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Eco-friendly desks for government schools

delhi Updated: Jan 11, 2010 23:22 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh

The term ‘eco-friendly’ has become part of one’s everyday vocabulary and Delhi Government is ensuring that schools not only teach students about its importance as a buzz-phrase but also implement it.

The education department is all set to introduce eco-friendly desks and chairs in Delhi government-aided schools within the next four months.

“Wooden desks mean a lot of trees have to be cut to make them,” Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely told HT.

“(Bringing in teh new desks) is an effort to implement what we teach in the class. Students will be more conscious about the environment when they use the new desks and chairs.”

This will also help meet the shortage of 2 lakh desks and chairs that government schools are facing currently, he added.

After the recent announcement to introduce a common uniform for all government school students, bringing in eco-friendly furniture is part of the education department’s infrastucture overhaul and upgradation under the ‘Roopantar (transformation) Project’.

Wooden desks and chairs will be replaced by swanky new ones made of ‘artificial wood’ — a synthetic material which will be more durable.

The desk will have a steel frame and a small shelf beneath to keep books.