Mangaluru, Jul 15: Hikmah International Academy, the prestigious Montessori school in the city, celebrated the annual Vanamahotsava Day recently at their school premises at Vas Lane.
K Bhasker Moily, mayor, Mangaluru City Corporation graced the occasion as chief guest and A K Niyaz, managing director, A K Group of Industries, blessed the event as guest of honour. The chairman of the Hikmah Educational Trust Mohammed Nissar, the trustees, chief admin officer, principal, teaching and non-teaching staff including more than 50 kids from MONT-1, MONT-2 and MONT-3, participated in planting many neem saplings at the adjacent area near to the school premises. The event slogan was ‘Think Green & Live Green’ to motivate the kids to know how important trees and plants are for human’s survival and well-being.
Chief guest K Bhaskar Moily in his inaugural address said, “Forests play a vital role in our nation’s development, and loss of forests ruin the ecological balance of the globe. It also weakens the efforts of pollution control. The need for plantation has become even greater these days because of the growing pollution in the environment.”
Chairman Mohammed Nissar, in his welcome address said that all the disadvantages of destruction of trees and forests can be balanced only with plantation of trees which maintains bio diversity, conservation of water and climate control. He said, “As we take a lot of care in protecting the plants, it teaches us how we parents and teachers have to nurture our kids in their early stages with knowledge and discipline helping them to groom as respectable citizens of our great nation. We, as ‘Team Hikmah’ are happy to announce that we are coming up with an eco-friendly campus on a 3.5 acre land in Mangaluru fully equipped with all the facilities which are required for a modern school. Stone laying ceremony will take place shortly.”
Mementos were presented to the chief guest and the guest of honour.
Acting principal Asma Syed was on the dias and the event coordinator Lubaina concluded the programme with vote of thanks.