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JU celebrates 'The Himalayan Day - 2020'

JAMMU: To appreciate and create awareness about the Himalayan resources 'The Himalayan Day-2020' celebrations were observed here in the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Jammu today. This year's theme has been ‘The Himalaya and Nature'.

On the occasion, an ONLINE popular lecture on "JAMMU HIMALAYA-A STOREHOUSE OF PHYTO-RESOURCES" was delivered by Dr. Harish Chander Dutt, Assistant Professor of the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Jammu.

While discussing the ecological conditions of Himalaya, Dr Dutt, underscored the importance of the Himalaya in general and role of the north-west Himalaya in particular in harbouring unique types of biodiversity resources in Jammu Province.

"The climate in western Himalaya is less humid than the Eastern Himalaya, due to which the diverse type of the plant wealth is witnessed in this region, said the learned ecologist. Further, he deliberated upon the industrial importance and locally important medicinal plant wealth in Jammu Himalaya. Finally he laid emphasis on the conservation of the different ecosystems and plant diversity resources in Jammu Himalaya owing to their services to the population inhabiting the Indian subcontinent.

Earlier, Prof. Namrata Sharma, Head of the Department formally extended a warm welcome and thanked the online participants to be part of the Himalayan day celebrations. She highlighted the contributions made by the senior faculty and researchers of the past and present times of the Department of Botany in the Himalayan regions and the important thrust areas of Himalayan research undertaken by them. She had special praise and acknowledged extensive field explorations undertaken by Dr. Dutt in the folds of the Himalayan Mountains for the last more than 20 years.

In his brief remarks, Prof Yash Pal Sharma, the Coordinator, SAP- DRS II, thanked Padam Bhushan (2020) and Padam Dr. Anil Joshi, Indian green activist, social worker, botanist and the founder of Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCo), for providing the opportunity to organise this important event.

He also thanked Prof Namrata for facilitating the conduct of the event, Dr. Harish for his excellent presentation and all the participants for their overwhelming interest in attending and participating in the event.

In his message from Dehradun, Dr Joshi appreciated the role of the Department of Botany, University of Jammu and thanked the department for regularly organising the Himalayan day celebration event for the last more than one decade with some meaningful outcomes.

Further, Dr. I. D Rai, Scientist from IIRS-ISRO, Dehradun, Dr. Ajay Srivastava and Dr. Seemavati from Holkar College, Indore also presented their views.

Others who participated in the event include scientists and scholars from Universities and Institutes of the country such as TBGRI, Kerala; PG Girls College, Khargun, MP; Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar; Central University, Kerala; Kumaun University, Nainital, Central University of Jammu; Department of Environmental Science, JU; Institute of Mountain Environment, JU, Prof. Veenu Kaul, Dr. Sikander Pal, Dr Geeta and Dr. Skarma Nonzom, research scholars and the students of the Department of Botany, University of Jammu.

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