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Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine

Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine

Among the facilities provided to girls’ students, Darjeeling Government College came up with the initiative of providing sanitary napkins to students during menstrual emergencies. For this a sanitary napkin vending machine was installed in the College in August 2022, where any student or teaching faculty or staff can access the machine and get a good quality sanitary pad at just Rs 5/-. The used sanitary pads can be easily disposed off by burning inside the incinerator, which was also installed by the College in the girls’ bathroom. Both the machines --- sanitary napkin vending machine and incinerator --- have benefitted the girls’ students enormously and have been running successfully till date


Under the able guidance of Officer-In-Charge of DGC, Dr. Prajjwal Chandra Lama, Dr. Subrata Kar (Head, Department of Commerce), Dr. Prabir Sen (Head, Department of Chemistry), Prof. Sheela Karjee (Department of Economics) and Prof. Priyanka Saha (Department of Zoology) joined hands to start this initiative of installing sanitary napkin vending machine and incinerator in the College. It must be mentioned here that the machines were not funded by the Government, rather by the voluntary contribution of the teaching faculties of the College. The machines are maintained and supervised by the members of the Health and Hygiene Monitoring Committee, DGC. The money collected from the sanitary napkin vending machine (Rs 5 coins) is used for buying new sanitary napkins, which are then feeded into the machine once it gets empty. The burning tray of the incinerator is regularly cleaned and kept under check.


Photo 1: Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine
Photo 2: Incinerator (for burning used pads)
Photo 3: Inserting Rs 5 coin into the vending machine