STATE TIMES NEWS SAMBA: In accordance with Government’s directive to set up cocoon clubs in Govt. Degree Colleges as part of the academic curriculum for skill enhancement course (Zoology), Department of Zoology, Govt. Degree College, Samba, under the aegis of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Jammu Chapter, organised a workshop on ‘Sericulture: A Promising Self Employment Avenue’ on Thursday. The workshop was intended to deliberate upon the scientific advancements made towards sericulture and allied fields. Prof. M.K. Jyoti, Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee Fellow, was the chief guest. Prof. JS. Tara, Convenor, ISCA Jammu Chapter, Prof. G. R. Verma, Head, Department of Sericulture, GDC Udhampur and Dr. Chattar Pal, Scientist B, Regional Sericulture Research Station, R.S. Pura were the invited speakers. Prof. Ashok Bhagat, Vice Principal of the college, was also present on the occasion. As many as 100 students and many faculty members attended the said workshop. Besides power point presentations, various practical aspects were also discussed by experts. Earlier during the day, Dr. G.S. Rakwal, Principal, GDC Samba, welcomed the speakers and expressed his pleasure at organisation of an interactive workshop by the Department of Zoology for the welfare of the students. Dr. Ranvijay Singh, Head, Department of Zoology, GDC Samba and Treasurer ISCA Jammu Chapter explained the underlying concept behind organisation of the said workshop and urged the students to take up sericulture as a future career option. Prof. Jyoti and Prof. Tara also spoke at length about various aspects associated with sericulture. Dr.Vikas Dogra and Dr. Pawan Deep Kaur, faculty members of Department of Zoology, GDC Samba also spoke about varied aspects of sericulture. The workshop culminated with a formal vote of thanks that was presented by Dr.Pawan Deep Kaur.
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