Department of Correspondence Studies, Panjab University under National Environment Awareness Campaign organized a one-day workshop on ‘Biodiversity Conservation’ sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forest and Punjab State Science Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh.
Prof. S.K. Kulkarni, DUI, PU inaugurated the photography exhibition on the theme on Biodiversity. The photography works by Mr. Vikrant Suri, Mr. Navtej Singh and Jeesu JASKANWAR Singh were displayed during the workshop.
After lighting of the lamp, the keynote address was given by Prof. R.K. Kohli Head and Coordinator Center for Environment and Vocational studies, Panjab University Chandigarh. Prof. Jagmohan Chopra, Chairperson, Department of Correspondence Studies welcomed the Chief guest and the participants to the workshop.
Prof. Kohli about alpha, beta, gamma diversity, biological hotspots in India. He stressed on of resources doesn’t mean no use of resources but judicious use of natural resources .The loss of biodiversity will lead to ecological imbalance and subsequently to the catastrophe. The liberal economic policies and establishment of new special economic zones are playing havoc with the conservation of biodiversity.
In his Presidential address, Prof. Kulkarni, DUI congratulated the Department of Correspondence Studies, Panjab University on organizing the one-day deliberations on a pertinent issue, which concerns all the people, and of utmost importance to every sphere of life. He pointed out that the awareness activities about environment should seep down to the grassroots level.
Prof. M.S. Johal gave a presentation on the need and requirement of the fish biodiversity conservation. He highlighted the possibilities of what all stakeholders can do to make small but definite changes in the ecosystem and habitat of the fishes.
Prof. I.S. Dua, Chairman, Department of Botany, PU stressed on the importance of respecting the nature and natural system. He highlighted the quotes from our ancient scripts and its relevance in modern times when we talk about biodiversity conservation. He emphasized that revealed that biodiversity conservation is in today’s scenario absolute requirement and need. He focused how there is a need to train and sensitize teachers regarding this key issue.
On this occasion the photography exhibition was also held and it show cased the various aspects related to our environment and how we exploit it. In post lunch session, the participants visited Zoology vertebrate and invertebrate museum and saw various preserved specimens.
More than 85 academics, College and Schoolteachers, Scientists, teacher educators, FROM Chandigarh and Punjab attended the seminar.