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The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change is implementing the Environmental Education, Awareness and Training (EEAT) program with the aim of promoting environmental awareness, especially among students of schools and colleges, and to mobilize their participation for the conservation of the environment. As part of the National Green Corps (NGC) program of this program, more than one lakh eco-clubs have been formed in schools and colleges to educate students and raise awareness of environmental issues. In addition, this ministry also supports the organization of field trips / nature camps for school students in protected areas, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, etc. to trigger their sensitivity to nature and its conservation. According to information provided by the Youth Department, awareness raising on environmental conservation and enrichment is a part of the regular activities of the National Service Scheme (NSS). NSS volunteers organize activities on environmental conservation, climate change, renewable energy use and other related issues in addition to planting campaigns.
This ministry launched the green skills development program (GSDP) in June 2017 as part of the environmental information system (ENVIS) underway, on a pilot basis, in 10 sites, spread over 9 biogeographical regions of the country. with the aim of training young people in the environmental, forestry and wildlife sectors and enabling them to exercise a salaried or independent activity. Based on the success of the pilot phase, the program was extended to pan-Indian level in 2018-19 covering various areas like pollution monitoring (air / water / soil), emissions inventory, plant operation wastewater treatment plant (STP) / effluent treatment plant (ETP) / joint effluent treatment plant (CETP), waste management, environmental impact assessment, forest management, budgeting and audit of the ‘water, wildlife management, para taxonomy including Peoples Biodiversity Register (PBR), bamboo management and livelihood generation, etc. The training provided under the GSDP strives to improve the technical knowledge of skilled workers. kforce with an emphasis on hands-on training. ENVIS resource hubs / partners and other institutions providing training under the GSDP invite applications from across the country and internships take place based on available job opportunities inside or outside the country. territory of the State / Union.
This information was given by Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change in Lok Sabha today.