ECOLOGICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES BY STUDENTS.Preamble :
a Conference held under UNEP/UNESCO/IEEP for the first time defined the
aims and objectives of any ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION. The aims and
objectives were AWARENESS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL and PARTICIPATION to the
Individual and Community. Over 30 years all over the world the objectives
of ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (EE) have implied in almost all countries in
Ecological illiteracy is a curse on the modern urban civilized living. A young boy or a girl does not know where we get life supports. Gandhiji desired that the real education is one wherein any individual knows about the very surrounding. The wastage of materials and energy sources and the waste accumulation is an indication of the direction in which the urban living can be visualized in the future. It is for this, it is said that “ In Urban places, Man gets freedom but looses sense of direction” . Present day younger generation in the schools and the colleges are unfortunately being de-linked from the present living environmental conditions. The inter-linking of the younger generation in schools and colleges to the living environment is inevitable. Informal education by the science nature clubs in academic institutions can be effectively involved in the awareness and useful data generation with the help for senior citizens, scientists and experts in the field.
non-formal environmental education model " Ecological &
Environmental Studies by Students" (EESS)
contributed based on a pilot study has been listed as one of the 20
outstanding initiatives around the world in the eco-education guide by the
Earth day Network for global usage. The
EESS Model was initially developed in 1987-88 by over 32
arts, science and commerce students, a teacher and 3 community experts
lead by environmental engineer V. Jagannatha along with his four Space
Scientist colleagues at Bangalore. The model being used since 1988
envisages community empowerment through students non-formal studies,
documentation and reporting on the civic and environmental
problems existing with the community.
: The Ecological and Environmental Education by
Students is a simple zero-cost informal field based model involving
student, teacher, community experts and concerned agencies.
Students study real
environment irrespective of their educational background for 32 hours in a
year spread over 8 months with one hour a week. They critically study a
parameter of environment such as water quality, lakes, vehicles, flora
& fauna, slums, industries and so on. Community experts and interested
teachers provide the specific theoretical
and field guidelines. Concerned departments and agencies provide the
required data and information wherever available. For more on EESS model
model was first implemented and the results were presented by 32
students during 1987. Later, it was presented at the State Popular
Science Conference at Tumkur in Bharat Jana Vigyana Jatha organized by the
Karnataka Rajya Vigyana Parishat,1987. The model has been tested in five
developing countries in South America through CES-Intag, India and
International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC),Japan.
Recently, the informal model was accepted for presentation in education
methodology conference at IDATER'99, UK.
Agastya proposes to formalize this initiative by coordinating a programme
organised jointly with the ministries of Education and the Ecology &
Environment in the Government of Karnataka, and make the real study
(theory & practical) of the ecology & environment an integral part
of the School/College curriculum. The programme would be initiated in 25
select educational institutions in Bangalore. These institutions would be
selected to represent the cross-section on the basis of the geographical
zones, demography & level of education.
EESS Model is conceived, designed and implemented by Er. V Jagannatha, a
Space Environmental Engineer, and one of the Honorary Director, Project
primary objective of EESS in Project Agastya
To facilitate deployment of factual information for the application of environmental sound life style and practices amongst various stakeholders in domestic, industrial and services sector at Bangalore through younger generation with the support of community.
other objectives of this Programme are
program would be represented by the Educational & Research
Institutions, the ministries of Education and the Ecology &
Environment in the Government of Karnataka, various stake-holders of the
Water Resources, the Civic authorities, the Corporate, the Domestic
Consumers (both domestic & commercial) and other like-minded
individuals & Organizations.
addition to UNIDO-ICAMT & the 25/Bangalore Foundation, Project Agastya
shall consider partnering with a few select organisations, viz.,
Educational & Research Institutions.
The ministries of Education, Ecology & Environment in the
Government of Karnataka.
The British Council & the British Council Library.
The FKCCI/CII/GMCI, etc.
The Institution Engineers (India), Bangalore Chapter.
Individuals/Corporate bodies/ Organisations willing to sponsor the
we can offer to our Partners :
& Date :
is proposed to have this Programme organised during the last week of
July 2003. The date & Venue would be finalised
after consulting the concurrence of our Partners.