Lecture Series 1


Our People Our World - The Role Of  Youth In The Society 


“We need to build our own world in which we live. Before being someone we need to be ourselves. The youth of today have to make a conscious shift from I, Me and Myself to we and ourselves. This would mean giving up selfishness, greed and be more open. In the environmental context, if we have to preserve mother earth for future generations, we have to make efforts to preserve it because our forefathers have preserved it for us. None other than youth can do this.”


Dr. Narayan Desai a noted educationist and environmentalist was speaking to the youth and community members on the occasion of inaugural programme of “ Kasturi” a unique initiative by Foundation For Environment Research and Conservation ( FERC) started at MES College of Arts and Commerce, Zuarinagar-Goa, in collaboration with the Nature Club of the college. The foundation has started this programme in memory of late Dr. Kasturi Desai who herself was an environmentalist and researcher.


Mr. Narayan Desai further said that the “ Youth could  achieve the objective of protecting the world in a small way by participating in the democratic process at the village level where village committees have been given huge power by the 73rd amendment to the constitution of India”.


Mr. Umaji Chowgule ,Vice President of  Chowgule  Education  Society as Chief Guest highlighted the importance of Research.


Mrs. Lalita  Joshi ,Director of Planning and Development, Murgaon  Education Society, welcomed the gathering. Mr. Parag Rangnekar of  FERC highlighted various activities under its banner. Ms. Preeti Sawant and Ms. Akshada Teli of BCOM Semester V, presented a Sanskrit prayer on importance of mother nature. Shri. M.S. Kamat , Chairman of  Murgaon Education Society in his presidential address appealed the students to be Optimists.


Principal Dr. R.B.Patil, Chairperson of Nature Club Ms. Shruti B. Nayak and Ms. Shraddha Rangnekar of FERC welcomed the guests by offering them potted plant. Dr. S. Susan Deborah introduced the guests and compered the programme.


On this occasion prizes were awarded to the 3 best entries for “No Straw” Sticker design competition. Following students were the recipients:

Mr. Nikhil Khajnekar and Mr. TukaramShetye of BCOM semester V

Ms. Bharavi Kharangate of BCOM semester III

Ms. Sunanda Biradar of BCOM semester I


In the concluding remarks Mrs. Madhura Bandekar of FERC spelled future programme of “ Kasturi” which included, monthly lecture serieson issues concerning “you and me” on first Wednesday of every month.


The students of the college were given stickers of prize winning entries to be displayed at the prominent places at various related establishments which use straws. At the end of the programme a pledge was administered by Mrs. Madhura Bandekar to the participants that they will refuse to use straws.



Guest Speaker Dr. Narayan Desai addressing the students, community members and invited guests


 Chief Guest Shri. Umaji Chowgule addressing the students, community members and invited guests



Lecture Series 2

Enabling  Collaborative  action for Responsible Travel  in Goa


“Marine Tourism is just beginning to be recognised in Goa and as such will bring in various challenges to overall responsible travel by keeping the conservation agenda intact. Goa can leverage its tourism potential to a different level by focusing on preserving its beauty and natural heritage. We can showcase before the whole world as to how a responsible tourism can preserve  bio-diversity and heritage” said Ms. Puja Mitra founder of  Terra Conscious speaking on  “Enabling  Collaborative  action for Responsible Travel  in Goa” during second monthly lecture in the lecture series  “ Kasturi ’’ organised by  Foundation  for Environment Research and Conservation ( FERC)  in collaboration with Murgaon Education Society on 3rd October 2018. The lecture series “Kasturi” is organised in memory of  Late Dr. Kasturi Narayan Desai, an eminent Botanist and Environmentalist from  PES’s Shri Ravi S. Naik College of  Arts and Science, Farmagudi Goa. The talk was attended by the students of MES College, also students from other colleges of Goa and community members from in and around Vasco area.


Ms. Puja Mitra further emphasised on the role that youth can play in sensitising public about Goa’ marine diversity, wildlife and attitude towards traditional coastal communities. The whole lecture was highly interactive with appropriate demo of model of a Dolphin.


Earlier Mr. Parag Rangnekar of  FERC  welcomed the gathering. MES College students Ms. Preeti Sawant , Ms. Akshada Teli, Ms. NitilaTandel, Ms. Varsha Morajkar and Ms.Deepika Gaonkar presented a Sanskrit Prayer highlighting importance of nature and its conservation.

Mrs. Lalita  Joshi ,Director of Planning and Development, Murgaon  Education Society, presented a potted plant to the guest speaker Ms. Puja Mitra.  Ms. Madhura Bandekar of  FERC gave   concluding remarks.


The third event of  “Kasturi” will be held on 1st November 2018, in the seminar hall of Department of Management Studies , MES College, Zuaringar –Goa which will be a panel discussion on Garbage Management which will be addressed by the experts in the field of  Solid  Waste Management


Ms. Puja Mitra addressing the students and community people