Ranchi, Apr 24
Marking the World Earth Day, Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Jharkhand in collaboration with the Institution’s Innovation Council (Ministry of HRD Initiative) organized a Competition on ‘Investing in Planet Earth’ on Friday.
Mr.BB Dubey, Environmental Activist spoke about the relevance of air, water, and fire. He further emphasized on the utility of planting peepal tree. The atmospheric pressure results in 20,000 litre rainfall. He also highlighted other plants and urged all to take a resolution not to use plastic water bottles within varsity premises. He raised concern that 80% of forests have vanished in India since 1980, out of 23 rivers in Jharkhand, 9 rivers are extinct. Let us pledge and spread awareness about it.” He is currently invited on working in two chapters of the National Education Policy.
Dr. Nitish Priyadarshi, Associate Professor cum Environmentalist, Department of Geology, Ranchi University discussed about National Education Policy draft where he made Jungle Walk necessary for schoolgoers. He said arsenic quantity is increasing in Ranchi. Earlier, longevity was through good health but now it is maintained by taking medicines regularly. The air quality index of Ranchi has decreased over the years. Investing in Planet Earth is like a Fixed Deposit. Save yourself and respect the planet Earth.
Mr. Nand Kishore Murlidhar, Environmental Journalist, Khabar Mantra, Ranchi while giving an example of the importance of trees has named a tree of his home ‘Anupam’ after an hour his brother’s birth. He requested all and stressed to raise voices for Nagar Van (City Forest). He also emphasized that Yogoda Math chose California and Ranchi for its branches because of beautiful weather so we all must take care of this place.
Prof. (Dr.) Raman Kumar Jha, Vice-Chancellor, Amity University Jharkhand addressed the August gathering and said “Mother Earth’s cry should be heard as there is havoc due to her tears. Still many are not awake. There is a change in mindset required. The whole essence of this celebration is to make you aware that planet Earth needs care.” He then pledged to not use plastic water bottles in any activity and Rs. 10 per month to contribute to plantations in or outside the campus.
Prof.(Dr.) Ajit Kumar Pandey Director, Amity University Jharkhand said, “ We are not that fortunate to celebrate one day as Earth day rather we must pledge to take care of mother Earth every day. As our entire Life cycle is attached to planet Earth, we must understand its importance. People are creating artificial jungles; they are polluting mother earth and as a result, getting affected and thus dependent on medicines”.
Mr. Prabhakar Tripathi, Registrar of Amity University Jharkhand conveyed his best wishes for the event and said “This is the time when the new generation needs to think, as there are barren lands which can be planted and thus take action to save mother earth”.
The winners of the various competitions held on this occasion at Amity University Jharkhand were declared. The students who bagged prizes in the Essay Competition were Avantika from St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi stood first, Anshika Pandey and Devashree, from Amity University Jharkhand secured the second and third positions. In the Slogan writing competition first prize was won by P. Sugandhini Reddy from St. Francis College for Women, Begumpet Hyderabad, Nancy Baraik from Amity University Jharkhand bagged the second position, and Swati Kumari Amity University Jharkhand stood third. In the Poster Making Competition Anushka Kesri from St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi stood first, Souptik Chatterjee, Amity University Jharkhand stood second and Mahima Choubey, Amity University Jharkhand was declared third.