The Uttar Pradesh government has directed secondary schools in all the states to set up a ‘Arogya Vatika’ (Celebrity Garden) on their foundation.
The Uttar Pradesh government has directed all state secondary schools to set up ‘Arogya Vatika’ (Celebrity Garden) on their premises.
The decision was taken at the behest of Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who is in charge of the secondary education department, to ensure the well-being of students and their parents.
“We have decided to set up Arogya Bhatika in all the secondary schools in the state. It will not only help in preserving the environment but also in boosting the immunity and well-being of the students and their families,” Sharma said.
The idea was popularized by local journalist Sudhir Mishra, who is running a campaign to create such gardens in parks, police stations, schools and other places with the help of his newspaper, Sharma said.
Running it for two years, Mishra said he has invited district administrations, police departments and ministers to join the campaign.
During one such campaign last month, Deputy CM Sharma liked the idea and directed all secondary schools in the state to implement it, Mishra said.
Director Education Binoy Kumar Pandey has issued an order to this effect, instructing all the district inspectors of the school to identify the places for planting these medicinal plants.
“A place should be marked in all secondary schools on the premises and a teacher should be named to look after the garden after planting medicinal plants,” Pandey said in the order.
The order said, “Tulsi, giloy, ashwagandha, stevia, lemongrass, Indian amalki, khas, guava, turmeric, sandalwood, sahajan and many more should be planted as they help in boosting immunity.”
Students should be made aware of the medicinal value of the plant through this garden and should also be encouraged to plant it at home, he added.
The order said parents should also be informed about the medicinal plants and their properties at school meetings.