The World Environment Day was celebrated at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University SMVDU Katra in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Pollution Control Committee (JKPCC). World Environment Day is celebrated by United Nations every year for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. On the occasion Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU, Prof. R.K Sinha along with Sat Paul Pakhru IFS, Regional Director JKPCC, Sh. Nagendra Singh Jamwal, Registrar SMVDU (JKAS), Sh. Neeraj Gupta, Finance Officer JKAS and Dr. Ratna Chandra, Head, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU planted saplings in the scenic and beautiful campus of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. The participants undertook a pledge to preserve and protect the environment. A collage competition on theme “Mission Life” was held in the foyer of Auditorium where students showcased their art work depicting the deploring condition of our environment from various human activities. The work of students was thought provoking and appreciated by one and all. The event started with lighting of lamp by the dignitaries at Matrika Auditorium of SMVDU and Playing of Pre-video by students of Biotechnology regarding the Theme “Mission life” set by Govt. of India. In his keynote address Prof. R.K Sinha Padamshree awardee and also known as Dolphin man of India for his pioneering work on Gangetic dolphin emphasized that every individual should have an awareness of environmental issues, and how he can save the planet Earth from global warming. He quoted specifically his work where he worked on Ganga Rejuvenation Plan and how his study on environment degradation helped in policy framing at centre. Further, he stated that we should move toward sustainable consumption and development. He emphasized that all should raise awareness, support action, and protect environment “Plastic debris are entering the aquatic environment via direct dumping and there is need to check entry of micro-plastics into the environment” he said. Sat Paul Pakhru IFS laid emphasis on varied roles for society and community for preservation of environment from pollution and degradation. “ Pollution Control Committee of UT of Jammu and Kashmir is monitoring the pollution levels and installation of pollution mitigating infrastructure in industries, institutions, hospitals and Urban local bodies” he said.
Dr. Ratna Chandra, Head School of Biotechnology in her opening remarks laid stress on relationship between a cleaner environment and health of people. A cultural troupe led by Vijay Kumar and Party from JKAACL enthralled the audience with their folk songs and dance items on the theme of environment protection.Dr. Parvez and Dr. Rakesh from School of Biotechnology were convenors and co-convenors and Dr. Sharda Poutkuchi was organising secretary of the event respectively. Bader Hussain, and Angrez Singh Divisional officers JKPCC Udhampur and Reasi, Bharat Choudhary inspector were also present in the event. The event ended with a skit by students on “Mission Life”. About 500 students, staff and faculty along with Deans and Heads of Schools and Sections Heads of various departments also attended the event. Dr. Sharda presented the vote of thanks. Shree Anna i.e millets like Jowar, Bajra, Buckwheat were served to guests at the University Guest house to commemorate the International Year of Millets. The event emphasized that Millets are an healthy alternative to current food choices and are environment friendly.