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Issue 6 l June 2021
Director's Corner 


The coming World Environment Day will give more insight to the whole world on how a clean and green environment is important and necessary for human life and the world will adopt an environment-friendly lifestyle. Stay Blessed, Stay Safe!
Dr. Vinitaa Apte
Founder Director, TERRE

       Common Name:
    GumArabic Tree
       Scientific name:
Vachellianilotica is a tree 5–20 m high with a dense spheric crown, stems, and branches usually dark to black colored, fissured bark, grey-pinkish slash, exuding a reddish low-quality gum. The tree has thin, straight, light, grey spines in axillary pairs, usually in 3 to 12 pairs, 5 to 7.5 cm (3 in) long in young trees, mature trees commonly without thorns. The leaves are bipinnate, with 3–6 pairs of pinnulae and 10–30 pairs of leaflets each, tomentose, rachis with a gland at the bottom of the last pair of pinnulae. Flowers in globulous heads 1.2–1.5 cm in diameter of bright golden-yellow color, set up either axillary or whorly on peduncles 2–3 cm long located at the end of the branches. Pods are strongly constricted, hairy, white-grey, thick, and softly tomentose. Its seeds number approximately 8000/kg. 
Forage and fodder part of its range small stock consume the pods and leaves, but elsewhere it is also very popular with cattle. Pods are used as a supplement to poultry rations in India. Dried pods are particularly sought out by animals on rangelands. In India, branches are commonly lopped for fodder. In West Africa, the pods and leaves are considered to have anthelminthic properties on small ruminants and this has been confirmed by in vitro experiments on nematodes.
Gum Arabic- The exudate gum of this tree is known as gum arabic and has been collected from the pharaonic times for the manufacture of medicines, dyes, and paints. In the present commercial market, gum arabic is defined as the dried exudate from the trunks and branches of Senegalia (Acacia) Senegal or Vachellia (Acacia) seyal in the family Leguminosae (Fabaceae) The gum of A. nilotica is also referred to in India as Amaravati gum.
Food and medicine-
In India, it's used as an ingredient in various dishes.
The Maasai people eat both the inner bark (phloem) and the fruit pulp boiled in water. They also use this plant medicinally to treat sore throat, cough, chest pains, etc.
In Northern Nigeria, it is called bagaruwa in Hausa. Medicinal uses include soaking the tender bark in water to be taken against dysentery and pile. The fruits are ground together with the seeds and taken with honey as a treatment against stomach ulcers.
Issue 6 l June 2021
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Young Research Fellowship
2020-21: Interview Round

TERRE Policy Centre gives away the fellowship in the loving memory of Indian Legend and Former President Hon. Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam. The year 2020 -21 is the Third Edition of the Dr. Kalam Fellowship. Total more than 1000  applications received from all over India this year and the short-listed 15 applicants appeared for the interview with Juries virtually. Interviews were conducted on 11th - 12th May 2021. In this Interview session fellows presented and explained their project ideas and concepts to juries. Our team under expert guidance has shortlisted 15 applications. Our Eminent Juries Dr. Satish Kulkarni (First recipient of the Jagdish Bose National Science Talent Search), Mr. Ashok Mangotra, (Former Secretary to Government of India, and former president Dr. Abdul Kalam) & Mr. Anil Arora (GEF-UNDP Small Grants Program)  was highly impressed by the young innovative participants and also gave guidance to the shortlisted candidates. Mr. Ashok Mangotra shared Dr. Kalam's views and dream about the young Indians.

Winners of Fellowship Programme 2020-21

Gurkanwal Kaur - College of Basic Sciences & Humanities.
Manjinder Kaur - College of Basic Sciences & Humanities.
KANIHA K. G. - Bannari Amman Institute of Technology.
Pavan A - MVJ College of Engineering.
Aiswarya R - Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women.
Special Award by Jury :
Kasturi. D. Lende - Sir Parsurambhau College of Commerce.
Ajit Kumar Bishoyi - School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Inauguration of  B-CaRe & BAPU , 20th May
On the occasion of World Bee Day 2021, TERRE Policy Centre virtually inaugurated B-CaRe (Beekeeping Capacity Building and Research Centre) and BAPU (Beekeeping Applied and Practical field Unit) at Rahimatpur, Satara, Maharashtra. The project was inaugurated by Hon'ble Mr. Balasaheb Patil, Hon. Minister fo Cooperation & Marketing, Govt. of Maharashtra. The project is supported by the Directorate of Beekeeping, Mahabaleshwar, and Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation is the technical partner. Capacity Building and Research are the two main aspects of the project. This center is envisioned to benefit the youth and farmers of the area.
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Issue 6 l June 2021
TERRE YuCon 2020-21
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Issue 6 l June 2021
Nisarg Rang will come to You in New Colors as "Nisarg Yatri" Magazine  

In this magazine students will receive information in a simple way which will make the students understand easily, to explore the world of birds, insects, wildlife, forests, different trees, rivers, seas and even in the sky. Twice a month we will take you to the nature tour.
All you have to do is register with us.

…………………….So let's go on this journey with nature

Magazine  information

  1. This magazine is for the students of 4th to 7th standard, containing interesting and mysteries knowledge from the treasure of nature. The issue will be published every 15th day from July 16, 2020.
  2. 17 such issues will be published twice a month this year.
  3. All issues will be published in artistic Marathi language.
  4. Name, full address, e-mail id and mobile phone number must be given while registering the name.

Subscription Fee

The Annual fee for institutions is INR 10,000/- only, it is mandatory to give the names of all the students. We will provide the user name and password to the specific institute. Students can read issues using login credentials.
for individual student subscription charges are INR  200/- per year.

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Issue 6 l June 2021
                                                           Tree Kangaroo
Tree-kangaroos are marsupials of the genus Dendrolagus, adapted for arboreal locomotion. They inhabit the tropical rainforest of New Guinea and far northeastern Queensland, along with some of the islands in the region. Most tree-kangaroos are considered threatened due to hunting and habitat destruction. They are the only true arboreal macropods.
Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo is the smallest of all tree-kangaroos. Its body and head length range about 48–65 cm, and its tail, 60–74 cm, with males weighing an average of 7.2 kg (16 lb) and females 5.9 kg (13 lb). The length of Doria's tree-kangaroo is 51–78 cm, with a length 44–66 cm tall, and weighs 6.5–14.5 kg. Matschie's tree-kangaroo has a body and a head length of 81 cm (20 to 32 inches), adult males weigh 9–11 kg (20-25 lb) and adult females weigh 7–9 kg (15-20 lb). The grizzled tree-kangaroo grows to a length of 75–90 cm (30 to 35 in), with males being considerably larger than females, and its weight is 8–15 kg (18-33 lb).....Read More

"Get green by installing a programmable thermostat to monitor your cooling and heating systems. A thermostat can reduce the cost of your utility bill by 7 to 10 % and make your home more eco-friendly at the same time"

Issue 6 l June 2021
Pandemic & Humans!
We all know we all are going through tough times but I take it positively. I think this pandemic has taught us a lot - How to take care of ourselves to How to take care of our surroundings and Environment. Along with Covid-19 our country also fought with Natural disasters like "Nisarga" (last year) "Tauktae" cyclones and we as a country and responsible citizens faced this together.       
This phase in our lives gave us humanity back I would say. I have never seen people helping each other with all the power they have. I think like a human we owe a lot to Nature. As I said above we have learned to take care of ourselves as well as the environment. We should be doing this from earlier but it is always better late than never!!!!

                                                                                              - Sayee Sathe
My Relationship With TERRE (The Earth)
Kaniha K. G. on APJ Abdul Kalam Fellowship
I feel happy to share my experience in participating and winning Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Young Research fellowship 2020-21. This program has inspired me to a great extent! I was very fascinated to know that I was selected for the Jury interview. It provoked me to bring up my fullest effort to unveil my project and I felt so honored to interact with our esteemed juries. They gave me remarkable insight into how I could get ahead with my project. I am very thankful for their valuable suggestions they gave me during the interview. It was very helpful, in a way that it made me think in different aspects to proceed ahead with my work. I consider it as a chance of a lifetime and take up all the great values I had learned from this journey. I sincerely thank the TERRE policy centre center for providing me this golden opportunity and wonderful experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Issue 6 l June 2021

Dear Humans,

     " If you could have
         planted trees ;
       you may not have
        run for oxygen.'

        Dhanraj Garad

There was an increase of 16% in the numbers of people concerned about loss of biodiversity from 2016-2020, described by experts as ‘eco-wakening’......Read More

Which are E9 countries included in UNESCO’s Education for All (EFA) initiative?

A. Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Pakistan
B. Srilanka, Myanmar, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Thailand
C. Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Yemen, Oman, Georgia, Saudi Arabia
If you know the answer, send us at

Last Month Answer 

Last Month Winner
Mr. Sumeet Kale, Pune.
Issue 6 l June 2021
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