Zoology Department GDC Doda organises National Conference on “Biodiversity, Climate change and Food Security for Livelihood”

Doda: Department of Zoology Government Degree College Doda accomplished successfully the arduous and burdensome task of organizing two Day National Conference on 3rd and 4th of August, the first ever national multidisciplinary conference in Chenab region of J&K, on the burning theme of ” *Biodiversity, Climate change and Food Security for Livelihood with Multidisciplinary Approach for Sustainable Development”*. The conference was held under the chief patronship of Principal Secretary of Higher Education J&K Mr Rohit Kansal (IAS) and under the supervision of VC Jammu University Prof. Dr Umesh Rai, Director Colleges Higher Education Department, J&K, Dr Yasmeen Ashai, Principal GDC Doda Dr Attar Singh Kotwal, President IASR Dr Sudip Barat and President CIU New Delhi Prof. Dr P. R Trivedi.
Dr Ajaz A Wani, Head Department of Zoology GDC Doda was the main person to shoulder the responsibility of acting as Organizing Secretary of the whole event. Assistant Prof. Imteyaz Ahmed, Dr Neelam Saba and Dr Muneesh rendered invaluable services of acting as co-organizing secretaries. International Academy of Science and Research (IASR) and Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU), New Delhi collaborated in organizing this conference.
Sponsorship of the event was shared by Department of Higher Education, Govt. of J&K, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), HRD, New Delhi, Science, Technology and Innovation Council, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of J&K (UT) and J&K Bank.
Inauguration of the Conference was held on 3rd of August 2022, in community Hall Doda where Principal Secretary Higher Education Rohit Kansal was chief guest and Principal GDC Doda acted as Guest of honor along with Dr Tanmoy Rudra, Executive Security CIU, New Delhi; Captain Dr Satish Minocha, Chairman IASR, Kolkata, West Bengal; Dr R. K Bharti, Additional Deputy Commissioner Doda; Dr Kuldeep Kumar Sharma, Principal Govt. PG College Bhaderwah; Principal GDC Batote, Dr Rajesh Gupta; Mr Fayaz Ahmed Batt, Zonal Head JK Bank, Zone Doda. Program began with the welcome address by Principal GDC Doda Dr Attar Singh Kotwal. All the dignitaries, professors, scientists, research scholars, prominent citizens and students attending the session were formally welcomed with utmost hospitality.
Organizing Secretary Two Day National Conference, Dr Ajaz A Wani gave the initial remarks on “About the Conference”.
Newsletter of Deptt. of Zoology for year 2021-22 was also released on the occasion. Different dignitaries also spoke on the occasion and threw light on the significance and benefits of such events.
Principal Secretary Hr. Education Department J&K, Mr Rohit Kansal (IAS) in his virtual address applauded the Dept. of Zoology GDC Doda for such a nice initiative and acknowledged that organizing such an event at a far flung place is not a cup of tea. Principal GDC Doda, Organizing Secretary and co organizing secretaries were appreciated and applauded for organizing this much needed event as scientific knowledge and temper will be promoted with this program. Dr Muneesh Thakur and Dr Neelam Saba, faculty of Zoology Deptt., coordinated the whole program. Program ended with the vote of thanks by Dr Tabassum Saleem, Astt. Prof. Deptt. of English GDC Doda.
Inaugural session was soon followed by technical sessions where 55 research scholars, faculty members and students from across India presented their papers besides more than 10 invited speakers in 7 technical session Valedictory program of the conference was held in afternoon in Community Hall of Doda on 4th of August 2022. SSP Doda Mr Abdul Qayoom acted as the chief guest. Principal GDC Doda acted as Guest of honor along with Dr Tanmoy Rudra, Executive Security CIU, New Delhi; Captain Dr Satish Minocha, Chairman IASR, Kolkata, West Bengal; Dr Noor Ali Principal GMC Doda, Ex Principal, Prof. Zaheer Abbas Hashmi and others. Report of the whole conference was presented by Organizing Secretary. Besides awarding best Poster presentation and best oral presentation awards, IASR awards announced by IASR through brochure of the conference were also given to the professors and delegates. Whole valedictory session was coordinated by Astt. Prof. Imteyaz Ahmed, Dept. of Zoology GDC Doda. The impressive technical sessions and valedictory function of the conference left indelible impressions on the hearts of arrived guests, scientists, professors, research scholars and others and they wished such conferences to be organized in future as well. During the conference college Newsletter, books by Dr.Sumit Kotwal, Dr. Sarvajeet singh and Dr.Tabassum Saleem were also released .Program ended with the vote of thanks by Dr Tasir Sharief Head Department of Botany GDC Doda.

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