Environmental Educational Awareness Programme at Botanical Survey of India
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, New Delhi has recently initiated various activities as part of the Educational and Environmental Awareness Programme (EEAP) with the stakeholders of interested visitors and general public, especially with the active involvement of the school children between the age group of 10 and 16 years old, preferably from the rural background through its century-old organization, Botanical Survey of India (BSI). Incidentally, it is to be mentioned here that the Secretary and the Additional Secretary during the inauguration of an International Seminar-cum-Exhibition in the last year at the Industrial Section of Indian Museum, BSI have expressed their satisfaction on the activities of EEAP and opined for continuation of the programme with the active involvement of more and more school students in near future.
Under this EEAP, the school students are to be given extensive opportunity to make them acquaintance with the live plants, wide variety of floras in the Indian Botanic Garden, the largest in Asia, also to watch the magnificent 250-year old Great Banyan Tree. The students will learn the method of preserving the dried plant materials with new technology in the herbarium. They will also get an acquaintance with exhibit samples of economic, useful and other rare plants in the Gallery of Indian Museum. They will also visit a new gallery on the Botanical History, where life sketches and research activities of Dr. E.K. Janaki Ammal, a pioneer woman botanist of the country, who laid a base-line of botanical research of BSI, has been depicted, besides the existing century old “Botanical Gallery” at the Museum. An exhibition on botanical explorations in India by Sir J.D. Hooker during 19th century is another attraction in the new gallery.
The project includes invitation and visit of about 50 school students in each batch, between the age group of 10 and 16 years old, preferably from the rural background. The project has already been started from this month (September 2017), and will continue till March 2018. This programme would include 12 visits during this period, 06 (six) at Industrial Section, Indian Museum (ISIM), Kolkata and the remaining (06) at the Indian Botanic Garden (IBG) and Central National Herbarium (CNH).
Dr. M. Bhaumik is discussing about J.D. Hooker exhibits
Dr. K. Pagag is discussing about tropical vegetables
Ms. Sudeshna Dutta is discussing about lac and its uses
Video film show was arranged on Ozone Layer for students at CNH Auditorium, BSI. Howrah
Theme poster on Implementation of Montreal Protocol:India’s Achievements was explained to the students in group wise by Dr. Manas Bhaumik
Theme posters on International Action for Protection of Ozone Layer and Major uses of Ozone Depletion substances were explained to the students in group wise by Dr. Monalisa Dey