Manipal: Student exhibits at Seeds of Hope a big drawBy Alexander Chandy
Udupi Today Media Network
Manipal, 08 February 2018: Melaka Manipal Medical College (Manipal Campus), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal teamed up with Bharat Soka Gakkai (Indian affiliate of Soka Gakkai International) and Earth Charter International to co-host an exhibition on sustainability and positive change titled, ‘Seeds of Hope: Visions Of Sustainability, Steps Towards Change.” The exhibition highlighted the fact that, “a single individual can initiate positive change” with the key message, ‘It starts with one’.
The exhibition was inaugurated on February 2, 2018 by Mr. C. G. Muthana, Chief Operating Officer, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. The Guests of honor were Professor Varadesh Hiregange, Director of Gandhian and Peace Studies and Professor Hilda Rayappan, Founder and Director, Prajna Counselling Centre, Mangaluru. Dr. Ullas Kamath, Dean MMMC, welcomed the gathering. Mr. Muthana highlighted the importance of being actively involved in the society and gave several examples of environmental issues that needed attention.
Prof. Varadesh Hiregange released an educative brochure titled, ‘What can I do?’, prepared by BSG Belagavi. He highlighted Mahatma Gandhi’s example in being the change that we wish to see. Prof. Hilda Rayappan, Founder Director Prajna Counseling Centre, Mangaluru released the bookmarks with the Earth Charter message. She shared her personal experiences and emphasized the importance of nature, its preservation and how one individual can have an impact and change the society. Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, Bharat Soka Gakkai coordinator of South Zone gave an overview of BSG and its activities.
The exhibition panels were viewed by over 1750 students from 11 schools of Udupi District. The panels were presented by students from the schools of Manipal, Udupi, Agumbe, Karkala, Moodbidri, and Panemangalore They were trained by Melaka Manipal Medical College and Bharat Soka Gakkai.
The exhibition featured an award winning documentary from Earth Charter titled “A quiet revolution” following which, school students were involved in interactive games to reinforce the learning experience. Trained facilitators engaged students in games such as ‘web of life’, ‘needs vs wants’, empowered vs powerless’ etc. Informative videos from Forest Department and some interesting exhibits on fossils were also exhibited. Various eminent social activists from Udupi and Mangalore also graced the occasion.
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