Wipro today announced the winners of Earthian 2012, the second edition of its sustainability engagement program.

The winning schools include Sishya School,Hosur; DPS International, Saket New Delhi; Sakar English School, Ahmedabad; Bhavans Adarsha Vidyalaya Kakkanad, Kochi; AECS Magnolia Maaruti Public School, Bangalore; Prakriya Green Wisdom School, Bangalore; K.K.English High School, Bangalore; Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Almatti.

The winning colleges include University of Houston USA; Institute Of Chemical Technology, Mumbai; Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Sriperumbudur; Indian Institute of Management, Shillong; Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai; Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Sethu Institute of Technology, Madurai; TERI University New Delhi; Department Of Management University Of North Bengal, Darjeeling; Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon; Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode.

The Earthian programme received over 2000 registrations and 900 submissions from across the globe. The winners were selected on the basis of their understanding of issues, exploring various nuances of complexity and providing clear arguments for grounded approaches.

This initiative aims to create sustainability learning in schools and colleges. Earthian, Wipro’s sustainability program for educational institutions is designed in two phases. In the first phase,participants are required to submit their entries in the form of essays, narratives and scripts on various scenarios related to sustainability and are encouraged to identify a socio-environmental scenario relevant in their context, explore multiple layers, unravel the inter-relatedness, do a critical analysis and suggest possible approaches in their entry.

The awards were distributed by Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro Ltd as part of a day long event at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru. Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer of Wipro said, “Our vision is to bring together sustainability and education in ways that try to creatively blend critical thinking and practical actions in the students of today”.

(This article was published on February 16, 2013)
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