Maharashtra: More than 7 thousand students to be trained by UNICEF to work for the environment

The Maharashtra State Department of Higher and Technical Education, in partnership with UNICEF Mumbai, on Monday announced a youth-driven initiative to conserve natural resources and work towards solving the problems posed by climate change. Under this programme, a total of 7.1 lakh student volunteers (age group 17-25 years) from selected universities in Maharashtra will be empowered to work for these causes.

The student volunteers from the National Service Scheme (NSS) units of the University of Bombay, Savitribai Phule University Pune, Nanded’ Swami Ramanand Tirth Marathwada University, Shivaji University Kolhapur, Rashtrasanta Tukdoji Maharaj University Nagpur and Babasaheb University Ambedkar Marathwada will be part of this project. with NGOs driven by young people working in the same sector.

The collaboration completed on Children’s Day will offer young people training and field work platforms offering them work experience with professional organizations working in the territory. Students will receive scholarships, certificates, university qualifications, green skills among others for their participation.

Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil, who launched the program at Mumbai University’s Kalina campus on the occasion of Children’s Day, said, “India has the highest number of youth population. And we hope that this young generation of today will become responsible Indians of tomorrow. The three-year program will be in different phases where volunteers will be trained on water conservation, environment and sustainability issues” .

Welcoming the collaboration, Higher and Technical Education department principal secretary Vikas Rastogi said, “This will inculcate environment-friendly habits among these youth and also bring about changes in the society at large. Maharashtra ranks third after Assam and Andhra Pradesh in climate change in the list published by the Energy, Environment and Water Council of India.”

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