"The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have been asked to design a curriculum for 'Energy Efficiency' as a subject", said Saurabh Diddi, energy economist, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), ministry of power.
Diddi was speaking at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School Nehru Garden to formally launch 'Energy Efficiency' as a subject in the school and award students who participated in the video conference with union power minister Piyush Goyal on National Energy Conservation Day last year.
He also honoured 17-year-old Gursimran Kaur of GGSSS Nehru Garden who had questioned the minister during the conference that while there was a lot of discussion over energy conservation why wasn't there a subject for the same in the school curriculum.
Diddi said that the course is on the discussion phase and it may or may be not a separate subject. In case it is not made a separate subject it will be carried as a chapter in the Science subject titled 'Energy Conservation'.
"The ministry of power has asked for a committee to design the course. Since the Union power minister Piyush Goyal is participating personally in the project we have come to Jalandhar to honour the students who gave the suggestion," Diddi said.
In response to Gursimran's question Goyal had said that GSSGS Nehru Garden would be the first school in the country where energy efficiency would be introduced in the school curriculum.
Diddi also gave certificates and Rs 1,000 cash award from the ministry of power to the 14 other students who participated in the video conference.
The fifteen students were from Government High School, Patara; Government High School Basti Bawa and Government Girls Senior Secondary School Nehru Garden.
During the event, Baljinder Singh, district science supervisor said that government was operating clubs to increase awareness of energy conservation in 15 government schools in the district.