Avani

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!!