Newsletter : 1 May-30 Junel 2017 Vol. : 84


Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar 2016! Exemplars (National Level)

The Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar provides a rich platform for schools across the country to share and learn from the hands on experiences in education for sustainable development from each other. The reports received under the categories of Puraskar 2016 were shortlisted for the Jury process by which exemplars were recognized under each category of the Puraskar. The exemplars share various stories of their journey towards Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) through action projects and activities undertaken in the school.

The efforts and initiatives taken by the participants range from simple water saving practices in school and home, to understanding water in the local and global context under the ‘Paryavaran Mitra Water’ theme. In the water theme, water flow, wastage and quality on campus was studied in great detail by students. Understanding biodiversity through Plantation, bird nesting, knowing the local biodiversity, maintaining biodiversity registers, medicinal uses of herbs were popular actions in the biodiversity theme. In the ‘Energy’ theme measures to reduce electricity wastage was the popular action along with electricity consumption audits and cutting the overall costs on bills.

‘Culture and Heritage’ theme saw students celebrating festivals in an eco-friendly manner, understanding the local culture and visiting cultural and heritage sites. Students have conducted extensive surveys for eg. to understand what people think on a particular issue and spent more time trying to understand an issue before initiating action. In surveys conducted on ‘waste management’ as an issue, students found that not many actually are concerned about taking the responsibility. In other projects students observed the key issues related to water, energy (type, quantity, and sources) before carrying out a well planned strategy within the campus. It was heartening to read reflections of their work and how they gained important skills for life while doing the projects.

Teachers have worked to make the school environment a living learning space for their students, to see change with the support of the school management, other teachers in the school, non-teaching staff, and parents. Teachers are getting comfortable with project based learning approach by establishing curricular linkages through the subjects. Working on the themes of the programme, schools tried to addressed attitudes and behaviors of students, where the emphasis was given on cultivating conservation habits among them and then to spread the message to others. All projects were linked to the various domains of ESD- Environment, Social, Economic and Culture and are in the direction of moving forward towards taking actions and creating an awareness as well taking the learnings to the wider community. The handprint actions taken together are moving closer towards creating a sustainable world.


Following are the exemplars at national level:

Exemplar Schools (National Level) 2016

Nand Vidya Niketan Essar School, Jamnagar, Gujarat.

St. Kabir School Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.


Exemplar Student (National Level) 2016

Ms. Jyoti Purohit Rajikiya Uccha Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Sartara, Sirohi, Rajasthan

Mr. Parag Shewaramani Rachana School, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.


Exemplar Teacher (National Level) 2016

Mr. Foran Chand, Govt. High School Dasgrain Distt. Ropar, Punjab




Announcing the Paryavarn Mitra -Wipro Earthian Programme -2017

Earthian’ by Wipro is nationwide initiative of Wipro. Paryavaran Mitra supports the initiative to deepen the sustainability education within schools across the country. The programme aims to engage teams of students and faculties from schools in a set of activities to understand water and biodiversity in their local context and explore sustainability linkages. For joining and more details about the programme, please visit: