Source: NDTV Education
Uttar Pradesh government has directed all state secondary schools to set up ‘Arogya Vatika’ (salubrity garden) in their premises. The decision was taken on the directive of Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who is also in-charge of secondary education department, with a view to ensure well-being of students and their parents.
"We have decided to set up Arogya Vatika in all secondary schools of the state. It will not only help conserve environment, but also can help boost immunity and well-being of students and their families," Sharma said. The idea was popularized by local journalist Sudhir Mishra, who with the help of his newspaper has been running a campaign to create such gardens in parks, police stations, schools, and other places, Sharma said.
"A place should be identified in all secondary schools in the premises and a teacher should be named to look after the garden after planting medicinal plants," Pandey said in the order.
"Plants like Tulsi, Giloy, Ashwagandha, stevia, lemon grass, Indian gooseberry, khas, Guava, Haldi, Sandal, Sahjan, and many more should be planted as they help boost the immunity," the order said.
Students should be made aware about medicinal values of the plants through these gardens, and should be encouraged to plant them at their homes also, it added. The order said parents need also be told about the medicinal plants and their properties during school meetings.