The INSTITUTION’S INNOVATION COUNCIL, KISS-DU, observed National Pollution Control Day on 2nd December 2022. National Pollution Control Day, observed annually on December 2nd in India, serves as a reminder of the importance of pollution control and environmental stewardship. This day commemorates the tragic events of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in 1984, one of the world’s worst industrial disasters, which claimed thousands of lives and left a lasting impact on the environment. National Pollution Control Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in environmental protection and the ongoing efforts required to combat pollution effectively.
Senior Functionaries, Professor Emeriti, Research Chair Professors, Faculty, Research Scholars and Students attended the programme. At the outset, Dr. Arpana Premi Lina Oraon, Associate Professor, welcomed all. She introduced the importance of the day and outlined the needs of the environment, its preservation and protection, the role of human beings in developing ecological restoration balance, the importance of afforestation and its spread across the country. Dr. Snigdharani Panda, Chairman of the Dean, stated that the young masses of KISS-DU are the real ambassadors who can play a vital role in changing the environment and pollution in the tribal areas and society. Dr Vimal Pandey, Associate Professor, said that India grapples with the proliferation of single-use plastics, which pose a grave environmental threat. Plastic waste clogs waterways, harm wildlife, and contributes to long-lasting ecological degradation. The Indian government has taken several measures to address pollution and promote environmental sustainability at the central and state levels. Dr Sweta Arora, Assistant Professor, said that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) focuses on improving sanitation and waste management practices, reducing open defecation, and curbing littering to combat pollution. The government has implemented rules to regulate plastic products’ use, manufacture, and disposal to mitigate plastic pollution. She focused on awareness and active citizen participation in controlling corruption. Faculty, Research Scholars and students spoke on the occasion. The programme witnessed once-act play endeavouring to create awareness of environmental and pollution issues.
National Pollution Control Day reminded us of the ongoing battle against pollution and the importance of collective action. While significant strides have been made in addressing corruption and promoting environmental responsibility, much work remains. Governments, businesses, communities, and individuals must unite to combat pollution, safeguard our environment, and create a sustainable future for all. Mrs. Saurava Goswami, Lecturer, proposed a Vote of Thanks.