Rain Water Harvest
In an initiative to preserve water, the college has facilitated collection and storage of rain water. Situated in the coastal area of central Kerala, Cochin is a place blessed with monsoon and so many water bodies. However, the recent climatic changes have started challenging the scenario in the case of availability of water. Water management has become the need of the hour. The nature club of the college, under the leadership of the convenor, faculty and students actively participate in the re-use on-site of rain water instead of allowing it to be wasted. The rain water from the campus is collected in a central place and used for various purposes such as watering of plants, agriculture etc. The rainwater harvesting system within the campus consists of a tank near the Department of Political Science. It is huge tank with an enormous capacity of about 50,000 litres.
The rainwater from roofs and terraces are redirected to the tank. This water is recycled and is used to meet the water requirements of the college toilets. It is also used to irrigate the green house garden that is located near Botany department. The garden hosts a variety of day-to-day vegetables and herbal plants which are used by students of Botany for their experimentation and study purpose. The rain water harvesting is maintained as part of the green campus campaign followed by the college. The motto behind the initiative is to spread awareness and practically support the teacher-student community in following sustainable environmental practices. The college has taken up rain water harvesting as a mission to prepare the inhabitants of the institution to withstand the unforeseen disasters like draught. Being a place which hosts a large number of people on a daily basis, the chances of water scarcity is to be expected any time in the campus. Since a major part of the community is consisted of female members, availability of water is of perennial importance for an easy and smooth functioning of the college. The harvested and recycled rain water ensures the availability of usable water throughout the year. The college is situated in the heart of the city and the possibility of non-availability of water supply from the corporation can adversely impact the daily activities in the college. The rain water harvesting facility has addressed this issue to a certain extent through a turn to self-sufficiency. The students receive lessons on self-reliance and prepare themselves in disaster management through their lived experience even in its actual absence in their lives. The NSS unit of the college has appointed a group of students under the guidance of a student convenor to monitor the functioning of the rain harvesting system. The students have maintained a close monitoring system examining and evaluating a successful and balanced distribution of the available water. They keep themselves informed about the needs of the community and impart their help and service whenever there occurs a necessity.