Mangaluru, Mar 18, 2017: Feeding and taking care of livestock on campus comes naturally to students of Sudhana Residential School. They work in the kitchen garden, harvest rainwater, segregate waste, run the biogas plant and generate bio compost.
A host of environment-friendly activities are being organised on the nine acre campus of Sudhana Residential School in Puttur. This school is among the 21 schools in the district that were felicitated by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) for its green initiatives. As the school that secured the maximum points by the evaluating team, Sudhana School bagged the Parisara Mitra School Award that comes with a prize money of ₹ 30,000.
Of the 21 schools, 13 are from Puttur Education Block, five are from Bantwal, two from Belthangady, and one school is from Sullia Education Block.
As more number of schools from Puttur had undertaken green initiatives, G.S. Shashidhar, Puttur Block Education Officer, was adjudged the best Block Education Officer on Friday. “Our initiative to make campuses green under the Vision Puttur initiative is yielding results,” Mr. Shashidhar said.
Live with nature
Shobha Nagaraj, principal, Sudhana School, said the school has been undertaking green initiatives for over two decades.
More than teaching in the classroom, students are given hands-on experience in various tasks such as rainwater harvesting, compost making and preserving greenery on campus, she said.
Projects by students
“Being close to nature has helped students and others, in taking up scientific research work,” she said, citing the work of Anisha Nayak, a Class 10 student, who bagged the bronze medal for her project ‘Hydrophobicity of Colocasia Esculenta leaves as a wall protector’ at the International Sustainable World (Energy Engineering Environment) Project Olympiad (I-SWEEP) held in Houston in April last year. Among the new projects taken up by the students are ‘Producing power from rain harvested water’ by Ahamed Saeed, a Class 9, student.