ILS Hariyali Report 2014-15

Faculty Coordinator:- Ms. Suvarna Nilakh
Student Coordinator:- Sushant Mahajan (V BSL.LL.B.)

This year the Hariyali undertook analytical study of the environmental law problems and the lack of enforcement of the same. The year started with an orientation to make the freshers aware of the activities undertaken by the cell in previous years. In addition discussions and deliberations were held to chalk out a plan for the semester.

The first exercise which was undertaken involved the study of the rain water harvesting policy of each state government and a comparison of the same with that of the other state to understand the lacunas that exist and what should be the ideal policy to govern the same. All members submitted an article which dealt in detail with the rain water harvesting policy of all states. In addition a new issue was discussed in the regular weekly meetings, some of the important issues discussed were ‘Illegal construction around Mulla & Mutta river in Pune’, ‘Role of International conferences in shaping Environmental Policy’, ‘The success of the Save Tiger Project’ and the like. The meetings also involved debating over the events in the news which showed the lack of enforcement of environmental policy or the absence of the same.

A walk around the ILS campus and hill was embarked on to appreciate the wide variety of flora and fauna present within. A quiz on the topic of environmental law was organized by the members to spread awareness about various issue in an interactive manner. Moreover a collaborative session was organized with the Corporate Cell, as to the details of the new ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ provisions and how they can best be used for the safeguarding of the environment. A number of suggestions as to what would constitute an ideal plan for different types of companies was debated upon.

Hariyali organized a cleanliness drive within the college in order to make a clean and better study environment. Around 60 students from the college spread across all batches participated in the same, thereby making the same efficient. The drive also saw contributions from the faculty members including Principal Ma’am.

The year ended with discussion on how the environmental policy is set to change in light of the change in government and the various policies already being put into place by the Central Government, in addition debates the use of alternatives sources of energy for replacement of coal used for generating power.