Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-06-04 18:05 Manipal: An awareness programme was held by the Manipal University, Manipal, to mark the World Environment Day on Saturday. As many as 250 students from the institution planted 50 fruit-bearing saplings and renamed the Nagabana road after Sir M Visveshwaraiah as part of the programme, during which a rally was also flagged off by Dr Narayana Sabhahit, Registrar of Manipal University. The chief guest of the programme, Dr K Ramnarayan, Vice President Faculty Development and Alumni Relations, spoke of the need to bringing about change. “We are the agents of change. Change can happen, but change should not happen only externally, it should happen internally too. Much has been said about external change. But what we do internally will matter more because we become clean, we become green and we become pure,” said Ramnarayan. Ashiza Sheik, a class 10 student of Madhavakripa School, summed it well when she spoke of the need to “create an environment that does not need protection”. “I don’t want you and me to protect this environment. I want us to create an environment which doesn’t need protection,” said Ashiza. Director of Manipal Institute of Technology Dr GK Prabhu welcomed the gathering while Ashok Pai, Secretary, Dr TMA Pai Foundation, spoke about the genesis of Manipal University and the road in particular. Dr Suma Nair, Director, Student Affairs, gave the vote of thanks.