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Pen and paper route to preserve heritage

Students used brushes, pens and a lot of imagination to convey the importance of preservation of natural heritage in various competitions organised at Patna zoo on Wednesday.

School children from classes VI to IX from various schools took part in “Harit Sankalp- Care for Nature”, organised by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Patna chapter.

The event was split into three parts — a lecture by Patna zoo director Abhay Kumar, essay competitions in English and Hindi and a painting contest.

Abhay said: “It is our duty to take care of animal and birds. Special efforts should be made to protect them. We should not forget our duty. Our zoo has a lot of animals and we are proud of having them.”

The schools, which took part, included Carmel High School, International School- CBSE and ICSE wings, S. Raza High School and Aghore Prakash Shishu Sadan.

In the Hindi essay competition, Shagun Singh of Carmel High School emerged the winner, while the second and third positions were bagged by Shubham of International School and Kaustubh Ranjan of S. Raza High School respectively.

In the English essay contest, Niharika Verma of Carmel High School clinched first place. Ashwin Srivastava of International School, ICSE wing, and Mehar Alamgir of Carmel High School stood second and third respectively.

The painting competition saw Kaustubh Ranjan of S. Raza High School emerging the winner. The second and third positions were bagged by Mehar Alamgir of S. Raza High School and Sameer of International School respectively. Sinha said: “Total 144 students took part in the event. All the entries would be sent to the Delhi chapter for selection at the All India level. It was good to see such a response and International School sent the maximum number of students. We want our students to know the importance of preserving our natural heritage. It was good to see that tried their best.”