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Students will also engage in ‘Adopt a Plant’ initiative with 1500 saplings in three cities.

ONGC TERI Biotech Limited  (OTBL) has recently launched a new educational programme called ‘Protectors of the Environment’ to sensitize and motivate young school children and  adults in environment conservation under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. This programme will employ several tools such as visual  instruction and hands-on application and learning, which are designed to  inspire children to translate ‘thought’ into ‘action’.

The programme will be conducted in 15 underprivileged government and  private schools of Ahmedabad, Ankleshwar and Mehsana in Gujarat-an operational area for OTBL , involving more than 2000 students from class VI  to IX. Students will learn the concepts of renewable energy, water and waste  management as part of the principles of Sustainable Development through books specially developed for this programme by TERI. The students will also  be engaged to undertake a plantation drive and monitor the growth of the trees.

Shri A K Dwivedi, Director (Exploration),  ONGC and Chairman, OTBL, while launching the Programme, said, “There is no  denying the fact that the environment is constantly changing. We have started  to experience the adverse impacts of environmental degradation and painfully beginning to learn that environmental resources are limited and need to be  sensitive to everything that we do today. To make sure that the future  generations do not experience the worse, we need to prepare them with the  ideals and requirements of sustainability. Hence, this initiative by OTBL under  its CSR programmes."

Dr Banwari Lal, Director and CEO, OTBL  stated, “We are all dependent on Earth for our basic needs, and have been  using the resources (mostly non-renewable) for years and years now. It is very  evident with growing population and extensive use of natural resources that our  future generations may be deprived of and may face scarcity to meet their  needs. Through OTBL’s initiatives by educating young children on the importance  of environment conservation, it is hoped the next generation would be more environmentally conscious and sensitive in protecting this vital resource in  years to come.”

Designed in three phases over a period of  one year, following will be the major areas of activities throughout the course of the programme:

First Phase- Introductory session  will be organised with students, which includes forming a group of students  known as Environment Protectors establishing a plant protector club;  and introducing ‘Adopt a Plant’ initiative by students for 500 saplings in each city.

Second Phase- Through interactive activities, performing arts, and project-based learning,  environment experts will address  environment issues raised by students. Participants will be monitored on the  level of increase in their sensitivity towards environment, awareness of the  impact of their actions and measures taken by them towards a cleaner  environment.

Third Phase- An impact analysis of the programme will be done to see how  beneficial this programme was towards environment. The most proactive  environment protector will be applauded for his/her efforts towards a Greener  Planet.

About OTBL:

ONGC TERI Biotech Limited (OTBL) is a Joint Venture of Oil and Natural  Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) - a Fortune 500 Maharatna Government of India  Enterprise, the largest crude and gas producing company in India, and The  Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) - an independent, not-for-profit research  institute focused on energy, environment, and sustainable development and  devoted to efficient and sustainable use of natural resources.

OTBL is currently engaged  in providing large-scale bioremediation solutions to Oil and Gas Industry in  India and abroad, by application of ‘OILZAPPER’ for cleaning up oil  spills, undertaking MeOR and WDP (Wax Deposition Prevention) / PDB(Paraffin  Deposition Bacteria) jobs for the prevention of paraffin deposition in oil well  tubing and surface flow lines.


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