The 59th Annual Flower Show of University of Delhi took place on 23rd February 2017, with a plethora of activities, which saw the participation of horticulturists, photographers, students, teachers and flower enthusiasts from all over the Delhi-NCR region.
On 23rd February, the 59th Annual Flower Show of the University of Delhi took place in Mughal Garden, North Campus. Special Holiday was announced for the Delhi University colleges on account of this event. As a result, the premises were abuzz with students, teachers and flower enthusiasts appreciating the vibrant and varied blossoms.
The event was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor Mr. Yogesh Tyagi and the Chief Guest of the event was Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Science and Technology Minister.
Both, indigenous and exotic plants were displayed at the exhibition for the students and visitors. This year, the special attractions were cacti, orchids, succulents, and herbal plants. The show saw both competitive and non-competitive entries from colleges affiliated with the university, schools, and other educational institutes.
Nukkad Natak performances kept the audiences engaged. Students from Department of Botany performed a street play on the topic “Evolution of Natural Selection”, this was followed by another performance by Dhwani, the theater society of Acharya Narendra Dev College. Petals, the on-the-spot Photography competition, was organized at the event for the first time. The theme for the competition was ‘Flower and Emotions’ and with on-the-spot registration, the competition was open to all.
Talking to DU Beat, Shashi B Babbar, Chair of the flower show committee asserted that, “The main objective why we have been organizing this annual event since 1956 is to acknowledge the hard work of our horticulture staff. I believe that Students should raise some plants of their own; this habit can do wonders for our environment. It’s sad that when it comes to botany, India lags behind despite having immense potential since we have a wide and rich biodiversity in terms of flora. I hope that programs like this would infuse some interest in regarding gardening and botany among the general public, primarily the university students.”
The flower show started at 12 noon and remained open till 5 p.m.
Imgae credits: Ened D’souza