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Best Practices

Best Practice – 1

Promoting Eco friendly culture
Patkar-Varde College believes in promoting socially-relevant soft skills and life skills among Students. One such area is that of environment-consciousness and sustainable development. To increase ecological-sensitivity among Students, many activities are undertaken on the Campus. Also, the College has a Nature Club which organises lectures and nature trials to interest Students in environment issues.


Waste Disposal
• Canteen waste is segregated into biodegradable and non¬-biodegradable waste.
• An e-waste collection bin has been set up by the College in association with Eco Reco Recycling Company, to facilitate the recycling or proper disposal of discarded electric and electronic equipment.
• Paper waste generated is sent off for recycling.
• Hazardous microbial waste (generated in Botany, Zoology, Biotechnology and Microbiology laboratories) is autoclaved at high temperature to destroy the micro-organisms.


Energy-conservation
• Placards and notices are placed in classrooms, laboratories, libraries and staircases, instructing Students to save energy by switching off lights and fans when they are not required.
• LED lights have been installed in Classrooms, Office, Conference Rooms, and Auditorium to save power.


Paperless Culture
• Efforts are being made to adopt a paperless culture by introducing online method of creating and circulating notices, collecting data, maintaining records, and where possible, for carrying-out all administrative and examination-related work.
• Where possible, publications are made in e-format. For instance, the Departments of BMM, BBI and BAF have an e-magazine Nirmaan, and an E-newsletter, which are published in e-format and are available on the College website.

The College also organised the following activities in 2018-19 to highlight environment issues:


International Conference on “Challenges in Environmental Management”
• On January 24, 2019, the Departments of Botany, Chemistry, Physics and Zoology jointly organised an Interdisciplinary International Conference on “Challenges inEnvironmental Management”. This Conference aimed at promoting andencouraging research activities among undergraduate Students on issues related to environment conservation and sustenance. It was graced by the presence of personalities of international repute: ‘Jalpurush’ Dr. Rajendra Singh (winner of the Stockholm Water Prize, 2015, and Magsaysay Award, 2001), and Mr. Samuel La Budde (winner of the Goldman Environment Prize, USA) and Dr. A. D. Sawant, Former Vice Chancellor, Rajasthan University. There was an overwhelming response from more than 250 participants, with a total of 48 Oral Presentations and 55 Poster Presentations, including by many UG participants.
• An anti-Plastic Campaign was conducted on March 26and 27, 2019. Botany Students of BSc and MSc Part I prepared anti-plastic slogans and posters to spread awareness about the harmful effect of using plastic/polythene bags. These posters were later displayed in the College Canteen and shops around the College. Shopkeepers welcomed this initiative.
• On March 2, 2019, alecture on “Degraded Environment” was organised by the Department of Botany under the DBT Star College Scheme. More than100 Students from FYBSc and SYBSc attended the lecture.

 

Best Practice - 2


SPANDAN— State-level Inter-collegiate Marathi
One-Act Play Competition

An initiative of the College Past Students’ Association, SPANDAN was first organised in 2010-11. There is no other competition dedicated to theatre which offers such high cash prizes. SPANDAN has now evolved into a State-Level competition and the College has thus preserved its tradition of dramatics, and continued to promote Marathi-language theatre in the City and State. Students are involved in the organisation of this Competition. To ensure impartiality in the judges’ decision, the host College does not participate in the event.

Spandan is organised:
• To promote event-organising skills among youth of the College
• To promote regional theatre among youth by providing a platform for upcoming artists (actors, writers, directors, music composers, set designers) to showcase their talent
• To facilitate the interaction of budding artists with stalwarts from theatre and film industry
• To establish the College among the premier institutions on the City’s cultural scene
• To provide artists with monetary assistance in the form of substantial cash prizes

The following main prizes are awarded:
1. Ist prize – Rs. 31,000/- and trophy, and certificates of merit to the entire team
2. IInd prize – Rs. 21,000/- and trophy, and certificates of merit to the entire team
3. IIIrd prize – Rs. 5,000/- and trophy, and certificates of merit to the entire team

It is to the credit of the College that the amount for the prizes has been kept constant. This has enabled the College to maintain its standing of being committed to the continuation of the Competition.

In 2018-19, the Competition was held at Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Natyagriha, Vile Parle (E), on January 8, 2019.

Paithani
The College’s tradition of encouraging the theatrical talents of its Students paid off rich dividends again in 2018-19. Paithani, a Marathi one-act play won prizes at prestigious competitions all over Maharashtra. Some of these were Lokankika (Third prize in Mumbai round), Amar Hind Mandal (First prize), Ahmednagar Mahakarandak (Second prize). The play won awards for Best Director, Best Writer,Set Designer,Best Actor (Female), and Music.