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Green project ticket to UK

Motilal Nehru Public School on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad

A lot has been said about environment conservation by recycling waste products. Grown-ups can now take lessons on the subject from students of Motilal Nehru Public School.

A vermicompost project undertaken by four students of the Jamshedpur cradle has found a place among the 11 best innovations of the country at the IIMT-Oxford Brookes University Innovation Challenge 2013.

The competition was instituted in 2010 by IIMT-Gurgaon and Oxford Brookes University, UK, to create a platform for expression of innovative ideas by young Indian students. The idea is to address the problems faced by the country and bring out a change at the grassroots with a sustainable solution.

Students of Motilal Nehru Public School have gathered organic waste from the school and two restaurants and are converting it into manure with the help of earthworms. They have planned to give the organic fertiliser, once ready, to either Jusco or the nearest nursery.

The school has cleared three rounds. Class XII students Surbhi Kumari, Faizal Raza, Shubham Sharma and Prerna Kumari of Class X will make the final presentation at a function in Delhi on December 6.

“It is indeed a great feeling that we have worked on something practical, which could serve as a model for environment conservation. We are keeping our fingers crossed for the final in Delhi,” said principal Ashu Tiwary.

Of 11 finalists, there will be five winners. The champions will get a chance to travel to UK. The runners-up will get laptops. The third, fourth and fifth placed schools will receive cash prizes of Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.

Bokaro’s Pentecostal Assembly School has also booked a berth in the final.

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