: Students when admitted for first year degree course they are not aware about the toxicity and hazards of chemicals. To avoid further accidents safe handling of chemicals and knowledge of MSDS is necessary. Introduction to safety in chemical laboratory and training of fire fighting equipments is prime need.
iv. Practice:
• Safety Training is given to students before commencement of practical.
• Introduction to toxic chemicals and proper handling is demonstrated by teacher
• Students are advise to use personal protective equipments (PPE)
• Demonstrative fire fighting workshop has been organised
• Expert lectures organised on laboratory Safety
• Introduction and complete study of MSDS
• Guidance for accidental remedies
v. Evidence:
• Students aware about safe practices in the laboratory
• Students learned to handle toxic Chemicals
• Students started to use safety gloves, goggles, shoes etc. (PPE)
• Risk of hazards minimized
• Developed eco-friendly approach among the students
vi. Problems and Resources:
• Limitations to give the training to individual students due to students strength
• Resources used: Audio visual aids, Personal Protective equipments, Charts, Training Partner - Bhairavi Industries Pvt. Ltd. Pune