GUWAHATI: A lesson on the life of Padma Shri Jadav Payeng, known as the ‘Forest Man of India’ and his efforts of nature conservation has been recently included in the 6th-grade curriculum of a school in Connecticut, USA.
A documentary on ‘Aranyaman’ Jadav Payeng was also shown to the students at the school last week.
An environmental activist and forestry worker from Majuli, he has planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve. The forest, called Molai forest after him, is located near Kokilamukh of Jorhat, Assam and encompasses an area of about 1,360 acres / 550 hectares.
Delighted with the news, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated him and requested the people of the state and country to take inspiration from him.
Sonowal said, “Inclusion of the ‘Forest Man of India’ in the curriculum of an American educational institution reflects his global reputation. This is a proud moment for Assam. I urge everyone to take inspiration from his works and together strive to protect and conserve our environment and biodiversity.”