By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 23 Apr: The University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) celebrated ‘UNESCO World Book Day’ in the company of students belonging to Government Primary Schools in the villages Bakarna, Bidholi, Bishenpur, Dunga, Kharakhet, Masras Patti, Paundha and Upper Kandoli. The celebrations, organised under the aegis of the UPES Knowledge Resource Centre, Bidholi Campus, reiterated the university’s commitment towards educational support for the young underprivileged children of the adjoining villages.
Sharing the details of the event, Arun Dhand – Sr Director Public Affairs, UPES, said that the event was the 11th successive celebration of the ‘World Book Day’ by UPES. A ‘Painting & Drawing Competition’ was organised to mark the occasion. Class IV to V students from 8 Government Primary Schools participated in the competition, attended by their teachers as well. “The theme of this year’s competition was based on ‘Swacchta evam Paryavaran’. All participating students were encouraged to come up with their best creations in a free manner.
Sharing the significance of the day, Dr Ranjan Sinha Thakur, Chief Librarian, UPES, revealed that ‘23 April’ was chosen by UNESCO in the year 1995 as a symbolic date for world literature to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors encouraging everyone, particularly the young people, to discover the pleasure of reading. “It was on this date that prominent authors like Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega had died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. UNESCO has named Sharjah, UAE, as the World Book Capital for 2019,” he said. “The theme for this year, the 24th edition of ‘World Book Day’ centres around celebrating literature and reading with a particular focus on enhancing & protecting indigenous languages,” he added.
The nominated panel of judges from UPES included Prof Rajan Iyer from School of Design and Shelly, Assistant Professor, from School of Computer Science Engineering. The judges unanimously selected the paintings by Sajan – a class IV student of Rajkiya Prathamik Vidhyalaya, Doonga, for the First Prize; Anjali, a class V student of Rajkiya Prathamik Vidhyalaya, Upper Kandoli, for the Second Prize, and Rahul, a class V student of Rajkiya Prathamik Vidhyalaya, Doonga for the Third Prize. The Best Readers Awards in the Students Category went to Riya Agrahari, Yash Kundnani and Himanshu Duklan from School of Engineering; Ankur Kala, Pratiksha Negi and Ayush Upadhyay from School of Business, and Khushal Juneja, Kaushik Dey and Varun Pandey from School of Law. In the Faculty Category, Anurag Singh Tomar, Assistant Professor – School of Engineering; Mohit Rishi, Assistant Professor – School of Business, and Afkar Ahmad, Assistant Professor – School of Law, bagged the awards.
Presenting the Trophies, Certificates & Awards to the ‘Winners’, Dr Deependra Jha – Vice Chancellor, UPES, applauded them for their creativity.
Dr Prem Prakash Sati, Sr Associate Librarian proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Ranjan Thakur thanked his team of Dr Prem Prakash Sati, Sr Associate Librarian, Bidholi; Kamal Lal, Associate Librarian and Praveen Kapoor, Associate Librarian from the SOL & SOB, respectively.