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Environmental Science (EVS) – The subject that doesn't matter
The environment is one of the major areas of concern not only for our country but for the entire world. Today, we are facing major environmental crisis in the form of climate change, global warming etc. A lot needs to be done, but the first major step towards it is to make each and every one aware of it.

And it is being done in some form. If you look at our education system, you'll realise that EVS (Environmental Science), as a subject, is being taught until the larger part of high school. Now, even colleges have introduced it as a subject. So, you'll assume that we are doing pretty good at the awareness part.

But sadly, that isn't the case. While EVS is taught at various levels of our education system, it isn't given the importance that it deserves. It has always been treated as a subsidiary subject, not only by the students but also by the institutions. EVS, as always, is the subject that doesn't matter. In fact, it is being taught purely for the sake of it or for following guidelines.

Unfortunately, the attitude towards the subject of both the students and the teachers is very carefree. They never consider it as a subject that needs much attention. Speaking with personal experience, I was never told to worry about EVS as a subject and always told to concentrate more on other subjects. Most of the times, exams are also not held for EVS. And in our education system, if you don't have to appear for an exam of a subject, you'll by default assume it as a subject not worth bothering about.

Another reason that shows the apathy of institutions towards EVS is the fact that they hardly employ specialised teachers for teaching the subject. The buck is always passed on to a teacher who teaches some other subject and is additionally assigned with the duty of teaching EVS. And, that's precisely where the problem lies. Firstly, such teachers won't take the subject as seriously as required. Secondly, most of their attention would remain focused on their primary subject. You can't expect them to give more time and attention to EVS.

And, if the institutions as well as teachers remain aloof, gradually the students will also lose interest. Also, the syllabus is almost the same at every level. I have studied EVS at both school and college level, but hardly found any difference in the things I was taught at both levels. You would never see this happen with any other subject. This also shows the ill-treatment being meted out to the subject.

It needs to be understood that the environment is very important, and everyone should be aware of the threats facing us. Today, the world is on the brink of facing many natural disasters, and we can't protect it if we don't know what's happening.

The problem that we face today is much more complex than previously imagined. The institutions need to realise this and provide the kind of importance the subject desperately requires. There is dire need today to save our environment, but first we'll need to know how to do it, and that can only be done if we take EVS as a serious subject.

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