SFGC & Eco-Watch organized a one-day seminar cum workshop as part of Project Green Karnataka on Tuesday, 16th February 2010. The programme was held in Seshadripuram First Grade College Various activities such as Walkathon / rally at 8 A.M., from SFGC (Route – College-NES-Yelahanka Police Station and back to college . The people who participated in walkathon was refreshed by RED BULL Energy Drinks followed by presentations, display and exhibition of information and awareness material, film screening, panel discussion, etc., was carried out from 10.30 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Conference Hall (SABHANGANA),SFGC .
The programme focused on inauguration of SFGC as “NODAL CENTRE” for GREEN KARNATAKA PROJECT” in association with ECO-WATCH and to create awareness on important urban environmental issues and involving all stakeholders such as students, youth, NGOs, local industries, government depts., institutes, residents, corporate's, etc., To address these issues. Agencies such as Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd., (KREDL), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Indian Institute of Science (I.I.Sc) and others had been invited to exhibit their products and resource personnel made presentations and interacted with the participants through the day. Ms.Meera Saxena, Principal Secretary, Dept. of Forest, Ecology & Environment, Govt. of Karnataka, was scheduled to be inaugurate the programme but due to parliamentary meeting she could not therefore she was represented by Dr.Sunder Naik K ,Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Aranya Bhavan, Bangalore. The other dignitaries present were Sri Krishna Byregowda, MLA, Byatarayanapura Constituency,Sri S.R. Viswanath MLA, Yelahanka Constituency,Sri Suresh Heblikar, Environmentalist & Filmmaker and other dignitaries were the guests for this programme.
Sri Suresh Heblikar, Environmentalist & Filmmaker gave a key note address by highlighting various environmental issues as planting of trees and conservation of lakes being the major criterias,Mr.Harish Bhat, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science guided the participants about their responsibilities towards environment of being the citizen of this country , this was followed by presentations by Sri T.M. Hunse, Regional Director,Central Ground Water Board, Bangalore and two B.Sc (BBG) students of our college.
Further students also displayed sketching,paintings,and collages related to the themes like “save water”, “save trees” and “Global warming” etc.. Two mobile vans from Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd., (KREDL), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) was also exhibited which played a significant role in creating awareness with in the college campus as well as out side.
The programme was wound up after a “FILM SCREENING” – A Documentary which created an great impact on the minds of participants so as how significant it is and to actively participate in this environmental drive and to lend their hands to save our mother earth. This was followed by valedictory function and prize distribution for the students.