Create From Waste Competition: Less is more- The Gandhian Way in Times of Crisis

The Centre for Universal Values and Ethics and Avani, the Environment Club, JDMC organised an intra-college competition with the theme Create from Waste on Google Meet on Sep 21, 2020 from 3pm to 4:30pm. The topic for the competition was Less is More - The Gandhian Way in Times of Crisis. The event started with a keynote address by Ms. Vandana Madan, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Convenor of Avani. This was followed by the Principal, Prof. Swati Pal addressing the participants and encouraging them to participate in endeavours that focus on recycling and recreating for a healthy environment. The judge for the competition was Dr. Smita Mitra, Associate Professor, Department of History and the Convenor of Kalakriti, the Art Club, JDMC.

There were 21 students who participated in the competition and made beautiful and innovative creations within an hour from waste available at home. The event was also attended by faculty and student members from Avani and Cemtre from Universal Values and Ethics. To motivate and encourage the participants, some faculty members also participated in the event. The winners of the competition were Dimple Arora (First position), Aditi Chaudhery (Second position) and Ishita Gupta (third position). Additionally, there were two special mentions for Srishti Thakur and Naina Khurana. All the winners and special mentions were rewarded with certificates and cash prizes. The other participants were also provided with certificates of participation. It was a fun and eventful session.


Workshop on making of Handmade Paper

On Sep 18, 2020, Avani, the Environment Club, JDMC conducted a workshop on the topic, Handmade paper at home - DIY through Google Meet. The special guest for the webinar was Ms. Shakshi Kataria, an ex-student of JDMC and former member of Avani who had shared the prize for environmental consciousness for the year 2019-2020. Ms. Kataria taught the participants a simple, easy and quick way of making beautiful handmade paper from used paper and other materials available at home. The participants included faculty and student members of Avani. It was an exciting session which was thoroughly enjoyed by the participants of the webinar.

Avani sends its collection to Goonj

Avani, the Environment club of JDMC on August 22, 2020 delivered 30 cartons of clothing and 500 kilos of ration to Goonj. The engagement of Avani with Goonj even when the Delhi University continues to function from home in a lockdown mode reflects its commitment to social well-being and concern for humanity.

Green Matters, 2020

Avani, the Environmental club, JDMC held its fourth inter-college debate competition, Green Matters on June 6, 2020. The topic of the competition was Human suffering will worsen unless environmental exploitation ends. The competition was held virtually due to the pandemic situation of COVID-19. It was a stunning success as 25 students from different colleges had enrolled for the competition out of which 19 participants were able to join.

JDMC's former principal, Dr. Indu Anand, was the Guest of Honour for this event, under whose guidance this society was introduced to the college. Dr. Suraj Beri, Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, Indraprastha College for Women, DU judged the competition. Dr Swati Pal, the principal of the college graced the occasion by attending the debate. She congratulated the team Avani for making students introspect and think about the relevance of environment during COVID-19 times.

The winners of the competition were Shristi Singh (first position), Anandita Mishra (second position) and Subia (third position) from Indraprastha College for Women, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College and Lakshmibai College, respectively.

Workshop on Single Use Plastic by Chintan

The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) in collaboration with Avani organised a workshop on 'Single Use Plastic' to educate and create awareness on harmful implications of plastic-waste on January 29th, 2020. The workshop was well attended by the students and faculty members of the college. It was conducted by Ms. Rachel and Mr. Srijan from the NGO, Chintan which works for creating a safe and healthy environment. It consisted of a power-point presentation and engaging students in multiple activities, which highlighted plastic as a non-degradable and hazardous waste and hence, a threat to environment and planet earth. Recycling and ways to reduce plastic use were suggested. Also, was highlighted the need for appropriate plastic waste segregation.

Seminar on Cervical Cancer by CAPED

A Seminar on Cervical Cancer was organised by Avani on January 29th, 2020. Madhu Yadav from CAPED- Cancer, Awareness, Prevention and Early Detection Trust addressed the students regarding the most glaring health challenges in India-Cancer. The seminar reflected on the cause of women-related Cancers, with a specific focus on Cervical Cancer.

Swacchta Pakhwada: Cleanliness Drive

As a part of Swacchta Pakhwada drive students from team Avani participated in cleanliness drive on January 22nd, 2020. The students were given broom and poly-bags to clean the college campus.

Swacchta Pakhwada Drive: Slogan Writing Competition

A Slogan Writing Competition with theme of Water Conservation was organised on January 22nd, 2020 by National Service Scheme (NSS) in collaboration with Avani as a part of Swacchta Pakhwada drive. The competition spread the message and generated awareness about the urgent crisis of water shortage and hence, the need for conserving it.

Create from Waste Competition

On January 10th, 2020 Avani held its Annual Event, Create from Waste. The theme for the event was Hope in Times of Fear-Ek Ummeed. The event was well participated with teams from colleges of University of Delhi. The participants were to create models on the given theme from the trash and dry waste displayed. The models created by the participants reiterated the fact that even garbage can tell a story, when one puts creativity of mind and heart in it.

Avani Students Participate in Good Air Summit

The students from team Avani participated in the Good Air Summit on November 13, 2019 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi reflecting the responsibility of the youth for saving environment. The summit through various mediums paintings, dance performances, painting and skits informed students to regarding Delhi's deteriorating environment and air pollution and its implications on the health of the residents. Further, the summit included a panel discussion by environment experts like Justice Swatantra Kumar, former chairperson of National Green Tribunal and Shri Chintu Kwatra, founder of Beach Warriors and Khushiyaan Foundation, which encouraged students to take lead in making their city air clean and pollution free.

Avani sells Cloth Bags

The team Avani in keeping with its mission to fight plastic waste set up stalls to sell cloth bags during the Diwali Mela, Jyotsna and the North East Festival on October 21, 22 and 31, 2019. The stalls were a part of Aao Bag Banaye component of Avani. The team Avani successfully sold cloth bags to the faculty members and students reiterating its commitment to create a plastic free environment. A sum of Rs. 3000 that was collected from the sale of the cloth bags was given to the Student Aid Fund, JDMC.

Avani Represented in Global Snow Leopard Programme

The faculty member from team Avani, JDMC, Dr. Nemika Relhan attended the inauguration programme of the 4th steering committee meeting of the Global Snow Leopard Programme (GSLEP) organised by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India, co-organized by GSLEP secretariat on October 23, 2019 at Vigyan Bhavan. The event was inaugurated by many dignitaries including Chief guest, Minister (MoEF&CC), Secretary (MoEF&CC)and members of other snow leopard range countries. On this occasion (MoEF&CC) launched the National Protocol on Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India and mentioned the importance of conserving the ecosystem, which are the habitats of snow leopards.

Team Avani assists in donating for Bihar Floods

The team Avani successfully completed its collection for Bihar flood victims and sent it to the NGO, Goonj on 5th October, 2019. The collection started on 1st October. Both students and teaching staff donated generously in cash and kind showing their concern for humanity. The items donated included clothes, dry ration and medicines.

Donating for Bihar Floods 5.10.2019

Climate March

The team Avani participated in the Climate March on 4th October, 2019 reiterating its concern for safe environment and mother earth. The march started at 2:45 pm from the gate of Janki Devi Memorial College circling around the Ganga Ram marg and back to the college. The principal of the college Dr Swati Pal took lead and encouraged students from joining the march. The participants enthusiastically raised slogans like climate change is not a lie, don't let our people die and pariyavaran ki raksha, humari suraksha during the march to draw attention of the public on the issue of climate change.



Treasure Hunt Competition

The Environment Club, Avani of JDMC successfully organised its annual Treasure Hunt competition on September 11, 2019. There were fifteen students from the first year who participated in the competition. The students gathered outside the college cafeteria where they were given a list of environment-based questions for which they were required to find answers by looking around in the college. The competition was fun-filled and an enriching experience for the students. Ms. Aditi Chaudhary student of B.A. (H) Sociology First year was declared as the winner of the competition.

Avani Students participate in Youth Summit on Sustainable Development

On August 30, 2019 six students from team Avani participated in the Youth Summit organised at the Apeejay School of Managment, Dwarka. The Summit included students taking part in the paper presentation and poster making competitions. Shri Anto Alphonse, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dwarka was the chief Guest for the Summit. The Summit focused on the need for making world eco-friendly and doing sustainable development.

Avani sends its contribution to the NGO, Goonj

The team Avani successfully delivered its collection to the NGO, Goonj on August 27, 2019. The students and faculty members actively participated in collecting old clothing, shoes, edibles, and stationary for donating to Goonj. Around forty students from the team Avani assisted in this task. The association of Avani with Goonj is not new. It continuously donates to Goonj, reflecting commitment to serve humanity and saving the environment. For Goonj recycles old clothes and distributes it among the rural poor. Also, it makes items like bags for sale in the market and the income generated from it is used for providing education to children in the rural area.

Avani Students participate in conference on the Role of Women and Media in Water Conservation

On August 10, 2019 two students of team Avani of the Janki Devi Memorial College attended a conference on the Role of Women and Media in Water Conservation organised at the Hindu College, University of Delhi. The conference focused on the issue of water crisis. The chief guest for the conference was Sadhvi Pragya. She shared information regarding her organisation, SAHS, which works for conservation of water. The conference was extremely enriching and informative for students as Professor Gyan Prakash from the Department of Environment, University of Delhi, spoke regarding the water conserving techniques of Rajendra Singh, the water man of India and jal sahelis, the women water warriors.

Avani Assists in Saving the Rhinos

The Environment Club of JDMC, Avani actively engaged in offering assistance to Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) to look after five orphaned baby rhinos who had lost their mothers in Assam floods. The CWRC is the only facility in India where orphaned and/or injured wild animals of several species are hand-raised and/or treated and subsequently returned to the wild. Strategically located in Borjuri village adjacent to the Panbari Reserve Forest near Kaziranga National Park in Assam, the centre attends to a wide range of wildlife emergencies resulting from natural calamities. The team Avani collected a sum of Rupees 20,150, which was used to purchase 65 lactogen milk powder boxes which will be used to feed the baby rhinos. The lactogen boxes were delivered by parents of a student of the team Avani on August 5, 2019 to CWRC. This initiative of team Avani was highly appreciated by the local people and animal lovers of the state of Assam.

Avani March Events

Prizes in Competitions

Avani is proud of its student members who participated and won prizes in events for spreading awareness on environment related issues organised by various colleges of Delhi University. Priya Jha and Gayathri won Ist prize in painting competition on the topic “Perception of Youth on Climate Change” in Environment Club Annual Fest- Peepal 2019 held at Shivaji College on March 29. Also, Pallavi won IIIrd prize in Best out of Waste Competition, held at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies on March 6, 2019.

Green Matters, A Brief Report

On 6th March, 2019 Avani for the third time successfully organised the inter-college debate Green Matters. The topic for the debate was “Building dams on rivers is more important than Regional Cooperation and Environmental Sustainability”. The debate was well attended with students from and outside the University of Delhi, participating individually, and in a two member team, speaking bilingually for and against the motion. There were three prizes given for the best speakers and two for the best interjections. The running shield was once again won by the team from JDMC. Poonam and Garima from the B.A. Programme were the members of the team. The debate was judged by Dr. Swati Diwakar and Gyan Prakash Sharma from the Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi. They pointed out to the students the significance of making cost-benefit analysis while constructing dams and also the need for protecting natural systems. Dr. Indu Anand, the former principal of JDMC was the guest of honour. Dr. Swati Pal congratulated the team Avani for successfully hosting the debate and thanked the judges sparing their valuable time and gracing the occasion.


Report of Create from Waste, organised by Avani during Symphony 2019.

The Create from Waste Event was successfully conducted on 10th January. The event was well participated with students (16) from and outside Delhi University. Even the faculty members (4) partcipated in the event. The theme of the event was after symphony, 2019, Go Catch a Rainbow.
The participants were to pick up five dry waste items from the waste displayed and give it a form with explanation based on the theme. Ms. Rita Sinha was the judge for the event. Three prizes and a consolation were given. These were bagged by Pallavi, Apoorva, Naman and Shubham respectively. From faculty the prize was won by Ms. Bhawna.


Aao Bag Banaye Stall during Diwali Mela, November 2, 2018

As a part of its campaign against plastic waste team Avani set its stall during the Diwali Mela, Jyotsna on November 2, 2018 to sell handmade cloth bags. The stall was a part of 'Aao Bag Banaye' segment of Avani. The handmade cloth bags were well received by students and the teaching community in the college who purchased the same showing their commitment towards creating a plastic free environment.

Treasure Hunt Competition, October 3, 2018

The Environmental club, Avani of JDMC successfully organised its annual Treasure Hunt competition on October 3, 2018. There were twenty five first year students who participated in the competition. The students conglomerated outside the college cafeteria where they were given a list of ten environment-based questions for which they were required to find answers by looking around in the college. The competition was an enjoyable and learning experience for the students. Ms. Sonali Rohilla and Rashmi Arora from B.A. (Programme) were given cash prizes for bagging first and second position in the event.

Workshop- 'Environment and Alternatives to Plastic', September 22, 2018

On September 22, 2018 the team Avani in collaboration with the Smart Company organised a workshop ‘Environment and Alternatives to Plastic’ for students and faculty members of the college to spread the message of promoting plastic free environment. The workshop was well attended with around 75 student participants. They were addressed by Mr. Mohit Tiwari from the NGO regarding the benefits of using green bags as alternative to black plastic bin liners in order to solve the problem of accumulation of plastic waste. He also pointed out that the problem of disposal of wastes like sanitary napkins and diapers especially in public restrooms may be tackled well without putting the cleaning staff under duress and hardship by using smaller green bags, which there NGO manufactures.

Following the workshop the Smart Company at the behest of team Avani held an interactive session with the students from the Sociology Department of the college. The students actively participated and suggested the NGO that the green bags may have a more far reaching impact if sold with more gender sensitive brand name as 'smart citizens' instead of 'smart mom' and 'smart girl'. The team Avani in collaboration with the Smart Company plans to put a stall in the college campus to sell green bags for an eco-friendly disposal of sanitary waste. The Smart Company has promised for sale of every hundred green bags, it will give fifty sanitary napkins which, Avani will distribute among the women of marginalised sections as part of its social responsibility project.

'Say No to Plastic' Campaign, September 20, 2018

The Environment Club, Avani of JDMC took further its ‘Say No to Plastic’ campaign by introducing green/biodegradable bags manufactured by the NGO, 'The Smart Company' for waste disposal to its students and faculty members. These bags are look-alike of the conventional plastic bags but are eco-friendly as they get decomposed in six months. Dr. Shilpa Chaudhary from the Economics Department, JDMC became first member of the faculty to purchase a pack of 100 biodegradable bags from the NGO on September 20, 2018.

Vegetable Harvest at Ecozone, September 2018

The harvest of vegetables at Ecozone is another feather in the cap for the team Avani. In the month of September, 2018 team Avani got extremely delighted to see their hard work put in tending the vegetable cultivation at the Ecozone to start yielding results. The vegetables grown include bitter gourd (karela), brinjal, ridged gourd (torai) and chillis. These are sent to the JDMC hostel for use.

Avani Events held since July 2018

The Environment Club, JDMC-Avani successfully completed its collection for the NGO, Goonj on August 14, 2018. The students and faculty members actively participated by donating for the endeavour. The items collected and delivered to the NGO consisted of old clothes, bed sheets, curtains, utensils, shoes, sanitary pads, medicines, candles and ration. A team of students from Avani visited Goonj and delivered the items. The involvement of Avani with Goonj reflects its commitment to the serve the underprivileged and humanity. Also, it reiterates Avani’s earnest concern towards saving the environment, for Goonj stands for the spirit of recycling, whereby donated old clothes are reinvented as eco-friendly sanitary napkins, patch-work quilts or bed sheets before they are distributed.

The Environment Club, Avani of JDMC successfully held the monsoon plantation drive in association with the Garden Committee, University of Delhi and Mission Vriksha on August 20, 2018. The Principal of the College, Dr. Swati Pal took the lead in the tree plantation drive, emphasising the significance of the greener and cleaner environment. She along with the students and faculty members enthusiastically planted trees brought by the volunteers from the NGO, Vriksha throughout the drive way and other areas of the college.

The Environment Club, “Avani” in collaboration with the student members from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS) at JDMC participated in the Swachhata Pakhwada activity on September 14, 2018. The event started with girls taking a pledge in the presence of the Principal Dr. Swati Pal to keep the college surroundings clean. This was followed by students forming groups and engaging in cleanliness drive both inside and outside the college. The students were given poly bags, masks and brooms for the purpose. The areas cleaned included auditorium, the area around the new basketball ground and the college gate.

Report of Create from Waste Competition held on 20th September 2017

The Environment Club- Avani of the JDMC organised a competition as a part of one of its endeavour Create from Waste on Wednesday 20th September 2017 during the long assembly break. The theme for the competition was 'accessories'. There were seven participants from different Departments of the college. They created beautiful accessories out of waste material like old bangles, shells, broken CDs and spoons etc. The competition provided a platform to students to express their creative talent and practice recycling of waste, which is true to an environmental ethic. Ms. Rita Sinha from the English Department was the judge for the competition. She judged Sanya from B.com (Programme) second year as the winner, giving her the first prize. The second prize was won by Glory from BA (H) Sociology of second year. There were also two consolation prizes bagged by second year student’s Shivani from B.Com (Programme) and Pallavi BA (Programme).

AVANI , the environment club at JDMC is dedicated to this vision and strives through all its activities to reduce our carbon footprint.

The club has many achievements the most recent of which is its new ECOZONE.

We are proud to say that we are the only DU college with an Ecozone !

Our achievement is the result of a collaboration with the organisation "Give me Trees" and it's  founder Mr. Parivartan Jain  better known as Peepal Baba under whose guidance a  section of  the college Campus was  earmarked for the creation of an Ecozone. 

The Ecozone which was inaugurated on August 1 2017 houses the following:

1.A nursery for saplings 
2. A Seed bank
3.A Composting pit
4.Bio enzyme production  

We are also one of the only  DU colleges to have completed a Green Audit and Tree Census.

We have a shrinking  carbon footprint as we practice Rainwater Harvesting

We are also fully CFL and LED compliant and use Solar Power for various needs .

Besides this, as an environmentally conscious society and college we engage in multiple other green activities.

A brief description is as follows.

Since 2012 we have been engaged in  helping the Ngo GOONJ in its efforts at providing disaster relief. Whether it's the Assam and  the Kosi floods, the Uttarakhand disaster or the Nepal Earthquake we at JDMC have taken the responsibility to collect and deliver dry goods on an extensive scale to those affected.

We  also annually engage in the GOONJ initiative "vastrasamman"to collect wearable clothes for the needy.

Our students constantly engage in intra -and inter-college activities .

For instance in April 2015 students from AVANI attended the SOUTH ASIA YOUTH CONCLAVE organised by the British Council. 
As a part of the requirement of the Conclave an environment friendly project based on reusing and recycling  was created by Advaita Parasher and Aparna of Sociology Honours 3rd year. This was selected for implementation by the Conclave and was successfully  completed by them in June-July 2015. Their success took them to a final Conclave in September where they interacted with teams from other SAARC nations.

A boost to student participation was received when in December 2015 ,TERI  and GEN PACT selected a college level project submitted by AVANI under the Delhi University Campus Challenge for greening and beautifying the campus with  waste products.

Over the past couple of years the  campus has been decorated with waste materials including the painting of some boundary walls and the creation of the AVANI .

In  March 2016,  AVANI led the "Say no to Plastics" campaign  as a part of an inter-college competition organised by the Earth Day Network at Delhi University. 
This project involved promoting the use of paper bags.

We are proud to share that under Advaita's leadership the college won the challenge.

Besides these activities AVANI has exposed its students to knowledge of the environment  through  documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth and Richard Attenborough 's Planet Earth series.

We  also invite well known  activists and their NGOs to speak to students and engage in projects with them.
This includes the environmtentalist Ashish Kothari,  Vimalendu jha from Swecch,Bharati Chaturvedi from CHINTAN, Padmavati Dwivedi from Compassionate Living and Ravi Agrawal fromToxic Links.

Our students are encouraged to interact at academic events and have been participating in conference on issues such as  the negative impact of Plastics in our environment organised by the Health Environment Foundation 

A  primary concern has been the Swacchta Abhiyan  to which AVANI is deeply committed , and besides campaigns at the college level we have also been engaged in activities such as a  Swacchta March to the local councillors office.

AVANI has also been expanding its activities to an  intercollege level and initiated in 2016 the forum "Green Matters ".This forum aims to increase student participation in different inter-college and intra-college activities

As significant feather in our cap has been that in In January 2017 in collabortion with the Department of Environmental Sciences, AVANI has helped turn JDMC into an E-waste Collection Centre, the only one in the neighbourhood!

In April 2017,we submitted 134 kilos of e- waste.

We are proud to say that for all our efforts and initiatives over the years  along with the Garden Committee and its efforts ,in March 2017 the college  has been presented by WAGE with the Green Campus Award.

We continue to work towards being totally green!!