GADVASU initiative: Bringing children closer to birds, animals

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 10, 2015 08:25 IST

To bring children closer to nature and enhance their knowledge about animals and birds, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has introduced a special page in its monthly magazine 'Vigyank Pashu Palan'. The varisty, now, plans to approach the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) to ensure that all schools affiliated to it subscribe to this magazine for their libraries.

Varsity's director of extension education Harish Kumar Verma said if empathy for animals and birds is developed among children, in coming years we will have many people who will care for the fauna.

"What one learns in childhood, remembers it forever. This initiative can change many mindsets,"said Verma. Verma said the special page would carry columns oriented towards rare facts, inspiring stories and pictures to inspire children.

"It will not only flood them with new knowledge but will also prove entertaining for them,"he said. The varsity official also invited feedback for this page and the magazine in general.

"After covering PSEB-affiliated schools, institutes affiliated to other educational boards will also be approached in coming months,"said Verma.

Public relations officer (PR0) Harpreet Singh, who is also a member of the magazine's editorial team, said: "For one-year membership, there is a charge of Rs 250 and for five years, it is Rs 1,000. Lifetime membership comes for Rs 2,500 while an institute will have to pay Rs 35,000 for lifetime."

The magazine that came into circulation in September 2007 has 2,500 farmers as members along with several experts. Verma said, as of now, it covers only 16% of Punjab villages, but within this year, the varsity aims to ensure 100% subscription to benefit all farmers.

University's initiative

A special page in the GADVASU's monthly magazine 'Vigyank Pashu Palan' will carry columns oriented towards rare facts, inspiring stories and pictures related to fauna.

The varsity will approach the PSEB and other educational boards to ensure schools affiliated to them subscribe to the magazine

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