|Early Times Report
JAMMU, Dec 5: The Department of Botany at the School of Sciences, Cluster University of Jammu, marked World Soil Day with a vibrant event centered around the theme, "Soil and Water: A Source of Life." The celebration aimed not only to raise awareness about the importance of soil health but also showcased students' commitment to environmental sustainability.
A highlight of the event was a student-led plant donation drive, where enthusiastic participants contributed a diverse range of plants. These donated plants, encompassing indigenous flora and ornamental greenery, were collected and organized by the Department of Botany. The display served as a vibrant representation of the diversity of plant life and demonstrated the students' dedication to environmental conservation.
Prof. Minu Mahajan, Principal of Padma Shri Padma Sachdev Govt. College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu, graced the occasion as the chief guest. She commended the department for its efforts, stating that the plant donation drive provided students with an opportunity to contribute to a greener campus and showcased their practical commitment to creating a more sustainable future.
The Coordinator of the Department of Botany, Prof. Sugandha Mahajan, expressed delight at the overwhelming response from the students. She emphasized the importance of students actively engaging in initiatives that promote environmental consciousness. The teaching staff, including Dr. Isha Sharma, Dr. Arun Khajuria, Dr. Mohd Saleem, Dr. Pankaj Kumar, and Dr. Anjali Sharma, shared valuable insights into soil conservation, the impact of human activities on soil quality, and the role of sustainable agriculture in preserving soil health with students from MSc Integrated Semester V, VII, and PG Sem I.
The non-teaching staff, including Deepika Charak and Parvinder Kour, played a crucial role in assisting students with soil collection and sapling plantation. The event served as a meaningful contribution to both environmental awareness and campus sustainability.