HRD ministry will work to make students sensitive about environment: Javadekar


Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that his Ministry will work to make students environmentally sensitive by adopting sustainable practices and low carbon lifestyle.

Observing that India played a “very important” role in the recent Paris Climate Change conference and arrival of a consensus for the agreement “would not have been possible” without it, Javadekar said that the world now must follow India and realise its climate commitments.

“Imparting the value system of sustainable practices to our students is one of our mission. As far as HRD Ministry is concerned, I believe future generation has to be ecologically sensitive.

“It (future generation) has to be ready with sustainable practices and low carbon lifestyle. That is what we will emphasise on and give through education,” Javadekar said during a conference on ‘Post-Paris Climate Change Action’.

Javadekar identified the role of HRD to make students aware and environmentally sensitive by adopting sustainable practices and low carbon lifestyle, an official statement later said quoting him.

“HRD will emphasis this aspect in contributing towards fullling the promises made in the Paris agreement,” it said.

He also termed India’s decision to upscale its solar energy target as a “game changer” at the summit and said that instead of following the earlier style of opposing the terms, India set out to propose alternative formulations at the summit.

“India played a very important role in the Paris agreement and without India it would not have been possible to arrive at a consensus. It was primarily because Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership who led from the front.

“Upscaling the target of renewable in solar from 20 GW to 100 GW, making addition of 60 GW of wind and 10 GW biomass and hydro, this was the game changer,” he said. .