Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) initiates plantation drive for freshers to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and DU colleges.
In order to facilitate the Sikh community’s contribution towards protecting the environment from climate change, the DSGMC has made it mandatory for all the first-year students of the five colleges in Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) and four colleges in the University of Delhi (DU) which are run by the panel, to plant ten saplings each.
DU colleges that will be participating in the plantation drive include Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College and Mata Sundri College for Women. Other colleges that will take part from GGSIPU include Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Management and IT, Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology, Guru Nanak College of Education, Guru Ram Dass College of Education, and Guru Nanak Institute of Management.
The move is part of an effort to involve the youth in “green celebrations” to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, said DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa. As per the directive, any student taking admission in any of the nine colleges run by DSGMC has to sign an undertaking to plant 10 trees and take care of them until their final year. Students will have to treat this mandate as one of their college projects. They will be asked to submit the report highlighting the status of the trees planted by them accompanied with photographs, on an annual basis.
“DSGMC has asked colleges to identify land for tree plantation. Students can either plant trees in the area provided by their college which can be within the campus or outside the campus on MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) land, or around their home. With this move, 55,000 trees will be planted this year,” stated Mr Sirsa, in conversation with NDTV.
Founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji once said ‘Pawan Guru Paani Pita Mata Dharat Mahat’, which literally translates into air is our teacher, water is our father and Earth is our mother. This plantation drive for students is a true reflection of his teachings that every student should follow.
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