Celebrating it out in the wild

Off on an eco-drive  

IT WAS drizzling in Siruvani, but who even complained. The joy it brought was infectious even as 44 students and parents of a few were briefed on the flora and fauna there by Ramachandran, professor from Kongu Nadu Arts and Science College. The scenic beauty of the dam along the Tamil Nadu - Kerala border was riveting.

After a lunch here a quiz was conducted for the students at the VOC Park by the Range Officer, T. Rathnsamy and N.S. Manoharan, the Director of the Corporation Zoo. All was not over yet with the best being saved for the last. The next stopover was Kovai Kutrallam and the picturesque locale was nothing short of breathtaking.

The conservator of forests, Coimbatore Circle, T. Sekar and the district forest officer, P. Durairasu pointed out the need to preserve ecology, from a very germane spot at that. But there are lots more to come with Mangarai - Anaikatti on the cards.

Well, the 44 that enjoyed the trip are winners of various competitions including oratory, essay, painting and drawing on themes relating to nature, wildlife conservation and ecology conducted as part of the celebrations of the Wildlife Week in the first week of October. Organised by the forest authorities in Coimbatore as many as 657 students from 70 institutions (including college and schools) participated in the events at the State Forest Rangers College in Coimbatore.

In winning spirit

In winning spirit  

The notable among the participants included seven physically challenged from the Society for the Aid of Physically Handicapped. A. Vigneshwaran of Class X from this society and G. Rekha of Avinashilingam Deemed University won prizes here and also in the inter-district competitions held in Chennai.

The curtains would come down on the celebrations shortly with a prize distribution function to be presided by the District Collector, N. Muruganandam.

By Palaniappan V S

Photos: S. Siva Saravanan