RAJOURI: Two-day national seminar on Ethnobotany and Traditional knowledge in Biodiversity conservation commenced here at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) on Thursday
The seminar was organised by Department of Botany, School of Biosciences and Biotechnology and witnessed participation of academicians, scientists and young researchers from state and outside universities including Delhi University, CSIR – Institute of Himalayan Bioresources and Technology, Palampur, University of Kashmir, Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology, Jammu (SKUAST-J) and University of Jammu, an official handout read.
In his inaugural address, Vice Chancellor BGSBU, Professor Javed Musarrat deliberated upon the importance of Ethnobotany and traditional knowledge in human welfare and its significance in modern times. He appreciated the efforts of the Department of Botany for organising the seminar on a very relevant topic.
Dean Academic Affairs of BGSBU, Professor Iqbal Parwez highlighted the contribution of the vice chancellor in strengthening the scientific infrastructure of the BGSBU. He said, “A dedicated team of administrators and faculty is working untiringly to make the varsity a hub of research and modern education.”
He congratulated the organisers and the department for organising such a meaningful and significant seminar at BGSBU.
Dr Shreekar Pant, Organising Secretary of the seminar explained the inheritance of Ethnobotany and traditional knowledge.
Professor R N Gohil, FNASc in his keynote address highlighted the importance of Ethnobotany and traditional knowledge. He explained to the students how this knowledge might have been acquired by the man when he adopted settled life, giving up hunting and nomadic ways, the handout read.
A souvenir and abstract book on the seminar and training manuals for vermicomposting and floriculture prepared under DBT funded project on socioeconomic upliftment of rural women of Dhanore region was also released.
The seminar is being organised with the support of Indian Council of Social Science Research and WWF India.