TO COMMEMORATE World Tourism Day, HT-PACE (Hindustan Times Newspaper in Education Programme), Bhopal, as part of Kaleidoscope 2006 and Madhya Pradesh Tourism (MPT) conducted an inter-school painting competition at Boat Club, Van Vihar Road on Wednesday. Children from 35 schools of the city participated in the competition.
Speaking on the occasion, MPT general manager Bal Mukund Namdev said that students should know more of the outside world in their initial stages as it will keep them in good stead for the competitive days ahead. “Madhya Pradesh is a haven of tourism delights and a civilization to walk through. Tourists come to Madhya Pradesh for its wealth of sights, cultural exuberance, diversity of terrain and in search of that special something, an extra punch that only Madhya Pradesh Tourism promises and delivers,” he added.
About the contest, PACE teacher coordinator Rohni Seth of Red Rose School, Lambakheda said, “It was a nice competition and a great effort by HT-PACE and MPT. The topics were good generating awareness among children about their own state.”
Little Angel’s School’s Rumana Khan said that the contest will not only make the children aware about tourism but will educate and involve them to find out the best possibilities to make their state number one in tourism.
Canyon School teacher Tabsum Jamal said that this painting competition is extremely popular among children as the youngsters get an opportunity to project themselves on paper with myriad colours.
Radha Dutta, a class IV student of Carmel Convent S S School, BHEL found the contest very helpful in encouraging and nourishing creative skills among them.
The competition was divided into three categories. The topic for junior category (IV to VI class) students was `Bhopal ‘ and for the middle category (VII to IX class) students, it was `Culture of MP.’ For the students of senior category (X to XII class), the topic was `Tourist Destination of MP’.
Children mostly sketched the lake of Bhopal and filled it with colours. According to HT- PACE manager Alpana Mishra, children have excelled in such activities and we are grooming them. Certificates and trophies were distributed to the winners in the prize distribution ceremony.
Parent of a participating child, Akram Mohd. Khan found the contest a delightful sight to see the children filling colours to their imagination. The staff of HT-PACE and MPT had conducted the event.