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JAMMU: A two-day Workshop on conservation of environment through education for the officers of School Education Department concluded at Forest Information Centre, Jammu. The workshop was organised by WWF-India in collaboration with Department of School Education, J&K in which Ek Prithvi – Jammu and Kashmir projects was also launched yesterday on the first day of programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Director School Education Jammu Anuradha Gupta expressed her satisfaction on the way Herbal garden scheme is operational in J&K State. She impressed upon the functionaries to work with more vigour and zeal so that this becomes a doable model for other schools. She also made a mention of innovative schemes being launched by the Department of education.

Applauding the Ek Prithvi Programme and its efforts, she said that it will run in more than 60 schools of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions, and will empower more than 30,000 students in various herbal garden and conservation projects. She also mentioned that the School Education Department is working in 644 School Herbal Gardens across the state with financial assistance from National Medicinal plants Board, New Delhi and Samagra Shiksha (MHRD) which has the highest number of Herbal Gardens in any State in India.

Director Environment Education WWF-India Dr. Radhika Suri, Team Leader Western Himalayas Landscape WWF-India Dr. Pankaj Chandan, State Nodal Officer Herbal garden Scheme Manzoor Javaid and Divisional Nodal Officer Shashikant Lakhanpal along with CEOs, Principals of DIETs, Principals of Higher Secondary schools, District Coordinators, curators and educationists were among others who attended the workshop.

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