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Sustainability enthusiasts win Earthian awards

Schoolchildren who won Earthian Awards with Azim Premji, chairman, Wipro.Special Arrangement

Schoolchildren who won Earthian Awards with Azim Premji, chairman, Wipro.Special Arrangement  

From learning about mobility to studying the biodiversity in their own school campuses, the seventh edition of the Wipro Earthian Awards, which recognise excellence in learning about sustainability within the education process in schools and colleges, saw student-teams come up with interesting projects.

An independent jury recognised 11 school and 8 college teams as winning entries out of over 1,200 submissions from across the country. Participating teams showcased their understanding of biodiversity and water, the themes for schools, through activities and essays. College teams submitted their entries on the themes of water, waste and mobility in the urban sustainability reporting format.

Apart from a cash prize, winning institutes will also be involved in a long-term, continuous, collaborative engagement with Wipro and its expert sustainability partners to enable a deeper understanding of issues pertaining to sustainability, a release stated.

Among the winning teams was Government Higher Secondary School, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh. Nabam Yaper, a Class 11 science student, said her team studied the biodiversity of local areas in and around their school campus and found different flora and fauna.

Students from the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, chose the Kochi Metro’s comprehensive solution for mobility issues in the city as their project. “KMRL envisions a sustainable mobility plan for the city and its suburbs by integrating all the possible transportation modes and creating a plan that includes even last mile connectivity,” said Prashanth Nair, a doctoral student from the winning team.

A team from Sastra University, Thanjavur, focussed on a waste dumpyard 5 km away from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur, and its impact on people living closeby and formulated solutions to manage and organise the waste better.

As part of their research on water and sustainability, students of L’ecole Chempaka, Thiruvananthapuram, collected water usage data at the school level, which detailed the water situation in their neighbourhood and in the city of Trivandrum. Students conducted an awareness programme on water conservation among the school community and programmes on saving waterbodies in the city to spread the word.

Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Limited, said, “It has been wonderful to see the knowledge and enthusiasm across the country – from rural areas to large metros – all on issues of sustainability.”

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