Bangalore: Prakriya Green Wisdom School and Sri Kumaran Children's Home of Bangalore were among the five winners of the Wipro 'Earthian' awards for excellence in education.
The IT bellwether, which funds the Azim Premji University through the Azim Premji Foundation to train teachers and professionals, has designed the Earthian programme to foster excellence in school and colleges across the country.
Eminent writer Ruskin Bond and Wipro chairman Azim Premji Saturday presented five awards each in school and college categories, selected from 1,700 registrations from all over the country.
The awards comprise a trophy, certificate and cash prizes.
The other three award winning schools are Rishi Valley School in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Kendriya Vidyalaya at Vigyan Vihar in New Delhi, and Anubhuti School at Jalgaon in Maharashtra.
The premier Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) was among the five winning colleges -- IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kharagpur in West Bengal and Indian Business School in Hyderabad.
Under the two-phase engagement programme, participants are commissioned to write a critical essay on themes related to sustainability such as climate change, water management, biodiversity and sustainable cities.
In the second phase, the selected institutes become a part of a long-term engagement programme, with the goal of helping the winning institutions weave and embed the building blocks, principles and practices of sustainability into the learning process.
Bond interacted with the students on the need to nurture sensitivity to nature.