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National Seminar Commences at JU

JAMMU: A two day National Seminar on ‘Diversity and Reproduction in Plants and Microbes: Present Scenario' under the aegis of UGC-SAP DRS II program sanctioned to the Department of Botany was inaugurated in the Department of Botany here today.

On the occasion, Dr. Saroj K. Barik, Director, CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow was the chief guest. In his keynote address, Dr. Barik highlighted the importance of plants and microbes as important bioresouces and underscored the need for their conservation and sustainable use.

"The spatial imbalances in biodiversity research between the north globe and India must be filled by building research capacity, improving plant diversity data bases and setting a precise future agenda for the country'' he said. He also highlighted the strategies to convert the plant diversity into bio- through bio-economy models.

Prof barik appreciated the rich legacy of the Department of Botany, University of Jammu and its important research contribution in the grwoth of plant Sciences in India.

In his presidential remarks, Prof. Manoj K. Dhar, the Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu spoke on the relevance of the seminar topic in the current scenario and elaborated on the importance of the symbiosis among the organisms. He explained that how plants and microbes are going to solve the problems of food security and environmental degradation with the exponential rise in the human population.

‘While on one hand there is a population explosion, on the other hand, the arable land resources are shrinking at a rapid past. To keep this balance, the plants and microbes must be explored for solving these issues", he said.

He further said that Department of Botany is one such department which is working in a cohesive manner for dissemination of the knowledge in the society.

Earlier, Prof. Namrata Sharma, Head, Department of Botany extended a formal welcome to all the delegates, speakers, guests of the seminar and said that this is the consecutive 2nd seminar under SAP (DRS-II) in the Department of Botany, wherein the delegates from across the country are participating.

Prof. Yash Pal Sharma, SAP (DRS-II) Coordinator and Convenor of the seminar introduced the details of the Special Assistance Programme to the delegates. He said that under the scheme the Department has got the fund of Rs. 84.50 lacs for carrying of the research on the specified topics and infrastructural development with respect to modernization of labs in the department.

"It's an opportunity for the young researchers to gain and learn from the knowledge and experience of the experts and undertake prospective research and build alliances', he stated

During the inauguration function, two founder Professors of the Department of Botany, Prof. A.K. Koul and Prof. M.C. Sharma were also honoured with Life Time achievement Awards by the Botanical Club of the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Jammu.

Prof. Veenu Kaul, Organizing secretary of the Seminar read the citations for both the revered teachers which were followed by award presenting ceremony.

Prof. Veenu also presented vote of thanks and Dr. Harpreet Bhatia conducted the proceedings of the function. Beside the participants, other dignitaries who were present during the seminar were Prof. Rajni Dingra, Registrar of JU, Prof. Rajni Kant, Controller of Examinations, Prof. Roopma Gandotra, Dean Life Sciences, Prof. T N Lakhanpal, Prof. N S Atri, Prof Ranjan Das Prof. R N Gohil., Prof. Anima Langer, Dr. Sushil Sharma, Suresh Gupta (IFS), Prof. Seema Langer.

Invited talks, oral and poster presentations will be made by the participating expert scientists and delegates in the afternoon session

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