Khoshoo Award for schools

In 2010, ATREE started the TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Award for Schools.The new award called for action on environmental issues, and was announced in Delhi and Bengaluru. The idea was to reward initiative/ action on local environmental issues and so seed environmental consciousness. The award was designed in partnership with The Teacher Foundation, Wipro, IAIM-FRLHT and Pravah, and recognised schools for catalyzing and enabling environmental thought and action among its students.


In 2011, the TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Award for Schools became part of the Wipro earthian awards, and is now called the TN Khoshoo-earthian Trophy. This strategic partnership with Wipro is the result of a shared vision of the role of youth in potentially advancing conservation thought and action in routine decision making. The TN Khoshoo-earthian Trophy recognizes one school and one college from among the short-listed earthian winning submissions, for higher degree of feasibility, practical implement-ability and contextual understanding.

ATREE is also one of Wipro’s knowledge partners in the fields of environment, development and conservation, for the earthian’s Continuous Engagement Programme (CEP). The CEP is the second part of the 'earthian Sustainability Program for Schools and Colleges'. It will be a process of continuously engaging with the winning institutions on multiple fronts to develop capacities for activities around sustainability. The purpose of this investment in developing next generation capabilities by earthian and its partners is to help develop an interdisciplinary view of the problems of environment and development, and encourage rigour and critical thinking for action.

Dr Kamal Bawa addressing the audience at the earthian Awards programme in 2012

ATREE and the earthian Continuous Engagement Programme

TN Khoshoo Earthian Trophy 2015

The fifth TN Khoshoo earthian trophy was bagged by a school in Sikkim and a college in Bhubaneshwar

The TN Khoshoo Earthian Trophy for schools was distributed to a school and a college at the Wipro Earthian Awards ceremony, held at Wipro's Sarjapur campus in Bangalore on 6th February 2016. The TN Khoshoo Earthian Awards, this year, were bagged by the Government Secondary School, Bongten and Xavier University, Bhubaneswar.

Students of the Government Secondary School, Bongten, West Sikkim, won the award for a project titled 'Environment as a shared space'. The students spent a year surveying 45 flora species, and the various interactions they have with other organisms, in and around their school campus. They also conducted a socio-economic survey recording the community's awareness on ecosystem services. They ended their report with a case study on paddy cultivation - a major source of income for the community, focusing on the different strains of rice, cultivation techniques and fertilizers used by the community. The team's suggestion included a switch to organic farming practices and adopting farming techniques that would boost native rice strains.

Winners in the college category, the Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, developed an analytical report on solid waste management in their city. They identified the main sources of solid waste, e-waste, plastic waste and bio-medical waste and the key challenges associated with them. The team devised a model that would assist the municipal council in segregation, collection and treatment. This report has been presented to the State Municipal Council in an effort to work alongside each other.

In addition to this, the team also audited the University's energy and water consumption and submitted a list of recommendations to students and the governing board - with a special emphasis on behavioral changes as a collective.

The winners were awarded a plaque and ATREE's coffee table books -The Himalayas and Sahyadris at the event.

The TN Khoshoo Earthian Trophy has been a part of the Wipro Earthian Awards since 2011. This partnership with Wipro is the result of a shared vision of the role of youth in potentially advancing conservation thought and action in routine decision making. Each year the TN Khoshoo-earthian Trophy recognizes one school and one college from among the short-listed earthian winning submissions, for higher degree of feasibility, practicality and contextual understanding.

The TN Khoshoo Earthian Trophy also commemorates the legacy of one of India's leading environmental scientists, Dr Triloki Nath Khoshoo (27 April 1927-10 June 2002). Dr Khoshoo was also the founder trustee of ATREE and an able administrator, who started his career as co-founder of the Department of Botany at the Punjab University, Lahore, which moved to Khalsa College, Amritsar, soon after the partition of India. Dr Khoshoo became the first Secretary of the newly created Department of Environment of the Government of India in 1982.

He joined the Tata Energy Research Institute as a Distinguished Fellow In 1985 and contributed to public policy discussions at national as well as international forums. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1992 and the Sasakawa Environment Prize by the United Nations Environment Programme in 1996.

Dr. Khoshoo was a prolific writer. Over the course of five decades, he authored more than 250 research papers on plant genetics and evolution, biomass, energy, forestry, conservation, etc, and wrote wrote seven books and edited eleven more on a wide range of subjects. His book 'Mahatma Gandhi: An Apostle of Applied Human Ecology', published in 1996, was widely applauded for his interpretation of the practical relevance of Gandhian views.