Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat inaugurated the Colloquia on A forestation and Environmental Issues organized by the Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (HPSLA) at H.P High Court here today.
He also gave away prizes to the winners of state level painting slogan writing and essay writing competition organized by the authority in order to generate awareness about preserving the environment. Addressing the gathering, Acharya Devvrat said that it is very essential to involve children in creative activities to develop creative thinking in them since young age.
He said that all scientific inventions and discoveries were made by creative minds. He also added that development in science was possible only when we encourage children to think and experiment freely. He further said that all great philosophers, saints and teachers were great thinkers, which was also due to creative thinking.
The Governor said that responsibility of instilling good values in children and building a well-mannered and responsible young generation rests with all of us. Our culture is widely known for rich knowledge, humane outlook and commitment towards the welfare of society as a whole.
He expressed concern that in present times, human beings have become self-centered and are forgetting our concept of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family). He stressed the need to revive this spirit especially among children and youth so as to make future generations sensitive towards poor, needy and compassionate towards suffering humanity.
He said that children should develop positive thinking and confidence in order to excel in their lives and added that they should not be deterred by obstacles coming in their ways but put in persistent efforts to achieve success. He urged them to abstain from drugs and intoxicants and participate in nation building activities for country’s development.
The Governor lauded the initiatives of HPSLA and H.P High Court in bringing awareness among children regarding environment protection. He also visited the gallery exhibiting the paintings, slogans and essay writings and appreciated the ideas of children.
Chief Justice H.P High Court Mr. Mansoor Ahmed Mir stressed upon the importance of environment protection and added that our ancient culture inspirs us to have highest reverence towards mother nature. He said that children could be the best ambassadors to spread this message across all sections of the society.
The HPSLA had been involving children from all schools of the state in its environment protection awareness campaigns. He said that legal community is contributing towards various social causes and with the involvement of schools, the state government has planted about more than one lakh saplings across the state last year besides monitoring their survival rate.
Justice Sanjay Karol, Judge H.P High Court and Executive Chairman H.P State Legal Services Authority has welcomed the Governor and briefed about the activities of HPSLA. He said that the authority is actively participating in various awareness campaigns especially ones related to environment protection and a forestation programs, which are also being launched across the state. About 107 students of various schools of the state participated in the competition.