The Live Green UP Campaign 2016 by the Times of India, to create awareness about environment through school children, turned out to be a great encouragement for students and citizens alike.
Vidyatree Modern World College’s project was adjudged the best among 150 innovative models from around prestigious 100 schools of Lucknow and Uttar Pradesh. The mandate for the competition was to present a project proposal to make the city of Lucknow and the state of UP more ‘GREEN’ or environment friendly.
The project ‘Eco-friendly Infrastructure’, made by Apoorv Kapoor from standard 12th and Suryansh Singh and Priyanshi Rastogi from 10th, explored the idea of mass smog cleaners that recycle the pollutants into bricks, a water extractor which absorbs water molecules from moist air and converts it into water; and to paint roads and buildings with pollution reducing chemicals was greatly appreciated by the panel of judges.
Having researched thoroughly for their model and its working, they were able to answer questions related to its actual working and costs included, which was appreciated by the Chief Minister during the award ceremony. “Good work. Hope to see you next year as well”, said the Chief Minister, encouraging the team and seeming impressed.
Schools from the city that participated in the campaign were: Christ Church College, La Martiniere Girl’s College, Study Hall, CMS Mahanagar I, Loreto Convent, Seth MR Jaipuria School (two Teams), Army Public School Nehru Road (three teams), Montfort Inter College, DPS Indiranagar, DPS Jankipuram, CMS Mahanagar II, CMS Indiranagar, CMS Station Road, Amity International School (four teams), The Millennium School (three teams), DPS Gomti Nagar, DPS Eldeco, Tender Hearts Kursi Road, Tender Hearts Mahanagar, CMS Rajendra Nagar, St. Teresa’s College (two teams), Hoerner College, LPS Sharda Nagar, CMS Gomti Nagar I, CMS Gomti Nagar II, CMS Mahanagar III, Springdale College Indiranagar (two teams), Springdale College LDA, Sri Shiv Chandra Public College, LPC Jankipuram, LPC Jopling Road, LPC Gomti Nagar (two teams), Modern Academy, Army Public School SP Marg, CMS Rajajipuram (two teams), Colvin’s Taluqdar College, CMS Kanpur Road, CMS RSDO, Vibgyor High, Army Public School LBS Marg (two teams) and LPS Vrindavan among others.
The Innovation Lab of the Uttar Pradesh government has shortlisted the VMWC team’s model to actually implement it. For which they will have a session with the winning team to understand the know-how of the design.
This was the second edition of the LiveGreen campaign by the Times of India and the VMWC team had bagged honours during the first edition of the campaign in 2015 as well, by coming in among the top four schools of Lucknow.
Vidyatree Modern, with its IB curriculum, focuses on development of 5 skills – communication, research, social, thinking and self-management, and it is evident by the honours received during two consecutive years that VMWC students are coming up as innovators and leaders with the necessary skills for the 21st Century.