Vizianagaram students exhibit at National Technology Week.

 *Govt of Andhra Pradesh*

*Department of School Education – Samagra Shiksha*

Amaravati (prajaamaravathi);

*Vizianagaram students exhibit at National Technology Week*

• Appreciated Commissioner of School Education, Samagra Shiksha SPD

• Project for making bags from agricultural (bio) waste

School Education Commissioner Shri. S. Suresh Kumar said in a statement that a bag making (paper and plastic free packing) project was presented from Andhra Pradesh at the 'National Technology Week 2023' held at Pragathi Maidan in Delhi on Thursday. It is known that the program of 'National Technology Week 2023' was launched by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

While 40 Atal Tinkering Labs participated in this exhibition from 11th to 15th of this month, Atal Tinkering Lab of Dharmavaram Zilla Parishad High School, Vizianagaram District got this opportunity from our state. He said Vanapalli Yashaswini, Manda Madhuri and Veduruparthi Varaprasad who are studying in class nine guide teacher Vanapalli Ramesh participated.

Paper plates, plant pots, handbags, stationery files, gift packing boxes made by the students were displayed. Along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, central Ministers, scientists and others attended. DRDO (Indian Defense Research Development Organization) Chairman, Technical Adviser to the Defense Minister of India Dr. G. Satish Reddy garu congratulated the students.

On this occasion, School Education Commissioner Shri. S. Suresh Kumar garu, Samagra shiksha SPD shri B. Srinivasa Rao, SCERT Director Dr. B. Pratap Reddy garu gave special congratulations.

*The ambition and specialty of this project is...*

Surveys show that by 2030, there will be more plastic than aquatic life in the oceans. Irresponsible use of plastic is leading to global warming, environmental pollution and extinction of millions of species due to climate change. So some countries like India have banned carry bags, straws, plastic spoons, tea glasses etc. Ready to switch to paper products. However, forest cover is rapidly decreasing from 30% to 17%. Due to this, the production of paper will also decrease and the environment will be severely imbalanced. This is the idea of these children. They wanted to protect the environment by not using plastic and paper.

Paper plates, packing boxes, flowerpots etc. were made at low cost by using agricultural bio-waste as paper and plastic-free alternatives, dry banana stem peels for packaging material, plant pots, stationery, and Aronda Donax as weed stems in place of wood. These children say that it will be easier for the farmers to earn extra income and protect the environment through agricultural biological waste.