Erode: Learning under fear

ERODE: The 76 students studying at Sillangatupudur Panchayat Union School in Modakurichi block here look at the roof very often with fear in their eyes.

Risky: A view of the damaged building of Sillangatupudur Panchayat Union Middle School in Modakurichi block in Erode district. - PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

It might look odd for the visitors. But it is a matter of safety for them.

There were a number of incidents when chunks of concrete broke off from the roof of the old building and fell on the students.

“The building got damaged long ago and it was unfit for use. We have only two buildings in our school.

The other building with tiled roof cannot accommodate all the students. So we have to use this damaged building to conduct classes,” T. Subramani, a members of the village education committee said.

Teachers and parents had taken this issue to the notice of officials in the district on a few occasions.

“They have assured us to take steps for the construction of a new building with more space. But we are yet to see any development,” parents said.

The situation turned worse during the recent rains.

“The roof was leaking and teachers were not able to conduct classes. We are afraid of sending our wards to the school,” parents said.

Upgrade

The State government, without providing necessary infrastructure, had upgraded the school as a middle school during previous academic year.

“People are reluctant to admit their children here. A few of them were sending their children to the nearby schools,” Mr. Subramani said.

Teachers and parents appealed to the State Government to take immediate steps to construct new building for the school.

They also wanted the government to construct a compound wall for the school as it was located very close to the road.

Amenities such as adequate drinking water supply provisions and toilets should also be created, they said.

From THE HINDU

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Students collect plastic wastes

NAGORE: The 188-kilometre-long coastline of the district, here from Kollidam to Kodiakkarai, marked the site of a massive one-day environmental initiative on Thursday. An intense three-hour coastal cleaning campaign was ushered in under the aegis of the district administration in observation of the World Environment Day.

The exercise was planned by Collector C. Munianathan. The campaign saw a participation of over 3,400 students from over 36 schools.

Non-degradable:Collector C. Munianathan and school students collecting waste plastic materials at Velankanni Church Beach.

The participants were students from standard eight to 12 and polytechnic students. Volunteers of NCC, NSS and JRC also participated.

The beach cleaning programme commenced at 2.30 p.m. at 25 specified locations under the supervision of district officials.

The locations were Nagore Sillady Beach and Pattinacherry, Nagapattinam New Beach and Old Beach, Akkaraipettai, Velankanni, Seruthur, P.R. Puram, Kameshwaram, Vettaikaraniruppu, Vizhundhumavady, Vellapallam, Pushpavanam, Arukattuthurai and Thopputhurai, Vedharanyam Beach, Maniyan Theevu, Kodiakkarai, Kodiyampalayam, Kottaimedu, Madavaimedu, Thirumullaivasal, Keemoovarkarai, Vanagiri, Poompuhar, Tharangambadi, and Chandrapadi.

They were shortlisted at a district-level meeting organised here on May 10 to work out the logistics of the campaign. The Forest Department provided gunny bags, first aid kits and soaps, while SHGs provided the participants with tea and snacks. Further, 108 emergency ambulance services were stationed at specified locations.

Wherever possible, tractors were engaged to plough out buried plastic materials.

Each student was assigned one to five gunny bags, and the collected biodegradable and non-degradable wastes were taken by the local municipalities to their respective compost yards. The Collector C. Munianathan inaugurated the campaign at Velankanni Beach, the District Revenue Officer, A. Annadurai, supervised the campaign at Tharangambadi Beach. M. Pannirselvam, Assistant Executive Engineer, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, along with V. Thirunavukarasu, District Forest Officer, supervised the campaign at Nagore Beach. Additionally, Naval officer, Nagapattinam, and Port Officer supervised the campaign at Nagapattinam Beach and Naval Officer, Thopputhurai, supervised at Arukattuthurai. The Chief Education Officer had organised the participation of schools from across the district. Officials from Naval Detachment, Port Authority, and school representatives supervised the cleaning initiative at specified locations. As part of corporate social responsibility industries such as PPN Power Generating Company, HOEC, Pillaiperumanallur; CPCL, Panangudi; IOCL, Muttam and Chemplast Sanmar Limited, Vedaranyam participated.

From THE HINDU

14 Ways To Be A Greener Student (And Save Money Doing It)

1. Eat less meat or go vegetarian
2. Do more efficient laundry
3. Buy groceries with less packaging
4. Eat out, less
5. Buy a greener computer
6. Optimize your commute
7. Decompose organic waste
8. Bring your own bag for shopping
9. Recycle paper
10. Buy recycled notepads and textbooks
11. Put old and unwanted textbooks up for sale
12. Use a durable water bottle
13. Be conscious about lights everywhere
14. Reduce and manage electronic devices

From Productive Student

Plastic waste to be collected from six wards of Nagercoil Municipality

More than 400 college and school students participate in training programme

Nagercoil: The district administration has selected six wards of Nagercoil Municipality for the implementation of collecting and sending non-degradable plastic waste from Kanyakumari district to India Cements in Tirunelveli district as fuel, said the Collector, Rajendra Ratnoo.

India Cements

The Collector said that the non-degradable waste from three wards would be collected once in a week, on Monday, and the same would be sent to India Cements everyday from the other three wards.

This was a pilot project and if successfully implemented, it would be extended to other parts of the district, with an intention to announce Kanyakumari as a ‘plastic-free district’ on or before April 1.

More than 400 college and school students underwent special training programme, organised by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to take this message to the people from all walks of life.

They would visit nook and corner of each and every village to create awareness among the people on the need for not using plastic items. They would instead tell them to use eco-friendly paper bags and cups.

All the local bodies had been asked to pass a resolution in the council meeting about the ban on the usage of plastic materials.

Throwing the plastic materials would obstruct the rise in groundwater level during rainy season.

Paper bags

The Project Officer of District Rural Development Agency, Santhos Kumar, was asked to select self help groups capable of making paper bags and cups on or before March 15.

As fuel

The Executive Engineer of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Kirubanatha Rajan, said that the district administration of Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts made an agreement with India Cements to provide non-degradable wastes to be used as fuel for manufacturing cement.

Roller skating camp

He also inaugurated an awareness roller skating camp organised by the Roller Skating Association to create awareness among the people on avoiding plastic materials, preventing the environment from all kinds of pollution and for the abolition of child labour system.

Awareness

More than 15 students participated in the awareness camp on Tuesday.

From THE HINDU

Madurai: Eco-friendly programme launched

Melur school students to collect waste plastic for safe disposal

MADURAI: On Bhogi day, The Hindu-Newspaper in Education joined hands with Sri Sundareswara Vidyasala Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Melur, to launch an eco-friendly project that will ultimately pave the way for the safe disposal of waste plastic, besides keeping the town clean.

Worthy service: Students of Sundareswara Vidhyasala collecting waste plastic from a business establishment in Melur.— Photo: G. Moorthy

Volunteers of National Green Corps of the school will be involved in the collection of waste plastic and its deposit on the school campus at Attukulam for recycling. The Principal, R. Sudha, who presided over the launch, said that the children have been divided into groups on the basis of contiguity of homes. The leaders would have four or five students each with them to take care of the collection. On Saturdays, volunteers of this green brigade would visit homes, business establishments and hospitals to collect waste plastic in Melur after school hours. The collected waste would be transported in school vehicles to nearby Attukulam for storage. From there, it would be taken for recycling. The expertise of R. Vasudevan, Dean, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, would be utilised to use the waste plastic in road laying, she said. Dr. Vasudevan has patented a technology to use waste plastic with stone aggregate for road laying.

Students went about collecting waste plastic on Wednesday, following spade work done earlier to segregate waste at source. People were also sensitised to the importance of recycling plastic through pamphlets. They pasted a sticker carrying a green slogan at a prominent place in every house in order to recognise it as a partner in the joint campaign of the school with The Hindu-NIE. The programme will be coordinated by A. Prabu, Coordinator, National Green Corps, at the school.

‘Nature for future’

Students showed much enthusiasm in involving themselves in the task of nurturing ‘nature for future.’ Business establishments and some of the voluntary organisations of Melur have also come forward to get involved in the programme.

from THE HINDU

Ooty: Campaign to check environmental degradation in the Nilgiris

Students from schools in and around Kotagiri participate

Udhagamandalam: A signature campaign to enhance awareness about the growing threat to the environment of the Nilgiris was organized under the aegis of the recently- formed Nilgiris Environmental Joint Forum at Kotagiri on Thursday.

Eco-friendly move: Students participating in an environmental awareness signature campaign at Kotagiri on Thursday.

Among those who participated were a large number of students from many schools in and around Kotagiri.

Addressing the gathering, green activist Jeevanandham of Pasumai Iyakkam said that places in the plains like Erode depended on Western Ghats for water and exhorted the people residing in the hills to protect it at all costs.

The Coordinator of the campaign Advocate K.Vijayan said that short-sighted actions of the authorities and the people of the district over the years have led to the present sorry state of affairs. He said that the trend has to be reversed.

Advocate Bhojan said that legal remedies can be sought for the environmental problems plaguing the district.

Social activist Vinodh Don Bosco said that the unprecedented happenings of last month relating to floods and landslides had brought together concerned citizens and organizations.

He added that the campaign would be extended to Coonoor and Udhagamandalam.

Stating that the people are now aware of the consequences of lop-sided development and violation of nature’s laws, he said that the Forum will take the lead in checking activities that violate the ethos of the hills.

Environmental degradation here will have drastic impact not only in the district but also in many other parts of the State.

From THE HINDU

New Delhi: IGNOU to offer course in environmental law

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) would start a new course on environmental law from July 2010, a varsity official said Friday.

The post graduate diploma course would be run by IGNOU in association with the World Wide Fund’s (WWF-India) Centre for Environmental Law (CEL).

V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, the IGNOU vice chancellor, said: “Real development will happen only if the environment is sustained. I hope that the new programme will present the right perspective of development to the students.”

He added that IGNOU is also interested in introducing programmes in conservation of species and biodiversity. IGNOU may also offer these programmes to other universities.

Ravi Singh, secretary general and CEO of WWF-India, said the new course would hopefully spread knowledge and awareness about enviro-legal matters to a wider audience.

“The main issue facing environmentalists today is the dearth of knowledge among the common people about the repercussions of climate change and dwindling number of species,” Singh said.

The CEL is already offering an online diploma in environment law and has so far trained 500 students.

The collaboration with IGNOU is expected to increase the reach of the programme to a wider section of society, Pillai said.

A masters programme in environmental law is also on the anvil, he said.

From Hindustan Times