- Biofloc Aquaculture
PMS has an unique aquaculture system maintained in three big tanks each having almost 6000 ltr capacity totaling up to 18,000 ltrs. A total of 3000 spawn of tilapia fish species namely Chitralada and Gift are grown in regulated environment. This is created by adding sand, jiggery, ammonium sulfate and yeast to collected well water, along with ample aeration to keep the fish oxygenated. Potassium permanganate, anti-fungal agent etc. are added to counter fungal attack, and prevent infection and death. The spawn is introduced to this aqua medium and monitored rigorously until they are full grown. The fish reared in this are supplied to the college mess for the benefit of students and staff at large. An average catch will yield 200-300Kgs of fish every 6 months. This’s wholly dependent on the health of the fish and the highly fluctuant local factors including infections and all minute parameters of the aqua medium. These fish are free of antibiotics or any other preservative chemicals ensuring students and staff a healthy fresh water fish food option especially in these times when fish and meat products come adulterated. This is a perfect example of self-sustenance adding to our organic vegetable and honey products procured from the campus.
- Green Audit
- Environment Quality Certificate
PMS has the unique distinction of being the first Green Audited dental college of Kerala given by Nature’s Green Guardians foundation. The college set in sylvan settings has stringent green ‘laws’ aimed at reducing the carbon footprint, and the varied flora around demanded a green audit to confirm the pledge. The campus boasts of exotic palms, that has caught media attention too, which is otherwise rare in Kerala settings.
The audit methodology did combine physical inspection of the campus on several work days and holidays, with analytical reviews of relevant documents and activities, as well as interviews with the designated Staff and Students of the College. To quote the report, “The campus is maintained litter free, clean, and green. Environmental Quality in the campus is seen to be ‘superior’ to many other institutions of the same size.”
Audit findings indicate that, of the 703.8 T CO2 of carbon footprint of the institution for the year, the contribution from transportation and mobility including public transport use is at 317.7 T CO2 with 219.5 T coming from the use of personal vehicles by staff and students, and that out of wastes is at 73.s T CO2. But, remedial activities contributed a relief of 97.8 T CO2.
- Energy Audit Certificate
Nature’s Green Guardlans Foundation has given this certificate as part of the Green Audit survey. To quote the audit findings; “Audit findings indicate that, of the 703.8 T CO2 of carbon footprint of the institution for the year, the contribution from direct use of energy was limited to 286.9 T CO2. Transportation including public transport use (outside the campus) is at 317.7 T CO2 – with 219.5 T CO2 coming from the use of personal vehicles by staff and students. Wastes contributed 73.5 T CO2, but wastes to energy returned 29.9 T CO2 (remedial measures). Effective awareness and training programs were conducted during the year and are planned for the future as well, to make all stakeholders aware of the need for individual efforts.”
- Biodiversity – Green Audit Certificate
This certificate too is part of the Green Audit survey. Green Audit has found that the institution’s per capita carbon footprint for the year is only 0.45 ton of CO2 equivalent, a level well below the current national per capita average of 1.84 t CO2, with potential to develop into a carbon neutral campus. A11 efforts are taken to conserve, protect, and enrich the existing biodiversity and also to extend efforts even beyond the college boundary through outreach, and further by implementing the Green Protocol, and having a commitment to continue its green practices to positively impact the society at large.
- Buggy service for patients
A battery operated buggy service is recently introduced for the benefit of out patients who commute using public services and auto rickshaws. This service is extended to students too. The buggy is estimated to reduce nearly 98T CO2 per annum. This is a major step towards carbon neutrality that the college is aiming to achieve in the next 5 years.