The barren land in Salmiya was chosen as the place for planting saplings as part of the commitment of the Institution of Engineers (India) – Kuwait chapter to mark the World Environment, which is celebrated on 5 June. Engr. Inbatamizh Ilangovan requested the Chairman for some saplings of medicinal value to be planted, so that the benefits can be passed on to the next generation.
Neem Tree sapling and olive tree sapling were brought by Engr. Joseph Panicker, who drove all the way to Jahra to bring the tree saplings. On the evening of 27 June 2014 a small group of Engineers along with the members of the IEI science club, Ladies wing members participated in the less glamorous event of the tree planting program undertaken by the IEI – Kuwait chapter. Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae.
It is native to India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Pakistan. Neem products are also used in selectively controlling pests in plants. Neem is considered a large part of Ayurvedic medicine. The olive, (Olea europaea, meaning "Oil from/of Europe") is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, The leaves of the olive tree have some medical uses. It is said that the leaves have a calming effect. They are also good for the immune system and to bring down high levels of cholesterol. The oil is good for the cardiovascular system (the heart, and the arteries, etc.) and the circulation of fat in the body.
The young science club member Snigdha participated with full enthusiasm, extraordinary zeal and was all smiles while planting the saplings. Engr. Joseph Panicker, led the team and members Engr. Inbatamizh Ilangovan, Engr. Senthil Kumar, Engr. Krishnan, Engr. Ashish Kumarane, Engr. Gandhi, Dr. Mahendheran, Engr. Subha Senthil, Engr. Lovely, Engr. Joythish, Mrs. Baghyashri, Mrs. Laila Panicker, Mr. Sameer, Master Nikhil and Master Suyash Ashish participated in the tree planting program.
Master Suyash made a small presentation on World Environment Day (WED) using his iPad. For the plants to grow, the resident’s Harris has agreed to water the plants daily after a discussion with the group. Many participants shared their experience about the tree plantation. Water and Juice were served to the participants to brave the summer heat.
by Engr. Inbatamizh Ilangovan