Prakriti, the environment society of LSR is a platform through which students enlighten themselves and others about the importance of environmental issues and sustainable development.
Every fresher enters the vast arena of extracurricular activities of LSR by first planting a sapling on their orientation day organized by our society. We hope to initiate freshness, new life into the college, by entrusting each student with a sapling to nurture, to love and enjoy the beauty of watching it grow.
Throughout any given year, we organize various competitions, workshops, seminars and talks on nature to explore the different ideas that students may embark upon. During the annual LSR Diwali Mela, Prakriti displays LSR jute bags and calendars. We also lead the colleges in the Delhi University Flower Show and have won the prestigious Green Cup of Delhi University for the 9th consecutive year.
Prakriti seeks to foster every individual’s natural love for nature and works to inspire their willingness to work for the environment.
President: Tanishka Khandelwal
Secretary: Prachi Singhvi
Editor : Trishla Bafna
Project Head: Shikha Kansal
Staff Advisors : Ms. Anjani Kochak, Dr. Pankaja Ghai, Ms. Shruti Chopra, Dr. Sonali Mishra, Dr. Shernaz Cama, Ms. Deepika Papneja, Ms. Parul Gupta, Ms. Suman Bhanoo
Prakriti was very active during the academic year 2015-16. It began by the sapling plantation by the incoming batch of students which symbolised the start of a lifelong relationship with LSR and their companions at college. The event also signified the beginning of a connection with the greenery at LSR- inculcating a sense of pride and responsibility in the students for the diverse and rich greenery on the campus.
A project that started in 2014 to recycle the vast quantities of waste paper generated through both collective and individual usage, was expanded upon and pursued with much vigour. Through an active collaboration with the NSS unit of the College and an active campaign, the members of Prakriti were able to collect 550 kgs of waste paper. They collaborated with ‘Dakshina’, an NGO that assists educational institutions, offices in the efficient reutilization of waste paper. The waste paper collected was passed on to Green-o-Tech Management Services, an organisation that deals in paper recycling. The recycled sheets were then passed on to the NGO Prayaas Juvenile Aid Centre where 13-14 year old children punched and spiral bound the books which were then distributed among the underprivileged children by NSS volunteers.
Another project initiated this year was to identify the flora in the College. The first phase consisted of identifying the trees and greenery that line the drive way near the front gate and in the front lawns. Sessions with guest speakers such as Mr. Vijay Dashmana and Mr. Peeyush Sekhsaria were also organised as part of the project. Dr. Sonali Mishra’s guidance and contribution was extremely enlightening and helpful in spreading awareness.
Three students of Prakriti, LSR participated in competitions like Extempore and Quiz organised by the Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi on the occasion of ‘International Ozone Day’, at Delhi Secretariat Auditorium. Prakriti in collaboration with the Quiz Society hosted an environmental quiz on 16 October 2015. The thought-provoking questions asked during the quiz ranged from environmental movements, important environmental conventions to identifying logos of famous organisations.
Mr. Hartman De Souza, a multitalented and accomplished scholar took a session on the “Mining crisis in Goa”. He subsequently discussed the acute importance of such a crisis in students’ lives from all perspectives. The lecture was concluded by an endearing performance by Mr. Hartman’s theatre group, 'Creatures of the Earth'.
The volunteers of Prakriti collaborated with the NSS volunteers of the NGOs Indradhanush and Child Development Programme to create awareness about child labour. They discussed the harmful effects of firecrackers on the health of the environment as well as on the health of the children making these crackers.
Prakriti organised two intellectually stimulating competitions, ‘Block and Tackle’ and ‘Sustainable Sell’ at TARANG 2016 which saw widespread participation from various colleges. The competitions were judged by experts adept in the field of environmental conservation and research. Students and gardeners from LSR under Prakriti won 11 out of 12 competitions under the various categories at the Annual Delhi University Flower Show. The students participated in categories such as wild-flower entry, Eastern-style, Western-style arrangement and rangoli designs and were guided by the staff advisors. The College also bagged several awards including the prestigious Green Cup.