A book, titled “In Search of Green Awareness and Practices” penned by Dr Silse D. Marak, was released by NEHU Pro VC, Prof. G. Saingaiah along with former NEHU Pro VC, Milton S Sangma on Saturday.

The book was released at the residence of the author at Bonepa in Tura.

Dr Marak is the daughter of Prof Milton S Sangma and working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, College of Teacher Education, Rongkhon in Tura.

She obtained her doctorate degree from NEHU Tura Campus in 2014.

She has been in the teaching profession for over 18 years.

Dr Marak is also the co-ordinator of the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), CTE at Tura.

Dr Marak is the co-coordinator of IQAC, CTE at Tura as well.

She holds the post of a Counselor for Education at IGNOU, Rongkhon in Tura.

She has attended and presented papers in various state and national seminars sponsored by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, (NAAC), Bangalore as well as UGC sponsored national seminars and others sponsored by ICSSR, New Delhi.

The author has also participated as a resource person in UGC sponsored workshops and conferences.

She is also the member of the Departmental Selection Committee for conducting interviews for the posts of heads of institutions and assistant teachers in middle, high and higher secondary schools.

The author has been appointed as a resource person for innumerable training courses and workshops organized by the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Tura.

The book titled “In Search of Green Awareness and Practices” says there has been a considerable deterioration in the quality of the environment in Meghalaya.

The major environmental problems result from population pressure, conversion of forest land into agricultural fields, shifting or jhum cultivation, deforestation, urbanization, mining and industrialization.

According to the author, the increasing anthropogenic stresses of various kinds are likely to further aggravate the environment in the future.

Dr Silse D. Marak
Dr Silse D. Marak

The only solution to avert this danger is sustainable development with the full participation of the public. One of the methods to reverse this trend undoubtedly is creating environmental awareness and educating the public, the author says in the book.

The goal is to make people aware of and concerned about environmental problems and work individually and collectively towards solving current problems and preventing the occurrence of new ones.

“We cannot expect people to act in an appropriate way without being aware of the problems, their causes, the impact on our daily life, and the long-term consequences,” the author observes.

“Hence, it was found appropriate to take up a study with regards to environmental awareness and practices in relation to intelligence and socio-economic status among secondary school students in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya,” the author further says.

It is expected that the book would be useful for those readers who are concerned about mother nature and its conservation.

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