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  • DJB and TERI host Jal Jaagrukta award ceremony

    7 April 2006

    An award ceremony to felicitate the students and teachers who participated in various events conducted under Jal Jaagrukta, a school education programme initiated by TERI with support from Delhi Jal Board, was organized today. Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Hon'ble chief minister, NCT of Delhi, handed out the prizes during the ceremony and released the resource material - handouts, bookmarks, notebook labels and other dissemination information developed during the project. Also present on the occasion was Mr Arun Mathur, CEO, DJB and Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI. Students of Manav Bharti India International School, presented a shot skit, Jalaashay se aasha, on water conservation.

    Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of NCT Delhi emphasized, "We have to build a foundation for a much more equitable distribution of water and give up these bad habits of water wastage. Delhi Jal Board in association with school children and enlightened organizations like TERI can make an enormous change in our attitude towards water conservation."

    Shri Arun Mathur, CEO DJB, in his address on the occasion appreciated the efforts put in by the participants of the Jal Jaagrukta project in making it a success and said, "DJB would support all such initiative towards creating awareness of the need to conserve water."

    Speaking on the occasion, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, said, "Water is one of the most critical natural resources, the growing scarcity of which is increasing all over the world. It is necessary to educate our children regarding water issues as they are the ones going to be most affected by water related problems we are just beginning to face."

    30 schools from south and east Delhi, including Father Angels Public School, Sanskriti School, Air Force Bal Bharti School, Ryan International School, Carmel Convent School, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Green Fields School, K R Mangalam World School, Salwan Public School and Manava Bharati India International School had participated in the project. The objective of the programme was to educate and create awareness about water conservation and other related issues among school children. School students teamed up with educators, experts, and community members to study water issues. Various activities were undertaken under this project: formation of Jal Jaagrukta clubs in schools; summer project by students where they had to conduct surveys on water through questionnaire method, devise games around this theme; field visits to water-treatment plants; water audits carried out at school level; inter-school poster making and caricature making competitions were also organized.