Jammu, June 06: Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu in collaboration with AKKA, Jammu celebrated World Environment Day in University of Jammu. The function was inaugurated by Prof. R.D. Sharma, Vice- chancellor, University of Jammu, Chief guest on the occasion, by planting an Amla sapling in the department premises. The faculty and staff also planted Amla saplings around the department to commemorate this day. Later, a valedictory cum prize distribution function was organized to honour the volunteers and students who participated in series of awareness activities conducted by the department on important environmental related days. These activities included ‘Save Tawi Campaign’ on the banks of River Tawi on 27th and 28th March 2015 during culmination of Navratri Festival, cleanliness and awareness drive around Mansar lake and On-spot Poster making competition in Higher Secondary School, Mansar on 22nd April 2015 to celebrate earth day and painting and declamation contest in Activity Public Higher Secondary School, Janipur and Shiksha Niketan School, Jeevan Nagar to celebrate Environment Week on 4th June 2015.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. R.D. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu encouraged the students and scholars to keep the university clean by organizing cleanliness activities within the campus atleast once in a week and also include volunteers from other departments in such activities. He said that it becomes the prime responsibility of every citizen to wisely use the natural resources available to the mankind otherwise they won’t last forever if we continue to use them excessively. Prof Sharma also applauded the initiatives of the department for creating mass awareness through such activities in various parts of Jammu.
Earlier, Prof. A.K. Raina, Head, Department of Environmental Sciences presented the formal welcome address and also introduced the theme of the Environment Day ”Seven billion dreams one planet Consume with Care”. Dr. Deepika Slathia, Sr. Asstt. Prof. presented a brief report of various awareness activities organized by the department in last six months. Mr. R.K. Khajuria, President, AKAA and Coordinator SEER made a very informative presentation on how we can contribute our bit towards environment by changing our lifestyles. Ms. Anu Sharma, Research Scholar briefly highlighted some of the environmental issues within the University. Among others present on the occasion were Prof. Emeritus S.P.S. Dutta, Prof. R.K. Rampal, Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Dr. Meenakshi Khajuria, , Dr. Rashid, Sh. Jai Kumar,Special Sec. to VC, Sh. Aman Sharma besides scholars and students of various departments. At the end, Dr. Deepika Slathia proposed the formal vote of thanks. The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Ms. Sehrish Gazal, Research Scholar of the department.