Little steps to a better world

Ozone Day

The students of the MSc microbiology department of Oxford College made a small effort towards contributing to mother nature as they celebrated World Ozone Day recently.

bright affair The participants of the rangoli  competition.

A slew of events like face-painting, a quiz, a rangoli competition and movie-making were organised on the campus.

The students were also given a talk on the environment by Suresh Heblikar, environmentalist  and film director. He emphasised the effects of and solution for ozone depletion, and steps which should be taken to counter it.

The competitions witnessed active participation from more than 72 students. The response to the talk was good as 700 delegates from life science, physical science, and business management streams participated in it.

A documentary — which was made by students and faculty members on the theme — was also screened. It emphasised the need for awareness of ozone depletion and the causes behind it, as well as the counter measures to be taken.

The students admit that they would always be proud of holding an event like this. “It wasn’t just college students who did not know about World Ozone Day — many professionals we asked also had no clue about it. It was shocking for us. We asked people from various backgrounds and no one could answer correctly,” informs Ghazal, an MSc student.

She adds that making the short film was fun as students had to go out of the college in groups for the shoot. “We are glad that we were able to spread the message of saving the environment to so many people. This is one of the ways of contributing to the environment,” she states.

Anita, another MSc student, says that many students from other departments also took part in the competition. “The lecture given by Suresh Heblikar was very enlightening and we got to know various facts about the environment, which we were not aware of previously.

It was a good session. Our principal and teachers appreciated that the fact that we had put in so much effort and the short film was enjoyed by everyone. Our department often organises these kind of events, which help in knowing our surroundings better” she says.

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