School Nursery Yojana: Salient Features
School Nursery Yojana: Salient FeaturesQuestion: School Nursery Yojana has recently been launched by MoEF. Examine the salient features of this scheme.
- The School Nursery Yojana aims to bring students closer to nature and inculcate urgency in them for initiating activities to promote environmental conservation
- School Nursery Yojana involves children in raising saplings in nurseries created within their school campuses
- Around 10,000 schools will be covered across the country as per the scheme in the next 3 years
- Selected schools will receive grant of INR 25,000 within the first year and INR 10,000 per year for the coming two years
- As per this scheme, students will sow seeds and grow saplings in the school nursery for their practical exercise for biology classes or extra curricular activities
- Students will carry out tree census in their school and locality as per this Yojana
- 1000 schools will be covered under this scheme within one year of its launch
- It will grow to cover 5,000 schools next year and close to 10,000 schools after that
- School Nursery Yojana will also enable schools for distributing saplings to students for planting in their homes and surrounding areas
- The focus of the scheme is to create young green warriors
- Via this Yojana, ministry will create an army of young green warriors
- Ministry will support schools for providing facilities for raising saplings for use in schools and by students
About School Nursery
- A school nursery will be within a small space of a minimum of 100 square meter for making beds for raising saplings and for activities pertaining to nursery related activities
- This includes preparing, planting a mixture of good earth, soil and manure, filling of earthen pots and storage of seeds
- Every school nursery will create around 1000 saplings each year
School will be given encouragement to take up the following activities :
ii. Rain water harvesting
iii. Water recycling
Facts and Stats
- More than 60 participating schools and 2500 students have received saplings of their choice from a wide range of species as part of this scheme
- Medicinal plants that were distributed include ‘Neem’, ‘Jamun’, ‘Amaltas’, ‘Kachnar’, ‘Bahera’, ‘Amla’ and ‘Begonia’.
- Herbal plants distributed in India include ‘Tulsi’, ‘Lemon Grass’, ‘Giloi’, ‘Ashwagandha’, ‘Haldi’ and ‘Ilaichi’.
- Packets of the seeds were given to students including ‘Kachnar’, ‘Papdi’, ‘Kaner’, ‘Neem’ and ‘Begonia’.
- Close to 5000 saplings were distributed to school students and nearby residents