UGC Academic Staff College organized National Environment Awareness Campaign

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Mrs. Rashida Shamshad inaugurating the Biodiversity Corner at Academic Staff College, AMU

Mrs. Rashida Shamshad inaugurating the Biodiversity Corner at Academic Staff College, AMU.

ALIGARH, December 26: UGC Academic Staff College, Aligarh Muslim University organized a National Environment Awareness Campaign 2013-14, which was sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. The theme of the campaign was Biodiversity Conservation.

Interactive sessions were organized on ‘Plants: their Medicinal Value’ and ‘Role of Cultural Diversity in Promoting Biological Diversity’ as part of the campaign. Poster making and slogan writing competitions on Biodiversity Conservation, a field excursion to the Aligarh Fort, plantation of seeds of medicinal plants in the urban green space at the College premises were also organized on this occasion.

Mrs Rashda S Shamshad, wife of AMU Registrar, Group Captain Shahrukh Shamshad, inaugurated the Biodiversity Corner at the Academic Staff College and joined the participants in sowing the seeds of some indigenous medicinal plants used in the concoctions of the AK Tibbiya College, AMU. She said in order to have a secure future for future generations on earth we need to preserve a variety of life forms.

Professor Abdur Raheem Kidwai, Director, UGC Academic Staff College, AMU congratulated the delegates on their participation in the Campaign which helped furthering the cause effectively. He said that participating teachers should sensitize themselves towards the issues of social relevance and biodiversity conservation. He urged them to spread awareness by positively influencing their students and generating public opinion in support of conservation of environment.

During the Campaign, interactive sessions and field trip were conducted by Prof. Wazahat Hussain, former Chairman, Department of Botany and Dr. Faiza Abbasi, ASC Faculty. The Poster Making and Slogan Writing competitions were adjudged by Dr. Badar Jahan, Department of Fine Arts and Dr. S. Reshma Jamal, ASC Faculty, respectively. Mr Johnny Foster, a music teacher at AMU facilitated the cultural programme. Seventy five teachers of Universities and Colleges from Assam, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar, Karnataka, Maharashtra and J & K participated in the campaign.

Dr. Faiza Abbasi, ASC faculty was the coordinator of the Campaign.

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