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5 April 2012 Role of ICT in Sustainable Development - The Road Ahead The Financial Express
17 November 2011 Seminar on ICT in education for sustainable development TERI
6 November 2011 Educational Camp at Kothi (Manali) TERI
2 November 2011 Seminar on ICT in ESD in Shimla and Chandigarh TERI
3 May 2010 Report on Drinking Water Testing activity Shastri Model School, Phase-1, Mohali

 
Educational Camp at Kothi (Manali)
TERI, 6 November 2011
 

The Educating Youth for Sustainable Development (EYSD) division at TERI organized a three day educational trip for students and teachers to Kothi Village (near Manali) from 6-10 November 2011. The project in partnership with Dell Computers is designed to create a motivated force of students, who can share and exchange their views and ideas about issues related to climate change through real and virtual means. Currently the project is in its third year of implementation and targeting more than 600 schools from Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi, Mohali, Jaipur, Shimla, Mumbai, Mysore, Pondicherry and Medak.
The Kothi camp was attended by enthusiastic students from different schools of Delhi and Jaipur. Kothi is a picturesque village at the bottom of Rohtang Pass. Situated at a distance of 12km from Manali town, this village offers an enthralling view of the deep valleys through which the River Beas flows freely. Snow-capped mountain ranges, glaciers and flourishing valleys are the main attractions of this picturesque location. The team and staff of Mountain Cruize, an educational institution provided the local support and facilities.

On day one, the students were taken on a trek to Gulaba peaks to get acclimatized to mountainous region and cold weather. The trek focused on the kind of routes, way of walking and breathing strategies was the center of discussion. A session was conducted by Dr S S Samant, Director, G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Kullu in which the students got insights on the various floral and faunal species of the Himalayan region. The session was followed by dividing students into five groups and involving them into a team building activity. Students were asked to build a steady tower out of the twigs that they were to collect from the forest area. The idea was to optimally use whatever was available. Day two was especially dedicated to village study and leadership activities. In the course of the hiking and village study activity in Kothi village, the students mingled with the local villagers and learnt about their self-sustained lifestyle. Each group was asked to perform a skit on the lifestyle of the rural populace in the region. On day three, the students got a taste of adventure sports when they took part in rock-climbing and rappelling sessions organized under the supervision of trained professionals from Mountain Cruize.

The camp met its aim of introducing youth to adventure, inculcate leadership qualities and environmental awareness while having all the fun. The students were trained on remote wilderness expeditions, outdoor skills and environmental ethics in some of nature's wildest and awe-inspiring classrooms. Kothi camp provides the ideal setting for this unique education. The camping trip was well appreciated by the students and the teachers. Their unbound zeal and enthusiasm coupled with the serene beauty of the Himalayas made the trip a huge success.