“Mass Environment Literacy’ key to protect environment, says Secretary, NASI, Jammu Chapter
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“Mass Environment Literacy’ key to protect environment, says Secretary, NASI, Jammu Chapter

 

“Mass Environment Literacy’ key to protect environment, says Secretary, NASI, Jammu Chapter

Published on :5 Jun,2017

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Jammu:
To celebrate the World Environment Day, a popular lecture by Prof. R. N Gohil, Fellow and Secretary, National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) Jammu Chapter on the theme “Connecting nature to people” was organized here in the Department of Botany, University of Jammu. On the occasion, Prof A. K Koul, Former Professor of the Department and Prof Geeta Sumbali, Dean, Life Sciences along with the faculty members of Life Sciences, Research Scholars and students graced the occasion.

          Giving a detailed presentation on the local, national and international environmental status, the learned fellow of one of the oldest National Academies of Sciences in India, Prof Gohil said that all biota of life including plants, animals, microbes, and inanimate creations including air, seas, mountains, land, celestial objects and the forces controlling their existences constitute nature and the nature in turn has bestowed all these endowments freely upon all living beings including humans.  “However, we need to have that “nature” (character) to connect ourselves to nature and sustainably use its bounties rather than fulfilling our unabated greed’. He opined.  Citing several recent examples of environmental degradation, he said that the time has come that we talk of ‘green hands’ and green fingers’ to save our existence from another mass extinction.  Lets 125 crore people of this country pledge to encourage ‘Mass Environment Literacy’ to save our environment for posterity’ he emphasised. 

Prof. Yash Pal Sharma, Head, Department of Botany, University of Jammu extended a formal welcome to the key speaker and the dignitaries and said that it should be our endeavour that either we individually must take care and do something tangible for this planet or facilitate others in this noble mission of environmental protection. Ever since its inception the public awareness has grown wide and has acquired global dimension and we must contribute our share in this global cause, he said. 

Prof A K Koul, while sharing his vast academic and research experience said that the present generation is very much aware about the safety of environment and security of Humans and the time has come to put that theory into practice. 

Earlier, the celebrations for World Environment Day began with the display of nature postage stamps depicting the contributions of great naturalists and geneticists including Charles Darwin, Gregor Johann Mendel, birds of Galapagos Islands etc. on 3rd June, 2017, Besides, students of the Department also participated in botanical names writing competition and the winners were felicitated today by the dignitaries today. In the competition, Ms. Diksha (M.Sc. 1st semester) was declared 1st and Mr. Vivek Rattan and Ms. Ritika Jamwal were awarded 2nd and 3rd prize respectively. 

The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Dr. Veenu Koul, Associate Professor of the Department of Botany, University of Jammu





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