Students insist holistic waste management for healthier India
Kohima, August 25 (EMN): A young student from Kohima observed that the battle for a cleaner and greener and healthier India can succeed only if an overreaching framework to deal with the generation management and disposal of waste is put in place and implemented.
While some wisely opined that the aim should be to promote research work and to bridge the gap between the research and its implementation at the ground level, others suggested on stricter rules and regulation, sustainable development and eco-friendly methods of waste management in a holistic manner and piece meal initiatives.
This concern was expressed by students at the Kohima district science seminar 2017 on the topic ‘Swatch Bharat: Role of science and technology promises and challenges,’ organised by the District Education Officer, Kohima, at Christ King Higher Secondary School, Kohima.
The programme was graced by Administrator of Kohima Municipal Council (KMC), Kethosituo Sekhose, as the chief guest.
Presenting their varied views on the role of science and technology – promises and challenges through power point presentations, the students have suggested for adoption of eco toilets, remove the system of manual scavenging, waste water treatment, conversion of insanitary toilets into pour flush toilets and launching of mobile apps and sensor equipped dustbins.
Also highlighting on some of the challenges such as lack or minimal provision of funds, acquisition of lands, no proper location of solid waste management plant, no proper dumping facilities on highways, mindset of people, lack of awareness on sanitary habits, increasing population, poverty, lack of conscientisation, laboratory and equipments and duplicity of life etc.
Kekhrie Yhome from Christ King Higher Secondary School, Kohima, was declared winner of the Kohima district science seminar 2017, while Rosy Yanthan from Mount Sinai Higher Secondary School, Kohima, and Kilungwangbe from Dr. Neilhouzhü Kire Government Higher Secondary School, Seikhazou, were adjudged as second and third winners respectively.
Altogether six schools from Kohima district took part in the seminar with Tarachu Fithu, Assistant Director of Urban Department; PHED Executive Engineer A Kent; and Er Pele, Science and Technology, as jury members.
The winners will participate at the State level science seminar and represent the State at the national level.