National Seminar concludes at JU

JAMMU: The valedictory function of the two day National Seminar on Plant and Fungal Diversity: Status and Challenges and Symposium on Plant Ecology successfully culminated here in the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Jammu today.

Dean Academic Affairs, University of Jammu, Prof Keshav Sharma, the Chief Guest on the occasion highlighted the synergistic role of Plants and fungi and their interdependence on each other for survival and effective adaptation in nature.

He quoted several examples of the beneficial roles of fungi and plants including food, nutrition and medicines and exhorted upon the researchers to follow the conservation strategies in the changing climate scenario.

He also hoped that scientists in the times to come would unravel many intricacies of plant-fungal relationships and their co-evolution. He also recalled the role of founding faculty members in giving a roadmap to the department for its progress in research and academic activities.

Prof. T N Lakhanpal, Professor Emeritus from H P University, Shimla, the Guest of Honour congratulated the Department for always maintaining the highest standards of research and teaching, blessed the faculty and participants to continuously work in a coherent and cohesive manner with sharing of knowledge and updates amongst each other. He appreciated the role of young faculty and research in following the rich legacy of academic pursuits set by the their founding faculty members.

Earlier, Prof Namrata Sharma, Head of the Department and the organizing secretary of the Seminar extended a formal welcome to the guests while Dr. Harish, the Co-organizing secretary, Dr. Sikander and Dr. Geeta supervised the proceedings of the function.

The proceedings of the two days National Seminar were presented by Prof. Yash Pal Sharma, the Coordinator, UGC-SAP and Convenor of the Seminar. In a brief report, Prof Sharma informed that the second day's events commenced with the oral paper presentation award competition in the morning session. All the presentations were well prepared and covered wide aspects of plant & fungal diversity and ecology.

This was followed by a very informative and interactive presentation by Dr. D. K Upreti, Emeritus Scientist at NBRI, Lucknow and the top lichenologist of the Country who spoke at length on the Current developments in Indian Lichenological Research" Later a lecture on the "Genetic diversity studies: Relevance in conservation of plants" by Dr. Susheel Verma from Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri was delivered. A parallel poster session was organised in the afternoon in the lawns of the Department of Botany.

In the post-lunch session, "Symposium on Plant Ecology" in the memory of Late Prof. Shashi Kant was organized in which Dr. Manzoor A. Shah from the Department of Botany, University of Kashmir presented an excellent talk on "Connecting the dots of invasion ecology for a unified way forward" which was followed by another quality lecture of Dr. Dhiraj Vyas from IIIM, Jammu on "Chemical Ecology.

The Vote of thanks was proposed by Prof. Veenu Kaul while proceedings of the Valedictory function were conducted by Dr. Skarma Nonzon.

It is pertinent to mention here that an overwhelming response to the Seminar was received from the participating delegates. More than 100 abstracts of the research papers in the form of keynote lecture, invited lectures, oral and poster presentations were received and presented.

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