STATE TIMES NEWS RAJOURI: Department of Zoology, BGSB University Rajouri J&K organised a workshop on ‘Apiculture as an Entrepreneurship development idea’ on Monday. This workshop was sponsored by National Mission on Himalayan Studies, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change New Delhi. Prof. Musarrat, Vice Chancellor of the University congratulated the department for organizing the workshop. In his message he stressed upon engaging local communities in the research and development activities for greater benefits of the society as a whole. Prof. Iqbal Parwez, Dean Academic affairs was the chief guest of the event. Speaking on the occasion Prof. Iqbal highlighted various initiatives of the University under the dynamic Leadership of Prof. Javed Musarrat for community development through various extension programs . Prof. Iqbal congratulated the department of Zoology for taking a lead in bringing academia, community and industry together for greater awareness and economic prosperity of the local communities. Dr. Ashfaq Ahmad Zarri, Registrar of the University ,who was the Guest of Honour of the programme said that Beekeeping has positive ecological consequences. He said that Bees play an important role in the pollination of many flowering plants, thus increasing the yield of certain crops such as sunflower and various fruits. Earlier, Dr. Sajad H. Parey, the workshop Coordinator discussed about the workshop and briefed the participants about the importance of honey bees in sustenance of the Biodiversity in the region. The welcome address was given by Dr. A. A. Shah, Head department of the Zoology and discussed the role of faculty members of Department of Zoology in promoting Research in the region. Prof. Shahaudin ,Director, Centre for Biodiversity Studies delivered the vote of thanks. The workshop was divided into two sessions. The first was chaired by the Head Department of Zoology, Dr. A.A Shah and Dr. Sajad Ahmed Khan, Assistant professor Zoology. The second session was chaired by Prof. Shujjaudin, Director Centre for Biodiversity Studies, Dr. Mohd Salim Reshi and Ms. Shanaz Anjam, Assistant Professor Department of Zoology. The Resources persons of the workshop included Mohd Younis Chowdhary, Chief Agricultural Officer Rajouri, Dr. Arvind Kumar Isher, Scientist Krishi Vigyan Kandre Rajouri, Mohd Sayeem Wani, Assistant Faculty J&K Entrepreneurship Development Institute Rajouri, Anil Kumar, Assistant Director, Employment and Counselling Centre Rajouri, Abdul Aziz from JK KVIB Rajouri and a successful beekeeper Sheikh Arif Wani.
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