Students guided by some faculty members of the Indian Institue of Technology(IIT) Roorkee are working on a project to crowfund 50 lakh INR for building bio-toilets on the ghats of river Ganga under “Mission Save Ganga” campaign. Also, drones will be designed to monitor the water pollution.
Despite numerous attempts by Centre, the degradation and exploitation of river Ganga is increasing at alarming level. The effort by the students is being guided by UNESCO, UNEP, Centre for Environment Education and South Asian Youth Environment Network (SAYEN).
This initiative was announced at IIT Roorkee (IITR)’s annual fest Cognizance 2017. The fest was held from March 24 to 26, 2017 and highlighted the fact that indiscriminate use of the river is definitely bound to lead to disaster.
A team of more than 70 students has been dedicated to conduct various events both on and off ground. The conclave also felicitated six “unsung heroes” who had contributed a lot to the campaign. They were: Akash Sinha, founder of Omni Present Robot Tech; Siddhant Aggarwal, co-founder of Veditam Ganga; Vikas Chandra, founder of the Ganga Bachao Andolan 2000; Jaiprakash Dabral, founder of the Himalayan Chipko Foundation; and Ankit Agarwal, co-founder of Help Us Green.
Apart from the Save Mission Ganga Campaign, the main theme of Cognizance was Eureka 2.0, a three-day conference which will include guest lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, workshops, events, entrepreneurial summits and entertainment nights. Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and Deputy Director UNEP USA Jamil Ahmad will also be present for the event.
At the event, railway minister Suresh Prabhu also sent a video message saying that the Indian Railways has taken steps to enhance technology, transparency and hassle free transactions.