'World Heritage Week 2018' celebrations begin at JU

JAMMU: Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu in collaboration with INTACH (J&K Chapter) organized "Intangible Heritage Handmade Paper Awareness Meet" to mark the beginning of World Heritage Week 2018.

Hemant Sharma IAS (Retd.), Former Commissioner Secretary, J&K Govt. was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

The programme started with welcome address by S.M Sawhney, Convener INTACH, Jammu Chapter. In his address, he introduced the theme of the week and talked about the importance of Heritage Sites along with the need for their preservation and promotion.

He made a special mention of collaboration of INTACH J&K Chapter with Department of Environmental Sc's, University of Jammu for inventorization and conservation of Natural heritage sites of Jammu.

Sandeep Singh Pathania, Secretary Gandhi Sewa Sadan, highlighted the role of his organization in recycling waste paper collected from various government offices of Jammu area and drew the attention of the august gathering to the importance of paper recycling in waste reduction and management. Various methodological processing parts of the recycling Unit right from sorting of waste paper and rags to pulping to finished products were shown to the Students and staff by Rajesh Kumar, Manager, Paper Recycling Unit.

The Chief Guest in his address applauded the efforts made by the organizers in organizing such a unique event and congratulated them for introducing this new concept in the University which shall be very beneficial for the students at large as "seeing is believing", he added.

Prof. Raj Kumar Rampal, Head, Department of Environmental Sciences, spoke about the current solid waste generation and management scenario of Jammu. He also discussed about various measures that can be taken to mange waste at scientific lines. Prof. Anil K. Raina, Former Head and Rector Bhaderwah Campus, discussed about various new technological interventions that can be made for achieving efficient and improved recycled paper having high market value.

In order to make the students understand and appreciate the architectural and cultural legacy of Jammu, visits were also made to three important temples viz. Jhiri temple, Sui Simbali temple and Bhurj temple of Marh Area.

The historical importance of these temples was explained to the students by the priests of the respective temples and their architectural details were provided by Hemani Badyal, Conservation Architect, Jammu.

Others present during the occasion included Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Dr. Deepika Slathia, Dr. Meenakshi Khajuria besides students and research scholars of Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu and members of Gandhi Sewa Sadan, Jammu.

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