Teachers should take NGC programme as a service motto and try to bring about positive changes as they could only do that: Director
Tamil Nadu stands among the best in the country in implementing the National Green Corps (NGC) programme and promoting environmental awareness for green campuses in schools and preserving the environment, said H. Malleshappa, Director of Environment.
Talking to The Hindu here on Saturday, Mr.Malleshappa said that about 1200 school eco-clubs are functioning in all the districts. The eco-clubs are functioning at the rate of 40 per district and there are about 50,000 student members as eco-club members in the State and we are planning to increase the membership to 1, 50,000 with an addition of 3,000 new clubs.
The NGC coordinators are playing a major role in changing the mindset of children and take them towards environmental issues and they in turn had been successfully taking it to the public in their respective neighbourhoods, he said.
Answering a question on what could be the most significant contribution of NGC, he said that most of the school campuses have turned green and are now plastic free environments largely because of NGC. Now we are planning to approach the Forest department for tree saplings and a count of 500 saplings per school has been estimated, he added.
The Director said that the Central Government is giving Rs.2, 500 per school for various activities related to NGC, and from this year onwards state government has come forward to give the same amount.
Teachers should take NGC programme as a service motto and try to bring about positive changes as they could only do that.
He was in the city to attend a group discussion meet held for NGC coordinators from Madurai, Melur and Usilampatti educational districts, where planting of saplings and creating gardens within the premises and the role of Eco Clubs in schools was discussed and emphasised. A total of 250 student coordinators from these three districts took part in the discussion meet.
Problems of schools which do not have compound walls and hence are unable to create green cover on their premises would be taken care of as part of the NGC mission, he responded to a query.
A couple of school teachers who attended the discussion meeting said that various competitions could be held frequently to increase environmental awareness among students, funds to maintain the garden like fencing the saplings could be increased. They also opined that efforts could be taken by the Environment Department to arrange for a one day trip to wildlife parks or sanctuary to impart practical knowledge among students.
L. Durai state coordinator, NGC, was also present during the meeting.