Programmes/Schemes/ Policies/Notifications

National Environment Awareness Campaign

The objective of the scheme is to create mass awareness among general public, students and other target groups about environmental problems and to take measures for environment protection by active involvement of Students, NGOs, rural masses and general public. The scheme was initiated by Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India (MEF, GOI) in 1986. PSCST is acting as Regional Agency for Punjab and Chandigarh. Theme for NEAC 2009-10 is "Climate Change". To participate in NEAC during a particular year, interested agencies may submit proposals to the Council as per format before the last date specified by the MEF, GOI. Proforma may be obtained from the Council or downloaded from the website.

Council also celebrates all environmentally important days such as World Wetland Day  (2nd February), Earth Day (22nd April) World Environment Day (5th June), International Day for Preservation of Ozone layer (16th Sep), International Day for Conservation of Biodiversity (22nd May), etc. by motivating all active NGOs and Schools/institutions in Punjab. Participating agencies take up following activities on the occasion of celebration of Environment related days:

·        Planting of local tree species.

·        Cleaning of Public places/school compounds/ponds/drains, etc.

·        Organization of film or slide shows at community centers, Schools, Colleges, Museums, etc. on environmental themes.

·        Organization of puppet shows, street dramas, folk dances, songs, etc. to focus on the need to protect our environment.

·        Saving water, repairing leaking pipes and joints, installing flow reducers at business premises/factories/mills.

·        Reducing water use in garden by using drip or sprinkler systems.

·        Installation of rain water harvesting system for management and storage of rain water.

·        Choosing products that are recyclable and also products made from recycled materials.

·        Walking or riding a bike for short trips.

·        Donating unwanted but usable items.

·        Initiate the establishment of plant nurseries in schools, villages, etc.

·        Organising simple exhibitions, fairs, melas, etc. on environment.

·        Organising public debates and discussions on environment Vs. development in local languages for the general public.

·        Organising quiz/essay/painting/poster competitions on environment for school children.

            Further, teachers, eco-clubs students members, NGOs, etc. celebrating environment related days may themselves present and solicit ideas on what to do for particular day. They may form groups to discuss and rank the ideas and add new ones. They may pick the top one, two, or three and devise plans to make them happen.

           To download the Performa for submission of Projects under NEAC, click followings:-

Performa-1

Performa-2

Contact Person: Dr. S.S. Ladhar, ssladhar@pscst.com

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National Green Corps Programme

Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India has initiated National Green Corps (NGC) programme for implementation through the mechanism of Eco-Clubs set up in schools from Class V-XII all over the country. Under this scheme 250 schools have been selected from each district. Each school is being provided financial aid of Rs. 2,500/- per year. Besides, trainings and retrainings are conducted for Incharge-teachers and resource material on environment aspects is provided to each school. Objectives of the scheme are :-

·        To make children understand environment and environmental problems.

·        To provide environmental education opportunities for school children.

·        To utilize the unique position of school children as conduits for awareness of the society at large.

·        To facilitate children’s participation in decision making in areas related to environment & development.

·        To bring children into direct contact with the environmental problems facing the society they live in and make them think of solutions.

·        To involve children in action based programmes related to environment in their surroundings.

Each NGC school has constituted eco-clubs of 30-35 students to take up environment awareness activities under the supervision of eco-club incharge teacher. In all 5000 schools in Punjab are covered under this programme. Schools are suggested to take up following activities:

·        Organise seminars, debate, lectures & popular talks on environmental issues in the school.

·        Field visits to environmentally important sites including polluted and degraded sites, wildlife parks, etc.

·        Organise rallies, marches, human chains and street theater at public places with a view to spread environmental awareness.

·        Action based activities like tree plantation, cleanliness drives both within and outside the school campus.

·        Grow kitchen gardens, maintain vermi-composting pits, construct water-harvesting structures in school, practice paper recycling, etc.

·        Prepare inventories of polluting sources and forward it to enforcement agencies.

·        Organise awareness programmes against defecation in public places, pasting posters in public places and to propagate personal hygiene habits like washing hands before meals, etc.

·        Maintenance of public places like parks, gardens both within and outside the  school campus.

·        Mobilise action against environmentally unsound practices like garbage disposal in unauthorized places, unsafe disposal of hospital waste, etc.

·        Celebrate two environmentally important days in a befitting manner.

Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST) organized a 3 days training programme for Master Trainers of Punjab & Chandigarh at Golden Jubilee Conference Hall, Panjab University, Chandigarh from January 29-31, 2008 with the support of Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India. In all 80 Master Trainers (4 from each district) from Punjab and 4 Master Trainers from Chandigarh participated in the training. Eminent experts delivered lectures covering environment issues ranging from state of air and water resources, environmental degradation due to pollution from anthropogenic and other activities, biodiversity issues, climate change, depletion of ozone layer, simple ways of testing water quality using water quality testing kit, etc. Entire programme was divided into Inaugural Session and six Technical Sessions. These Master Trainers will provide training to 250 eco-club In-charge Teachers in each district.

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Celebration of National Science Day:

National Science Day is celebrated under the aegis of NCSTC, DST, Govt. of India on or around 28th of February every year. The choice of the date is linked to the discovery of the Raman Effect. Each year, a theme is given by DST, Govt. of India under which proposals are invited from Institutes and NGOs. Activities like exhibitions, competitions, lectures, seminars, slide shows, workshops, training camps etc. are carried out. Every year more than 50 schools, colleges, institutions and voluntary organizations participate in this activity including the universities of the State. Also, a State level science essay writing competition is organized under this activity for the students of 12- 17 years of age on popular science topics.

Click here to download Proforma for request of grant under National Science Day.

Contact Person: Dr. Neelam Gulati Sharma, ngsharma@pscst.com

Contact Person: Dr. K.S.Bath, ksbath@pscst.com

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Celebration of Technology Day:

National Technology Day is celebrated each year on 11th of May to high light the technological and scientific achievements of the country. The Council celebrates this Day with the help of Technical Institutes of the state, NGOs and Educational Institutes. Activities such as, exhibitions, competitions, debates, lectures etc. are organized under this programme to high light the emerging technologies in different sectors.

Click here to download Proforma for request of grant under National Technology Day.

Contact Person: Dr. Neeliam Gulati Sharma, ngsharma@pscst.com

Contact Person: Dr. K.S.Bath, ksbath@pscst.com

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Incentives to young scientists of Punjab: Financial Assistance for travel

To encourage the budding scientists/technologists from colleges, universities and institutions of Punjab and in order to acquaint them with the latest developments in various areas of science/engineering and technology, it is felt that scientists contributing significantly at the national/international seminars/symposia/training programme should be provided with travel finance assistance for meeting 50% air fare or half of the maintenance allowance, including registration. Researchers at colleges/universities and research institutions who have a minimum of 2 research publication in a refereed journal are eligible to apply. The awardee after their return shall share their experiences with the fellow scientists by way of giving lectures at the institutions other than their own parent institution where similar work is in progress.

Click Here to Download Proforma under the scheme.

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Students Project Programme

PSCST has initiated the Student Project Programme with a view to provide financial support to final year B.E., MBBS, M.E., M. Tech, M.D. M. Phil, M. Pharm, B. Pharm and M.Sc. students. The main objective and purpose of this programme is to encourage the students and faculty members of the engineering, medical colleges, polytechnics, universities and research institutions to use their talent in various branches of engineering, medical and basic sciences. This would help not only in meeting the qualitative and quantitative standards of our technical education but will also stimulate a number of students and faculty members to apply their mind to local problems and frame the project accordingly, which would be more beneficial to the State. These projects are expected to be formulated by final year students with the help of faculty which shall be financed by the Punjab Govt. through PSCST. The duration of the project shall not be more than a year and maximum financial support shall be Rs.5,000/- per project. One of the important activities of this programme is organization of a seminar-cum-exhibition every year where selected projects shall be exhibited for the benefit of the students and they are given an opportunity to explain their project work in details. These projects after completion, shall be evaluated by a subject expert in the respective field.

Click Here to Download Format for writing proposals under the scheme.

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Young Scientist Fellowship

To encourage young scientists of the state to keep up with latest developments in terms of scientific and technological skills, the Council provides nominal financial assistance for young scientists (upto 45 years of age) who are employed in the institutes of Punjab, with an objective to provide them training in different areas of S&T. Under this programme, scientists are provided with a fellowship plus contingency for undergoing specialized training any where in India for 2-6 months.

Click here to Download application Performa for the scheme.

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 Consultancy Cell

      The consultancy cell has been set up to provide consultancy services to the small-scale industry in pollution control, thus giving them compatible and cost effective solutions. The cell conducts technical feasibility studies for establishing the characteristics of waste waster / air emissions and to develop and demonstrate cost effective pollution control technologies with major emphasis on :

  • Waste minimization
  • Energy conservation
  • Cleaner production
  • Process modification and 
  • Optimum utilization of available resources

The demonstrated technologies are further replicated in industrial and rural sectors. For making the industry self reliant , its manpower is trained for the operation and maintenance of pollution  control systems.

The Council has so far developed technologies for air pollution control in Brick Kilns, Rice Shellers, Induction Furnaces, Cupola Furnaces, Flyash brick making & Rolling Mills and water pollution control in metal finishing units, parboiled rice mills & vegetable bag tanning units.  These technologies were replicated in more than 4000 industrial units mainly in Punjab. The council has also developed state of the art small bore size sewerage system which has been demonstrated in 3 villages in the state of Punjab. The Punjab government has embedded upon a plan to replicate this technology in 1000 villages in near future.

For details of technologies visit at Council’s website  www.pscst.com

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Punjab Bio-Diversity Board

The Punjab Biodiversity Board has been established in the state as a statutory body under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 to conserve and protect the natural ecosystems of the state and its flora and fauna.  The Board has been set up in the Department  of Environment to ensure that biodiversity in both, wild and cultivated areas is properly protected. The secretariat of Punjab Biodiversity Board (PBB) lies in PSCST.  The major functions of the Board include:

·        To implement the provisions of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, in the state.

·        To regulate the use of State’s biological resources, especially by granting approvals for regulating their commercial utilization and their bio-surveys/ bio-prospecting.

·        To levy collection fee for these biological resources, wherever these are harvested by business houses and individuals for industrial/ commercial use.

·        To ensure equitable sharing of benefits arising out of their commercial use with the local communities from where these resources have been accessed/ harvested.

·        To promote biodiversity conservation activities, both in agricultural and wild areas.

·        To bring to the notice of the National Biodiversity Authority such commercial use of resources by foreigners and NRIs (including intellectual property generated out of these resources).

·        To facilitate setting up of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) at village & town level and expert committees at state and district level.

·        To promote the preparation of People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) through BMCs to document available resources and protect traditional knowledge.

·        To take up capacity building programs for masses, as well as, training of line departments of the state government.

 The PBB was notified in December, 2004 under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Punjab who was also then Minister for Environment. The Board has been re-notified after completion of three year tenure vide notification no. 2/4/2000/STE (1)2875 dated 8th August, 2007. The Board initiated its activities in 2005. 

Council has been recognized as the nodal agency for biodiversity conservation in Punjab. This includes both wild & farm biodiversity. Punjab biodiversity board has been notified as a statutory body under biodiversity Act 2002 with CM as Minister Environment as its chairman and ED/PSCST as its Member Secretary. For Notification click here Notification (1, 2, 3). The Punjab biodiversity board is serviced by PSCST and has only one Scientist, one steno & one driver on consolidated salary, contract basis (Outsourcing). The Punjab biodiversity has held 3 meetings. For minutes of meeting click here.  (1, 2,3)

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ENVIS Centre on State Environment Issues

ENVIS (Environmental Information System) Centre established in PSCST is working on ‘Punjab State Environment Issues’. It is a part of decentralized system of Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India with a network of different subject oriented Centers (78 Centers all over India)  involved in collection, collation and dissemination of environment related information to decision makers, policy planners, scientists, engineers, research workers, etc.

ENVIS (Environmental Information System) Node on 'State Environmental Issues' in PSCST was established in Dec. 2002 under the World Bank assisted Project of Environment Management Capacity Building for Environmental Information System (EMCB-ENVIS) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India (GoI) to identify and highlight the Punjab state environmental problems. The Node was converted to ENVIS Centre on Jan, 2005 on ‘Status of Environment and Related Issues’ under the aegis of MoEF, GoI, under the 10th five year plan. The Punjab ENVIS Centre is making its continuous efforts for identifying and collecting information, locating data gaps, establishing linkages with information providers & users and maintaining a databank on environment issues in Punjab. The Centre was also selected as partner under Sustainable Development Network Programme (SDNP) of ENVIS Indo-Canadian Environment Facility (ICEF) Project to work on the themeatic area, ‘Agriculture & Water harvesting’.

ACTIVITIES UNDER ENVIS CENTRE

  • Development and maintenance of  a bilingual website (in English & Punjabi) : The website www.punenvis.nic.in was launched in Feb, 2005 providing information on the major issues of environmental concern in the State of Punjab with special reference to Agriculture , Air, Water, Land, Biodiversity, Demography, Energy, Solid-waste management, Environment education & awareness and Policies & legislations. It also provides information on related Departments, Weblinks, Photogallery, Maps, News items & Events. Further, additional information can be accessed from the other sublinks like Introduction, About PSCST, About ENVIS, etc. This is an interactive site with a dynamic Query-Response system and Searchable Databases on: Shiwalik Biodiversity, Air Pollution, Water Quality in Major Rivers of Punjab, Environment Literature. Punjab Environment Abstracts and Directory of Experts/NGos/GOs working in the field of Environment Education in South Asia. The Centre daily compiles news items  on the related issues

  • Publication of Newsletter, books, booklets, CD, etc. The Centre publishes quarterly Newsletter on the various issues related to the subject area. This Newsletter alongwith with  its & other collaborative publications like Punjab Environment Abstract book (1975-1995), State of Environment Reports ( Punjab & Chandigarh), Biodiversity booklet, Field Guide of Birds of Kishopur Maini wetland, etc are also available on the website.

  • Public outreach and capacity building activities: The Centre undertakes Public outreach and capacity building activities from time to time. A few of them are stated as follows:

o     A Three day Chandigarh Film Festival (outreached 3, 363 people during 9 shows)

o     Syposium on ‘ Agriculture and Environment’ attended by 137 persons

o    Assisting NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) ‘Cloudsat Education Network Programme’ and helping the State Institute for Science Education, Punjab to outreach eight selected schools (from Jalandhar and Mohali district) in Punjab among the other 10 countries ( like USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Thailand, Indonesia, etc.) in the world. Under this Programme, NASA is involving school students for ground truthing of data generated by the satellites for study of clouds and global climate under the NASA Earth Science Enterprise.

o    Celebration of environment related important days

The site can be accessed at www.punenvis.nic.in

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Patent Information Centre

Patent Information Centre (PIC) has been set up in the council in December, 1998 as a joint project of Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Govt. of Punjab to create awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and facilitate filing of patents from the region. The major objective of the centre is to provide patent search and filing facilities (Technical and Financial assistance) at the door step of innovators, researchers, R & D establishments and entrepreneurs. The centre is creating awareness on IPR issues by organizing workshops and seminars.  Further, since IPRs have been introduced as a compulsory subject in the curriculum of Technical and Vocational Education in the state the centre is also training the faculty of ITIs, Polytechnics and Engineering Colleges by organizing faculty training camps. Patent search is provided free of cost to govt. department and universities.

Further, Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises of Punjab has been also set up in PIC, PSCST. Click here for detail.

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Science and Technology for Women Empowerment

 

PSCST has been making consistent efforts to promote grass root biotechnological innovations relevant to socio-economic developmental needs of the rural areas of Punjab. Thus, DST, GOI urged PSCST to encourage universities and institutions of Punjab to develop proposals and provide them guidance for formulation of project proposals for financial support by DST, GOI under its ‘S&T for Women Programme’. The Council has already organized two interactive meets on behalf of DST, GOI and would be organizing more interactive meets during the current financial year.

Under this programme, DST, GOI supports innovative projects aimed at women empowerment.   The objectives of the programme are:

  • To promote research, development and technology transfer to improve the quality of life, working conditions and provide newer opportunities for gainful employment of women especially in rural areas.
  • To increase the contribution of women to science, technology and development.

 

The following priority areas have been identified under this scheme by DST, GOI:

  • Specific science and technology application programmes to solve the problems of women in different regions;
  • Research and development on post-harvest technology and agricultural implements used by women to improve productivity and reduce drudgery;
  • Utilization of agricultural and animal residues through technologies, which provide opportunities for income generation;
  • Improved practices for higher income in new technological areas;
  • Sustainable utilization & value addition to natural resources;
  • Research, development and demonstration programmes on key issues pertaining to women’s health and nutrition.
  • Design, fabrication and improvement of tools implements, equipment and instruments used by women in different occupations in formal and non-formal sectors;
  • Upgradation of traditional skills for utilization of available resources and providing means for women to enter into the organized sector or for starting entrepreneurial production or service units;
  • Selective studies on issues concerning women scientists and engineers.
  • Providing opportunities to Women scientists after a break in career.
  • Any other areas relevant to women empowerment.

 

The guidelines for formulating the proposal can be downloaded from www.scienceandsociety-dst.org. 

 

Contact person :

Dr. Jatinder Kaur Arora, Additional Director (Biotechnology), PSCST

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