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Project GreenMind

Cultivating Sustainable Solutions

Project Green Mind is an innovative project aimed at fostering environmental consciousness and sustainable practices within our communities. We have been conducting various activities including sustainable Projects on many issues of deep concern such as Plantations, Environmental Protection and conservation, Biodiversity Conservation, Energy Conservation, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and the Impact of the Environment on the Health of People, etc.

At DEEKSHA, the slogan “Green the Minds for a Sustainable Society” is a way of life, the guiding principle for our actions.  We firmly believe that if the only way to achieve the goal of preservation and conservation of the environment is by reaching out to the masses and making them a part of efforts for the same by bringing about a change in their mind-set. In order to achieve this stated goal, we have launched and are vigorously implementing “Project Green Mind” by adopting various methodologies. As part of the project, our focus has been on awareness generation, sensitization of masses, student engagement besides executing a wide variety of value based projects aimed at environmental conservation.

We believe that real change begins with a change in mind set. That’s why our mission is to inspire individuals, businesses, and communities to adopt Eco-friendly habits and embrace sustainable living. From plantations, and reducing single-use plastics to promoting renewable energy solutions, our goal is to empower people to make informed choices that benefit both environment and future generations.

Through a series of educational workshops, interactive campaigns, and hands-on activities, we aim to raise awareness about pressing environmental issues and equip participants with the knowledge and tools they need to take action. Whether it’s learning about composting techniques or exploring ways to conserve energy, our workshops provide practical insights and actionable steps for creating a more sustainable lifestyle. But Project Green Mind is more than just a series of workshops – it’s a community-driven movement. We’re collaborating with local schools, businesses, and organizations to amplify our impact.

With every program and function conducted, the family of DEEKSHA has been expanding. To date we have visited/conducted various programs for around 4700 educational institutions, engaged in productive interaction with over 47,000 educationists in varied forums, rubbed our shoulders with over 16 Lakh students, and planted around 1,35,600 saplings – all these spread over 14 States/Union Territories.

Our Initiatives

Engagement with Educationists

As we firmly believe that the society is moulded by the firm and caring hands and minds of the Gurus – Our Selfless Educationists – we have been regularly engaging with them on varied issues concerning the environment covering all its facets. We do believe, they carry the message to a very large community of students and are able to influence the thoughts and actions of their students commendably. We have carried out various teacher training programmes to empower them with tools and techniques which can be applied in their respective institutions. Some of the topics covered have been on Environmental Health, Water Conservation, Herbalism, Energy Conservation, E-waste management and so on.

Student Training and Sensitization

William Wordsworth, a poet and lover of nature, said, “Child is the Father of man.” A child is a mirror of his parent’s activities. Hence, we decided to handover the baton of environmental awareness in the hands of the children. Children have always played a vital, active and inspiring role in all the activities of DEEKSHA.  Over the years, our teams have been visiting schools and educational institutions in various parts of the country and have held various training programmes and fun based activities on environmental conservation and all its facets for the children. We believe that the students once made aware, will spearhead the much required change in the mind-set of the society.


A nation can walk on the path of “Unnati” if people of all classes join hands and work together for the betterment of the Nation. Taking a leaf off the idea, DEEKSHA was associated with a unique workshop ‘Unnati’ which was organized by The Times Foundation at New Delhi involving children from different social and economic backgrounds. For this workshop, we contributed for the environmental education part involving all the children irrespective of their social and economic backgrounds. This initiative was a part of a summer camp where whole lot of activities like yoga, art and craft, plantation, dramatics were carried out with the theme ‘Nature and Environment’. Through the various activities and being one with nature bridged the falsely created divide based on economic status between the children and within two days all of them became thick friends, mingled freely and became one cohesive group. In fact, the environment capsule bound the children into a lifelong bond of oneness. As a famous quote goes – “If plants can grow together, why can’t human beings.” During this workshop – they did!

Greening Activities

To increase the dwindling green cover in the country, we have till date planted approximately 1,35,000 trees including medicinal, fruit and ornamental varieties and the survival rate has been approximately 57%.


DEEKSHA has been promoting self help groups in solving a number of problems related to environmental conditions, solid waste management being the principle amongst them. Infact the self help groups have always been very supportive in solving certain environmental problems of the localities and have contributed very effectively to the better sanitary and cleaner conditions in the locality. “KUTTUMBAKAM” an all women self help group took birth due to this positive aspect of self help groups. Volunteers’ further help in raising the awareness levels of the housewives about water conservation, solid waste management and environmental protection. The effort has received overwhelming response from all sections of the society.

“Kuch Daag Achhe Hain” – Children’s Workshop

We conducted an environmental workshop during the children festival in collaboration with Surf Excel and The Times of India, at Delhi to give light to the creativity and artistic talents of the children.

“Kuchh Daag achhe hain”, this was the theme of the workshop during which we encouraged children to muddy their hands to get a feel of things natural. The highlights of the workshop were Pot making, planting saplings, Poster making etc.  As some of the best things children learn are learnt out in the open, in the lap of nature, and not in the class rooms, we let the children realize their creativity by letting them be with pots, mud and plants. It was a pleasurable sight to see children from toddlers to teenagers enjoying planting their own saplings and carrying them away to care for them. Moreover, environmental games and painting added to their joy. Over 4000 children participated in the workshop. What was most pleasurable was to see children with special abilities taking active part in the workshop. Their million dollar smiles were the most motivating reward which we could have ever asked for.

Nature Adventure Camp

“DEEKSHA” conducted a workshop for school children on Nature and Environmental conservation. The workshop was conducted over two days as a part of the Army’s Western Command Summer Adventure Camp for children. It was a pleasure to see so many children from diverse backgrounds, cultures, regions, age and schools to amalgamate as a cohesive healthy group and perform various activities.

The aim of the workshop was to inculcate environmental values amongst children and make them aware about the environmental hazards posed by the use of single use polythene besides letting the children understand nature in its true spirit.

Create To Inspire

DEEKSHA in association with Microsoft conducted a project “The Microsoft Create to Inspire School Program” for 200 schools which was a thought leadership initiative for schools on environmentally sustainable living. Its aim was to enable development of 21st century skills amongst students including collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, social skills, ICT competences, self-direction and planning. The program aimed to build capacity of teachers from the participating schools, provide them with an advanced environmental curriculum mapped to existing subjects and via them engage with students on environment. The program is an enabler for ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Smart Citizenship’.

Prithvi Vandana Environmental Theatre Festival

Students from Schools displayed their remarkable talent and sensitivity towards environmental challenges by performing during the Prithvi Vandana Environmental Theatre Festival organised by DEEKSHA supported by Panasonic. The theme of the environmental theatre festival was Global Warming & Climate Change. The event was packed with dynamic performances by school children with plays, musical dramas, Street Plays and Musicals. The students mesmerized the audience with their performances.

Environment Conservation Awareness for Underprivileged Children

DEEKSHA conducted a fun based interactive workshop for the children of  Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya of Village Dhakoli, Zirakpur. Children of age group between 5-15 yrs got together and participated in a host of activities like environmental stories, games on waste management, planting of herbs followed by a drawing competition. DEEKSHA team planned all the activities in a manner that the children learn importance of conserving natural resources while having fun. 

Butterfly Garden Workshops

Saving the butterflies, they say, will save the ecosystem. Keeping this aspect in mind, DEEKSHA organized a series of Workshops and Field Excursions, at the Butterfly Park, Chandigarh, involving more than 2500 students drawn from the Schools, including Govt Schools, of Chandigarh with the theme “I am a Butterfly”. The workshops aimed to sensitize the school students about the Butterflies which are rare to spot these days. It included exciting ventures like field excursion to the Nature Trail and the Butterfly Conservatory. Interspersed with fascinating interpretive boards, the park gripped the attention of students and teachers alike. Each group of students was first educated about the life cycle of a butterfly and then made to move around the park to see it for themselves. The immensely educative and recreational experience was enjoyed by all. In fact, it was an awesome experience for majority of the children as they were visiting a Butterfly Park and seeing butterflies in different stages of life from close quarters for the first time in their lives.

Wetland Conservation

Wetlands are a very important part of the ecosystem playing a major role in conservation of biodiversity besides acting as a filter for the waters of our lakes, rivers and streams.. To ensure that the children of today who will be the users and policy makers of tomorrow understand the importance of the issue and challenges in its very basic form, DEEKSHA has been engaged in raising awareness about Biodiversity Conservation amongst them by holding workshops and numerous field trips to various wetlands like Ropar, Harike, Sukhna etc. An important part of the events was education on migratory birds and removal of Water Hyacinth, a weed chocking our wetlands.

Publication of Posters and Literature

DEEKSHA has been regularly publishing posters, handbooks and reference hand-outs on various issues concerning the environment for use by schools and students.

In order to compliment and sensitize the children on various environmental issues, DEEKSHA has been regularly conducting various activities such as debating, painting, poster making, quiz competitions and plantation drives in different regions of the country, including remote schools of Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

 A few of the herbal plants are listed below along with their uses for your reference
#Scientific NameCommon NameMedicinal ValuesPart(s) Used
1Abrus PrecatoriusRattiSwellings, Purgative, Emetic, AphrodiasicLeaves, Seeds
2Acorus CalamusVachCNS Stimulant, Carminative, TonicRhizome
3Withania SomniferaAshgandhGeneral Weakness, Diuretic, Antibiotic, AntibacterialRoots, Leaves
4Adhatoda VasicaVasakaExpectorant, BronchitisLeaves
5Aloe VeraGhrit KumariPurgative, CosmeticsLeaves
6Alpinia GalangaBarakulanjanRheumatism, Stomach DisordersRhizome
7Althea OfficinalisGulkheraDemulcent, EmollientRoots
8Ammi MajusAtri LalLeucodermaFruits
9Andrographis, PaniculataKalmeghTonic, Fever, Worms, DysenteryStem, Leaves, Inflorescence
10Anethum GraveolensSoyaCondiment, CarminativeFruits
11Artimesia AnuaSweet Worm WoodMalaria, FeversAerial Part
12Asparagus, RacemosusShatawariDemulcent, Diuretic, AphrodisiacRoots
13Asparagus, AdscendensSafed MusliDemulcent, DiarrhoeaRoots
14Bacopa MonnieraBrahmiDiuretic, Nerve Tonic, Cardiotonic, InsanityWhole Plant
15Balanitis RoxburghiiHingotSteriod Harmones, Oral ContraceptivesSeeds, Oil
16Barleria, PrionitesKala BansaDiaphoretic, Diuretic, FebrifugeBark Juice, Leaves, Roots
17Caesalpinia, BonducellaKaranjwaTonic, AntipyreticSeeds
18Cannabis SativaBhangSedative, Anti-Spasmodic, Analgestic, StomachicLeaves, Flowers
19Carissa CarandasKaraundaPickles, JamsFruits
20Catharanthus RoseusSada BaharAnti Cancer ActivitiesRoots, Leaves
21Cassia AngustifloiaSennaLaxative, Cathartic, PurgativeLeaves,Fruits
22Centella AsiaticaMandukaparniDiuretic, Tonic, CNS 8 Skin DiseasesWhole Plant
23Cichoriurn IntybusKasniFever, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Spleen Enlargement, Stomachic, DiureticRoots
24Cissus, QuadrangularisHadjorJoining Of Fractured BoneStem
25Clerodendron PhlomidisArniGunela Worms, Gonorrhea, Demulcent, Nervous DisordersLeaves, Roots, Root Bark
26Clerodendrun ViscosumUshnaTumors, Skin Disease, Hernia, Fever, MalariaLeaves, Roots
27Clitorea TernateaShankpushpiPurgative, Cathartic, DiureticSeeds, Roots
28Coleus FroskohliiPatharchurHypertension, Asth ma, Vasodla lation, Cardiac ProblemsTubers
29Cymbopogon CitratusLemon GrassCold, CosmeticsLeaf Oil
30Datura StramoniumDaturaExpectorant, Demulcent, Asthma, CNS StimulantLeaves, Seeds
31Dioscorea BulbiferaZimikandAsthama, Bronchitis, Dyspepsia, Piles, Tumours DiosgeninBulbs
32Dioscorea FloribundaRataluSteroid Hormone DlosqenlnBulbs
33Dracaena SanderinaLucky BambooAntimalarial, Antibacterial, AntifungalPlant Extract
34Emblica OfficinalisAonlaDiuretic, Carminative, Cooling, AstringentFruits, Flowers, Bark
35Glycirrhiza GlabraMulhetiTonic, Laxative, Gastric UlcersRoots
36Glycosmis PentaphyllaBan-NimbuFever, Liver Complaints etc.Fruits
37Gymnema SylvestreGudmarJaundiceLeaves
38Jatropa CurcasJangli ArandPurgative, BiofuelSeeds
39Lepidium SativumHaloonStimulant, Diuretic, Tonic, AphrodiasicLeaves, Seeds
40Linum UsitatissimumAlsiGonorrhoea, Nervine & Cardiac Tonic, Diuretic, EmollientLeaves, Flowers, Seeds
41Majorana HortensisMurwaSprains Of Paralytic Limbs, Carminative, StimulantLeaves, Flower Heads, Oil
42Mentha ArvensisPudinaCarminative, Refrigerant, StimulantLeaves
43Mentha PiperitaVilaiti PudinaCarminative, Vomiting, Headache, Rheumatic Pains, Cough DropsLeaves
44Mentha AquaticaTivraHeadache, CholeraVolatile Oil
45Matricaria ChamomillaBabunaTonic, Gastric StimulantSeeds
46Moringa OleiferaSonjnaGout, Acute RheumatismSeed Oil
47Neriurn IndicumKanerRingworm, Cardiac StimulantRoots, Dried Leaves
48Nyctanthes ArbortristisHarsingharLaxative, Diuretic, Cholagouge, Fevers, ExpectorantLeaves, Seeds
49Ocimum SanctumTulsiBronchitis, Asthma, Cold, Digestion, Urinary ComplaintsLeaves, Seeds
50Ocimum BasilicumBantulsiDysentery, Chronic DiarrhoeaLeaves
51Plantago MajorLahuriyaInflammation Of GIT & GUTSeeds
52Plantago OvataIsabagolDysentely, Digestive DisordersSeeds
53Pluchea LanceolataRasnaCooling EffectAerial Part
54Plumbago ZeylanicaChitrakAppetizer ,Skin Diseases, Diarrhoea, Scabies, CNS StimulantRoots, Milky Juice
55Polianthes TuberosaRajnigandhaDiuretic Emetic, GonorrhoeaBulbs
56Psorelia CorylifoliaBabchiLeucoderma, Leprosy Skin DiseasesSeeds (Resin)
57Rauwolfia SerpentinaSarpgandhaInsanity, Insomnia, Schizophrenia, CNS DisordersRoots
58Rauwolfia CanescensBarachandrikaChronic Skin InfectionsBark
59Rourea MinorVidharaDiabetes, RheumatismRoots
60Ruta GraveolensSadabAnthelmintic, AntispasmodicOil
61Santalurn AlbumChandanCooling, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Expectorant, FeversRoots, Wood
62Saraca IndicaAshokAstringent, AntipyreticStern Bark
63Sarcostemma AcidumSomlataInsect RepellentStem
64Silybum MarianumMilk ThisleAnti DiabeticFlowers
65Solanum NigrumMakioLiver Ailments, DropsyLeaves, Fruits
66Tamarix AphyllaFarash--
67Tecoma StansPila KanerDiuretic, Vermifuge, TonicRoots
68Tinospora CordifoliaGiloeDysentery, Joints Pain, ArthiltisDried Stem
69Tylophora IndicaAntamulFevers, Rheumatic ArthritisLeaves
70Urginea IndicaJangli PyazExpectorant, Stimulant, Cardio Tonic, Bronchitis, Epidermal Carcinoma, AsthmaBulbs
71Viola SerpensBanafsaSwellingsRoot Paste
72Vetiveria ZizanioidesKhasSwellingsRoot Paste
Note: The list above is only indicative and not exhaustive.