Narendrapur, October 24, 2019:(ONT Bureau ) Aimed at creating awareness and understanding about environmental issues among school students, Tata Steel BSL launched ‘The Green School Project’ of Tata Steel in association with New Delhi based ‘The Energy and Resources Institute’ (TERI) at Nuahata Upgraded High School, under Banarpal block.
Mr Abhimanyu Sethi, Block Education Officer (BEO), Odapada, Mr Lalit Mohan Sahu, BEO, Banarpal,MrManikant Naik, Chief, Corporate Services, Tata Steel BSL, Mr Saroj Banerjee, Chief, Environment, Tata Steel BSL,Ms Livleen K Kahlon, Associate Director, TERI were present during the formal launch the programme.
The project aims to create awareness and sensitize students, teachers and community on issues related to environment through classroom teaching and outdoor activities. The project focusses on empowering the next generation through distinct pedagogy, green curricula and project-based learning.
Since 2017, the project has been running successfully in other operational areasof Tata Steel in 40 schools in different parts of the country. Following the last two phases, in Phase III, 4 schools of Anguland Dhenkanal Districts-Kusupanga Nodal High School, Kurunti UP School, SSS High School, Kurunti, Nuahata Upgraded High School, Gopabandhu High School, Khaliberana and UP School, Khaliberana have been added.
Appreciating the initiativeMrAbhimanyu Sahu said that, this will go a long way in shaping young minds on sustainability issues and urged the children to sincerely participate in the programme.
Expressing happiness over the launch of The Green School project’, MrManikant Naik said: “Tata Steel BSL has been proactive in initiating projects towards a sustainable future. Students being the best change agents in the journey towards addressing the challenges of climate change and sustainbility, I am hopeful that this project will help as a platform in creating the much needed awareness on the subject. .
The project will encompass year-round activities related to environment in schools for one year where ‘whole school’ approach is being adopted with emphasis on students of Class 6 to 8 in the formal schools for capacity building initiatives. More than 120 students along with teachers from 4schools participated in the event.
Among others, senior officials of Tata Steel BSL, teachers of participating schools were present in the programme.Mr Pankaj Pradhan, Sarpanch Kusupanga, MrSachidananda Behera, Sarpanch, Nuahata,MrDibyahas Roy, Head, CSR, Tata Steel BSL were present on the occasion.
About Tata Steel BSL
Tata Steel BSL Limited (BSL), formerly known as Bhushan Steel Limited ( BSL), is India’s fifth largest flat steel producing company with an existing steel production capacity of 5.6 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2019. It has India’s largest Cold Rolled Steel Plant and is one of the largest suppliers of automotive grade and high carbon special steel in the country. BSL recorded a gross revenue of gross revenue of US $ 3004.49 Million (INR 20,892 crore) in FY19. The organisation is spread across India with an employee base of over 5,600. On May 18, 2018, the then BSL was acquired by Tata Steel Limited through its wholly-owned subsidiary Bamnipal Steel Limited. Tata Steel BSL was felicitated with several awards including Global Safety Award 2016 by Energy and Environment Foundation for outstanding achievement in implementing Prime Minister of India’s Swachha Bharat Mission, Environment Excellence Award 2016 from Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Kolkata for its exemplary environment performance, Appreciation award for pollution control for 2016 by Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Ispat Suraksha Puraskar 2018 (for the performance year 2016-17) organized by the ‘Joint Committee on Safety, Health & Environment in the Steel Industry’ (JCSSI).