Countdown to Pragati 2010

February 13, 2010
Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore

Clad in black T-shirts, the students of the Amrita School of Business at Coimbatore made quite a sight. They were on a march, from Gandhipuram on, in the afternoon of February 7, at around 3:00 p.m.

PragatiOrganized as a lead-up to the School’s Annual B-Fest, Pragati 2010, which is scheduled for February 19 and 20, the march was inaugurated by Ms. N. Kamini, District Police Commissioner of Coimbatore.

Holding up banners and chanting slogans, nearly 200 students marched forward together. Their destination? The VOC park premises in the city where they would stage street plays and distribute saplings.

The theme of Pragati 2010 is Reducing Your Carbon Footprints … Go Green. The fest website eloquently makes the case.

When the world leaders pour their minds over issues of warming earth and climate change …
When the giants decide to cut back on their carbon emissions …
When the world looks up to the Hopenhagen …
In the remote part of the Indian subcontinent, down south, a savior arrives …
Befriend Cafoo … only at Pragati 2010 …

“We feel that educating the public is the easiest way to initiate an action,” the enthusiastic students stated. “Otherwise the information remains only in text books, research papers or on websites.”

PragatiA huge crowd had gathered. The students’ street play highlighted the need for reducing electricity and fuel consumption. The importance of planting trees and other small-big ways that could steer the world to a better tomorrow were stressed.

“It was a resounding success,” the students shared, later. “We feel good about this opportunity to educate the general public about ways of reducing carbon emissions in their day-to-day activities. Most importantly, we ourselves will be the first to follow all that we enumerated.”

The B-Fest aims at creating awareness among future managers about the need for reducing carbon emissions, combating global warming and possible ways of doing it. In seeking to educate the general public, these future managers, themselves, had taken an important first step.

Saplings were distributed to everyone in the huge crowd that wanted one. Upon the students’ return to the Amrita campus, more saplings were planted to commemorate the occasion. With this wonderful initiative, the students had certainly made their Sunday worthwhile.

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