DAV College Jalandhar gets Rs. 2 lakh grant from PSCST, Chandigarh to organize Nature Camp.
DAV College, Jalandhar expresses heartfelt gratitude for the sanctioning of the grant of Two Lakh rupees by the Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh. The grant has been sanctioned to the Department of Botany, DAV College to organize a three-day Nature Camp for school and college students of Jalandhar District.
Today’s youth are the future global citizens, exerting influence within their families and shaping societal attitudes. Educating them during their formative years about the environment and the enduring consequences of our actions is crucial. Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) had formulated a program ‘National Green Corps’ and promoted the formation of Eco-clubs in educational institutions to influence society through youth. In 2022-23, the NGC program was revamped as the Environment Education Program (EEP). EEP aims to sensitize children/youth on issues related to the environment and motivate them to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. PSCST is the state nodal agency for the implementation of the Environment Education Program through Eco-Clubs, colleges, universities and S&T institutions of Punjab. It has established 5,500 Eco-Clubs in schools and 100 Eco-Clubs in colleges & activities are taken up to promote the Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment). Nature camp is one of the pedagogical initiatives led by PSCST to sensitize students and youth on issues related to the environment. The grant is sanctioned to organize camps at wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, forest reserves, wetlands or areas of ecological importance in Punjab. Dr. Komal Arora, Head of Botany Department submitted the proposal for Nature Camp at Harike wetland, district Ferozepur intending to make students aware of the natural habitat, ecological interactions, the dynamics of Harike, major threats to the area and the conservation initiatives being adopted by the government. To harness the power of youth and ripple the environment sensitization regime, Dr. Arora and her team will coordinate the camp for three days in January 2024. The responsibility that comes with receiving funding, ensuring objectives, accountability, and effective utilization of the resources provided is well understood by the college authorities. DAV College recognizes the value of the financial support granted by PSCST and will look forward to achieving positive outcomes through this collaboration.