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The Bhawanipur Education Society College (BESC) has initiated a unique project Jal Se Jeevan, where students of the college with professional plumbers will be visiting neighbourhood residences to offer free services to ensure the stoppage of leaking faucets and taps.
“On an average one in three houses have leaking taps” said Prof Dilip Shah, Dean of Student Affairs, BESC “and these taps lead to a silent wastage, literally drop by drop with an obvious impact on the fragile eco-system, adding to the menace of global warming and climate change. Most people ignore such leaks but the fact remains that cumulatively, they add up to a colossal national waste that can be easily addressed and I am extremely happy that BESC students have initiated the process to address the anomaly”.
Jal Se Jeevan evolved into the present state as an adjunct to the Earth Day celebrations in BESC when, not only did the College impose on itself a one-hour “black out” to spread awareness about the misuse of electricity and thereby lead to a reduction in its carbon footprint; but also vowed to plant 365 saplings around the year to celebrate regeneration. A hundred saplings were distributed to students in the first phase, while a hundred and fifty will be planted by college students in an institution that has been adopted by BESC, where local students will also be co-opted. The rest are being planted and nurtured by the BESC students progressively.
“While the major thrust to the Jal Se Jeevan initiative will be given once the ensuing college examinations are over, the work in the project has already begun. 25 volunteers are already on board, who are visiting local households are collecting data so that once the plumbers are hired, the work can be taken up in right earnest” said Prof Shah. The BESC has set itself a target of covering 1000 households in the initial stages and hopes to set an example that others would want to emulate leading to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals of another kind.
“It is a matter of great pride that such initiatives have been thought up by students of BESC. The College will support their initiative Heart and Soul and hope, like they say, if the mind can conceive it, the heart can believe it, then we certainly can achieve it” said Prof Dilip Shah.
The BESC is one of Kolkata’s premier institutions with 9000 plus students engaged in the pursuit of knowledge. BESC is in the forefront of empowering students through Sustainable Educational initiatives that are aimed at making them industry ready as opposed to a mere quest for academic excellence. Towards this end a host of courses are offered by BESC that have been carefully crafted with detailed inputs from the industry and aimed at refurbishing the skill sets of the students through realtime interaction with domain experts.
The college operates out of a state of the art, wired campus at the heart of the city, offers enviable facilities and boasts of some of the most revered names as faculties and an impeccable academic track record. BESC is perhaps the only institution of its kind to have working associations with national and international professional bodies like the ICAI, ICSI, ICMAI and ACCA. Known for its vibrant campus eco-system, BESC students also host some of the most talked about events in the city and are a force to reckon with in the campus fests circuit for their sheer brilliance.
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