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New Delhi : Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on September 28, 2017, extended the qualifying round date of “Prakriti Khoj”- the online Environment quiz, up to October 8, 2017. Earlier, the qualifying round was open only up to September 29, 2017.

The quiz, a new initiative of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is providing a unique platform to the school students to develop a scientific temperament especially in the field of environment. The first round began on September 25, 2017. So far, nearly 13, 000 registrations have been received. During the first two days, nearly 1,500 students from 15 States participated in the quiz. Looking into the interest generated among students in different States, even up to the village level and based on the feedback received from the State Nodal Agencies under the Eco-club programme of the Ministry, the qualifying round of the quiz has been extended up to October 8, 2017, according to a PIB release.

The quiz is being conducted online though multiple choice questions. The first phase of the quiz is open to only students of Eco-clubs (NGC programme of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change). Schools are forwarding the names of students who are members of Eco-clubs for registration through the respective State Nodal Agency.

Thematic areas like climate change, biodiversity, forest and wildlife, pollution, waste management, rivers and lakes, natural history, international conventions includingh on biological diversity, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora etc. have been chosen for the quiz.

The second round will be held from October 30 to November 3,while the third round will be held from  November 20-24, fourth round from December 4-6, and the fifth round from December 18-20, 2017, according to the PIB release.

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