Satna: College students of a authorities college in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district have made eco-friendly Ganesha idols with potash alum of their chemistry lab to unfold the message of ‘science for the atmosphere’.
A gaggle of eight college students from Venkata Increased Secondary Excellence College No. 1 contemplated the thought throughout their class with their chemistry trainer, Dr. Ramanuja Pathak, final week.
The idols, about 1.5 ft tall, have been molded and crafted on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi on 10 September.
“We have been discussing at school how idols made from plaster of paris and paint pollute the atmosphere and harm the ecosystem after immersion.
That is after we determined to place the science into apply and therefore the thought of making an eco-friendly alum Ganesha idol in our chemistry lab.”
Potassium alum or just known as alum is a water air purifier and a double-salt chemical compound that not solely purifies water but in addition leaves no dangerous residue behind.
Alum additionally has antiseptic properties and lots of medicinal makes use of, he mentioned.
Pathak mentioned, “Once we immerse idols made from alum in water our bodies, they don’t get polluted, however turn into pure.”
Supplies comprised of plaster of paris are laborious and insoluble in water as they comprise calcium sulphate and ultimately pollute and choke the water physique.
He mentioned idols made from clay are additionally adorned with wooden, varnish, paint, fodder, paper and different gadgets which aren’t eco-friendly and pollute the water.
The scholars have now put in the idol made by them within the chemistry laboratory and plan to immerse it on the day of Ganesh Visarjan.
Pranshu Gautam, a scholar, mentioned, “We first began the experiment with heating alum on a gasoline burner within the laboratory and melting it in a glass beaker. It was then cooled and solid right into a solid made from moist flour.”
College academics reported that potash alum melts at 92 °C and begins boiling round 120 °C.
It’s then left to chill for about half-hour after which the liquid alum is poured right into a solid made within the form of Ganesha.
Pathak mentioned that alum might be purchased from the marketplace for Rs 40 per kg and one such idol 1.5-2 ft excessive might be made for simply Rs 3.
He mentioned that the crystalline idol seems to be good even with out paints or colors, nonetheless, natural dyes can be utilized to beautify it.
Pathak mentioned that he and his college students wish to take this experiment additional and put together Durga idols throughout the upcoming Durga Puja/Dussehra competition, in order that the message reaches as many individuals as attainable and everybody can deal with our surroundings. To return collectively within the initiative of celebrating festivals. “
He mentioned that after profitable, such idols of Ganesha and Durga will also be made commercially.