SATNA:Students of a authorities college within the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh have ready eco-friendly Ganesha idols of their chemistry lab from potash alum, a water purifying chemical compound, to unfold the message of “science for setting”.
The group of eight college students from the Venkat Higher Secondary Excellence School No 1 struck on the concept final week throughout their class with their chemistry trainer Dr Ramanuj Pathak.
The idols, about 1.5 ft tall, had been moulded and ready on Ganesh Chaturthi day on September 10.
“We had been discussing within the class about how idols, statues product of plaster of paris and paint pollute the setting and injury the ecosystem after immersion.
It was then that we determined to place science into motion and therefore the concept to create eco-friendly Ganesha idols of alum in our chemistry laboratory happened,” Pathak informed PTI.
Pottasium alum or just known as alum is a water air purifier and a double-salt chemical compound which not solely purifies water but additionally leaves no dangerous residue.
Alum additionally has antiseptic properties and a number of medicinal makes use of, he stated.
“When we immerse idols product of alum into water our bodies they aren’t polluted however as an alternative cleansed,” Pathak stated.
Those constituted of plaster of paris are arduous and insoluble in water as they’ve calcium sulphate and find yourself polluting and choking the water physique.
Even idols product of clay are adorned with wooden, varnish, paint, fodder, paper and different objects which aren’t eco-friendly and soiled the water, he stated.
The college students have now put in the idol created by them within the chemistry lab and plan to immerse it on the Ganesha ‘visarjan’ day.
“We began the experiment with first heating the alum on the gasoline burner within the lab and melting it in glass beakers. It was later cooled and put in a forged product of moist flour,” Pranshu Gautam, a pupil, stated.
The lecturers on the college knowledgeable that potash alum melts at 92 levels Celsius and begins boiling round 120 levels Celsius.
It is then allowed to chill for about half-hour after which liquid alum is put in a forged made within the form of Ganesha.
Pathak stated alum may be bought from the market at round Rs 40 per kilogram and one such idol of 1.5-2 ft top may be made for simply Rs 3.
The crystalline idol appears good even with out utilizing paint or colors, nevertheless, natural colors can be utilized to beautify it, he stated.
Pathak stated he and his college students want to take this experiment additional and put together Durga idols in the course of the upcoming Durga Puja/Dussehra festivities “in order that the message reaches extra individuals and everybody can come collectively within the initiative to have fun our festivals with look after the setting.”
Once profitable, such idols of Ganesha and Durga may be made on a industrial scale too, he stated.