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Islamia College holds seminar on biodiversity conservation under G-20 celebrations

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Srinagar: Celebrating India’s G-20 Presidency, Islamia College conducted a seminar on the conservation of biodiversity. 

Speaking on the occasion he said that the global environmental challenges are a threat to the globe, the pollution caused by humans is increasing day by day, and undesirable changes in the environment are emerging as a serious threat to the environment of the earth. 

Principal of the host college Professor (Dr.) Khurshid Ahmad Khan in his introductory speech threw light on the importance of such seminars & conferences besides other activities on the campus under the G-20 Presidency. 

Speaking on the occasion Professor Khan stated that every student has to take ownership in preserving and conserving biodiversity. He added that the imbalance in biodiversity is really a matter of great concern for all of us. “Some serious steps must be initiated to safeguard the conservation of biodiversity before it is too late.”

Professor Zahoor A Jath, chief co-coordinator of G-20 events in the college briefed the importance of such a seminar. 

Dr. Khursheed A Ganiee highlighted the significance of mobilizing the masses on this burning issue of biodiversity. Chief Guest and keynote speaker of the seminar Tasaduq Mueen, Project officer, Centre of Excellence, Department of Horticulture, Govt. of J&K, in his keynote address, focused on how undesirable changes are taking place in the earth’s environment. 

In his presentation, he focused that an imbalance in biodiversity has an adverse effect on agricultural production and other natural processes. Speaking on the occasion he said that biodiversity conservation is important for the livelihood of the vulnerable section of society. 

Various conservation measures for biodiversity must come up with different innovations for sustainable livelihood & for better ecosystem management. He suggested that colleges must conduct awareness programme and training for the larger population of the state for a better understanding of biodiversity conservation for sustainable livelihood. He said conservation should be the way of life. 

The student participation was meticulously channeled in the seminar by Hadiya & Jozy Fayaz, PG students of Botany. Student speakers, Ifrah Shafi, Rabia Yaseen, Heena, Aijaz, Kawsara, Suriya, Snowber, and Rashid Ashraf in their presentations expressed biodiversity-related issues at the national and international levels. 

They said that biodiversity-rich forests are a very good source of livelihood and biodiversity conservation programmes must be linked with climate change.

The seminar was modulated by the organizing secretaries Dr. Sheikh Javaid, Dr. Mehraj U Din Bhat, Dr. Sabeena, Dr. Gowhar Guna, Dr. Ghulam Hassan Rather & Prof. Burhan Ahad from the PG Department of Botany. Dr. Showkat Yousuf Beigh, HOD Botany & Coordinator of the seminar welcomed the Principal, guests, faculty, and students of the college. 

A short movie on the conservation of biodiversity was also screened. Participants watched the movie keenly and were fascinated with the idea depicted in the movie for a better sustainable tomorrow. 

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