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Sunday, July 15, 2012




Teak Garden is a dream project of the Payyanur Educational Society realized with the help of Rotary Club, Payyanur and managed by the  Dept of English and the Forestry Club. Occasional help from the students of the PES school is also sought as and when needed.   The project was made possible by the the mediation of Dr Santhosh V M who is on the faculty and a Rotarian too. Sri P K Kuriakose of the Dept of English is the consultant.  This year the club was able to tie up with the Kunhimangalam Panchayath in which the college is situated to make use of the NREGP labour pool to help maintain all the projects of the FORESTRY CLUB and some of the pioneering projects of the College in collaboration with other willing organizations and funding agencies.  This teak garden with 500 saplings planted and almost all surviving would be one of the rare organizational projects in north Malabar towards attaining environmental sustainability, soil protection and enrichment and preservation of remarkable wood heritage.  With the proper flourish of this cultivation, there is also the possibility of wild life being provided a secure place in this area where rabbits, wild pigs, porcupines, Jungle Fowl (some of them being the threatened species) are seen in small numbers  

 It is obvious that projects of the kind is contributing to the goals of the nation, its productivity and sustainability of a culture on one hand while on the other it promotes an earth friendliness that is fundamental to all the ancient cultures of the world.  A statement in paraphrase from Gita Mehtha may drive home this point better: The forest was the source all Indian knowledge and wisdom - it was ancient India's lab, university and source of great philosophies - the rishis lived there and Kings went there to consult them.  So it goes without saying that our schools, colleges and universities and all institutions of creativity and service should be surrounded by small civilized forests declaring human understanding of the interconnectedness and interdependence of all life forms as essential to the sustainability of human life on earth.    It is duty of the enlightened human being to do away with the rivalry between the binaries 'city and the country' and 'Grama and Aranya' that  exist in our society in the words of the famous historian and intellectual ROMILA THAPAR The department of English is implementing small projects like the FRUIT ORCHARD, MAHAGONY AND NEEM FORESTS, and the TEAK GARDEN in the direction of evolving an earth-friendly community.

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