The silver Jubilee AGM of EAB was held on Saturday July 22, 2023 as many as 25 members and invitees attended this milestone meeting. The annual report and audited accounts were presented and discussed in the meeting, thereafter they were approved. The current auditors were re-appointed for another year. There was a lively discussion on the projects and programs and suggestions were given for activities to be taken up during the current year.
Environment Association of Bangalore organized a Seminar to celebrate its Silver Jubilee on July 08, 2023. This Seminar was held jointly with Raman Research Institute which is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee. The Seminar was held in the campus of that Institute.
The Seminar was held on the advise of Dr K Kasturirangan, former Chairman Space Commission and Patron of Environment Association of Bangalore. The Seminar was inaugurated by Dr Prakash Chauhan, Director, National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad. Dr R G Nadadur, President, Environment Association of Bangalore and Dr Tarun Souradeep, Director, Raman Research Institute spoke about their organizations.
As many as 16 papers were presented at the Seminar which had two themes – urban management and water conservation. Around 200 persons, including scientists, academicians, administrators and college and school students attended the Seminar.
The topics covered under Urban Management included - Growth of Bengaluru- Assessment using Satellite Images, Urban Planning Over the Ages, Geospatial Technology for Urban Transport Management, Re-think , Re-define and Re-design waste for future without landfills, Urban Pollution, Climate-responsive architecture/green buildings, Environment Legislation and Policy and Challenges of urban sustainability in India
The following topics were covered under Water Conservation - Management of Water Resources of Bengaluru, Ground water condition in Bengaluru, Potentials of rainwater harvesting in Bengaluru, Quality of water in Bengaluru, Water Balance Assessment for Bengaluru, Policies for Sustainable water resources development and Conservation, Drones for Water Resources Management and Surface Water Pollution in Bengaluru.
ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION OF BANGALORE
Environment Association of Bangalore (EAB) has been participating in the TCS Marathon Bengaluru for many years now.
EAB decided to participate this year also - our Silver Jubilee year!
EAB was able to mobilize some funds under this banner. These funds will be used for the ongoing projects.
EAB requests all friends of the environment to generously contribute so that many more projects and activities can be taken up.
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TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR THE ESSAY COMPETITION
Jala Dhaara (rain water works) in four institutions were dedicated to them on February 24, 2023.
The four institutions are –
Sri Bhaskar, Smt Sujatha and Sri Laksh Kumar represented EAB at these events.
Also present were –
Smt Usha Shetty representing our close partners, Gramaantara Trust,
Smt Kopal Raj and Sri Yogesh from our financial partners, Wabtech India, and
Sri Moorthy representing our implementation partners, Sri Universal Enterprises.February
The events in all the institutions were well attended. There was a great deal of enthusiasm among the students and teachers and assurances that the new assets would be looked after well by them.
Environment Association of Bangalore, in partnership with Gramaantara Trust, wound up their activities for the year 2022 with a fun filled educational tour for students of the Government Urdu High School, Shidlaghatta.
The day began early for the students. They gathered in their school. Then, 50 of them along with 5 teachers, and Nawin, EAB Co-ordinator, traveled to Bengaluru. Their first stop was the Viswesvarayya technological Museum. The students saw the exhibits with great enthusiasm and had several questions for their teachers and Nawin.
After spending two hours in the Museum, the students travelled to Lal Bagh. They were received there by Dr R G Nadadur, President; Dr K Ganeshraj, Vice President; Smt Sujatha, Director; and Sri Laksh Kumar, Director. The group was joined by Dr D L Maheswar, former Vice Chancellor of the Karnataka Horticulture University and former Vice President of EAB. Dr Maheswar and a team of officers from the Karnataka Horticulture Department took the students around Lal Bagh and pointed out some amazing facts to them. The students were enthralled after seeing the trees, plants and shrubs and hearing about them from the experts.
The students were very tired but happy and excited when their tour ended in Shidlaghatta in the evening.
A visit was undertaken to see the health and well-being of the plants that had been planted under the Namma Thota Project. Dr Nadadur, Sri Laksh Kumar and Sri Nawin of EAB and Smt Ananthalakshmi of Gramaantara Trust went on this visit.
It was observed that the plants were growing well. It was also very satisfying to know that spinach had already been harvested and was being added to the mid day meals on a regular basis.
The students were very happy with their vegetables. They said that the quality of their mid day meal had improved tremendously after the project was launched. They also wanted some other vegetables, especially, potatoes, beetroot, cauliflower and cabbage to be planted in their garden. It was agreed that the required seeds would be supplied to them.
Dr R G Nadadur received an invitation from the Dharani International School in Vasudevanallur, Tamil Nadu. On his request, Smt Usha Shetty of Gramaantara Trust agreed to go along with him.
The two of them spent two full days with the students and teachers of the school and discussed various subjects. Career guidance was an important topic. However, there were other topics including the school education scenario in the post Covid era.
It was a very rewarding and extremely satisfying experience for Dr Nadadur and Smt Shetty. There was a Valedictory Session on the final day. The students and teachers and management representatives expressed their great happiness at the sessions that they attended.
Some students in Devanahalli, Vijayapura, Shidlaghatta, Chickaballapura and some other places are very keen on entering the civil services and the defence services. However, they do not have the means to enrol in a coaching institute.
These students requested Smt Usha Shetty to arrange for some caching for them. After a discussion, Smt Usha Shetty and Dr R G Nadadur agreed to coach and mentor students for the competitive examinations.
Some coaching sessions are held in person and others are held online. An in person session was held in Vijayapura. The five students, who were present, asked many questions. Dr Nadadur and Smt Shetty answered them. The students were advised to be in regular contact and ask questions and seek guidance at any time.