Newsletter : 16 October-15 November 2014 Vol. : 63   


Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar is the annual award given to schools, teachers and students for excellent efforts in environment education and education for sustainable development through curricular classroom activities and action projects. The Puraskar for the year 2013 was awarded CEE Ahmedabad on 14th October 2014.

(L to R) Shri Devinder Arora, CSR Head, ArcelorMittal India, Dr. Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives, Former Director, UNEP and Former President IUCN, Shri. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director CEE, and Dr. G V Subrahmanyam, Advisor, Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change

The awards were presented by eminent professionals in the field of Environment and Education. Speaking at the event Dr Khosla empahsised on the role of education in making the right choices towards sustainable development drawing inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi's famous talisman. Mr Arora of ArcelorMittal was also one of the jury members and pointed out to the imminent need for capacity building teachers to carry out curriculum linked activities and action projects addressing local environmental issues.

Dr Subrahmanyam encouraged the work being done in Paryavaran Mitra which is helping the Ministry to take the message of sustainable development to the people. Also present at the event were Shri Prasad R. Menon, Chairman, Tata Singapore Airlines, Shri S.K. Mukherjee, Ex Director, Wildlife Institute of India, Dr. (Ms.) Shobita Punja, Chief Executive Officer, National Culture Fund, Ms. Kalpana Sharma, Independent Journalist/Columnist, Dr. Mahfuza Rahman, Faculty, Gauhati University, Geography Department, Shri Kartikeya V. Sarabhai , Director, CEE, Ms. Mamata Pandya, Senior Programme Director, CEE, and Shri Madhu Menon, ANALA Outdoors. Get more details here

Announcing I am Swatchh, I am Swasth Campaign

Paryavaran Mitra programme announces the 'I am Swachh, I am Swasthh' Campaign aligning with the all-India Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.  This initiative aims to engage youth beyond photo-ops and stop-gap measures to focus on long term actions addressing local waste issues.

Through this campaign we urge schools and colleges to create supportive environments for students to take handprint actions. The premise of this campaign is to treat students as citizens of today and not as 'future' citizens.  

Young Leader for Change, is the student leadership initiative of Paryavaran Mitra programme under which we will mentor students to take action in the campaign. Inviting students to identify a local issue and send in their action plans. Go here for all the details.



Dates to remember

World Environment Day-Small Island Developing States Slogan Competition Deadline-

December 15, 2014.



Paryavaran Mitra Water

The initiative along with Wipro Earthian aims to enhance a school’s understanding of the water within the school, its interconnections with other facets of ecology and society as well as the global context. Workshops were organized with teachers in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, and Ahmedabad.

In Ahmedabad, a followup student’s workshop was also held in the peer learning mode where teams working on the water exploratory exercise met midway to discuss progress and share ideas and concerns.

In Rajasthan, training workshops were organised at eight locations in Rajasthan during August. The training workshop included session on project based learning and action ideas as curricular projects in context with state text books that can be done within school and community. The training was facilitated via various interactive and experience based teaching learning methods like games and demonstrations. 256 teachers attended these programmes at Bikaner, Bhilwara, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sawai Madhopur, Sirohi, and Udaipur.                                                       Email: