DPS Society celebrates ‘Panchtatva’- inter school national environment festival

DPS Society celebrates ‘Panchtatva’- inter school national environment festival
Abhay Anand | Apr 26, 2018 - 2:37 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI, APRIL 26: ‘Panchtatva - Let’s Sync with Nature’, the Annual Inter-DPS National Environmental Festival was hosted at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram to celebrate the Earth Day.

The Festival was designed to inspire awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s environment. The theme of the event was ‘Save Earth’, with special emphasis on the 5 ’R’s – Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, Restore and Replenish. It witnessed the participation of 79 schools.

A collaborative effort of the Environment and Geography Clubs of the school, the festival comprised 9 competitions- 5 off-site, including Book of Ideas – 1, Weave A Story (Photography), Green-o-tisement (Advertisement), E-File (Bio-Diversity File) and Scroll-A-Message; and 4 on-site, which were Book Of Ideas -2, Model Making : Green City, Let The Silent Earth Speak : Mime and Waste-Wise : Collage Making.

Chief Guest, V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee and the Guest of Honour, Vrinda Sarup, Member, Managing Committee, DPS RK Puram and Vibha Singh, Principal, DPS Rohini graced the occasion.

The Judges included Kuljeet Singh, an actor, director and teacher who is known for his performances in films like Margarita with a Straw (2014), along with Chetan Malhotra, co-founder of Square Heart Productions and alumnus of Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares, Dr Vijay Kumar Soni, Head of the Environment Monitoring and Research Centre (EMRC), Indian Meteorological Department, and Dr Siddharta Singh, Scientist, EMRC, S. Aravindan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi, along with R. Srinivas, head of the Metropolitan and Union Territories Division, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Archana Pental, Headmistress of Delhi Public School, Vasant Vihar and Dr Tejbir Singh Rana, Professor, Shivaji College, Vikram Verma, Production Designer in a number of prestigious production houses across India and Palok Singh, a filmmaker and entrepreneur and Pankaj Guru, a Bachelor, Fine Arts from University Of Delhi and Richa Sahu, Graphic Designer, Salwan Public School.

Vanita Sehgal, Principal spoke of the dilemma of the issue not spoken about: “who cleans the garbage and when?” She feels that we do little but expect others to do everything. She said if people feel they are too small to be effective then they have never been bitten by a small mosquito. She quoted a line – `Nothing comes from nothing’ to encourage children to go out of their comfort zone to make a difference.

The Chief Guest, V.K. Shunglu, shared his thoughts on ploughing back grass into the soil to ensure that essential nutrients aren't lost. He mentioned the purchase of a new mower which recycles grass, thereby enabling rejuvenation of the soil.

Vrinda Sarup considered it to be a privilege and a delight to attend this environmental festival. She found the ideas and works to be breathtaking and complimented the teams on their ideas and concerns. She even promised to support them and expose them to a wider audience.

Shunglu released the Report on Pollution Survey in Delhi prepared by Class X1 students of DPS RKPuram. He also released the Book of Ideas Part 1, a collection from all Delhi Public Schools bound together.

The speeches were complemented by a Panchtatva themed dance, backed by visuals and followed by soulful, warm voices of the western music choir.

Shunglu, Sehgal and Sarup distributed the prizes and congratulated the winners. Being the host team, DPS RK Puram participated but did not compete in any event.

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