The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), an autonomous council under the Environment Ministry, signed two pacts to spread awareness about forests, and environment among the youths of the country, a government statement said.
The first pact was signed between ICFRE, Dehradun, and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), and the second with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS).
“The MoUs have been signed to launch the ‘Prakriti’ programme, which aims to promote awareness about forests and environment, and to stimulate interest among the students of NVS and KVS in maintaining a balanced environment and for acquiring skills that reflect care and protection towards forests, environment and society,” an official statement said.
It added that another objective of the programme is to provide a platform to school children to learn practical skills for judicious use of resources and to mobilise a cadre of youths for raising a peoples’ movement committed to conserve forests and the environment.
“Through this collaboration, knowledge will be imparted to students and teachers of NVS and KVS on environment, forests, environmental services and contemporary areas of forestry research by way of lectures and interactive sessions by scientists of ICFRE institutes.