23 FEBRUARY, 2011

Hans Raj College is a progressive and prominent destination in the country’s education map. This valued reputation is a result of the balanced blend of distinguished performance in the fieldof academics as well as extra curricular activities. Upholding the acclaimed legacy and tradition,Hans Raj College Environment Awareness Committee (EAC), popularly known as HARITIMA aspires to organize it’s annual festival.

Prakriti kumbh, as the word itself symbolizes, is cherishing our environment and spreadingawareness in a festive way . It is to foster the spirit of creativity, intellect and vibrancy that weorganize this festival, year in and year out. Annual festival of Haritima is again round the corner,rising from the eastern horizon on this beautiful institution. The pride of the students of this college and the envy of everyone who cannot be a part of this festival, prakriti kumbh is going bigger and greater and will only get grandeur in the years to come.

The festival is scheduled on 23rd of Feburary 2011. The venue will be the heart of the college, like it has always been! To renew the love and fondness of the students on nature and environment and foster a sense of brotherhood among its students community, haritima has decided on a festival, bringing together the environmental societies of other colleges under PRAKRITI KUMBH ’10-11. Haritima is proud to present to you the annual Hans Raj College Environmental festival ‘PRAKRITI KUMBH 10-11’

Inaugral Talk by Dr. Kasturi Datta

Prof. Kasturi Datta received Ph.D degree in Biochemistry from Calcutta University (1968). After spending several years in USA (1968-1973) as Post Doctoral Research Fellow, she returned to India and joined as pool officers at AIIMS, New Delhi. Prof. Datta started her professional career in 1977 at School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University as Assistant Professor and became Associate Professor in 1985 and Professor in 1993. She became Dean, SES, Jawaharlal Nehru University, performed as Dean at Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2001.

Major Awards

  • FICCI Award in the category R&D in Life Sciences, including Agriculture and Biotechnology (2004)
  • Twenty-fifth G.P. Chatterjee Memorial Award, Indian Science Congress (2005)
  • Basanti Devi Amir Chand Award, ICMR, Government of India, New Delhi (2005)


  • Fellow Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy

  • Fellow National Science Academy, Allahabad

  • Fellow Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi

  • President Environmental Science Section, Indian Science Congress-2002

  • Member Member of Human Genome Organization (HUGO)



Get ready for some new, innovative event. UNEP, an event which is guaranteed to be an informative experience for the audience, besides the participants earning experience of a never before seen event!

Preliminary Round This round will see purely debate, where the participants way of presenting points will be judged! The concept in this stage is that the participant is given three topics to choose from, on which he will be presenting his views. He will be allotted 4+1 minutes to speak.

The topics for the presentation are:-

  1. Industrial Development in Naxal affected areas

2.     Industrial Development in Coastal Regions.

3.   This House believes that Mr. Jairam Ramesh is being discriminatory while giving sanction for various projects in  environmentally sensitive areas!

Judging Criteria:-

Ranking on the basis of this sequence

  1. Important points in the speech mentioned

  2. Level of understanding of the topic

  3. Confidence level of the participant

  4. Analytical approach of the participant

  5. Solutions to the question raised

  6. Presentation of the Topic

A participants’ debating skills will be tested, but marks allotted will be meager 1/10th of the total

The Finale

6 Participants will be selected for the Final round which promises to be a true test of environmental study of the participant and an educative experience for the audience.

In this stage, a participant will have to, place himself in the shoes of either POSCO representative for getting clearance or an Environmentalist who is opposing the POSCO plan, depending upon the motion he chooses to speak on.

Each participant will be given 5+2 minutes to present his views to the acting Environment Minister. After concluding the speech, he will be subject to the Group Discussion. He will be the leader of the group during the Discussion session and will have to convince the house with his points on the POSCO case within 3+1 minutes.  Essentially, in such a discussion, the participants GD abilities, and most importantly, his awareness of POSCO case will be brought to light.

The end result is an interactive, informative session for the audience. For the participants, it will be an experience they will cherish.

  • It basically stands for United Nation Environment Program. Each team is given a project and they have to argue for the fact if the project is to be passed or not.

  • There will be two rounds. In the first round each team is given 10+2 mins where they need to put forward three points. Then there will be a open discussion then where other teams can question the team.

  • Each team should consist of two member.

  • There will be a prelim round if number of participants are more.

  • Judgin would be done on the environmental awareness and knowledge of the team. Points would also be given on the approach to the project and the the solutions they give for it.

  • Marks will also be there for presentation.

  1. II. The Seekers Club (Total Cash Prize Rs. 1500)

In a step forward in hosting new, innovative events, HARITIMA in its effort to spreading Environmental Awareness has decided to start its Flagship Programme, the Seekers Club which during the entire day of the fest, will be organizing events which will act as a Learning Experience for the students assembled at the LP. There are many students who come to college during the fest to gain some new information relating to Environment, This flagship Programme promises to be helpful to these students.

Bouncer Questions

One of the major attraction of this program will be Bouncer Questions. After every 15 minute interval, a Question will be asked to the students assembled at the LP. The first student who gives correct answer will be rewarded.

Spread the Word

Students willing to share information with the audience will be rewarded depending upon the quality of the information. Information can be any news item which did not grab much attention in the Sections of Media. It could be giving personal comments on various Environmental activities. Time given per student will be 1 minute.

III. ESSAY WRITING (Cash Prize Rs. 1000)

  • The topic is to be choosen for the news notice board that will belaced near by.

  • Students are free to choose any topic form it and write an article in not more than 250 words.

  • There will be three prizes 500,300 and 200.

IV.  SCAVENGER HUNT (Cash Prize Rs. 3000)

Two people team. Camera is compulsary. The one who will come first after clicking photographs will be the winner.

V.Green Tambola (Cash Prize Rs. 2500)

Normal Tambola with a touch of Green. The numbers put up on the Tambola tickets will be environmentally significant..

VI.    Cartoon Sketching( Cash Prize Rs. 1000)

VII.  Ad Mad (Cash Prize Rs. 3000)

IX.      Face Painting (Cash Prize Rs.1000)

X.        Caption Writing (Cash Prize Rs. 1000)

XI.      Quiz (Cash Prize Rs. 4500)

For any other information feel free to contact.

Coastal Regulation Zone (2011) Notification

The Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification of 1991 has been replaced recently in January 2011 by the latest CRZ notification of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). In addition for the first time an Island Protection Zone Notification (2011) is being notified and published covering Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
oastal Regulation Zone notification 2011
Apart from codifying the 25 amendments that were made to CRZ notification between 1991-2009, the CRZ notification (2011) has several new features –
It has special provisions for Goa, Kerala, Greater Mumbai and critically vulnerable coastal areas (CVCAs) like Sunderban mangrove area, Chilka and Bhitarkanika (Orissa), Gulf of Khambat and Gulf of Kutch (Gujarat), Malwan (Maharashtra), Karwar and Kundapur (Karnataka), Vembanad (Kerala), Coringa, East Godavari and Krishna Delta (Andhra Pradesh), Gulf of Mannar (Tamil Nadu).
Clear procedures for obtaining CRZ approval with time-lines have been stipulated along with post-clearance monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.
Water area up to 12 nautical miles in the sea and the entire water area of a tidal water body such as creek, river, estuary etc., would now be included in the CRZ areas, without imposing any restrictions of fishing activities.
The concept of a Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP), to be prepared with the fullest involvement and participation of local communities, has been introduced.
The concept of a hazard line to be demarcated over the next five years has been introduced to protect life and property of local communities and infrastructure along coastal areas.

The National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) and the Kerala Swatantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation (KSMTF) have decided to launch a nation-wide agitation from February 25 in protest against some of the “unfavourable provisions” of the recently published Coastal Regulation Zone 2011 notification. Some of the provisions in the notification that had invited stiff resistance from the NFF and KSMTF include the permission for activities that cannot be strictly justified on the basis of requiring foreshore and waterfront facilities, including the highly risky proposition of establishment of nuclear power plants in coastal areas, the proposal for “Roads on stilts” that involves elevated highways over the coastal areas, and opening up the 100-200 m part of the “no development zone” of CRZ-III for additional housing needs of all “traditional coastal communities” when it should be opened up only to a limited extent for the fishing communities who have no other option.

This is what we are doing in the name of Development!!


Hello Friends. Well, I am going to put forward my personal experience with Environment. I would talk in general few important things I had in mind which I felt should be shared with Haritima Family.

The first and foremost thing which has very much disturbed my peace of mind is reckless cutting down trees in order to showcase our metropolitan cities as world class.

Even if possible, this tag of world class city is not going to help because there are simply no innovations, everything has been copy and paste from the developed countries. Take the example of the flop BRT corridor. If few cities are selected and tagged as world class, then this would only invite people from rural areas to settle here, they would dream of owning home here, which is to say that would gradually make the already populated cities overburdened. This would certainly do harm to the Environment. Harm to the environment, in the sense that people would require homes. To live at homes, there would be demand, as soon as demand for real estate increases, eyeing money, the Govt. would without fail provide land to Real Estate agencies claiming that we will be building a tallest tower in the world. All this would certainly require cutting down of trees, snatching agricultural land from helpless farmers.

The recent show of the CWG 2010 proves that although we are quick in assuming authority over a subject matter, but when it comes to taking the responsibility and accountability for the delays, corruption scandal, the heads are turned away. Mr. Jairam Ramesh, in his statement in 2nd week of January 2011 confirms that the permission should not have been given for constructing Akshardham and CWG flats considering their structure on the Yamuna Bed!!

The last thing I wanted to discuss with you is about the condition of river Yamuna. Delhi can never be called world class city until and unless the river Yamuna is cleaned up. River Yamuna has been recently in news due to its high level of Ammonia, Chloride compelling the DJB to shut its water treatment plant!!

Perhaps, the lesson will be learnt when untolerable level of Pollution in the river leads to a foul smell in the near future!!

There are industries on the river bed which continuously dump their waste in it. Moreover, there is a sewer line which meets ultimately in Yamuna. You could imagine how all this is being neglected. Not just one sewer line, there are in all 17 big sewer lines which flow there waste into Yamuna.

Do leave comments as to how can we make Delhi environment friendly or even better, let us start at the grass root level. How can we make Hansraj environment friendly. Please put forward your valuable comments updating us how Hansraj College, Delhi can become environment friendly.




I had learnt it when I was still a child that patience is a pre requisite while travelling by train. 10/7/2010 (Saturday) – My skills were tested for the umpteenth time as my train was delayed by an hour. As I sat down on a bench, my eyes drifted to a water pipe that had sprung a leak. Apart from serving a few urchins who chanced to wash their hands in the free flowing water, it was a complete waste of ‘usable’ water. The authorities were too busy (I guess in making the trains run on time) to fix the leak.

However, this wasn’t the only time I had seen water being wasted on a large scale. Tens of times, I have seen water tankers spilling water all along the way. And the municipal pipes burst every few hundred metres. Do we ever wonder how much water is being wasted every day? These sights fill our world and we have become so accustomed that we rarely spare a thought. On a much lower scale is the water that trickles down the drain every time we do not turn off the tap completely. And the public taps runs out water in drops and flows till the taps run dry. It seems that wasting less, and not using less has become the key for water conservation. Heart breaking, isn’t it?

Often many of the leaks can be fixed easily with little expense.  It seems we are robbing ourselves of this vital resource.  A little sensitivity on the part of authorities may help save millions of liters of water. And we as responsible citizens should take care to turn off our taps properly.

Often, we come across publicity banners/ads advising in the need and ways to conserve water. But these points do not register in our mind. Indeed, if we are heading towards the ‘water war’ (as has been predicted by many experts), we all are blame for it. The catastrophic events may in some ways make us realize. But then, it will be too late and by then, we would have lost the fight.

For me it was a train delay that opened my eyes. How long will it take before we, as a community act together and safeguard the essence of life??


By Siddhant Madan.

Hello everyone. This as being the first post on the Haritima’s blog, I want to introduce you to the NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT POLICY OF INDIA.

The dominant theme of the policy is that while conservation of environmental resources is necessary to secure livelihoods and well-being of all, the most secure basis for conservation is to ensure that people dependent on resources obtain livelihoods from conservation rather than from degradation of resources. The policy recognizes that forests are traditional homes and major source of livelihood for the forest dwelling tribes.

Moreover, the forest dwelling communities had recognized traditional communities entitlements over the forests because of which they used the forests sustainable and protected the forests from encroachers, but following the commencement of formal forest laws and institutions in 1865, these entitlements were disregarded in many parts of the country. Such dis-empowerment led to the free access of forests, leading to their gradual degradation. It has also led to perennial conflict between the forests dependent communities and the Forest Department, constituting a major denial of justice.

Some of the important measures envisaged in the policy for the benefits of local/tribal communities are: –
• Giving legal recognition to the tradition entitlements of the Panchayats (Extension to the Schedule Area) Act, 1996 (PESA). This would remedy a serious historical injustice, secure their livelihood, reduce possibilities of conflict with the Forests Departments, and provide incentives to these communities to conserve the forests.
• Empower, build capacities, and facilitate access to finance and technology, for local people, in particular tribes, who are relocated from Protected Areas, or live in the fringe areas, for provision of Eco-tourism services in the Protected Areas.
• Formulate and implement Multi-stakeholder partnerships for enhancement of wildlife habitat in conservation Reserves and Community Reserves, to drive both environmental and eco-tourism benefits.

Gender Dimension
The policy recognizes that it is essential that women play a greater role in the management of natural resources degradation, as they have little control over the management of these resources. A relevant provision of the National Policy for the Empowerment of Women provides a framework for incorporating elements of proposed action. The policy also seeks to strengthen efforts for partial substitution of fossil fuels by bio fuels, plantations, promoting relevant research and development, and streamlining regulatory certification of the new technologies.

Well, The Genuine policy is that when at the end everyone gets what they desire and is even preferable for others and the country too and hence, this policy meets the need of everyone. The forest dwelling tribes gets the benefit of calling forest as their home and even they do not have to confront the forest department anymore and in turn the government gets to conserve the forest by the help of the tribes. By the implementation of the finance and technologies in the fringe areas the Eco-tourism may now develop much more than before and can help in development of the country. And at the end this policy restrains from gender discrimination and gives women greater opportunity to help save our environment.

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