The Delhi DOE has asked schools to plant 1.5 lakh saplings this academic year

The Department of Education (DoE) has instructed all schools across the national capital to plant at least 1.5 lakh saplings through their eco-club members in the 2022-23 academic year, officials said.

It instructed all school principals and staff to take part in the drive and to observe and maintain the plants regularly with the help of students. “A target of 1.50 lakh saplings, including 40,000 trees and 1.1 lakh shrubs, has been set for all schools in Delhi through Eco-Club members for the 2022-23 academic year,” the DOE letter to the schools said.

“Fifty per cent of the target will be achieved by August 15 for all schools to plant trees in all open space and available space. Free saplings can be obtained by the head of each school for planting trees from any of the designated nurseries run by the forest department, ”he added.

The DOE has set a target of planting at least 100 saplings – 30 saplings and 70 shrubs in each school in the current session. School principals are required to send updates along with pictures of saplings to the concerned science centers through the zonal convener by the 5th of every month.

Further, the concerned science center in-charge has to send a compiled report of the district under its jurisdiction to the science branch by the 10th of every month, it said.

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