Observing World Environment Day with fervour, Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women organised various activities with the aim to raise awareness and encourage action to protect the environment. The day began with a soulful havan ceremony wherein Principal Dr. Nisha Bhargava, staff and students prayed for the healing of the Earth and well being of mankind. The ceremony was performed with all the COVID safety protocols in place. This was followed by a plantation drive. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Bhargava asserted that the emergence of COVID has shown how disastrous the consequences of ecosystem loss can be and it is high time that humans shift their focus from environmental exploitation to environmental healing. In another activity, an online Photography Competition cum Exhibition was organised wherein Dr. Bhargava and faculty members submitted awe-inspiring pictures clicked by them of nature and biodiversity.
The online exhibition can be viewed on the college’s YouTube channel through the link https://youtu.be/6xf3tIZAJhY. The NSS units of the college, in collaboration with the Department of Environment Science and MCM Eco Club, organised a national level Online Quiz. The theme of the quiz was ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ and aimed to educate the community about the importance of restoring our Earth. The quiz witnessed overwhelming response as 1054 registrations were received including from three U.T. (Delhi, Jammu Kashmir and Chandigarh), more than 10 states (including West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Goa) and more than 15 different cities. E-certificates were given to all the participants while top three winners were awarded cash prizes. On this occasion, the Character-Building Committee and Landscaping Committee of the college conducted an inter-college competition on ‘Plant a Sapling’ and ‘Best out of Waste’. 52 students participated enthusiastically in this competition wherein they showcased their love for the environment by planting saplings at their respective places and created aesthetically pleasing pieces from waste, thereby giving the message of reduce, reuse and recycle. All the participants were awarded e-certificates.