Thursday, September 9, 2010

Two girls bag Santhigiri Young Environment Scientist Award

The ‘Santhigiri Young Environment Scientist Award’, instituted by Santhigiri Ashram to promote awareness about environmental issues among school students, was today presented to two girls, Anagha Menon and Sheraf Susan Cherukutty, by the President of East Timor and the 1996 Nobel Laureate, Jose Ramos Horta, at the Santhigiri International Conference on Global Warming, Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Secular Spirituality.

Each Award consists of a cash component of Rs.10001, a memento and a certificate. The winners were chosen after a state-wide competition in Kerala for Higher Secondary and High Secondary School students under the ‘Santhigiri Edu. Fest.’

While Anagha Menon of the Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Thrissur, bagged the first prize in the Higher Secondary School category, Sheraf Susan Cherukutty of the Vaduthala Don Bosco Senior Secondary School got the Young Environment Scientist Award in the High School category.

The three-day International Conference, organized by the Santhigiri Research Foundation in collaboration with UNESCO and the American Center, was inaugurated by Mr Horta at Santhigiri Ashram this morning.

As part of ‘Santhigiri Expo’, being organized alongside the International Conference, school students will present working models and still models about climate change, sustainable development etc. The student making the best model would be awarded with the Young Scientist Award, consisting of a cash award, certificate and memento.

A Best School Award would also be given at the end of the Santhigiri Cultural Festival featuring mime, quiz, skit, group song etc.

It has been decided that the ‘Santhigiri Edu Fest’ will be held every year on the occasion of ‘Navapoojitham’, the birthday of Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru, the founder of Santhigiri Ashram.

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