The main objective of the event was to make KV Khana part of the more than 1.5 lakh network of Eco Clubs in the country established under the National Green Corps scheme, a flagship campaign of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF & CC). . The event was attended by Dimpy Bora, Divisional Forestry Officer, Social Forestry Division, Guwahati, Dr. Jaideep Baruah, Chief (i / c) of the Environment Division at Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC), Dr. Chandra Baruah, Scientific Officer and State Node Officer of the NGC Program in Assam and Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Director, KV Khanapara.
In his welcoming speech, Dr. Sanjay Kumar declared the establishment of an NGC Eco Club at the main school in the city. In addition, he added the relevance of Eco Clubs to the school curriculum and the sustainable development of the community and urged participating students to be responsible in the use of natural resources.
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Dr. Chandra Barooah, in his presentation, provided an overview of the Assam Council for Environment and Scientific Technology program and the National Green Corps (Eco Club) program, explaining the roles and objectives of the Eco Club cadres.
Dr. Jaideep Baruah then gave an insight into then-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee’s vision of engaging the younger generation in conserving nature and its resources. He also added that attachment to nature will help children in making decisions towards conserving nature, once they become responsible citizens. He appreciated the leadership and initiative taken by Hibah Ihsan Muhammad, Grade 12, in creating the Club through coordination with ASTEC. Additionally, Baruah admired her contribution as an intern in the Climate Change Study, which ASTEC conducts.
NGC is a major initiative of MoEF & CC to raise environmental awareness. It was launched in 2001-02 with the aim of forming cadres of young children who work for the conservation of the environment and sustainable development. ASTEC has been Assam’s state nodal agency since its inception and so far 9,000 Eco Clubs have been established across the state.
This was followed by the announcement of the names of Green Captain and Vice Captains of KVK Eco Club. Like Green’s captain, Hibah Ihsan Muhammad, a student who believes in working with nature for nature, in her speech she mentioned the role of children like her in paving the way to sustainability. Being the Green Captain, she explained the activities proposed to be carried out by KVK Eco Club and expressed her desire to work for the protection of the environment and sustainable development.
The main guest of the Dimpy Bora event, expressed her warm wishes to the children for carrying out various activities within the framework of the Eco Club program. He emphasized mass planting and gave various tips on planting: what to plant, where to plant, and when to plant. She suggested planting indigenous fruits and also urged caring for planted saplings.
Together with the students, the teachers, especially Babu Ram, KVK deputy director and Navaneeta Bhattacharyya, Eco Club teacher in charge of KVK, took a proactive role in the event.