RAJGANGPUR, NOV 20, 2023
Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited (DCBL) in association with the Society of Geoscientists and Allied Technologists (SGAT) Bhubaneswar and in collaboration with the Steel & Mines Department of the Odisha Government hosted the annual Environment-cum-Mineral Awareness Programme (EMAP) at Dalmia Vidya Mandir (DVM), Rajgangpur here to promote sustainable mineral development activities and awareness building for environmental conservation among students and the communities in mining areas in the state.
Thirty-eight students from 19 schools from Biramitrapur-Lanjiberna-Gomordihi-Rajgangpur region participated in the programme.
DCBL Executive Director and Rajgangpur Unit Head Chetan Shrivastav graced the occasion as Chief Guest while Rourkela Mining Circle Mining Officer Rajan Kumar Sahoo was the Guest of Honour.
The programme involved visit to local mining sites and the mineral industry, where students learnt to identify different specimens of plants, rocks, ores and minerals, followed by essay writing and quiz competitions to reinforce the awareness among students. Based on the overall performance in essay writing, identification of specimens and quiz, Sri Aurobindo Integral Education and Research Centre, Rajgangpur secured the first position, followed by Dalmia Vidya Mandir, Rajgangpur and Sri Aurobindo Integral Education and Research Centre, Biramitrapur. All the participants received participation prizes and certificates.
Commenting on the initiative, Chetan Shrivastav said, “At Dalmia Cement environmental conservation and climate action is at the core of our operations. The adoption of sustainable practices is the cornerstone of a thriving future. Through such endeavors, we aim to inspire the next generation and cultivate awareness among the young minds towards safeguarding our environment and natural resources.”
“With collective effort, we can create a greener future for generations to come,” he added.
Since 1990, SGAT has been organising the Environment-Cum-Mineral Awareness Programme (EMAP) annually for high school students in Odisha’s mining areas advocating best environmental practices and to motivate the community to safeguard the environment.
The event was also attended by Guru Charan Das, former Director of Geological Survey of India; Sujit Kumar Mohanty, former Manager (Geology) Vedanta Ltd; Omprakash Ramraoji Khelkar, Mines Head, DCBL; Dr. Udayanath Sahoo, Asst. General Manager-Geology, DCBL; Jaydeb Kar, Principal, DVM Rajgangpur; Debabrat Pradhan, Principal, Dalmia Private Industrial Training Institute (DITI) along with other dignitaries.