Srinagar: A national-level workshop ‘Plant Taxonomy: Principles and Practices’ concluded at University of Kashmir. It was organized by Centre for Biodiversity and Taxonomy (CBT), Department of Botany, in collaboration with the Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India. The workshop was attended by 40 participants from different universities, colleges, institutes of J&K and other states.
In his keynote address, Dr Paramjit Singh, Director BSI said the CBT is one of the four Centres of Excellence recognized by the MoEFCC for imparting training in plant taxonomy under All India Coordinated Project on Capacity Building in Taxonomy (AICOPTAX) scheme. Prof. Azra N Kamili, Dean School of Biological Sciences highlighted that taxonomy forms the core of the ‘big science’ of biodiversity. Prof. Z. A. Kaloo proposed the vote of thanks. Six technical sessions were held wherein 14 renowned experts delivered talks and conducted field training in plant identification, lab-based practical exercises on molecular methods and hands-on phylogeny software.
At the valedictory function, A. K. Pateshwary, Director MoEFCC stressed for continuation of such workshops and involvement of larger student community.Prof. G. H. Dar Dean, School of Biosciences & Biotechnology BGSBU, Rajourihighlighted the importance of plant taxonomy and its crucial role in biodiversity studies. Prof. Inayatullah Tahir, Head, Department of Botany, and Honorary Director, CBT stated that the workshop saw active involvement of participants and complemented the experts for delivering comprehensive talks and imparting hands-on training to the participants. Dr Anzar A. Khuroo summarized the proceedings of the workshop while Prof. A. H. Wani proposed the vote of thanks.