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August 14, 2012 at 6:23 am · Filed under Eco Club

Activities of the Eco Club, PSG CAS in the year 2012 -2013

Activities in the month of June, 2012

1. June 21, 2012: First members meet of the academic year. Under the Neem tree (West end of Footbal ground). 27 students participated and discussed about the Plan for the year 2012 -2013.

2. June 25, 2012: Introducing Eco Club to I years by arranging a Welcome Desk at the GRD Auditorium.

Students involved:

Indhumathi.R, Vaishnavi.K, Lakshmi.K (all from III BCS).

3. June 25, 2012: Soft launch of the Eco Club Time Table for the Staff and Students of PSG CAS.

Designed by Deepak Viswanathan ( II Msc Electronic Media).

Activities in the month of July, 2012

4. July 6, 2012: Staff Coordinator Jayaprakash.C.R invited as Chief Guest for the Inauguration of Nature Club at Kumaraguru Institute of Technology, Lecture delivered - Basics on Indian Wildlife and Environment, 4.30 pm.

5. July 6, 9, 10 and 11: Performing skit in the I year class rooms. 40 classrooms covered in 4 days after proper rehearsal. Purpose: Membership drive and sensitisation on Nature camps.

Students involved:

Balakrishnan.A, Karthik.K, Sibi Shankar.R, Manickam .T. Deepika.M, Subhadra.M ( III Bcom), Mahalakshmi.G, Priyamavadha.R, Bowya Balika.B ( II Bsc Visual Communication).



6. July 14, 2012: Participation in the Bird Watching Program at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History ( SACON), Anaikatty.

Students involved:

Ragul, Joseph Karthick, Harish ( I Bsc Visual Communication).

and the Staff coordinator.

7. July 14, 2012: Participation in Conserving Biodiversity through Photography, a visual talk by Sachin Rai, Director – Toehold nature trails, New Delhi at Cosmopolitan Club, Race Course, Coimbatore.

Students involved:

Balakrishnan. A, Karthik. K, Sibi Shankar. R, Manickam.T, Deepak Viswanathan, Mahalakshmi.G, Ragul, Joseph Karthick, Harish.V, Subhadra.M and the Staff Coordinator.

8. July 18, 2012: Screening of Shekar Dattatri’s Truth About The Tigers, Sangamam Hall, 3.15 pm. Over 400 came for the event and only 250 could be accommodated in the hall.

9. July 19, 2012: Workshop on Eco Tourism in Nilgiris. Staff Coordinator Jayaprakash.C.R participated on behalf of Palni Hills Conservation Council, Kodaikanal. Venue: Keystone Foundation, Kotagiri, Nilgiris.

10. July 20, 2012: Preparatory meeting for the Nilgiri Biosphere Nature Park (NBNP) trek. 3. 15 pm., Neem tree shade, Football court.

11. July 21, 2012: First trek of the year – a dawn to dusk program at NBNP, Anaikatty, Coimbatore. 55 students attend the event (inclusive of 40 First year students) . Transportation – PSG Institution bus.

Staff on duty:

Professors: Jayaprakash.C.R, Tamilselvan.K, Ramraj.L, Sudhakar.

12. July 22, 2012: Tracking the wetland birds of Coimbatore along with Salim Ali Naturalist’s Forum, at Aachankulam. Attended by Harish, (I BSc Visual Communication). His images of dead fish in the tank was carried out in The Deccan Chronicle, the next day.

13. July 25, 2012: Screening of the Street play performance of 2011 -2012 to freshers. Sangamam Hall, Over 200 attend the event and discussed on the forthcoming Athikadavu trek.

14. July 27, 2012: Riverside walk at Athikadavu, Pilloor in Karamadai Range of Coimbatore Forest Division. 57 students participate in this dawn – dusk exercise. Three bags full of plastic waste was cleared from the river banks. Travel by PSG Institution bus. Staff on duty: C.R.Jayaprakash and Dr.K. Nagarajan (Economics).

15. July 29, 2012: Tracking the birds of Western Ghats along with Salim Ali Naturalist’s Forum at Silent Valley National Park, Mannarghat, Kerala. Harish ( I Bsc Visual Communication) and Niveditha.R.K ( III BSc Zoology) participate in this event.

16. July 29, 2012: Tree species of Coimbatore – A talk by taxonomist Dr.Gopalan, Former Scientist, Botanical Survey of India at Hotel Tamil Nadu. Organised by Osai environmental organisation. Attended by Balakrishnan.A, Karthick.K, Jabez John Anand, Pradip.T and Staff Coordinator Jayaprkash.C.R.

17. July 31, 2012: Communication and Conservation - Guest Lecture by Staff Coordinator Jayaprakash.C.R at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History ( SACON) Attended by Dr. Azeez.P.A, Director SACON, senior scientists and Research scholars. Event arranged by SACON Researchers Forum.

Activities in the month of August 2012

18. August 5, 2012: Tracking the birds of Western Ghats along with Salim Ali Naturalist’s Forum at Narasipuram, Siruvani, Bolampatty Range of Coimbatore Forest Division. Harish ( I Bsc Visual Communication) and Niveditha.R.K ( III BSc Zoology) participate in this event.

19. August 8, 2012: Discussion on Conserving Coimbatore Wetlands. Special invitee – Umesh Maruthachalam from Sri Krishna College of Engineeering and Technology, Coimbatore, Sangamam Hall.

20. August 10, 2012: Vinesh ( II MJMC) wins the first prize in the Inter-collegiate Photography Competition held at Satyabhama University, Chennai. S. Semmalar ( II MJMC) wins the second prize in the Short Film Category at the same venue.

21. August 12, 2012: Tracking the birds of Western Ghats along with Salim Ali Naturalist’s Forum at Kovai Courtallam, Siruvani, Bolampatty Range of Coimbatore Forest Division. Harish ( I Bsc Visual Communication) , Niveditha.R.K ( III BSc Zoology), T.Manickam ( III BCom), Sai Sathya ( I Bcom), Deepika ( III Bcom) participated in this event. The group recorded 48 species of birds and 14 species of butterflies. Part of the team was lucky enough to sight a leopard climbing down a tree.

22.August 18, 2012: Guest lecture on ‘Photo Journalism‘ by Staff Coordinator Jayaprakash.C.R at Inaivizhi -2012, conducted by Coimbatore Press Club on behalf of World Photography Day in PSG Institute of Management.

23. August 18 & 19: 10 of the Eco club members display their images in ‘Inaivizhi -2012′, a Photography workshop and competition conducted by Coimbatore Press Club at PSG Institute of Management. 30 members of Eco Club participated in the workshop. Invited speakers: Selvaprakash.L, Chief Photographer, Time Out, Bengaluru, Vijay Milton, Director and Cinematographer, Chennai, Ramji.V, Tamil Nadu Films Entertainment Tax rebate consultation committee member and Jayaprakash.C.R.





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Indian Cinema - 100 years

August 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm · Filed under Cinema

Indian CINEMA - CENTURY COLLECTIBLES

1896-First show in India-Marvel of the century ,arranged by the agents of Louis and August Lumiere, at Bombay’s Watson Hotel on July 7.

1899-First use of cine-camera. H.S. Bhatavdekr imports a cine-camera from London. He films a wrestling bout at hanging gardens in Bombay, the first documentary.

1902-First bioscope show. J.F.Madan launches his bioscope show in a tent at Culcutta maidan.

1907-First Indian cinema hall. J.F.Madan opens the elphinstone picture palace in Culcutta, the first of his cinema chains.

1913-First heroin A young boy, Salunke, who plays Taramati in Dadasaheb’s phalke’s Raja Harischandra. The first true heroin is Kamalabai Gokhale.

1913-First hero Dattatraya Damodar Dabake becomes the first hero, as Raja Harischandra in eponymous film, India’s first full-length feature.

1915-First animation Agkadyanchi Mouj, made by Phalke, is the first animation film after his earlier unreleased attempt of 1912, called the Growth of the Pea Plant.

1918-Indian Cinematograph Act The terms of the censorship and licensing are spelt out. In 1920, censor boards set up in Bombay, Culcutta, and Madras.

1921-First censorship controversy Kanjibhai Rathod’s Bhakt Vidur, released around the time of the Rawlatt Act, is seen as “politically subversive” and banned in Madras and Karachi.

1923-First film poster Baburao painter creates a poster for his film Maya Bazaar, also known as Vatsala Haran.

1929-First lip-lock Seeta Devi and Charu Roy lock lips in the silent film Throw of Dice. Some say Lalitha Pawar was the first to kiss in Pati Bhakti, made in 1922.

1931-First film song De De Khuda Ke Naam Par Pyare, sung by W.M.Khan for Alam Ara; its composer phiroz Shah Mistry, the first music director.

1931-First talkie Ardeshir Irani’s Alam Ara releases on March 14 at Bombay’s majestic Cinema. Audiences actually hear a film for the first time.

1935-First stunt film With Hunterwali, starring Fearless Nadia, the stunt film is accepted as a respectable big-budget genre.

1937-First International recognition Sant Tukaram, released at Central Cinema, Bombay, in 1936, receives Special Jury mention at the 5th Venice International Film Festival.

1937-First colour film Kisan Kanya, by Moti B. Gidwani, is the first colour film processed in India. The earlier colour effort, Sairandhri, was processed in Germany.

1938-First camera crane Wadia Moviestone uses the camera crane, built in its own workshop under B.M.Tara’s supervision.

1943-First certified blockbuster Gyan Mukherjee’s Kismet has leading man Ashok Kumar play an anti-hero; incorporate themes like pre-marital pregnancy.

1945-Rafi’s first screen appearance Mohd Rafi makes an appearance in Laila Majnu, music director Madan Mohan tries out his acting chops in Parda, 1947.

1946-Lata Mangeshkar’s Bollywood debut Paa Lagu Kar Jori Re in the film Aap Ki Sewa Mein is her first Bollywood song.

1946-Canes Grand Prize Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar wins Grand Prize at the first Cannes Film Festival.
1948-RK films set up Raj Kapoor starts RK Films, builds his studio in 1950. Its iconic logo is based on the famous Raj Kapoor-Nargis clinch from Barsaat (1949).
1950-First ‘A’ film Akash Chitra’s Hanste Aansu is the first Hindi feature film to get an ‘A’ certicificate. Social Evil, a 1929 docu-drama, got an ‘A’ tag.
1951-First comedy film Bhagwan Dada’s Albela, a musical featuring Shola Jo Bhadke…Dil Mera Dhadke, Bholi Soorat Dil Ke Khote, is arguably the first comedy film.
1952-IFFI The First Internation Film Festival of India is organized by Films Division (set up in 1949) in Bombay, Madras, and Culcutta.
1954-First National Awards The Marathi Film Shyamchi Aai, directed by P.K.Atre, and Jagat Murali’s short film Mahabalipuram win the very first National Awards.
1957-First Academy Awards Entry Mother India releases. It is India’s first submission for Best Foreign Language film in 1958, and is nominated.
1959-First film in cinemascope Gurudutt’s Kaagaz Ke Phool is the first widescreen film, shot with cinemascope lenses from 20th century fox. Bombs at the box office.
1960-Lavish production cost of Asif’s Magnum Opus Mughal E Azam touches $330,000 in the twelve years of its making.
1962-First Bhojpuri film Ganga Maiya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo is the first film made in Bhojpuri.
1964-Switzerland The snowy slopes of Switzerland make their debut in Bollywood with Sangam. Triggers the trend of shooting songs abroad.
1967-First 70-mm film Pachhi’s romcom Around The World is shot in 70-mm using blow-up method and stereophonic sound. Later in 1975, Sholay too shot in 70-mm format.
1969- New Wave Mrinal’s Sen’s Bhuvan Shome (right) and Mani Kaul’s Uski Roti usher in an all-new experimentation in technique from the narrative.
1971-Cup runneth over India makes 433 feature films, making it the world’s biggest film producer.
1972-First horror film Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche sees the Ramsey spearhead the genre. Earlier film dealt with reincarnation and ghosts, but weren’t gory.
1973-Indie, Love Story, Bobby boosts the love story genre. At the other end of the spectrum, Shyam Benegal’s Ankur paves the way for middle-of-the-road cinema trend.
1973-Angry Young Man Bottled-up anger, exploding into action takes centre stage with inspector Vijay in Zanjeer.
1975-Sholay breaks all records, Becomes the first film to celebrate a silver jubilee in more than 100 cinema; runs for over five years at Mumbai’s Minerva theatre.
1977-First actor CM MGR is the first actor to become a chief minister; is CM of Tamilnadu from 1977 to 1987.
1982-Colour TV enters living rooms. One of the earliest colour film to be seen in colour on TV Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi.
1983-First Oscar for India Bhanu Athaiya becomes the first Indian to win the academy award for Costume Design for her work in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi.
1983-Rajanikanth’s Hindi debut The southern superstar is seen in Andha Kanoon,with Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini.
1984-First 3D film Malayalam film My Dear Kuttichathan uses 3D technology. It is later dubbed in Hindi as Chhota Chetan. The first Hindi 3D movie Shiva Ka Insaaf.
1989-Salaam Bombay! Mira Nair’s gritty, heart-wrenching film becomes the second Indian film to make it to the Oscar’s Best Foreign Language category.
1992-Honorary Oscar Days before his death, Satyajith Ray gets the Honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement “in recognition of the mastery of the art of motion pictures….”
1994-Musical megahit The 14-song musical Hum Aapke Hain Koun is declared the biggest hit in the history of indian cinema.
1995-’item’ number Sonali Bendre’s Humma Humma dance in the film Bombay is the first item song in Indian cinema, though the term is not used yet.
1996-First film on homosexuality Deepa Mehta’s Fire creates a furore over its open depiction of lesbianism and is banned.
1997-First multiplex PVR Anupam, with four screens, opens in Delhi.
1999-First insured film for Taal, Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts took an insurance policy worth ruppees 11 crores against shooting schedule disturbances or accidents.
2002-Lagaan’s Oscar nomination Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan makes it to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars.
2009-Double Oscar A.R.Rahman wins 2 Oscars for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. Resul pookutty bags an Oscar for best sound mixing.
2010-Digicam film Dibakar Banerjee’s Love Sex Aur Dhokha is shot on a handheld digicam, in the found footage style.
2011-Most expensive At $30 million, Shahrukh Khan’s ambitious superhero flick Ra.One becomes the most expensive film till date.
2012-World’s largest film studio The 2,700-acre Prayag film City at Chandrakona,West Bengal,is unveiled. When it becomes fully operational next year,it will become the world’s largest film studio complex,taking the crown away from Ramoji film city in Hyderabad.

Compiled by Anju Abraham, II MJMC, August, 2012.

Source: Outlook, Cinema Special, July, 2012.

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Film Genres

August 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm · Filed under Cinema

Film Genres

Film genres are various forms or identifiable types, categories, classifications or groups of films that are recurring and have similar, familiar or instantly-recognizable patterns, syntax, filmic techniques or conventions

They include include one or more of the following:

* Settings and props
* Content and subject matter
* Themes
* Mood
* Period
* Plot
* Central narrative events
* Motifs
* Styles
* Structures
* Situations
* Recurring icons
* Stock characters and stars

Many films are considered hybrids - they straddle several film genres

Genres History

*By the end of the silent era, many of the main genres were established: the melodrama, the western, the horror film, comedies, and action-adventure films (from swashbucklers to war movies).

* Musicals were inaugurated with the era of the Talkies, and the genre of science-fiction films wasn’t generally popularized until the 1950s.

* One problem with genre films is that they can become stale, cliche-ridden, and over-imitated.

* A traditional genre that has been reinterpreted, challenged, or subjected to scrutiny may be termed revisionist.

Main Film Genres
· Action films
This major genre type includes films that have tremendous impact, continuous high energy, lots of physical stunts and activity, possibly extended chase scenes, races, rescues, battles, martial arts, mountains and mountaineering, destructive disasters (floods, explosions, natural disasters, fires, etc.), fights, escapes, non-stop motion, spectacular rhythm and pacing, and adventurous heroes - all designed for pure audience escapism with the action sequences at the core of the film.

· Adventure films
These are exciting stories, with new experiences or exotic locales. Adventure films are very similar to the action film genre, in that they are designed to provide an action-filled, energetic experience for the film viewer. Rather than the predominant emphasis on violence and fighting that is found in action films, however, the viewer of adventure films can live vicariously through the travels, conquests, explorations, creation of empires, struggles and situations that confront the main characters, actual historical figures or protagonists.

· Comedy films
These are “make ‘em laugh” films designed to elicit laughter from the audience. Comedies are light-hearted dramas, crafted to amuse, entertain, and provoke enjoyment. The comedy genre humorously exaggerates the situation, the language, action, and characters. Comedies observe the deficiencies, foibles, and frustrations of life, providing merriment and a momentary escape from day-to-day life. They usually have happy endings, although the humor may have a serious or pessimistic side.

· Crime & Gangster films
These films are developed around the sinister actions of criminals or gangsters, particularly bank robbers, underworld figures, or ruthless hoodlums who operate outside the law, stealing and violently murdering their way through life.

· Drama films
These are serious presentations or stories with settings or life situations that portray realistic characters in conflict with either themselves, others, or forces of nature. A dramatic film shows us human beings at their best, their worst, and everything in-between

· Epics/Historical films
They are often take an historical or imagined event, mythic, legendary, or heroic figure, and add an extravagant setting and lavish costumes, accompanied by grandeur and spectacle and a sweeping musical score. Epics, costume dramas, historical dramas, war film epics, medieval romps, or ‘period pictures’ are tales that often cover a large expanse of time set against a vast, panoramic backdrop

· Horror films
They are unsettling films designed to frighten and panic, cause dread and alarm, and to invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a terrifying, shocking finale, while captivating and entertaining us at the same time in a cathartic experience. Horror films effectively center on the dark side of life, the forbidden, and strange and alarming events. They deal with our most primal nature and its fears: our nightmares, our vulnerability, our alienation, our revulsions, our terror of the unknown, our fear of death and dismemberment, loss of identity, or fear of sexuality.

· Musical (Dance) films
They are cinematic forms that emphasize and showcase full-scale song and dance routines in a significant way (usually with a musical or dance performance as part of the film narrative, or as an unrealistic “eruption” within the film). Or they are films that are centered on combinations of music, dance, song or choreography.

· Science Fiction films
They are usually scientific, visionary, comic-strip-like, and imaginative, and usually visualized through fanciful, imaginative settings, expert film production design, advanced technology gadgets (i.e., robots and spaceships), scientific developments, or by fantastic special effects. Sci-fi films are complete with heroes, distant planets, impossible quests, improbable settings, fantastic places, great dark and shadowy villains, futuristic technology and gizmos, and unknown and inexplicable forces. Many other SF films feature time travels or fantastic journeys, and are set either on Earth, into outer space, or (most often) into the future time

· War (anti-war) films
They often acknowledge the horror and heartbreak of war, letting the actual combat fighting or conflict (against nations or humankind) provide the primary plot or background for the action of the film.

· Westerns
They are the major defining genre of the American film industry, a nostalgic eulogy to the early days of the expansive, untamed American frontier (the borderline between civilization and the wilderness). They are one of the oldest, most enduring and flexible genres and one of the most characteristically American genres in their mythic origins. The popularity of westerns has waxed and waned over the years. Their most prolific era was in the 1930s to the 1960s, and most recently in the 90s, there was a resurgence of the genre

Film sub-genres
· Biopics
· Detective and mystery films
· Disaster films
· Fantasy films
· Film Noir
· Guy films
· Melodramas, women’s or “weeper” films
· Road films
· Romance films
· Sports films
· Supernatural films
· Thriller-suspense films

Other major film categories
· Animated films
· British (UK) films
· Childrens - Kids – Family oriented films
· Classic films
· Cult films
· Documentary films
· Serial films
· Sexual-erotic films
· Silent films

Courtesy: http://www.filmsite.org/
Compiled by: Anju Susan James
II MJMC, August 2012.

Points at a Glance

GENRE - Method of classifying movies based on narrative elements
- Targets specific kind of audience promising specific kind of entertainment
- Unwritten, common norms internalised by producers and consumers of industrial cinema
- Hence, primarily a frame work to classify commercial films
- Nature of the genre related to the culture of the place
Eg: Hollywood genre - popular literature
- uniquely American
-Fordist necessity -mass production- less time

Pioneers:
Mack Sennet
Louis B Mayer
David O Selznick

Importance
- Provide a tradition with which filmmakers can work
- Helped to decide the role of visual media in the society

* Genre work through repetitions and variations on a set of familiar story lines, characters and ideological themes.

* They solve familiar problems arising out of familiar situations

* They propagate an array of moral, political and social values.

Eg: Hollywood genre - solutions to ideological contradictions of capitalist liberalism

* Acting, setting, musical score and editing largely shaped by the genres

* Sometimes, they are overcome by strong directorial presence where genre plays second fiddle to authorial signature

- Srikanth Srinivasan
Film Genre
The Hindu, Cinema Plus, July 22, 2012

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Conserving Coimbatore Wetlands

August 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm · Filed under Coimbatore, Eco Club

CONSERVING WETLANDS OF COIMBATORE

Keerthana Maheswaran

This is an awareness program conducted by the Eco Club of PSG CAS at Sangamam hall on August 8, 2012.

Introduction:
This programme was successfully lead by our team leader Mr.C.R. Jayaprakash who was patient, generous, kind hearted and the man of great will. The one who loves nature very much and dedicating his works to nature whole heartedly. Our club members too are joining him.

About the Chief guest:
The chief guest of this program is Mr.Umesh Marudhachalam, the nature loving man. He is not special and he is also a common man like us - but the difference between him and us is the feel for nature and public responsibility. Like us, he too is a student, at Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology.

ABOUT WETLANDS OF COIMBATORE:
Coimbatore is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu. The Noyyal river originates from this place in Vellingiri hills. There are 31 wetlands in Coimbatore. But only 28 wetlands can been identified now. 8 of them are only filled with water, even that too with polluted drainage water. Yet these wetlands are the main source of water for bore wells. Even many schools and colleges are built near wetlands without knowing their importance and causes. The electricity cables are permitted by the government in the midst of wetlands.

LIFE BASED ON WETLANDS:

Wetlands are a heaven for birds. Normally the trees like karu velan are grown inside the wetlands which are a home for birds. These trees are neither too tall, nor too short, they are medium in size.
In early days these trees were seen more and so the birds also nested there. Now they have been uprooted in the name of dredging.

Wetlands are getting spoiled due to :
Dumping of wastes.
The wastes like building rubbles, glass, ceramics, plastics, cookery products etc., are dumped in abundance.
The wetlands near temples are get more polluted.
Small shops and factories dealing with chemicals, dyes spoil the water and the entire place too.
Since these wastes makes the place unhygienic, birds are also affected. Fish inside the tank also gets affected.

Remedies:
Seeking the government interference and motivate them to implement necessary policies.
Fencing the area
Clearing the small shops around the area.
Restrict the dumping of wastes.
Leaking of chemical wastes into the wetlands should be prohibited.
Conducting awareness programme about the use of wetlands on its present position.

CONCLUSION:

To protect our society we should act first and fast. Let us follow self discipline first.

R.K.Niveditha ( III BSc Zoology) and Harish (I BSc Visual Communication) made a presentation on their Birding program at Narasipuram.

Suganya ( I BCom) conducted a mini quiz.

Prof. L.Ramaraj excited the audience with his story telling abilities. His presentation made many students to join the habitat - street play team of PSG CAS.

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Conserving Coimbatore Wetlands

August 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm · Filed under Eco Club

Umesh Maruthachalam - the guardian of Kurichi Kulam was at Eco Club on August 8, 2012. He inspired youngsters on the need to conserve these wetlands.

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Travelogue on Athikadavu trek

August 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm · Filed under Trexperience, Eco Club

WALK ALONG THE RIVERSIDE
A travelogue Based on the trek in Athikadavu (Ansur forest) on 27.07.2012

By
M.Sibi Arasu
1stB.Sc.Plant biology

Two days before that day the eco club members planned a trek to Parambikulam. After a long struggle I was chosen for the trek. My friend Deva gave his chance to me after I requested him. I didn’t have money to pay for the trek at that point and I borrowed it from my class representative Ramesh and paid the money .We were asked to assemble in our college at 6.30am two days later. I heard all the rules for the trek and I was very excited. I went home and told everyone in my family about the trek which we were about to go two days after.
On that day I got up early at 4.00am and got ready by 5.15am and asked my father to drop me in the college. He dropped me in the college at 6.00pm. There were some students near the gate including my friend Balaji. He said to me that we were not going to Parambikulam. I also knew that because the Supreme Court has banned the trekking in tiger reserve the day before. We both were waiting for Prof.Jaya Prakash sir’s arrival to exactly know where we were going. He arrived at 6.15am. He was in a bad mood because he was irritated by a boy who made a phone call and asked a irritating question. After seeing him shout at the boy I became little afraid and thought that he was strict master. We got into the bus by 6.30. I was very eager to know exactly where we were travelling to and when we approached Annur my friend Vivek told me that we were travelling to Athikadavu. I became delighted, because that was my first travel to that place. And when we approached Karamadai another Professor joined us. Then we travelled and reached the Ansur forest check post where three forest officers joined us. The bus went uphill and finally reached the place where we were about o start the trek. There was temple named “Bhavani Mariyamman temple”. Near to that was the Bhavani River which was clean and clear. We ate our breakfast in the riverside.

We started our trek and first animal we saw was a monkey and then a Malabar Giant Squirrel. We were divided into six batches. Our batch was headed by our senior Pradeep. We went into the forest by the riverside. We were accompanied by 3 forest officers. We took our lunch with us. We were very eager to watch the birds and animals. But what we saw was some first sights of wastes, plastic bags and the passion of our state the alcohol bottles. We were very angry about the scenes that we saw. We picked all the bottles and plastics. That we could see in our way. We also saw some trees which were cut and attempted to be cut. We walked around one and a half kilometers and then we took a group photo at a beautiful place. Photos were taken by our seniors. Then we kept our lunch in that place and segregated wastes which we have collected in the forest. First batch collected more wastes as they were moving ahead of everyone. We took photos and collected the information about the animals that were present in the forest from the forest ranger.He also expressed his helplessness of controlling the forest because people taking up the job in forestry are very low. So he had to control about 3000 hectares of forest by himself.
Garbage collected
Alcohol bottles
Bags containing garbage
Bag full of alcohol bottles
A tree that was cut down and burnt.

Pure reflecting water flowing in the river
Then we continued our trek, we went further inside the forest we collected more bottles. A thought came in my mind and I quote “in future we can see only bottles in our trek not animals. We went a further 2.5 kilometers and we saw some elephant dung and some small plants being damaged by elephants. So the forest guard told us that the elephants were somewhere around that place and it was better to go back because the elephants were in destructing mood. Actually we planned to trek till Pillur dam which was another 2 km from there but we went back due to elephants. We went back to the place where we kept our lunch. We had our lunch and our Professor gave us a lecture and he said that at around next few years our water need will increase so we have to build another dam called pillur-2 and the river Bhavani will become dry. I was shocked to hear that. And then after the lecture I and Balaji went to a rock in the middle of the river and sat there. I made a lot friends at that time like Manickam brother, Shibi brother, John brother, Subatra sister, Deepika sister, Kiruthika, Praveen brother and many. Me Vivek and Balaji also went to the middle of the river and collected some stones and plants. I had a great time.
We returned back to the bus through a tribal village. We interviewed the the people. They were very happy and healthy, their only problem is the tourists who damage and make forest unclean. Many animals eat plastics and die. We interviewed about their tradition and their culture and they answered to all our questions patiently.
On the way to the bus I had a long chat with Praveen brother about his previous trekking experience and I also shared my experiences. We returned to the college by bus and on the way in the bus I had afun time. We shared our snacks chatted many things among ourselves. During this trek I learnt a lot and I also learnt that forests are indeed need help from nature lovers. This was the best day of my life so far. Because I had everything in it.
I even had a sad moment when someone stole my purse in the town bus while returning home from college.

PRESERVE NATURE FOR FUTURE
Thank you

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Coimbatore Press Club

July 29, 2012 at 6:48 am · Filed under Coimbatore, MEDIA - General

Coimbatore Press Club keeping pace with changing times

Roshni Karthikeyan, I MJMC, PSGCAS.

The Coimbatore Press Club (CPC) which was formed in 1995 as a Journalist Welfare Trust mainly to fight against the social evils is updating itself and keeping pace with the fast growing society.

This Club which is the association of various media people in the city, is making itself more conspicuous especially to the community of students and people interested in the field of Journalism- both print and broadcast.

Although the Club registers only people already working in the field of Mass Media, the aim of the Club is to also encourage students and upcoming professionals to enter the field. In order to make this goal come true, the Club has taken its first initiative this year by means of announcing a Photography Competition, ‘Inaivizhi 2012’, for students doing Media Studies over all colleges in the city. The competition is to be held on the 18th and 19th of August, 2012 at the PSGIM Conventional Hall, in celebrating the ‘World Photography Day’. A workshop is also conducted as a kind of a reach out programme to enable students gain some interest in photography. Mr. Ratan Kumar, the Treasurer of the Club, said, “This is the first time we are organising such a competition and we hope to do the like in the future.” He also added that, “The club has launched a website that contains details about the inception of the club, its governing members, executive members, etc. along with details of upcoming Press Meets, and other news regarding the Club.”
On the whole, the Club intends to maintain an interactive setup with and between its members by not only updating itself with the technological changes happening in the society, but also improving the connections with the community of students who intend to enter the field sooner or later.

More on COIMBATORE PRESS CLUB

Archana Manivannan, I MJMC, PSG CAS
In Coimbatore there are many press clubs, but Coimbatore Press Club is old and gold.
The Coimbatore press club was started at 1995. It was started by senior members from the print and electronic media. Besides, the club voices the right of expression and brings various government welfare measures accessible to the beneficiaries. In 1995 this club had only 16 members, now ( July 2012) it has more than 180 members. Coimbatore press club conducted various medical camps and helped in students education too.

As the club is an association of intellectuals from the field of journalism, it often conducts symposiums on various topics of social interest. Coimbatore Press Club conducts press meets, inviting people from all the walks of the society. Coimbatore Press Club also conducts various meetings to stress social and religious harmony.
Every year they conduct election to select the governing members. The present office bearers are: S.Kamalakannan - President, C.Sujay Anand and B.Kinggam are the vice presidents, K. Rathan kumar - Treasurer. Velusamy is the General secretary.
The press council members are divided into three categories. Ordinary, Associated and Guest members. Full time journalists are ordinary members .Part time and freelancers are associated members. Retired journalists, media professors are guest members.
Address: Coimbatore Press Club, 
No.5, Corporation Shopping Complex,
 Upplilipalayam, Avinashi Road,
 Coimbatore-641018.
 Ph: 0422 - 2303077. 
e-mail: coimbatorepressclub@gmail.com 
web: www.coimbatorepressclub.com

17 year old Coimbatore Press Club nascent for students!
The city’s press club serves little purpose for the freshers; concentrates on the working journalists.
Anusha Venkat, Coimbatore

July 31, 2o12.

The Coimbatore Press Club (CPC) that serves to be a refreshing community for all the journalists across Coimbatore, serves little purpose for the budding journalists of the city. Since the time of their establishment in the year 1995, CPC has been working for the unity and safety of all the members of the press.
“We give membership only to those journalists who are working as reporters or camera men and who come under the ‘Working Journalist Act 1955’. Students who are working as interns cannot be members of this press club,” said the Treasurer of the club, Mr.Ratan Kumar who is working as a camera person for Lotus News.
The press club is organizing a photography competition in the near future for which they have invited many colleges across the city. This however is their first initiative to encourage cub journalists. “We have organized many programmes in the past for the family members of the journalists who are members in this club. This time we came together to organize a photography competition for students from all educational backgrounds whose work would be judged by eminent people from the industry,” added the Treasurer.
The club mainly functions to conduct press meets and to add some rejoice for the media persons, giving them a slight break from their hectic schedules. But it might be even more beneficial if budding journalists are given exposure with the help of the experiences of the club members!

Objectives of the club

Mohammed Ashik, I MJMC

The main Objective of this club is to work towards the upliftment and welfare of the society. For the welfare of the families of media persons, Coimbatore Press Club is conducting medical camps in association with the leading hospitals of Coimbatore.

Other activities of the club are to conduct symposiums on related to social interest.
During election campaigns, Coimbatore Press Club records the poll promises made by contestants from different political parties by bringing them together as common.

The duties of Coimbatore Press Club also includes, conducting press meets. Inviting people from all religions and castes, Coimbatore Press Club also conducts various meetings to develop social and religious culture. They provide their press club room for rent as a measure to help the needy and the people who wants to reach the media.

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Trekking at Athikadavu

July 29, 2012 at 6:45 am · Filed under Trexperience, Eco Club

A REPORT ON THE TREK IN THE RIVERINE FOREST OF ATHIKADAVU
G.Afshan Faaiza, I BCom - E Commerce.

Trek to Athikadavu was a sudden change in our prior plan. Eco-club had planned on a trek to Parambikulam Tiger Reserve which is is an excellent wildlife area for casual amateurs and serious researchers. But Supreme Court’s ban on tourism in Tiger Reserves became a blessing in disguise because the alternative Athikadavu was so good.

Why an alternative Athikadavu ?
Tiger Reserves are zonated into core and buffer areas. Karnataka and Kerala have ear marked their core and buffer zones. Tamil Nadu has not done so. Hence traveling through the core area of Anamalai Tiger Reserve and reaching the buffer of Parambikulam was practically impossible. This is how the Eco Club team of PSG CAS landed at Athikadavu forest in Velliankadu East beat of Karamadai Range in Coimbatore Forest Division on July 27, 2012.
There are 4 tribal settlements in this forest which includes Sirukinaru, Thondi and Poochamarathur.

Important forest types:
Apart from the all important Tiger Reserves, Indian Forests are classified into
Reserve Forests
Wildlife sanctuaries (Protected Area)
National parks (Protected Area)

Except the Reserve forest, all the above forests come under the concurrent list, hence the central government too has a strong say in maintaining these forests. But the vast vacancy in staff strength makes managing these forests a tough job to the forest department.

The trip
We boarded the bus from our college exactly at 6.30 am. The bus was filled with people who love nature and who were filled with a thirst to learn more about it through the trek. On the way to Athikadavu we found many peacocks and peahens, bulbuls and few other birds.
We were provided with breakfast on the banks of Bhavani river. Our Professor C.R.Jayaprakash gave some food for our thoughts too by explaining about the forest environment and the need to conserve water and rivers.
He said, “65 million liters of water is taken from Siruvani for the use of Coimbatore city in a day. But, that is inadequate to a growing city. Hence 85 million liters is tapped from Bhavani at Pilloor dam. This too isn’t enough for the thirsty city. Now Pilloor II scheme is on to draw 125 million litres”.
While we were fed with such knowledge the environment surrounding us was a sip of soup for our soul, we saw a ‘Malabar giant Squirrel’ which was on the top of the Arjuna terminalia tree.
C.R. Jayaprakash also said that Athikadavu is a riverine forest and if we are quiet we can spot the Malabar pied hornbill and Great pied hornbill. We were amazed to hear about the size and sound of the bird.We were so curious to see it. Though we felt disappointed by not watching it, we are happy that atleast we had learnt about it. Hornbills partner with only one pair throughout their life. The female hornbill stays inside the hollow of the tree and the male hornbill brings food like insects, worms etc for the female bird and its chicks.
After the briefing session, we aligned in six batches and moved with so much silence so that we can see more of the forest beings. As a cheerful start I was able to identify a well known species of tree which I learnt from my last trek to Aanaikatty, the Ficus bengalensis, the Banyan tree.
As nature’s kids, we were coverd by the nature’s green canopy and in the bed of the soft soil which is actually called the river bed. Our path way was eye catching. We were surrounded by nature’s beauty. On our left was the virgin flow of river and on our right was a green painted forest and our path way was decorated with the fallen dry leaves and tiny red colored bugs.
On the way we found nests of paper wasps on the top of the trees.

To compensate our Carbon footprint, we picked up all toxic plastics in the jungle which remained inharmonious to our mother nature. Once noting on our left, we found a little cormorant which was black in color. It was busy cleaning its feathers sitting on the rock which was peeking out of the surface of the water on the river.
Proceeding forward we found some rare but yet well known birds like BLACK DRONGO, BLUE TAILED BEE-EATER, KINGFISHER etc., travelling far and wide. The moisturized cool wind from our left which was from the river and chill breeze from the trees pumped up our energy level and tempted us to walk more amidst the love of nature.
And we were amazed to see a pretty tall tree on the river bank. The uniqueness of it was its bark and one more amazing fact was that, another tree was growing from inside that dead tree. And moving forward we found some lady bugs, beetles, red ants etc which were the decorative things of the forest path. Our eyes had a good feast seeing the colorful butterflies relaxing on the flowers with vibrant colors and I came to know something about CAMOUFLAGE.
CAMOUFLAGE:
The colors of certain animals, insects and birds have evolved in such a way that they suit the surrounding and hence they cannot be spotted out by predators.
As we marched forward and forward sighting the nature’s virgin and divine beauty, the tree movements, the birds’ chirp, beautiful waves of the river and their sound treated our ears with their rhythmic symphony together.
We were a bit sad to know that the water level of the river has gone down due to scanty rainfall. And we found the other core places of the river to be the breeding area to few water dependant insects. And on the river bank we were blessed to see a white breasted kingfisher and a wonderful magenta colored dragonfly.
As we enthusiastically moved forward, the forest staff showed us the traces of wild dogs and wild bores. We even found elephant dungs which should be about two days old as predicted by our guide. Moving deep inside, the forest officer tried to identify the presence of a wild animal. Then we saw a slope near the river bank on which the elephant with its calves have left their traces. We saw their footprints and fresh dung and were thrilled and excited to know that they have come there a few hours before us on that particular day. The broken branches with wet leaves proved that they had come there recently. The forest staff and our Professor warned us saying that the elephants have 100 times more smelling sense than human beings and it is dangerous for us to stay there anymore, we returned.
Then we had a good time with the natural and divine running water. I can also term it as a ‘GET TOGETHER WITH NATURE’. We were in water surrounded with greenness and chill breeze and the most patient climate. After a good time with nature we had our lunch and started to walk through another way which was about to go through a tribal settlement.
When we reached the village we found a family inside. We had few questions to ask them and finally when we concluded we were amazed to find out that they were happy with the core comforts they have and did not want anything more for their comfort. They said they lived there since their great grandparents’ time. Agriculture is their occupation. They grew crops like banana. And then when my colleagues were interestingly asking questions, I moved back to see some birds flying on a huge tree which was behind their house. When I used the binoculars to find out what it was, there was a RED WISHKERED BULBUL.
And while leaving the place, we saw a pillar on whose top our National Emblem was sculptured. It was built for the MADRAS STATE ELECTRICITY BOARD,, THE KUNDAH HYDRO ELECTRICITY POWER STATION II and was inaugurated by honourable GORDON CHURCHILL minister of veteran affairs govt.of Canada, during Kamarajar’s ministry on Wednesday 18th January in the year 1961.
After sighting all these adventurous and the informative places we reached our bus.
As a fruit of our hardwork, I came to know about few species of animals present there. Elephant, Leopard, Tiger, Wild buffalo, Sambar deer Spotted deer, Mouse deer, Sloth bear, Barking deer, Blue naped hare, Jungle fowl, Wild squirrel, Wild dog, Jungle cat, Bonnet macaque, Pea fowl, Jackal, Monitor lizard, Ant eater, Porcupine, Flying squirrel, mongoose and snakes.
We wished to see all of these but it was our hard luck that we saw only few of them.
Eco-club and these treks are helping us to get more close to our mother earth and make us to take steps to prevent it from the demons trying to destroy it.
We feel great pride to be a part of this prestigious club and render our services to nature. I would wish to be a part of all the treks and gain more and more knowledge about nature. I whole heartedly thank Prof.C.R. Jayaprakash for providing me with such wonderful opportunities to visit the serene beauty of nature. I whole heartedly convey my gratitude to you sir. THANK YOU!!.

“ NATURE IS FASCINATING YET VULNERABLE”

Another report…

Attractive Athikadavu

S.Shalini, III BA English, ECO CLUB, PSG CAS

“Ecotourism is defined as ‘responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people’ “.
This definition, apparently, is the International Eco tourism Society’s definition of Eco tourism, which has been used by the MoEF. Eco Club of PSG CAS was on one such tour on July 27, 2012.
Forest is one of the greatest natural resources in India. It is an area with the high density of trees. As in cities, what is considered as a forest may vary significantly in size and have different classifications according to how and of what the forest is composed.
Let us see some features of Athikadavu Forest on banks of Bhavani river near Pillur dam. It is the riverine forest composed of large varieties of trees. The forest plays a major role as the host for the birds like Malabar pied Hornbill and Great pied Hornbill and for some animals like Elephant, Gaur and Macaques. Water from the Pillur dam serves as a source for many water bodies such as Mettur dam and Cauvery.
We the members of Eco-club has gathered in the college entrance and started our trip at 6.35 am with the guidance of our Eco-club in-charge Prof. C.R.Jayaprakash and Prof.Nagarajan and reached the forest at 8.30 am. There we were welcomed by fresh and moisturized air from the river; we grouped ourselves into six groups after our breakfast. Prof.Jayaprakash gave us many useful information about the forest and Pillur dam.

We saw Malabar giant squirrel, common monkey, king fisher and red lady bug which was beautifully camouflaged for its surrounding in the forest and some varieties of fish in the river. One of the forest guard, Mr.Muniswamy directed us into the forest where we happened to see Paper wasp and Blue tailed Bee eater. Unfortunately we couldn’t move further because our guide saw an Elephant dung which was fresh, so he informed us that the Elephant was with its calf and it may cause danger, so we moved back. Then we had a good time in the river, playing and enjoying with the nature. After lunch we had an introductory session by all the members of the Eco-club.
We moved on to a tribal’s settlement ,Sirukinaru and we had a conversation with them. They shared their tribal way of living which gave us a new experience. On our way back we saw a pillar with National Emblem on it and a Government Primary School. We reached our gathering spot and refreshed ourselves and returned our way back safely to the college at 7.10 pm.
As per the kural
“Visumbin thulivzhi allaalmat trangae
Pusumpull thalaikanpadhu aridhu.”
We have to save our precious FORESTS to get RAINFALL.

Trees spotted in Athikadavu

by Nivetha

1.neer maruthi maram

2.vengai maram

3.vadumangai maram

4.mangak kadambai maram

5.muga arasu maram

6.aala maram

7.arasa maram

8.puvarasan maram

9.veembu maram

10.pulliya maram

11.malai vambu maram

12.katu palla maram

13.veer palla maram

14.palla maram

15.athi maram

16.mugill maram

17.thalla maram

18.teek maram

19.eeti maram

20.kodarimurungu maram

21.pucha maram

22.thumbikkai maram

23.ashoka maram

24.uncham maram

25.veppalai maram.

ECOLOGY OF PILLUR DAM

K.Nandini Priya, I BCom (aided)

Ecotourism Society defines Eco tourism as “responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of the local people”. A walk through the rainforest is not eco-tourism unless that particular walk somehow benefits that environment and the people who live there. . If true eco-tourism is important, our trip should help “conserve and improve” the places we visit.
Pillur dam:
An Augmentation Scheme with Pillar Reservoir situated at the foothills of Nilgiris in Western Ghats as source was implemented in the year 1995 and 65.97 Million Liters of water is being supplied to Coimbatore Corporation . The total requirement (125 ml) of Coimbatore Corporation , 22 Town panchayats and 523Rural habitations in Coimbatore District is drawn through Intake well cum pump house located in Pillur Reservoir and conveyed through 1500mm MS pipes and Tunnel of length 3.850 km at Periakombai hills to the treatment plant at Velliangadu. The Clear water is pumped to the Tunnel at Kattan hills through 1500mm PSC and MS pipes. Then the water is gravitated to the Master Service Reservoir at Rama krishnapuram from where it is fed to the Service Reservoirs in Eastern Zone of town and distributed through the network of Distribution System. The requirements of other beneficiaries are tapped at suitable locations. The total supply to Coimbatore Corporation from these schemes is150.97mlt.

Trees found in riverine forest:
• Neermaruthi
• Vengai
• Vadu mangai
• Manjakadambai
• Muga arasu
• Aalam
• Arasam
• Poovarasam
• Vembu
• Malaivembu
• Maamaram
• Atthi
• Moongil
• Thayilai
• Thekku
• Eeti
• Kodari murungu
• Poocham
• Thumbikkai
• Asoka maram
• Veppalai
• Aayamaram
• Karuppalai
• Pala
• Verpala
• Kattupala and many more.

Animals found in riverine forest:

• Elephant
• Tiger
• Gaur
• Sambar deer
• Spotted deer
• Bear
• Hare
• Kelaiaadu
• Gaint squirrel
• Fox
• Wild cat
• Common monkey
• Peacock
• Monitor lizard
• Anteater
• Malabar giant squirrel
• Malabar pied hornbill
• Great pied hornbill

ENDANGERED SPECIES:

Name: Indian giant squirrel or Malabar giant squirrel
Zoological name: rataufa indica
It is a large tree squirrel species genus Ratufa native to India. It is a large-bodied diurnal,arboreal, and herbivorous squirrel found in South Asia.

Malabar pied hornbill:

Name: Malabar pied hornbill
Zoological name: Anthracoceros coronatus
It is also known as lesser Pied Hornbill, is a hornbill. Hornbills are a family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World.
The Malabar Pied Hornbill is a common resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lank east to Borneo. Its habitat is evergreen and moist deciduous forests, often near human settlements.
The Malabar Pied Hornbill is a large hornbill, at 65 cm in length. It has mainly black plumage apart from its white belly, throat patch, tail sides and trailing edge to the wings. The bill is yellow with a large, mainly black casque. Females have white orbital skin which is not there in case of Males. Juveniles don’t have the casque.
Great Indian Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) – also known as Great Pied Hornbill – is one of the largest and beautiful member of the hornbill family. It is endemic to the forests of Indian subcontinent, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Indonesia. This bird has a considerably longer lifespan among birds, studies confirm in India it lives around 35 years and may go upto 50 years in captivity.

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Eco Club ( 2012-13 Officer bearers)

July 28, 2012 at 6:59 am · Filed under Eco Club

List of Student representatives of Eco Club, PSG CAS.

Chairman - Balakrishnan.A ( III BCom)

Vice Chairman - Jabez John Anand.A ( III BA English)

Secretary - Deepika.M ( III BCom)

Jt. Secretary - Priya Ram ( II BSc. Costume and Fashion Design)

Committee heads:

Accounts - Vaishnavi. K ( III BCS).

Treks - Manickam.T ( III BCom) & Jabez John Anand (IIIBA English)

Street Play - Karthick.K (III BCom)

Photography & Designs - Deepak Viswanathan ( V MSc Electronic Media)

Membership Drive - Mahalakshmi ( II BSc Visual Communication)

Hostel coordinators: Priya Ram ( II BSc Costume), Suganya.R ( I BCS)

Meetings: Shibi Shankar.R ( III BCom), Ramesh Kannan (I BSc Plant Biology)

Food: Subathra.M ( III BCom), Vivek.S ( I BSc Plant Biology)

Reports: Priyamvadha ( II BSc Vis. Comm), Afshan Faaiza ( I BCom), S.Shalini ( III BA English), Sibiarasu.M ( I BSc Plant Biology)

Web works: Shyam.S ( I MSc Software Science)

Attendance: Divya.K ( II BA Economics)

Hall arrangements: Sharadha Ramasamy ( I BSc Nutrition).

Other students interested in volunteering for the Club are welcome. Can meet the representatives/Staff Coordinator with their ideas.

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Trekking at NBNP

July 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm · Filed under Trexperience, Eco Club

ANAIKATTY TREK - A DAY WITH NATURE

A Report on the trekking to Nilgiri Biosphere Nature Park (NBNP) Anaikatty on July 21, 2012

G. Afshan Faaiza,
I-B.com-E.com.

A mind blowing meeting with nature and its wildness which can never occur in zoo’s except in a natural environment. Trekking inside forest areas gives such a pleasurable experiences. A face to face encounter with the wild. i’ve been to many treks with my friends but my last trek with my club colleagues was a bit more interesting. And this trek has increased my passion towards trekking more.
The eco club of our college (PSG CAS) conducted a one day trekking program at Nilgiri Biosphere nature park at Anaikatty, Coimbatore . This particular trekking was exclusively for the first year students who are new to the club. I am one of them. I was happy to be selected along with my friends and 15 senior members.
Prof. C. R. Jayaprakash, staff in charge of eco club, PSG CAS said that this particular trip is not a tour but a learning experience, a trek. And after reaching there we realized the meaning of it.

We assembled under a huge banyan tree and Prof. Jayaprakash started introducing the surroundings to us. He talked about the condition of that park. He added that the park receives 500 ml of rainfall which is very low compared to Nilgiris. As a result, the trees around the region are short. They were short. Then Sir said about the banyan tree under which we were seated. He described it as the keystone species and also said its meant to be the most dominant species. He also said that the park is not completely a forest but a visiting area to certain animals like the Asian elephants, spotted deer, Wild boar, Pythons etc..

He had already said that we cannot see many animals as we are too crowded for such incidents to occur which is negative.
And then Sir spoke about the wind mills which were nearby the park. We were sad to find out that because of the noise produced by those wind mills many animals have left that place which is really not good. But at the same time those wind mills help us by producing power supply.
Then we were split into two groups and started from the left side mountain with the help of a guide. We climbed up, up, and up but unfortunately couldn’t see any animal. We heard the chirps and tweets of a few birds but couldn’t see them. The only bird we figured out was a black kite and we also saw some Babblers. But we learnt some bird names with like sparrows, white crested bulbul, Common Indian myna, black kites etc with the help of our seniors too. But no walking animals except some endangered cattle..
We met the other team in the valley, between the two mountains. They started from the right side mountain. Had some snacks and we split again. They seemed smaller than an ant when we saw them from the other mountain. And the natural wind which we enjoyed while climbing the mountain freshened us up and kept us so much energetic and helped us climb more.
We climbed the other hill but were slightly disappointed not to find even a single wild animal. Not even snakes. We remembered what Sir had said. We walked down very disappointed. But the way was so much adventurous and even our staffs and our seniors took excellent care of we juniors. We had walked a total of 5 kms.
We then had our lunch and relaxed for sometime.
There was small but an informative aquarium behind the banyan tree. We saw some fishes and some reptile models. We saw the models of the four major venomous snakes in India. The Cobras, Russell’s viper, Saw scaled viper and the Common Krait.
Talking about the park on the whole it consists of two hills and a man made forest(NBNP) in the valley between them. It is a deciduous forest whose trees were selected from the western ghats. We were again split into two groups and did a pebble walk inside the man made forest with the help of guide who taught us about the trees. We saw many herbs which are rarely found in other places and even came to about their uses. And we even saw the medicinal herbs and some good smelling plants like lemon grass, mint etc. The park was shadowed by the green canopy above our heads and it was a feast to our eyes.
We saw some captive geese, large Indian scorpions, fishes, tiger centipede and a Gecko.
Coming out was the most hardest part in the trek but we had to and boarded around 5 pm and reached college by 6.30 pm.
This trek has lightened the desire and necessity to save our mother nature and make an eco friendly environment. I’m very much thankful to the Eco-club for the experience
Nature is fascinating yet vulnerable. Eco club helps me fascinate the nature more and more and to take some steps to prevent my mother nature and also make others to do it.

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Another interesting report from

Kalaiarasi, II BCom, PSG CAS.

The awe-inspiring and informative trip to Anaikatty which is 45kms from airport started at 7 am on 22nd July 2012. It’s a thorny shrub tropical forest. NBNP is a private botanical garden inside it. A group of 55 members headed by Prof. Jayaprakash, guided by other staffs started from college and reached Anaikatty by 8.15 am.

After breakfast information about windmills and their consequences and rainfall in Coimbatore was discussed. The team was divided into two and started hiking at 9.15 am. Along the way the guide described various types of plants, trees, animals and their uses uniqueness and worth. All reached the peak which gave us a great view of the wide sprawl of coconut groves, brick kilns, sand quarries, teak trees and the fabulous blue sky. Then we got down along the way, we saw water tank for animals to drink and electrical fences to restrict unauthorized entry of individuals.

After the lunch around 2 pm the introduction was given about the place. Self introduction and feed backs about the trek and information about ecosystem was given. Discussion on creating awareness about plastics was held.
One of the staff member Mr.Rathinasabapathy gave the details about the Vechur cow which is at the verge of extinction and about only 200 are present.
Then we visited the Nilgiris Biosphere Nature Park’s core area, which is a treasure house of more than 24,000 plants all planted by the renowned institutions like PSG,GRD etc. It also housed aquarium, statue and skins of snakes. Various types of seeds and pug mark of tiger, hoof mark of deer etc.

The Park had more species of trees like
1. virali-codono angusti-breed of apple
2. unnipazham-camera lantana-eatable fruit
3. cassia aurriculata-controls blood sugar
4. pongamiya piñata-wisteria flowers-raw material for bio diesel
5. tripsia islandes-used for allergy-raw material for match sticks
6 .Zetropa carcus- used as biogas fuel
7. velvel-bele-helps for treatment of broken bone
8. casia siamia-manjal konnai-used as variety of cinnamon
9. sand paper –funtions as remover of dust in fingers
10. thakarai-cassia tora-pesticide
11. nepali ritiya tin toria-used for preparing bd
12. tiliaceae- used in charcoal making
13. sapindaceae- used making insulation board
14. rahmnaceae-used for sore throat
15. Arjuna tree-protect from heart problems
16. matipal-controls dysentery problem
17. kattu amanaku- produce castor oil
18. kiluvai- acts as natural fencing
19. euphorbiaceae-controls dermatological problems
20. myrtaceae- used as ailments
21. annona muricata- cure for cancer
22. ylang ylang tree-substance for perfumes
23. marugu-alpinia calcarafa-aid for stomach ache
24. hop tree-arpeuillea arborescens-used as antioxidant
25. egg fruit-pouteria camechia-added in milk shake
26. Golden shower tree-yellow cassia-funtions as mild cinnamon
27. artocarpus heterphyllum-urea drugs-cures fever,wounds
28. karunduvarai-diospyros paniculata-functions as medicine for burns
29. listea coriaceae-raw material for splints
30. costeus igneus-siral flag-insulin plant-cure for diabetes
31. butea monospermo-good appetizer,astringent
32. leea indica-vitaceae-cure for diarrhea,aches
33. thanuku tree-cynocarpus-acts as a barometer
34. polyalthia rufescens-used as ornamentals
35. symlacos microphylla-acts as clinometers
36. homalium zeylanicum-insecticide
37. zeylanicum-used as a spice
38. artobotrys odoratissimus-used as fragrance
39. horpullia arbored-used as traditional medicine
40. punnai maram-alexandrian laurel-used as varnish,cosmetics
41. maravetti-jangli almond –cures arthritis, leprosy
42. bombax ceiba-root acts as stimulantlame
43. manjal porasu- flame of the forest
44. kondrai-cassia fistula
45. albizya lebbeck
46. malatos phillipines
47. cissus quadragularis
48. glycomyasis pinutaila
49. ficus giomerata
50. bauchinia purpurea
51. fiens hisspine
52. pnoteria gensia
53. mimosa pudica
54. bixa orelana
55. kei apple-dovylis caffra
56. kino
57. rose wood
58. soap nut
59. ficus recimosa
60. albizya andra
61. crateva religiosa
62. casuarina
63. syzygium cumini
64. oregano
65. white bane berry-dolls eyes
66. ben teak-logestroemia microcarpa
67. crytocarya stocksii
68. ottipila-artocarpus gomezionus
69. netti lingam-polyalthia longifolia
70. maramalli-millingtonia hortenisis
71. spondias pinnata
72. aaya aacha-holotelea intergrifolia planch
73. kumil-small cashmiri tree
74. vellai athi-ficus racemosa
75. thiruvodukai-begger bowl tree
76. trumpet tree
77. kodukkapuli-pithecellobium dulce
78. yanaikundu mani-manchadi
79. kal aal-ficus drupacea pubescens
80. harpullia arborea.
All the trees were shown and most of them photographed by our 60 member team. The trek was an awesome experience for all. We returned to college by 6.30pm.
Quotes to remember:
“Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us”
-Henrick Tikkaman.
“Look deep into the nature and then you will understand everything better”
-Albert Einstein.
NATURE PROTECTS US TILL WE PROTECT AND DESTROYS US WHEN WE DESTROY IT.

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