Activities

1. The School has attracted both national and international attention for their consistent research on arsenic menace in groundwater in India and Bangladesh.
2. Earned more than a few crores of Rupees by analyzing water, air and biological samples; selling expertise to industries; setting up environmental laboratories in other counties; providing consultancy; working for EIA; selling Video-cassettes, Ph.D. Thesis, Conference Proceedings. 10% -30% of this money was deducted by university as over-head and rest transferred by university to SOES account for its development.
3. Jadavpur University has agreed on the request made by SOES to accept Rs. 30 lacs for which university is paying an interest [@10% p.a.]. Also SOES gets interest from fixed deposits. In this way per year a part of the salary, fellowships for technical persons and research students are coming from the interest earned by deposited money.
4. School of Environmental Studies (SOES) jointly with Water Resource Engineering was the Eastern Regional Center for National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board, Government of India and received grant about 2.0 crores and paid 10% as overhead to Jadavpur University. So far SOES jointly published more than 30 Wasteland Management report from this project and conducted more than 40 Workshops involving common people.
5. SOES has been providing training to technical persons and earning money through this training (both national and international).
6. SOES is also helping many Research Institutions in Kolkata and all over India by analyzing water and biological samples for arsenic. In some cases at free of cost and in some cases against the cost of chemicals [Prince of Songkla University, Faculty of Medicine, Thailand (Shoko Oshikawa); All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata (Prof. Arunava Mazumder); Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata (Dr. A. K. Giri); All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi (Dr. Sanjeev Lalwani); Defense Research & Development Organization, Ambernath (Dr. Kshipra Misra); School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata (Dr. Gurudas Podder); Public Health Engineering Department, Karnataka; Public Health Engineering Department, Karbi-Anglong, Assam etc.]
7. SOES is also working on Air-Pollution of Kolkata and industrial pollution in and around Kolkata. Time to time awareness among people about their environment was made by publishing popular articles in daily newspapers.
8. School of Environmental Studies has been working on fluoride groundwater contamination and sufferings of people in Birbhum district of West Bengal, Berhait district of Jharkhand and Karbi Anglong district of Assam. Hundreds of people are found suffering from dental and skeletal fluorosis. 
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SOES has stopped the students habit of writing on the walls of the University by providing 40 concrete poster stands (8’ x 3’) in the Jadavpur University campus and also SOES has made a garden in front of C.E.T. Canteen and sitting arrangements under many trees in the campus of Jadavpur University.

10. Six international conferences on arsenic problem of West Bengal-India and Bangladesh organized by SOES-JU [1] "Arsenic in groundwater: cause, effect and remedy", Kolkata on February 6-8, 1995 [2] "Arsenic pollution of groundwater in Bangladesh: causes, effects and remedies", in Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 8-12, 1998 (jointly organized with Dhaka Community Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh) [3] "Safe water for life" in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 13-14, 2000 (jointly organized with Dhaka Community Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh) [4] "Arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bangladesh: Cause, Effect and Remedy" in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 12-13, 2002 (jointly organized with Dhaka Community Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh) [5] 5th international conference on "Arsenic: Developing Countries Perspective on Health, Water, Environmental issues" in Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 15-18, 2004 (jointly organized with Dhaka Community Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh) [6] 6th international conference on “Safe Water and Safe Food Options in Arsenic Mitigation: Lesson Learnt” in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 4-5, 2006 (jointly organized with Dhaka Community Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh).
 

Services to common people

• SOES has been analyzing arsenic content in water samples at free of cost for common people of West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Orissa etc. and so far spent about 60 lakhs of rupees for the purpose.

• First week of every month a few thousand rupees dispatched from SOES to those families where only earning member of the family died of arsenic toxicity for their livelihood, education. We are also providing sewing machines and money for opening grocery shops etc. to the arsenic affected families.  

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