STATE TIMES NEWS KATRA/RAJOURI: To generate environmental awareness amongst Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) Fraternity, the World Earth Day was celebrated at the university where O.P Sharma, Additional Principal, Chief Conservator Forest and Director, Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing and also popularly known as Vidyarthi, delivered an invited talk on the importance of bird species as indicators of climate change. The theme of this year for Earth Day was ‘Protect Our Species’ which highlighted and encouraged the symbiotic bond between animals and humans The participation of students of SMVDU was appreciated and a vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Preeti Sharma, Senior Faculty, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU. RAJOURI: Earth Day 2019 was celebrated in School of Biosciences and Biotechnology, BGSB University Rajouri in which Faculty, Research Scholars and Students of Departments of Botany, Zoology, Biotechnology and Centre for Biodiversity Studies took part. This years’ theme of Earth day celebrations world over is “Protect Our Species” and therefore different activities based on the theme were conducted including awareness campaign about conservation of species, restoration of habitats, plantation of succulents, threatened taxa and medicinal plants. Saplings were planted in the premises of newly constructed Biosciences Block, Lead Botanic Garden and around the campus of CBS. Vice Chancellor of BGSBU Prof. Javed Musarrat complimented the School of Biosciences and Biotechnology for celebrating the World Earth Day. Dean School of Biosciences and Biotechnology Prof. Iqbal Parwaiz, Registrar BGSBU Dr. Ashfaq A. Zarri, Director CBS, Prof Shujauddin, Head Department of Botany Dr. Susheel Verma, Head Department of Zoology, Dr. A. A. Shah, Faculty members including Dr. Mamta Bhat, Dr. M. Asger, Dr. Arif, Dr. Mohd. Hanief, Dr. Hanan Khan, Dr. Sajad Khan. Dr. Salim Reshi and Dr. Sajad A. Parray, Research Scholars and students planted the saplings. All the members of School of Biosciences and Biotechnology took a pledge to be the soldiers of this movement which is being carried out globally.
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