Mumbai, 14th November 2022: Today (November 14), the higher and technical education division of Maharashtra, in partnership with UNICEF Mumbai, unveiled a youth-led effort to protect the environment and address concerns brought on by climate change. A total of 7.1 lakh student volunteers (between the ages of 17 and 25) from chosen universities in Maharashtra will be given the opportunities under this programme.
Along with youth-driven NGOs operating in the same field, this project will include student volunteers from National Service Scheme (NSS) units from Mumbai University, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Nanded’ Swami Ramanand Tirth Marathwada University, Shivaji University in Kolhapur, Rashtrasanta Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University, and Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.
The partnership, which was completed on Children’s Day, will give kids training and fieldwork opportunities by giving them experience working with specialised organisations active in the area. For their involvement, students will get recognition such as fellowships, certificates, college credits, and green skilling.
On the occasion of Children’s Day, Chandrakant Patil, the minister of higher and technical education for Maharashtra, launched the programme at Mumbai University’s Kalina campus. He said that India has the largest population of young people and they will grow up to be responsible Indians in the future. The three-year programme will be divided into phases where volunteers will receive training on sustainability, the environment, and water conservation.
Vikas Rastogi, principal secretary of the department of higher and technical education, welcomed the collaboration and stated that it would teach environmentally responsible behaviours in the children and transform society as a whole.
According to the list compiled by the Indian Council of Energy, Environment, and Water, Maharashtra comes in third place in terms of climate change behind Assam and Andhra Pradesh.