National Webinar on Conservation of Forests held at USTM
A moment from the National Webinar on Conservation of Forests in NE India organized by the Dept. of Botany, USTM.
Baridua, 9th Mile, Meghalaya, 22nd March 2021: On the occasion of International Day of Forests, the Department of Botany, USTM conducted a National Webinar on ‘Conservation of Forests in NE India’ in both offline and online platform. The event started with lightening of the ceremonial lamp followed by a ‘Saraswati Bandana’. After that, the dignitaries along with the esteemed resource persons were felicitated by the faculty members of the Department of Botany, USTM. It was followed by a series of speeches by Prof. G.D. Sharma, Hon’ble VC, USTM, Dr. R.K. Sharma, Advisor, USTM and Dr. A.H. Barbhuiya, Academic Registrar, USTM, emphasizing on the conservation strategies and plantation drives of forestry in Assam. The Keynote address was delivered by Mr. Suvasish Das, IFS, State Mission Director Conservation of forests (Development) on the topic ‘Status, trends and challenges of forest and wildlife conservation in Assam’. He focused on the rich biodiversity of Assam and elevation in different parameters that led to the degradation in nature and natural resources and its habitats. Talks were also delivered by Prof. K. Bhattacharya, Dept. of Botany, Viswa Bharati University, Shantiniketan, West Bengal and Prof. M.D. Choudhury, Dept. of Life Science and Bioinformatics, Assam University. Prof K. Bhattacharya emphasized on the ancient herbal medicine and sustainable development of forests. The lecture enriched the young students with vast knowledge on forests and also created awareness regarding conservation of forests and wildlife for sustainable development. It was followed by a technical session which was initiated by Dr. Karabi Saikia, Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, USTM. The event concluded with a prize distribution ceremony followed by the formal release of the departmental seminar proceedings. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Bedabati Chowdhury and Dr. Milu Rani Das, Associate Professors, Department of Botany, USTM.