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(2) Creating awareness among school/college students

BY Anusha, Sruthi, Madhuri, Anil

1)Textbooks /Notebooks cover pages:

Images or few lines which give knowledge about swacchbharat can be printed as textbooks or notebooks cover pages and content pages.

2)Coins Distribution and Marks system :

Students are interested in prizes and marks. Therefore, management should introduce a kind of system in which all the students will be given same no. of coins. If any of them come across student throwing waste they can pass the coin to him. In the weekends the students with fewer coins can be given prizes. Class must be divided into few groups and groups are allotted to few places for cleaning and students are given marks for it.

3) In schools and colleges, walls can be painted by swachbharat representing postures. Images or posters can be posted on the walls and display boards.

4) During school anniversaries programmes, students are intimated to performany dance or stage play on swacchbharat theme.

5) They should be asked to make some videos on swacchbharat and post it on YouTube.

6) Teachers must be intimated to take lessons on swacchbharat every week or once in 10 days.

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(1) Creating awareness among school students

BY Nachiket, Prajwal, Ghanshyam

Background:

Lunch Breaks/ Recess is the most joyous period in the schools schedule for every child. At the end of the break every student is filled with enthusiasm and energy. Why don’t we use this energy of every student to inculcate in them the habit of cleanliness? Good habits can be inculcated in childhood more efficiently and as the age increases the ability of one to adapt good habits decreases.

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Methodology:

So our ideas is, at the end of the recess/ Mid-day break a 5 min time should be          allotted for Swachata Abhiyan. Before the conclusion bell for recess a bell will be rang.  As soon as the bell rings every student is expected to collect the garbage around him and throw it in the dustbin. Teachers would be assessing the student’s activity. The teachers will observe that which students actively take part in this cleanliness period. At the end of this activity students would be going their respective class.

After every 15 days there will be class gathering. Class Gathering can be collectively held for either one or two batches collectively.  In this students of a particular section will be assigned for organizing the gathering, right from crowd management to the onstage performances. Every gathering would be based on a specific theme on which the students will be performing various activities like skits, elocutions, poem recitation, singing dance, etc. All these activities will be supervised by the teachers. Such student activities will provoke the thought processing of the kids and make them acquainted with the theme (theme will be either social or some relevant topics). At the end of the gathering, a valedictory will be conducted where in one student from each batch will be awarded a medal/batch based on his enthusiasm and participation in Swachhata Abhiyan and their overall performance.

Action Points:

  • Implementation of Swachhata Period in lunch Break
  • Conducting Class Gathering for inculcating various good habits and ethics in the students.
  • Promoting open ended discussion and encouraging students.

Novelty:

This type of engagement of students with teachers will create awareness among students. Medals will be such that the student should wear it daily while coming to school, this type of rewards will always motivate the students to strive harder to achieve the medal. And this competitive atmosphere will induce the good habits in them.

Also this activity doesn’t require much of logistics and capital investment. Further this activity abides by the rules and regulation of maximum educational institutes and would satisfy their Vison and Mission.

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The curious case of a missing problem

-BY Akanksha Sagar

Do you have a secret vault in your phone? Do you try to cover the smell from all the questionable documents away from those nosy neighbours, well if you are a hostellite than I already know the answer to this question. The vault available in most of the phones encrypt your data and stores it away from your regular file manager ,this data can be later decrypted and the information can be retrieved. Hiding files away from the prying eyes of the world is a difficult job, especially if you generate top secret documents on a regular basis. Ever wondered how do multinational companies hide the data they don’t want the world to see? Well becoming Mark Zuckerburg doesn’t help cause even his account had been hacked into….twice!. So when the companies wanted to hide their big data, they came up with a vault of their own.

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A lecture was engaged by Dr. Manish Kurhekar where he told us how a software was designed where a picture is broken down into pixels and is stored in an encrypted form where all the similar pixels are just stored once and can be aggregated just like using the ‘magic wand’ tool in Photoshop. This not only makes it more difficult to crack but also saves you a lot of space. This software could be used as a more secure vault for huge documents, but this is not what it was initially designed for.
Let’s go back to when the petrol was only Rs.21 per litre and a 2000mb storage device was 29000Rs . Storing data was a costly business back in 1996,

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All the secret documents were rather forgotten and buried instead of being stored digitally, but as it became more and more important to store files they realised an alternative was needed to save space, So the brightest minds got together to come up with a solution, and after five years of hard work they came up with a software which can reduce the space being used up, but the great minds didn’t anticipate the prices of storage devices to go down in these years such that buying loads of storage was cheaper than the price on the developed software. It’s like wanting a bottle of Dermi cool but till the time you buy it, its already winter. Something which happened to our developers , they came up with a solution but it took them so long that the problem itself had vanished until then. Lucky for them that encrypting the data became popular in the meanwhile and the software could be finally sold in the market to serve an entirely different purpose than what it was designed for.
Lessons learnt from the following are:
Not all tortoises wins, sometimes being fast with problems helps or atleast an analysis of the time that might be required could be helpful.
Your solution might solve more than one problem, look out for other places where your solutions can fit too.
Problems could be vernacular , specific and might not even exist after sometime.
Do not trust big companies they hide stuff too 😛

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TEA TOTALLER

17409915_625442524316451_1532261705_n[1]For all of those people who cannot start there day without a cup of tea, would know that making tea for the family is not as easy as it seems. Being a chemical engineer I know scaling up a process while maintaining the constant ratio of raw products doesn’t work very well and that making tea for an entire train full of people is indeed a difficult task and requires a lot of patience. So the tea vendors serving on the rails have come up with this method of making instant tea which requires them to carry hot milk and water mixture in a metal container while the flavour is added on the spot as per consumers choice. The main problem arises when the vendor has to publicise his tea all the way while carrying a hot, heavy metal container from bogie to bogie. The crowd in Indian railways doesn’t make it any better, in fact it makes the vendor wish for an extra limb only so he can hold on to a support and prevent himself and his boiling delicacy from falling onto something or someone else. So here comes the innovation – BABY CARRIER BACK PACKS, just instead of a mewling and a puking baby you have a brewing and a tasty tea container strapped to your front with secure belts and straps, not only does it make it easy to carry but also spares both the arm which are now free to perform other necessary functions. The vendors now have no difficulty making a tea for some passenger and travelling to and fro the bogies is so much simpler and safer. So enjoy your tea on move, now also available in two new flavors.

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Weightiness of Field Visits

-BY Akanksha Sagar

Mr. Samir Deshkar from department of Architecture , explained the class about the importance , flow process , limits and thinking behind the field visits. Field visit is important to prepare students by developing their visual literacy, and by integrating the visit actively into the curriculum. Deshkar sir elaborated this point through personal experiences during his visits:

1.Dhajji Dewari constructions in Jammu and Kashmir

which include timber frames arranged in triangular form to ensure stability.

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2.Visit to Understand a Community

This was the special case to justify the do’s and don’ts on a visit

  • Opinions on a point need to be taken from every section of the society, like people who are facing the problem and who has already faced the problem .
  • An established society has particular set of rules which should be taken care while undertaking an activity because it is to be kept in mind that it is their home area and unfriendly, unfamiliar to us. So, to expect proper cooperation from the society, you also need to provide them with same.

3. He then mentioned about his visit to KR Market , Bangalore ,a wholesale market where people used to travel long distances for export and import of goods. He mentioned that long back there used to be a large number of theaters as a source of entertainment , as time  passed a need of an alternative for movies was felt and thus came out in the form of conversion of  many theaters into brothels .

The class adjourned with a good idea about the weightiness of field visits for the success of any practical innovation and a promise to have a another such great session by Deshkar Sir.

 

 

 

 

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Tedx Talk 2!

BY Anshul

The surprising truth of open defecation in India | Sangita Vyas | TEDxWalledCity

Here’s the link to the full video! Check it out!

The speaker, Sangita Vyas, delivers an excellent speech on open defecation in India. She starts off with the question that although India is such a rich country in terms of diversity and intelligence, why is it that it is always fitted to the filthy images of garbage lying around and people defecating in the open!  An alarming 65% of rural Indians defecate in the open! That means the number of people defecating in the open in rural India is more than the population of the US! The open bacteria from the faeces are the reason of a number of diseases and also the stunted growth among children.

Some of the points that emerged out in the discussions are stated below.

One of the major issue is about prioritization. Even if a family has enough funds or infrastructure to build a latrine, they do not give it a priority over other matters. It was also pointed out that handling faeces carries a little amount of stigma attached to it, India being such a religious country with a history of caste. We highlighted that it should not be felt that the cleaning of a latrine pit be the job of lower caste. Modernization in the thinkings of the Rural population is necessary to reduce the number of people defecating in the open. We also pointed out that there is a need to educate the rural population that defecating in the open is actually bad. Also, we need to be experimenting like crazy to address people about their real concerns related with open defecation!

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Ted Talk 1!

BY Anshul

Why is India so filthy? | The Ugly Indian | TEDxBangalore

Here’s the link to the full video! Check it out!

The narrator is anonymously named Anamik Nagrik, and he explains in a very interesting manner the upfront issue of cleanliness in India, particularly, Bangalore in this case. At the start, He has some major questions for us which includes why do we Indians keep our streets dirty and our homes clean? As the video proceeds, we can see how he suggests probable solutions to these problems. The various experiments undertaken by the citizens or the government were actually successful in some areas. The talk was then later discussed amongst us and Sachin sir.

Some of the points which were the highlights are summarised below.

It was realised that once an area or a wall becomes dirty, people continue to throw wastes there or stain the walls. A simple solution such as painting the wall white considerably beautified the wall, and discouraged people from further destroying it. Another point was that if we see a problem, we should not wait for some one to fix it, we should try and fix it ourselves if possible. Whether it be a slum or a tech park, you can make change! If we decide to do things and don’t just talk, incredible things can happen. And the best part of all the solutions taken up by the citizens was that they all were cheap. It took around 3000INR to fix a spot, that’s roughly just 6 USD per person! Moreover, the government loves it, when the citizens engage. Accordingly we came to an overall conclusion, Stop being an Ugly Indian today, and go out and do something!

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Can you eat water bottles?

BY Anshul

Imagine yourself at work. It has been a pretty normal day. While returning to home after the day, you stopped by a road side vendor to have a sandwich. You grabbed your sandwich and a water bottle and continued walking. You realise that it’s difficult to walk with a sandwich and bottle in one hand and a briefcase in other. What if you are at a place where you couldn’t find trash cans? Then you’ll have to carry that empty bottle to your home. What if there’s an alternative and innovative approach to consume water?

Edible bottle comes into picture. They are spherical balls of water with little to no coating over them. You have to grab one and just swallow it. Behold, your thirst is gone in seconds! ‘Ooho’ is made from chlorine and brown algae extract and almost completely eliminates the need for a plastic bottle. It’s totally safe to consume, or it can be composted. The casing or the covering has no natural taste, so even flavours can be added to it. Just grab one, peel the skin and gulp! The outer covering keeps the water inside clean and fresh. Other than being environment friendly, it’s also cheaper than to produce bottles. A major use can be for marathon and long distance runners or sports men. Imagine the amounts of reduction of the use of plastic bottles. Good Going World!

Here’s a link to the facebook video!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1514772021897306&id=1010847105623136

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Now comes the turn of edible carry bags

BY Apurva Govil

Plastic bags, despite being banned in certain states, continue to dominate the sales-purchase arena. That they are a hurdle to the environmental, taking an aeon to decompose, goes without saying.Last year Karnataka suspended use of all forms of plastic bags and other plastic items. But four years ago, in 2012, Mangalore City Corporation had banned the sale and manufacture of plastic carry bags. It was then that Mangalore based entrepreneur Ashwath Hegdehad thought of an alternative. Along with 11 others, including global scientists and environmentalists, he worked on an innovative project.

After researching the problem for about four years, Ashwath founded EnviGreen – a company that produces 100% organic, biodegradable, and eco-friendly bags.

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They look like plastic bags but are made of materials like natural starch and vegetable oil derivatives. If placed in a glass of water at normal temperature, an EnviGreen bag dissolves in a day. And when placed in a glass of boiling water, it dissolved in just 15 seconds! These bags take less than 180 days to biodegrade naturally once discarded. So users can throw them away without worrying about harming the environment. The bags are even edible and will cause no harm to animals if ingested.

“We are using a patented technology using natural starch, vegetable oil derivatives and vegetable waste,” says a company official emphasizing that the products are non-toxic to the environment, both animals and plants. “Conventional plastic bags are toxic and harmful. EG bags can biodegrade 100 per cent in less than 80 days.”

For raw materials, the company is procuring vegetable wastes from farmers’ associations while importing vegetable oil. “We are buying vegetable waste directly from the farmers of Karnataka, which is highly profitable and a great source of alternate income for the farmers,” says Hedge. Apart from carry bags, the company is also manufacturing trash bags, oil and grease sachets, bin liners, packaging films, aprons wrapping covers, laundry bag, hotel guest kits. Only one drawback — they cannot carry liquids and semi-liquids.

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), which has approved the use of these bags, conducted several tests to ensure there were no plastic elements in them. The tests included placing a hot iron on a small piece of EnviGreen sheet. The sheet neither melts nor sticks to the hot iron surface. The bags also don’t melt, drip, or release any toxic fumes when burnt, unlike conventional plastic bags. They have been tested by the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Sriram Institute for Industrial Research as well.

To prove his point, Ashwath has even consumed a bag after boiling it in water to show that it is edible.

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Currently, the company has not started full-fledged sales in India, but the bags are already available in Qatar and Abu Dhabi.Once available for use, EnviGreen bags will not just help ease this problem but also help many consumers struggling to find a balance between their concern for the environment and ways of making things more comfortable in their daily lives.