Children told to retain creativity

MANGALORE, OCT. 7. The Deputy Commissioner, Arvind Shrivastava, on Thursday called upon children to retain their creativity in every sphere of activity, including painting.

Inaugurating a drawing competition organised by the Biological Park of Pilikula Nisargadhama at Mudushedde, near here, he advised parents and teachers to identify talent in children and give them opportunities to display the same at various fora.

"They (children) need lots of encouragement," he said.

He lauded the initiative taken by the Director of the Park, Jayaprakash Bhandary, in organising various competitions, including painting, on the theme "'Nature and Wild Life."

He said competitions helped students learn more about their surroundings and environment.

Noting that the Pilikula Nisargadhama was the ideal place for children to learn about environment and nature, he said they were everyone's concern.

It was also important for students to know and learn more about the ecologically-sensitive Western Ghats and added that Pilikula offered them enough scope to learn about ecological conservation as well.

A video-show was arranged on wildlife and children were taken around the Pilikula. A live demonstration of snakes was organised.

Children and their parents were allowed free entrance to the park in the evening on the occasion, organised as part of Wildlife Week. Mr. Bhandary welcomed the gathering.