earthian – Wipro's national sustainability engagement program for schools and colleges
Bangalore, India - January 18, 2014:
Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT), a leading global information technology, consulting and outsourcing company today announced the winners of the third edition of its earthian program. earthian, designed in two phases, is Wipro’s unique program on sustainability learning for schools and colleges.
In the first phase, Wipro selects the best institutional entries after running a national level program open to all schools and colleges. In the second phase, the selected institutions are part of a three year continuous engagement program, a collaborative exercise that brings the institute and sustainability expert partners together to create unique learning experiences and approaches for teachers and students.
In this edition, the schools were asked to participate in an activity based program on the central theme of 'Water'. This program sought to impart a better understanding of the theme through activities that included studying the demand and usage of water, water trail and water quality in their respective schools. In the second segment of the program, the schools were required to submit essays that conveyed the essence of their understanding of subjects such as energy, agriculture & food, climate change, issues of equity, biodiversity and historical trends in each of these subjects, in a national and global context. An activity book, which detailed the linkages of the program to academic curriculum and how teachers can get involved in the program, was made available for all participating institutes.
Teams from colleges were asked to participate by submitting a critical and well-reasoned essay, narrative or script which explores multiple dimensions of sustainability issues such as climate change, cities, water stress, and biodiversity loss, and also explore alternative paradigms.
In the 2013 edition of the annual earthian program, Wipro received over 600 submissions from across India, from which 30 institutes have been selected as winners by an independent expert jury.
The winning institutions were awarded a trophy and cash prizes. The awards were distributed by Mr Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer of Wipro Ltd as part of a day long event at the Nimhans Convention Centre in Bengaluru that saw a rich agenda of expert talks, exhibitions and a musical performance.
Speaking on the initiative, Mr Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer of Wipro Ltd, said, "The objective of the earthian program is to embed sustainability learning among schools and colleges. This is our third edition and we continue to be encouraged by the extent and intensity of participation from students, teachers and faculty from schools and colleges across the country. Our hope and belief is that a program like earthian will act as a catalyst in helping create sustainable change in our environment and society by influencing the thoughts and actions of our future citizens".
The winning schools include Aditya Public School, Doddaballapur, Karnataka; A G High School and G and D Parikh Higher Secondary School, Ahmedabad, Gujarat; Bhavans Vidya Mandir, Eroor, Kochi, Kerala; Gyan Mandir Public School, New Delhi; Government Basic School Sheikhdurwa W. Champaran, Bihar; Kasturba Gandhi Avasay Baalakiya Vidyalaya, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh; Lilavatibai Podar Senior Secondary High School Mumbai, Maharashtra; Rajakeya Maadhyamik Vidyalay, Saratara, Jaipur, Rajasthan; Rajakiya Jain Gurukul, Ajmer, Rajasthan; Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi; Prakriya Green Wisdom School Team, Bangalore, Karnataka.
The winning colleges include IIM Shillong, Shillong, Meghalaya; IIM Kozhikode, Kozhikode, Kerala; RV College of Engineering Bangalore, Karnataka; Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra; TERI University, New Delhi; Samundra Institute Of Maritime Studies, Pune, Maharashtra; Vellore Institute Of Technology, Vellore, Tamil Nadu; National Law University Jodhpur, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Rajakiya Jain Gurukul, Ajmer and IIM Shillong also received the earthian – TN Khoshoo award in the school and college category respectively.
IIM Kozhikhode and Prakriya Green Wisdom School received special awards in recognition of being selected as best entries for 3 years in a row. Jayanthi Sridhar, a teacher from Sri Kumaran Childrens Home received a special award for her commitment and mentoring.
The selected institutions become part of a three year continuous engagement program, a collaborative exercise that brings the institute and sustainability partners together to create unique learning experiences and approaches for teachers and students.
About Wipro Ltd.
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