SIVASAGAR: To mark the occasion of 'International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer', Department of Chemistry and Physics in collaboration with IQAC, Gargaon College observed the same within the college premises on Friday. A competition for creating and presenting posters with the topic 'Save Ozone-Save Life-Save Earth' was held to raise awareness and inspire the student fraternity of the college.
The event was inaugurated by distinguished academician and acclaimed author Dr Sabyasachi Mahanta, Principal, Gargaon College. In his inauguration address, he urged the students to reflect on the Montreal Protocol of September 16, 1987, which placed a halt to one of the greatest risks to humanity's survival as a whole: the ozone layer's depletion. Dr Mahanta said, today, with the slogan "Ozone for life," marks 35 years since the original Montreal Protocol was signed. He emphasized on the role of ozone in protection of earth from the harmful portion of the rays of the sun, thus helping preserve life on the planet. In his speech, he also appreciated the joint efforts of Chemistry and Physics department in efficiently organizing the event to create awareness among the students about the importance of ozone layer.
While describing the various levels of the atmosphere, Dr Dilip Kumar Deka, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Geography, delved into further detail about the location of the ozone layer. The coordinators of the event were Rituraj Tahu, Assistant Professor from the Department of Chemistry and Jayanta Sonowal, Assistant Professor from Department of Physics. Diganta Konwar, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Physics, laid out the goals of the event to the audience and Dr Anna Gogoi, Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry introduced the judges and congratulated the students on their active participation. More than 50 posters were presented by the students among which Ankur Gogoi from Zoology Department, Protyasha Borkotoky from Chemistry Department, Gayatree Borgohain from Physics Department and Riya Devi from Zoology Department were adjudged first, second, third, and consolation prizes, respectively. The programme was attended by around 100 students and several members from the teaching community and staff of the college.