Jul 01, 2024

Vanamahotsav Week Kicks Off at NIT Calicut

The Social Forestry Division of the Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department launched the district-level inauguration of Vanamahotsav at the National Institute of Technology Calicut on Monday. This event, organized by the Kozhikode District Social Forestry Division, marks the beginning of a vibrant week-long tree plantation festival celebrated nationwide to promote afforestation and environmental conservation.

The inauguration was graced by the esteemed presence of Prof. Prasad Krishna, Director of NIT Calicut, who officially kick-started the festivities. Smt. R. Keerthi, IFS, Conservator of Forests, Social Forestry, Northern Region, Kozhikode, delivered an inspiring presidential address.

In his inaugural speech, Prof. Prasad Krishna highlighted the crucial role trees and forests play in achieving sustainable global growth. He emphasized the significant impact of trees on the overall well-being of all living communities. 

"Conservation of forests is deeply rooted in Indian culture," Prof. Prasad Krishna remarked while discussing sacred groves. He added, "Embracing nature is the ultimate solution for all our worries."

Smt. R. Keerthi, IFS, elaborated on the importance of forest conservation and outlined the detailed plan for the week's activities. 

The event also saw addresses from notable dignitaries including Prof. Priya Chandran, Dean (Planning and Development); Prof. Sunitha M. S., Dean (Faculty Welfare); Prof. N. Sandhyarani, Dean (Research and Consultancy); Mr. Jijo C.V., Registrar-in-charge; and Smt. Sathya Prabha, Assistant Conservator of Forests.

A highlight of the inauguration was a special lecture by Dr. Sandeep Das (SERB) on the rich biodiversity of the Western Ghats, which captivated the audience and enriched their understanding of the region’s ecological significance.

Vanamahotsav week promises a series of engaging activities and events aimed at raising awareness and encouraging active participation in afforestation efforts. The vibrant start at NIT Calicut sets a hopeful tone for a greener, more sustainable future.