The quiz will have multiple choice questions on climate change, biodiversity, forest and wildlife, pollution, waste management, rivers and lakes and natural history etc.
“This will help in sensitising students to issues related to the environment and motivate them about conservation-oriented lifestyles,” it added.
The quiz will be conducted in two phases. In the first phase, students under the National Green Corps (NGC) programme will participate. The NGC was initiated by the ministry in 2001 and saw the formation of around one lakh Eco-clubs in schools across the country. These clubs conduct activities such as cleanliness drives, waste segregation, composting using bio-degradable wastes, subsisting the concept of three Rs–Reduce, Reuse and Recycle; nukkad nataks etc.
The quiz will be open only to Eco-clubs in the age-groups of 8-12, 13-15 and 16-18 years. In the second phase, the quiz will be open to students from all schools in the country in 2018, the statement said.
A separate web portal, www.ngc.nic, will provide information on the quiz competition. Dates of the quiz will be updated on the ‘Prakriti Khoj’ portal, as well as the ministry’s website and the students from Eco-clubs will be able to participate in the qualification round from September 18 onwards. The quiz will be organised in schools under the supervision of Principals/Eco-club coordinators and the winners will also be given cash prizes.
(With inputs from PTI)