The Nature Club of
Goenka College of Commerce & Business Administration
Mrittika was born in the year 2007 and is registered with the ‘World Wide Fund for Nature', an international non-governmental organization based in Switzerland .
The name Mrittika itself is self explanatory, which means soil, the most valuable asset of mother earth. Till date no factory had been successful in producing a morsel of soil. The fertile soil holds the key to the vitality of the wonderful biodiversity of our planet. So the aim of Mrittika is to encourage the young students of this college to take part actively in spearheading the programmes for conservation of nature.
1. Organised four audio-visual programmes on Nature, Biodiversity of West Bengal and Global Warming for spreading the awareness among the students and teachers.
2. Set up a small library with books and journals on environment for exclusive use by the students.
3. Saved a dying neem tree in the College campus.
4. Participated in a one day nature tour organised by the WWF. As part of the nature tour members visited the East Kolkata Wetland, a Ramsar site accompanied by the well-known wetland expert Dr. Subir Ghosh. He delivered an enlightened lecture highlighting the importance of wetland in the preservation of the environmental health of the metropolis.
5. Celebrated the Earth Day on 26 April 2007 at the Lincoln Hall of the American Centre, Kolkata.
6. Visited the Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary, Narendrapur on 23 November 2007 .
7. Displayed various news items concerning nature, environment and conservation efforts and wildlife protection on the notice board for general awareness.
1. Made an arrangement for presentation of audio-visual programme on Environmetal Studies under UGC sponsored programme. Dr. Pranabesh Sanyal and Dr. Ashish Ghosh spoke on the occasion on 11 March 2008 . This was followed by a film show ‘An Inconvenient Truth' by Al Gore, the Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2007.
2. Organised a tour in Sundarban on 15 March 2008 . Dr. Sangita Mitra, a resource person from WWF, accompanied the participants.
3. Organised a photo-exhibition and conservation awareness programme on tiger by the WWF.
4. Organised an awareness programme on conservation of nature in collaboration with the WWF on 18 September 2008 .
Mrittika organised a tour in Sundarban on 15 March 2008. Dr. Sangita Mitra, a resource person from WWF, accompanied the participants.
5. Participated in a signature campaign ‘Save the Tiger', initiated by the WWF.
6. Took part in a human chain for saving a banyan tree at the junction of the B.B. Ganguly Street and Central Avenue near the Central Metro Station on 24 September 2008 . Preceding this movement, a mass petition was organised by Mrittika and sent to
DFO, Forest Utilisation Division, Kolkata – I
PCCF, Aranya Bhavan, Salt Lake , Kolkata – 98
Officer-in-Charge, Bowbazar Police Station
MIC, Parks and Gardens, Kolkata – I
Member Secretary, WBPCB
This movement programme got prominent coverage in the Times of India on 25 September 2008 .
7. Participated in a tree planting programme organised by the Times of India on 30 September 2008 .
Presentation of an audio-visual programme sponsored by UGC. Dr. Pranabesh Sanyal and Dr. Ashish Ghosh spoke on the occasion on 11 March 2008
1. Installed an iron fencing around a dying banyan tree in front of the HSBC Bank near Central Metro station in collaboration with WWF on 23 March 2009 .