5th May 2017 is exactly one month before World Environment Day sets in (5th June 2017), yet this day saw a historic moment wherein an Eco-Club has exchanged a MOU with a Law School. First of its kind and heard, a visionary action initiated to empower Environmental Protection with Environmental Law. The beneficiary is OIKOS, an Eco-club of BMS Institute of Technology & Management, Bengaluru with benevolence of CEERA, Environmental Law Clinic of National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. This MOU sets in motion collaboration between both parties to conduct seminars, awareness camps, field visits, training programs and workshops to raise awareness about environmental law and environment protection amongst students & faculty at schools and universities.
As the 1st step towards fulfilling the MOU, a 1-day workshop on “Protecting Urban lung Spaces: Need for evolving Law and Policy” was jointly organised by both parties at Main Seminar Hall, BMSIT&M. On this occasion the Chief guest of the Workshop Prof. (Dr.) R. Venkata Rao, Vice Chancellor NLSIU delivered the keynote address to delegates emphasising about the significance of environmental protection and the need for evolving law to regulate pollution in urban places. He stressed on maximising the use of public transport system which would reduce the pollution problem in metros and also spoke on how nature can help in preventing and curing diseases and manage stress. The 1st Session was engaged jointly by Professors of Law, Dr. M.K. Ramesh and Dr. Sairam Bhat from NLSIU. While the 1st speaker introduced participants on about various rules and policies on protecting urban lung spaces in Bengaluru while planning a layout or a town; the 2nd eminent speaker clarified the role played by the administrative bodies in protecting and developing the parks and other green cover of Bengaluru. 2nd Session was involved in an interactive learning pedagogue engaged by Research scholars Ms. Vidya Ann Jacob, Mr. A Ranganath and Ms. Raagya Zadu; under the guidance of Dr. Sairam Bhat and Mr. Manjeri Subin Sunder Raj. Around 75 students and faculty of BMSIT&M had participated and benefitted from the workshop. The brilliant reviews the resource personnel and workshop received is an ode to the MOU signed.