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Friday, December 28, 2007

20 schools in India Awarded for best environmental practices

Located in a small hamlet in Boormajra in Punjab’s Ropar district, a government school was adjudged as India’s greenest school second time in a row. The second and third prizes went to Government Secondary School, Daramdin, Sikkim and Apeejay School, Pitampura, New Delhi respectively.

At a ceremony here in New Delhi on December 17, Prof Krishna Kumar, director, National Council for Educational Research and Training gave Green School Awards 2007 to all 20 schools short-listed from all over the country.

Gobar Times Green School Programme (GSP) was started last year by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a non-profit organisation. Explaining the reason behind starting the programme, Sunita Narain, director, CSE said: “We started this programme because we very strongly believed that the environmental issue was going to be absolutely critical in India and that this issue would determine the future of our country.”

With this objective in mind, the CSE team went about helping teachers and students to take stock of environment and natural resource management within schools, suggest steps to improve performance, ensure implementation of these steps for a better school habitat and more environmentally aware and involved school community.

Prof Krishna Kumar appreciated the efforts of the CSE in launching this kind of a programme, which, according to him, was now transforming itself into a movement. “It has an enormous potential to create hope and combat cynicism which you find very widespread today given the fact that there is so big a crisis facing us,” he said.

“The kind of enthusiasm that I see around me is symbolic of much larger energy, which this programme has triggered,” he added.

GSP coordinator Sumita Dasgupta pointed out towards the remarkable achievement of the programme in such a short span of time. She informed that from 1,200 schools last year, the number of schools covered under the programme had gone up to 3,500 this year.

Not only that, the training of teachers went up from 300 to 600 and the urban-rural ratio tripled during this period. Increasing participation of government-run schools in both rural and urban areas suggested that environment as an issue of concern was coming out of the fold of elitism, she added.

Applauding the performance of the Boormajra school, the statement released by the CSE reads: “The students and teachers [here] have outdone themselves. The award has gone to it because the school has been able to grasp the real message that the GSP seeks to promote: it is actually practicing sustainable use of natural resources and constantly looking out for new and more innovative ways of managing them. The school has now set up a rainwater harvesting system with the help of funds from the state government.”


The Top 20

Here’s an alphabetically arranged list of the shortlisted 20, the greenest schools in India. With 8 schools in this list (including 6 from Delhi), the NCR bags the king’s share of the shortlisting votes. The five winners have been selected out of this list…

Adarsh Public School, Vikaspuri, New Delhi:
contact person is Madhu Walia (+9198686 02871)
Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi:
contact person is Barnali Dutta
Apeejay School, Pitampura, New Delhi:
contact person is Malini Shridhar (+9193124 11069)
Deepalaya, Kalkaji Extension, New Delhi:
contact person is Parminder Gulati
Eicher School, Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh:
contact person is Lata Menon (+9192560 65774)
Government Saragrahi Secondary School, Amritsar, Punjab:
contact person is Manisha (+9194632 23640)
Government Secondary School, Daramdin, Sikkim:
contact person is Prakash Chandra Subba (+9197331 99558)
Government Senior Secondary School, Boormajra (Ropar), Punjab:
contact person is Baljeet Kaur (+9199883 03434)
Gurudevar Matric School, Karur, Tamil Nadu:
contact person is Kumar Nithyananda (+9192445 52223)
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Jaiharikhaal, Uttaranchal:
contact person is Pankaj Dixit (+9194112 44330)
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sardhana (Meerut), Uttar Pradesh:
contact person is N P Singh (+9194562 31424)
Kendriya Vidyalaya, IAT Pune, Maharashtra:
contact person is Veena Wakhaloo (+9198507 08868)
Kerala Public School, Kadma, Jharkhand:
contact person is Saurabhi Pathak (+9192347 05271)
Kerala Public School, Mango, Jharkhand:
contact person is Mausumi Roy (+9194319 06546)
Salwan Public School (Morning), Rajinder Nagar, Delhi:
contact person is Rekha Lalla (+9198185 20658)
Salwan Public School, Gurgaon, Haryana:
contact person is Sheetal Bagati
St Paul’s School, Safdarjung Enclave, Delhi:
contact person is Sarita Jain (+9199109 16321)
TVS School, Tumkur, Karnataka:
contact person is Lalitha (+9194498 16285)
Vishwabharati School, Noida, Uttar Pradesh:
contact person is Yukti Malik (+9198109 23831)
Vivekanada Academy, Digboi, Assam:
contact person is George Ratnam (+9198540 05094)

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