Go Green

JNC! The Abode of Light, hub of knowledge, under the guidance of the management and professionally competent faculty, enthusiastic students strives to make classroom-teaching application oriented. Sustainable Development is one of our priorities in all disciplines.

Our campus is eco-friendly, where we promote green and clean environment for thousands of students who are spending 6-8 hours every day in the campus.

Reduce, Reuse, recycle is promoted very actively in the college. The old answer scripts from the examination centre are sent to the college paper recycling unit. The Office and the various departments also send used papers for recycling. To reduce the use of paper we have set up an intranet facility linking various departments to the office.

A kitchen garden has been functional for over 40 years, which provides fresh, green vegetables for the hostel students.

Our classrooms are well ventilated with adequate natural lighting. Our college has a green lung space with extensive green cover in an increasingly commercial area of Koramangala. We have a variety of flowers, a delight to the eyes and a beautiful landscape, well maintained by our management and caretakers.

The college management has actively supported the green initiatives of the various departments. The college has taken forward the green initiative by initiating rainwater harvesting. Jyoti Nivas College has willingly shared all the experiences in eco-friendly practices with other institutions.

GREEN INITIATIVES OF THE COLLEGE

SOLAR PANELS

To harness the potential of renewable energy, our college has set up solar panels for water heating and in the college hostel and solar lights to light up the campus all through the night.



Solar Panels in College Campus

PAPER RECYCLING
Paper recycling was conceived to instill in students a concern for the environment in which they live. As academicians we understand that it does not serve much purpose when we stop at stating facts and figures but the need is to go beyond. Thus the recycling plant was commissioned. We do not stop at making paper. We believe that our students especially the girls can take the recycled paper further. The finished product can enable them to plunge into a number of entrepreneurial ventures. Concern for environment, entrepreneurship and empowerment of women are the milestones we aspire to reach through this project.

BENEFITS

Awareness has increased.

Students are conscious not to waste paper. They are judicious in using paper. They take effort to recycle paper and promote recycled paper.

Students have been trained by professionals to convert recycled paper into invaluable products, to name a few, Files and folders, envelopes, paper bags and books.

Workshops are conducted by trained professionals and agencies to impart and fine tune the students' skills in paper craft and to increase the market value of the products.

The programme started for the social science students, within a short span of two years has enveloped the entire college. 'PAPER RECYCLING' is one of the best practices of the college.

Students of all streams are part of the recycling project.

Students use only recycled paper for making posters, invitations and mementos for all academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Paper bags from the recycled unit are always a part of the mementoes for all the guests who visit Jyoti Nivas College.

All the departments of the college-Academic departments, administrative departments and library collect waste paper and ensure it is recycled.

Answer books of all examinations are recycled.

OUT REACH PROGRAMMES
Annual workshops are conducted in collaboration with Development Alternatives and TARA for corporates, NGO's and schools, to create awareness and give a demonstration on paper recycling. Representatives from all these sectors attend these workshops in large numbers. Some of our esteemed participants are:
The National Association for Blind
Hindustan Computers Limited.
Karnataka Police Housing Corporation Limited.
Christ University
Freedom International School.
Many others Individuals and representatives from various organizations visit the unit -both for knowhow and demonstration of paper recycling.

PRODUCTS
The main products are Files, Folders, Books, Envelopes and paper bags. College is the major consumer of the product.

SUSTAINABILITY
The project is viable and sustainable. The raw material is available in plenty. The recycling is seen as successful venture in converting the waste generated on the premises and at the same time contributing to protecting the environment and inculcating the spirit of entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Credibility has been established as waste is recycled and paper is made. Over 2000 students witness the process. The management, staff and students have internalized the concept. Conservation through recycling of waste is our mission and passion.

FUTURE INITIATIVES
To upgrade technology
To enhance the range of products
Facilitate the marketability of the products
Enhance entrepreneurial skills of the students

VERMITECHNOLOGY (VERMICOMPOSTING)
Vermitechnology or Vermicomposting is a biological device for solid waste management. Vermicomposting is the decomposition of plants and animal wastes and other biodegradable matter into organic compost by using EARTHWORMS. 'Waste', can be defined as the material that is mismanaged and underutilized due to lack of proper methodology for recycling. Most of the organic decomposable wastes, about 60-70% is from agriculture, animal husbandry and agro industries the remaining is from kitchen and backyards. Thus waste if properly managed can be converted into highly beneficial bioresources which could reduce cost, generate wealth, reduce health hazards, and at the same time keep the environment clean. It is also a critical step in reducing the volume of garbage sent to the landfills. Bangalore city alone produces several tonnes of wastes per day.

WHAT IS VERMICOMPOST?
Vermicompost is the worm castings or worm manure or the worm excreta produced by earthworms by feeding on partially decomposed organic waste. It is highly nutritive having the favourable macro and micro nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus,calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, iron, copper, etc. It has growth hormones and enzymes required for seed germination and healthy plant growth. The earthworms also contains beneficial gut micro flora (useful bacteria), which protects the plants against diseases and pests.

ADVANTAGES OF VERMICOMPOST
Vermicompost is rich in all the essential macro and micronutrients necessary for healthy plant growth. It is odourless and easy to handle.
Improves soil texture and aeration. It neutralizes soil pH.
It is free from pests and disease in crop.
Other important features of Vermicompost extract
Compost tea-Inactivate/suppress the growth-pathogens used as foliar spray on crops
Vermiwash used as nutrient media in tissue culture, also helps in improved growth and yield

A WASTE INTO WEALTH VENTURE AT JYOTI NIVAS
The year 2001 saw the initiation of the vermicomposting entrepreneurial venture by the Department of Zoology, Its main focus was to create awareness amongst the students about alternate agricultural techniques using naturally produced organic compost and spread the message about sustainable and eco friendly method of framing.

The project on vermicomposting is carried out by the First Year B.Sc. Students It involves the following steps:

Collection of campus waste like dry and wet leaves, kitchen waste, coconut coir, shredded paper, cow dung etc.

Preparation of a suitable bedding for the worms by using all the wastes are mixed with cow dung slurry in a tray, water is added and the this substrate is left aside without any disturbance for about 10-15 days to allow it become partially decomposed.

Inoculation of the worms on to surface of the bedding, which is its habitat and food. The worms will enter into the bedding if the conditions like temperature, pH, and moisture are satisfactory. The bedding thus prepared is kept aside for 25- 30 days and it is turned 2-3 times fortnightly to aerated the bedding

Once the compost has turned a dark brown then it is harvested, sieved, dried and it is packed to be marketed. The vermicompost at JNC is called 'VERMI-FRESH'



MATERIAL FOR THE BEDDING



PREPARING THE BEDDING                                      AERATING THE BED

Why must I compost?
If we managed our organic waste at source, we could spend the taxpayers' Money on more urgent projects like schools, health and infrastructure

Our organic waste reaches large dumpsites, which are illegal and unscientific, adversely affecting the biodiversity around them.

Organic waste mixed with batteries, plastic, tube lights and medicines pollute water, soil and air.

If we begin taking responsibility for our wastes, we can put pressure on Builders and planners to include composting units and water harvesting system everywhere to help regain the "garden city" title instead of being the ' garbage city'.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF THE 'SILENT COMPOSTING REVOLUTION' THAT IS OCCURING GLOBALLY.

BEE KEEPING (APICULTURE)


Beekeeping (or apiculture, from Latin apis, bee) is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in hives, by humans. A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect honey and beeswax, for the purpose of pollinating crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary.

A colony of bees consists of three castes of bee:

A queen, which is normally the only breeding female in the colony;

A large number of female worker bees, typically 30,000-50,000 in number;

A number of male drones, ranging from thousands in a strong hive in spring

to very few during dearth or cold season.

There are considerable regional variations in the type of hive in which bees are kept. A hive is a set of rectangular wooden boxes filled with moveable wood or plastic frames, each of which holds a sheet of wax or plastic foundation. The bees build cells upon the sheets of foundation to create complete honeycombs. Foundation comes in two cell-sizes: worker foundation, which enables the bees to create small, hexagonal worker cells; and drone foundation, which allows the bees to build much larger drone cells, for the production of male bees. The bottom box, or brood chamber, contains the queen and most of the bees; the upper boxes, or supers, contain just honey. Only the young nurse bees can produce wax flakes which they secrete from between their abdominal plates; they build honeycomb using the artificial wax foundation as a starting point, after which they may raise brood or deposit honey and pollen in the cells of the comb. These frames can be freely manipulated and honey supers with frames full of honey can be taken and extracted for their honey crop.

In Jyoti Nivas College apiculture is practiced on a small scale by the faculty and students. The brand name under which the extracted honey is marketed is

'Honey Natura'.

BONSAI

Bonsai (Japanese) literally means "bon planted", where a 'bon' is a tray-like pot typically used in bonsai culture. As the Japanese regard trees as the most fundamental of plants, the term implies a 'bon-planted tree'. Other idiomatic translations such as, 'tree in a pot' are therefore valid. Bonsai is thus the art of aesthetic miniaturization of trees, or of developing woody or semi-woody plants shaped as trees, by growing them in containers.

Cultivation includes techniques for shaping, watering, and repotting in various styles of containers. The word bonsai is used in the West as an umbrella term for all miniature trees in containers or pots, but properly should be applied only to container-grown trees following the Japanese tradition.

The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower). By contrast with other plant-related practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food (although some fruit trees can be used as bonsai bearing limited amounts of seasonal fruit), for medicine (although some woody herbs can be made into bonsai), or for creating yard-sized or park-sized landscapes.

In Jyoti Nivas College bonsai art is practiced on a small scale by the faculty and students.

MUSHROOM CULTURE

Mushroom culture requires no land and can be grown in the houses and small huts. It is a wonderful entrepreneurial activity for women as it can be done in their houses with minimum investment. In Jyoti Nivas College Mushroom culture is practiced on a small scale by the faculty and students.

MEDICINAL PLANTS AND HERBS
Plants have always been considered a healthy source of life for all people. Therapeutically medical plants are very useful in healing various diseases and the advantage of these medicinal plants is in being 100% natural.

In Jyoti Nivas College there is a park for medicinal plants and herbs known as Sanjivini Jyoti Ayur Vana with more than 20 varieties of medicinal plants and herbs.