While the theme every year is broadly on ‘Young India’s Vision for Energy Conservation’, the focus this year was on: ‘Bijli Bachao Unnati Lao’ (Save Energy, Ensure Progress); ‘Do the Nation a Favor, Be an Energy Saver’; and ‘Wind, Water, Sun: Energy for the Long Run’. The district-level competitions were held on October 12; painters selected at this level of the competition series will participate at state-level competitions.
Since 2011, Essar Foundation has supported this nation-wide initiative and helped to organize competitions at schools, where it also provides stationary and other materials to participants.
This year, it worked with the Education Department in Jamnagar District of Gujarat to organize the competition in five schools and with the Pune facility of Essar Steel to organize the competition at Dingarajwadi Z.P. Primary School. While 96 students participated in the competition at Dingarajwadi, as many as 689 students participated in the competition at the five Jamnagar schools.
Subsequent to the competition, Essar Foundation and Essar Steel Pune Facility (ESPF) jointly organized an exhibition of the children’s paintings at the Dingarajwadi Z.P. Primary School. Alongside, students who created the three best paintings were felicitated on October 23, 2012.
The main objective of the competition and exhibition was to recognize the young participants’ painting skills, and spread awareness among the villagers about energy conservation.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Mukund Jagirdar, JGM-HR, ESPF, while Mr Tawaskar, Assistant Inspector, Shikrapur Police Station, was the chief guest.