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“N.O.W” Eco-club


              The Department of Environmental Science proudly announces the launching of the Eco-club aptly named “N.O.W Eco-Club” on the 5th of June 2012, with the following motto, aims and objectives. N.O.W (Nurturing Our World) came about with the need to provide a platform to all nature lovers of the campus to come together and work for the betterment of the environment.

    N.O.W - Nurturing Our World
    Established on the 5th of June 2012
    Registered on the 28th April 2016
    Motto- listening to your ‘ ECO ’


Aims and Objectives

     1. To create awareness and sensitivity about the total environment and its allied problems
     2. To attain knowledge on the conservation and management of natural resources
     3. To acquire skills for identifying environmental problems and discover the symptoms and cause of environmental           degradation
     4. To foster attitudes and participation in various environmental issues
     5. To promote cooperation in solving environmental problems
     6. To organise awareness programmes and campaigns through various activities such as quiz, debate, extempore,          workshop, seminars etc
     7. To provide hands on training to the students and the society at large in various environmental issues
     8. To facilitate sustainable form of tourism (ecotourism) at the local level.
     9. To create awareness and sensitivity about the total environment and its allied problems
    10. To attain knowledge on the conservation and management of natural resources
    11. To acquire skills for identifying environmental problems and discover the symptoms and cause of
          environmental degradation
    12. To foster attitudes and participation in various environmental issues
    13. To promote cooperation in solving environmental problems
    14. To organise awareness programmes and campaigns through various activities such as quiz, debate, extempore,           workshop, seminars etc
    15. To provide hands on training to the students and the society at large in various environmental issues
    16. To facilitate sustainable form of tourism (ecotourism) at the local level.


Membership

      (i)   Students of St. Edmund's College
     (ii)   Staff of St. Edmund's College
    (iii)   Rate of Registration fees per head will be fixed by the Committee from time to time.

Procedure of admission as member of the Executive Committee

  (i)   Any person who wishes to become a member of the “NOW Eco-Club”, Executive Committee may apply to the
        Secretary in the prescribed form as prepared and should have attained the age of 18 years.
 (ii)   Subscription: Every member shall pay a membership fee, Monthly fee. Subscription fee as fixed by the
        committee from time to time.

 (iii)   Suspension and Removal of Member:-
     (a)   The “NOW Eco-Club”, Executive Committee shall suspend any member who fails to clear the dues regularly
           and shall be debarred from all activities of the committee.
    (b)   If any member of the club, is found to misbehave and found to be indulging in activities or habits that are
           against the interests of the club.
    (c)   If he/she disobey or disregard any rules/regulations and decision of the “NOW Eco-Club”, Committee.
    (d)   He/she if involved in any acts that are against the constitution of the “NOW Eco-Club”.

 

Members

NameDesignation
Ms I. Rynjah President
Ms. J.T. Sawian Vice-President
Ms. L. Jeengaph Secretary
Sir E. Sumer Asst. Secretary
Ms. M. D. Khongwir Treasurer
Sir. D. Suchiang Cultural Organizing Secretary
Sir M. Swett Auditor



ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED BY N.O.W. ECO CLUB

Technology Awareness Camp in collaboration with SCSTE

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      The N.O.W Eco-Club, St. Edmund's College in its endeavour to meet one of the club's objective which is “To organise awareness programmes and campaigns through various activities such as quiz, debate, extempore, workshop, seminars etc ” organized a Technology Awareness Camp on the 15th of September 2012, at 12:00 pm in the college Audio Visual room. The State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (S.C.S.T.E) coordinated the Awareness Programme on Innovative Technologies and the technical session was conducted by Sienmiki Lyngdoh Mawphlang, Assistant Programme Officer, S.C.S.T.E. The resource person, Mr. Sienmiki L.Mawphlang discussed the various low-cost technologies available at hand. He extensively discussed about the Rain Water Harvesting Units that has been and can be installed in the campus to meet the daily water requirements. He spoke at length about the Solar Led Lighting Systems - its advantages and the ease of installation. Following which he discussed about the water filtration units and how drinking water can be made easily available. He went on to talk about the stabilized mud block, the process of making these blocks and how these blocks have been utilized in house construction in a few places in Shillong. Another important technology he described was the Organic Composting a technique to generate wealth from waste. Further, he talked about other Low Cost technologies such as Leaf Plate Making, Charcoal making and Briquetting, Oven, Sanitation, Cold Storage, the Pedal Pump and Hydraulic ram Pump, which have been successfully installed at various locations. The resource person aptly cited examples for each technology he described.

Eighty - four students actively participated in the programme. The participants were undoubtedly enlightened about the various technologies that have the potential to generate employment, sustain livelihoods and meet energy and water requirements at both the household and institutional level. The students gained additional information from the questions posed to the resource person to which he promptly replied.
All in all, the programme was a great success and highly beneficial and we look forward to more interactions with the State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (S.C.S.T.E)


World Environment Day

 

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      The N.O.W. Eco-club in collaboration with the department of Environmental Science has commemorated World Environment Day over the last eight years. The celebrations were marked with activities such as Debates, Poster Display, tree plantation, cleaning drive and Slogan Writing; inter-school Drawing Competition, mass rally etc.


International day on biodiversity

      The NOW Eco-club in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Science and National Service Scheme (NSS), St Edmund's College Unit commemorated the International Day on Biodiversity every year the 22nd May at St. Edmund's College. Various programmes involved are as follows:

IBD 2012:      A host of inter-departmental programmes on the theme “ Marine Biodiversity ” including debate, poster competition, slogan writing etc. were organised on 22nd May 2012. An Inter-departmental debate on “Ban on seafood-a strategy for conservation” was also organised.

IBD 2013:  The programme included inter-departmental student's Seminar and Poster Competition. The presentation was on topics related to the year's theme “Water and Biodiversity”.

IBD 2014:    Presentations based on the theme “Island Biodiversity” were delivered by students and an inter - departmental poster competition was held.

IBD 2017:   The International Day for Biological Diversity was commemorated where the students were taken for a Biodiversity walk to Umniuh - Tmar, Pynursla Elaka, East Khasi Hills.



Agrobiodiversity Walk

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      Agrobiodiversity Walk at Khweng Village, Umsning Block, Ri - Bhoi District on 27th August, 2016. Students attended a Mini Mei Ramew Festival and took part in an Agro-biodiversity walk. A total of 34 members of the NOW ECO CLUB participated in the Mei Ramew Festival at Khweng village, Ri - Bhoi District, Meghalaya. All members got the opportunity to witness the diversity of agricultural crops in the farm of one Ms Radiant Syiem. Ms. Syiem shared her valuable indigenous knowledge about the various medicinal plants grown in the village. The programme also included a variety of mouth-watering traditional food prepared and sold at the venue. Simultaneously a panel discussion on the importance of preserving indigenous food crops was held. The local people from the village, H.H. Mohrmen, a noted environmentalist and columnist and Dr. Carl Rangad of NESFAS were part of the discussion.



Biodiversity Walk at Pungweikyan and Umnuih - tmar

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      A total of 33 members of the N.O.W. Eco - club participated in the biodiversity walk at Pungweikyan and Umnuih - tmar, Pynursla block, East Khasi Hills Distric, Meghalaya. The main objectives of this biodiversity walk are to study the biodiversity and to obtained knowledge about wild medicinal plants and wild edible plants which is known and utilized by the local people for generations.



Trekking

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      Trekking to Nongriat, East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya on 20th May, 2016. The objective of the study was to witness the famous Double Decker Living Root Bridge at Nongriat. Students were also able to study about that region in terms of livelihood of the people and promotion of Ecotourism in this region.