Popular environmentalist and activist of Dakshina Kannada District Dinesh Pai Kateel was the chief guest of the programme.
In his speech he shared his views on preservation of environment from deforestation, pollution and destruction. He invited the teacher trainees to become agents of change and ignite passion in the students to conserve their own land and take part in environment-protection movements. He spoke about the need to protect the Western Ghats which is a hotspot of biodiversity. Dinesh Pai Kateel also spoke about the impact on the environment if the Nethravati River Water diversion project was implemented.
Fr Eric Mathias SJ, director of the College, focused on the need to protect trees and various natural resources. He shared with the audience the vision of the Jesuit congregation on the lines of care for mother earth.
The teacher trainees conducted the prayer service and implored God’s blessings on nature. Verses related to nature were read from the Bible, Bhagavad-Gita and Quran. A Mime was enacted depicting consequences of human activities pertaining to wastage of water. Dr Farita Viegas, principal, administered the oath towards conservation of the environment.
Jhansi delivered the welcome address, Velony highlighted the significance of observing World Environment Day, Teena introduced the chief guest to the audience, Fr Johnson proposed the vote of thanks and Ashwin compeered the programme. Joshna, staff in-charge, organised the programme.