Delhi Public School Budgam in its endeavour to enable the students to show their love and concern towards the environment and mark the importance of trees, celebrated the International Day of Forest 2018 (43rd Arbor Day) on 22nd March 2018. The motive was to make them think about the environmental issues and ecological condition of the earth and thereby recognize their role towards saving the depleting planet.
On this occasion, a plantation drive was launched wherein the students and the teachers took an active part and planted sapling along with the chief guest Mr Irfan Ali Shah, Conservator Forest, Srinagar Circle and his team. The Pro VC DPS Madam Mumtaz un Nisa Soz, Principal Mr Mehfooz Aslam and the Headmistress Ms Shobhna Sirohi also took part in the plantation drive. It was remarkable to see the Nursery and LKG kids digging pits and watering the saplings along with the senior students. Soon after the plantation drive, the students presented a short film on Arbor Day. Through this medium, the importance of afforestation was shown. Speeches were delivered, songs were sung and Kashmiri folk dance ‘Rouf’ was performed that was appreciated by everyone. A short comedy skit to make the people analyse their individual role towards the conservation of environment was also presented. Later on, a power point presentation depicting the spring bloom in DPS Budgam – the almond blossoms and the lush green environs was also shown.
The chief guest appreciated the students and welcomed their sincere efforts. He spoke about the history of Arbor Day and Van Mahotsav at length. The medicinal value of plants and the importance of different ecological systems were also the part of his speech. He stressed on adaptation and mitigation strategies. He spoke a lot about the judicious use of water as it was 25th World Water Day as well. He invited the students to the high-tech nursery at Cheshma Shahi near Botanical Garden.
The Principal Mr Mehfooz Aslam while thanking the forest department officials recollected the close association of DPS Budgam with the department for the past so many years. He further appreciated the role they are performing in the protection of forest and wildlife.