Students and faculty members of ISM-Dhanbad plant saplings on campus on Thursday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Some brought out paintbrushes to colour their imagination green on Thursday while others opted to sow the seed of an eco-friendly future. But, all had a common objective: to spread awareness on nature conservation on World Environment Day.
Two departments of Indian School of Mines — environment science and engineering and centre of mining environment — jointly organised a sit-and-draw competition for school students and followed it up with a plantation drive on campus to mark the occasion.
Nearly 70 schoolchildren from Nursery to Class X — categorised in four groups — painted their ideas on themes such as how to encourage a green campaign, how to ensure clean surrounding and afforestation.
Inaugurating the event, ISM professor P.S. Gupta rightly emphasised the importance of the day. He went on to explain this year’s theme — Raise your voice, not the sea level — to the young participants.
From each of the four categories, the best three will be adjudged by Delhi Public School mentor Arbind Mishra while prizes will be awarded by ISM director D.C. Panigrahi on August 15.
What the juniors did on canvas, their seniors did on campus. Head of environment science and engineering department A.K. Pal, professor S.K. Maiti, other faculty members, research scholars and members of ISM staff planted 400 saplings on the premises.
To popularise the green message, printed T-shirts and caps were distributed among those present on the occasion.
If ISM chose to highlight the danger of global warming and rising sea level, Tata Steel’s Jharia division spread awareness on the ill effects of plastic, underscoring the importance of cleanliness and plantation drives.
They began the day with a rally that was flagged off from the colliery gate at 8am. Subrata Das, chief of Jamadoba group and Tata Steel’s HRM chief Debashish Banerjee did the honours.
Armed with placards, as many as 150 children from Tata DAV School, Royal High School and Mother Teresa Public School walked up to the general manager’s office.
At the end of the rally, a cultural programme was staged by the schoolchildren at JRD Tata Auditorium. Besides singing songs fit for the occasion, they also performed a skit.
Employees of Jharia division also took the opportunity to showcase their talent. Some of them took part in poetry, recitation and sloganeering contests and took home prizes.