Step towards Conservation

                         Step towards Conservation                       
Bikaner                                                                                  26th Dec. 2010

North East Center for Environmental Education & Research, Imphal organized a seminar: Step Towards Conservation in association with Ajit Foundation, Bikaner on 26th December, 2010 in Bikaner, Rajasthan. The seminar is part of the celebration of United Nations International Year of Biodiversity. The technical support of the seminar was given by Ajit Foundation. Dr. Chandan Singh Purohit from Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI), Jodhpur was the main Speaker and Dr. Hanuman Prasad Vyas, Former Director, DRDO, New Delhi was Chief Guest in Seminar. Along with them Mr. Pankaj Joshi and Mr. Dilip Swami, Bikaner City Co-ordinator, NECEER also presented their views. Volunteers those working on environmental issues were honored. Approximately 60 people attended this seminar from various backgrounds. This seminar really makes a Practical Voice of Conservation because local youngsters whose have scientific and non scientific background from Bikaner and outsider were involved. 

The event started with Saraswati Vandana at 4 pm.  Mr Shalander Saraswati, young Writer and the first member of Ajit Foundation Family welcomed the Chief Guest and main speaker. Mr. Pankaj Joshi of Department of Zoology, Govt. Dungar College, Bikaner gave an introduction to the history and sanctuary of Bikaner.

Mr. Dilip Swami, Fellow & Bikaner City Coordinator of NECEER thrown Light on Worldwide Save Loktak Campaign and other achievement of NECEER, Imphal. He talked on “Conservation: a need”. With his experiences of working in Bikaner, he stressed in his talk on the extinction of gugal plant from Bikaner.

Dr. Chandan Singh gave a marvelous talk on “Conservation of Plant”. He gave in-depth lecture on Species and geographical diversities in India. He also lined out genetic and species diversities. He expressed grief on continuous loss of  Biodiversity and pleaded to local people and youth to spread awareness for conservation of biodiversity along with he say about biodiversity in an declined because of over exploitation, Biotic infection, Habitat distraction.  He also discussed measure to conserves biodiversity. He explained different ecosystem and interconnections of different ecosystem and biodiversity in an easy way. After the lecture there was very interactive session with the speaker and the environmental curios youngsters.

Young Environmentalists of Bikaner were honored with a certificate of appreciation and a plant as a souvenir, which makes the first step towards conservational approach of biodiversity. These youngsters were Mr. Heman Nahata, Mr. Pawan Tiwari, Mr. Praveen Prajapat, Mr. Kamal Kant Sharma, Mr. Pankaj Joshi, Mr. Chitrsen Kachhawa, Mr. Swaroop Singh, Ms. Meena Kumawat, Ms. Jaya Acharya, Ms. Sunita, Ms. Resahma Nazz and Mr. Vikas Modasiya.  They all promised to spread awareness for biodiversity conservation among local community. A motivational conservation video was screened during the event.

Dr. Hanuman Prasad Vyas, Chief Guest of the event expressed his taught on Value of Conservation. He discussed the behavior in our day to day life. He is working for spreading awareness regarding environmental issues for last few years, so he share his experiences with participants and make ease to how work on environment. Dr. Vays as a source of knowledge made glorious moments for the youth.
Dr. Chandan and Dr. Vyas were honored with a souvenir, a plant and a memento. Mr. Dilip Swami addressed thanks to NECEER, Ajit Foundation, Chief Guest, Speakers and youths present in the seminar for their cooperation and their interest. And the seminar closed with a light refreshment and Tea. The programme was anchored by Ms. Meena Kumawat.

- Dilip Swami
Fellow & Bikaner City Coordinator, NECEER