As many as 42 schools across the State will compete for the district and State-level awards instituted by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) for the best eco clubs under the National Green Corps programme.

The 42 schools, three from each district, were shortlisted by the District Implementation and Monitoring Committee (DIMC) chaired by the District Collector. The schools will be invited to make a presentation on their activities at a workshop to be held at the Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS) here on August 5 and 6. An evaluation committee has been set up for the purpose.

The best eco club in each district will get a cash prize of Rs.50,000, while the state-level award carries a purse of Rs.1 lakh. Each school participating in the competition will have two students and one teacher.

Forest Minister Benoy Viswom is expected to distribute the awards at the workshop.

The National Green Corps is an environment education programme launched by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. In Kerala, as many as 2,00,000 students from 3,460 schools are members of eco clubs. Each eco club consists of more than 50 students and a teacher in-charge. The KSCSTE provides an assistance of Rs.2,500 for each school.

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