Kashmir celebrates World Environment Day

Kashmir celebrates World Environment Day
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SRINAGAR: World Environment Day was celebrated across Kashmir on Tuesday which is being celebrated throughout world on June 5. In this regard different functions were organised throughout Kashmir.
Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in collaboration with Department of Wildlife Protection (J&K) on Tuesday organized two sessions of wildlife awareness events on World Environment Day in Hirpora and Tattakuti Wildlife sanctuaries–the two abodes of the Kashmir Markhor (Capra falconeri).
According to a statement issued here, the events, which were held at Hirpora (Shopian) and Hillkaka – a fringe village of Tattakuti wildlife sanctuary was in sync with the current environment theme of “Beating the Plastic pollution”.
In sync with the series of the ongoing conservation awareness drive, the events were aimed to generate awareness among the budding youth and about the narcotic effects of plastic pollution. The event held in Hirpora Shopian saw the participation of four schools of Hirpora village –in close proximity with the Hirpora Wildlife sanctuary, whereas in Hillkaka village -nestled in the middle of Tattakuti wildlife sanctuary- the local people made it to the event. The conservation ritual in Hirpora Shopian took the form of debate competition while as in Hillkaka village it was interactive and participatory in nature.
Speaking on the occasion, Riyaz Ahmad, WTI Project Head Markhor conservation Project said, Man as a crown of creation has a mandated responsibility of serving the creation as if he is serving the creator, he further exhorted that it is time to rise beyond symbolism and save the mother nature by discouraging the use of Plastic bags and Polythene.
Expressing his appreciation for the programme, Mohammad Ishaque Shah, Chairman Hill Valley School, Hirpora Stressed to either refuse or reuse the plastic as measure to control the plastic menace.

Scholars, experts at CUK ask people to dedicate themselves for cause
The Department of Students Welfare (DSW), Central University of Kashmir (CUK) organised a function to celebrate the “World environment Day” under the theme “Beat the Plastic Pollution” at Nowgam Campus-I here on Tuesday.
Scholars and experts threw light on wide range of topics related to the theme. They highlighted the menace of plastic pollution and suggested ways to curb it.
In his welcome address Prof Fayaz Ahmad Nika, Dean Students Welfare, deliberated upon the importance of the ‘World Environment Day’. “Every year World Environment Day has a new theme that major corporations, NGO’s, communities, governments, celebrities worldwide adapt to advocate environmental causes. This year’s theme was ‘beat the plastic pollution’ and each year a country is chosen to host the programme. This year United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) chose India as the Global host for the World Environment Day”, he said.
Highlighting the need about creating environment awareness among masses, Professor Abdul Gani, Director, Research and Development said, “Everyday should be celebrated as an environment day because this is a very critical and sensitive issue”. He asked the people to dedicate themselves for the cause of environment protection. Dr Gani said that environment awareness is part of the curricular activities of the CUK.
In her keynote address, eminent scientist and Head of Agronomy Division, Faculty of Agriculture Sciences Professor Raihana Habib Kanth suggested ways for day-to-day mechanism to reduce plastic waste.
M M Shah Legal Advisor J&K Pollution Control Board laid stress on the need of adopting environment friendly lifestyle. “We have to develop sense of belonging and this change has to happen at the grass root level.” Shah said adding that in order to get rid of this menace, we need to regulate and minimise the daily use of plastic.
Noted RTI activist Dr Sheikh Ghulam Rasool also spoke on the occasion. He raised pertinent questions and called for the self introspection. He stressed the need of Environment Impact Analysis Study and long term policy making to prevent disasters in ecologically fragile Kashmir valley.
A documentary film on solid waste management “Untreated waste invitation to Disaster” produced by Er Abdul Rashid from EMMRC, KU was also screened on the occasion which was followed by a pledge taking ceremony, where everyone present in the auditorium took a pledge to reduce the usage of plastic in their daily lives.
Besides lectures a photo exhibition and poster competition was also organised by the Department.
In the photo exhibition Danish Maqbool from the department of Convergent Journalism was awarded the first prize while as second prize was bagged by Amir Ajaz from the same department. Third prize was shared by two participants Junaid Hassan and Basit Munawar Lone from the department of Management and Mathematics, respectively.
In the poster competition, Minha Nisar from the department of Politics and Governance, Arif Sofi and Tabysh Shafi (sharing basis) from department of Convergent Journalism and Syed Aniqa Noor from department of Zoology bagged first, second and third prizes, respectively.

86 innovative, eco-friendly models showcased at SIE science exhibition
Students across the state showcased their innovative and eco-friendly ideas at State level exhibition and project competition (SLEPC) here on Tuesday.
On the occasion, 86 models were showcased at the event in which budding innovators from Class 6th to 10th from government and private schools, showcased their innovative and eco-friendly projects.
Head of SIE Kashmir, Mehboob Husain, Director Academic BOSE, Farooq Ahmad Peer, JD schools, Abid Hussain, ADC Srinagar, Mufti Fared ud din, EJAC president Abdul Qayoom Wani, besides other officers were also present on the occasion.
Top models will be selected to represent the state at the national level exhibition. The state-level exhibition is organized by State Institute of Education Kashmir to nurture scientific temperament among students.
Head of SIE, Mehboob Hussain said that the event was organized to bring out the inner capabilities of students and to give them real shape in reality so that they can contribute their bit to the society.
He also said that teachers should be awarded and encouraged for their dedication towards nation building and preparing such budding scientists.
The event is being organized with an aim to create a scientific spirit among the students, increasing their cognition and reasoning power thereby making them more creative, he added.

KU’s CORD holds seminar
Kashmir University’s Department of Environmental Science and Centre of Research for Development (CORD) organised a daylong seminar on Tuesday to mark the World Environment Day-2018.
The theme of the seminar was: ‘Beat the plastic pollution—if you cannot reuse it, refuse it.’
Prof RC Gupta from the Punjabi University Patialia delivered the lead lecture, while students and research scholars made oral and poster presentations on the theme.
The three best presentations were awarded with cash prize of Rs 2500, Rs 2000 and Rs 1500 respectively.
Prof Azra Nahaid Kamili, convener of the workshop, highlighted aims and objectives of the seminar, while Dr Sami Ullah Bhat, senior Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science gave the introductory remarks. Prof MS Bhat, Dean School of Earth and Environmental Sciences delivered the presidential address.
At least 12 oral and 18 poster presentations were made during the technical sessions.

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