Education Minister Ranoj Pegu on Thursday launched the School Biodiversity Register (SBR) at the State Mission Office of Education in the presence of the Chief Secretary of the Education Department with a view to developing the flora and fauna and rich biodiversity of the state. Kalyan Chakraborty, and Mission Director, All Education, Assam, Roshni Aparanji Korati. The article will also give the ability to create a baseline database for biodiversity so that various parameters such as endangered and extinct species can be properly assessed.
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The SBR is designed as a record of human knowledge, perceptions and attitudes about Chakravarti’s brain, natural resources, plants and animals, their use and preservation in villages or panchayats which will create a database in every school where all common species of plants and animals can be found.
“We have started SBR as schools have reopened with the reduction of covid cases. Teacher training has started, ”Chakraborty told TOI.
He said planting saplings on school premises would be encouraged as these trees could later become an asset. Agarwood gardens, valuable for making perfumes, will be encouraged. “Tree planting will increase the value of schools. Some species are endemic to Assam, ”Chakraborty added.
An agar sapling, which costs around Rs 15, can fetch Rs 50,000 over seven years, he said. He said the idea could be replicated in colleges. Agarwood is described as liquid gold because the glue produced is used in the expensive perfume industry.
SBR will be maintained in all primary and secondary schools under the state government. There will be a nodal teacher to facilitate students to maintain SBR. The School Management Committee and the School Management Development Committee as well as local community members will assist in this process. Documentation of available species will be done with pictures and videographs. A photo album will be maintained at the school.
Pegu emphasizes the importance of biodiversity because it is our heritage that should be protected. “This program will help create a biodiversity management plan for the area to conserve existing and rare endangered species,” he said.