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2-day International Dialogue on Himalayan Ecology to be held at Shoolini University

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Solan | Saturday, Jan 30 2016 IST
Leading Indian and world renowned scientists will assemble on the campus of Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences tomorrow to discuss the challenges being faced by the Himalayan Ecology during the 2-day International Dialogue on Himalayan Ecology.

The event is being organized by international study circle, Dialogue Highway in collaboration with Center of Research on Himalayan Sustainability and Development, Shoolini University. The event will bring together experts, academicians, policy makers, environmentalists,scientists, activists, students, speakers and civil society leaders on the same platform.The Dialogue Highway Trust is headed by an internationally known food policy expert, Devinder Sharma, who has addressed nine parliaments and delivered lectures in 74 countries.

The dialogue will be presided over by Harish Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, and will also see the participation of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairman, Justice Swatanter Kumar. Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Himachal Pradesh High Court, six vice-chancellors and directors of 10 institutes working on different aspects of ecology will also attend the event.

Famous French painter Michel Granger,Padma awardee environmentalists, MC Mehta and Anil Joshi, will also grace the event.

The two day event will have NGT Chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar as the Chief Guest while Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Justice Sanjeev Karol of the Himachal Pradesh High Court will be the Guest of Honour.

Six technical sessions are scheduled to be held over two days and will be held in the presence of members of the judiciary who very often have to hear cases related to the environment. On Sunday the first technical session with the theme: Environment & Development will have Prof Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh as the Chairman and Dr Shekhar Pathak of PAHAR, Nanital as the lead speaker.

The second and third session will be on the theme Water Resource and Climate Change respectively.The second day will also see three sessions on theme Mountain Agriculture, Forests and Biodiversity and Towards a Himalayan Model.Spread over Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, the Himalayas stretch to about 2,400 kms, carrying about 15,000 glaciers in its lap and is considered to be the third largest deposit of ice outside Arctic and Antarctica.

The Himalayas are a unique repository of biodiversity, ecology and culture. It is one of the worlds biggest resource of fresh water. In Himachal Pradesh, where 249 glacial lakes have been identified, of which 11 are considered to be potentially dangerous.

The goal of the dialogue is to bring people from different arena to discuss the challenges and possible solutions to the threats faced by Himalayan ecological balance. Prof PK Khosla, Vice Chancellor, Shoolini University and Devinder Sharma, Managing Trustee, Dialogue Highway, are very enthusiastic about the outcome of this event and are hoping to discuss and draw guidelines which can help in formulation of policy by the government. UNI XC VJ RJ PR2310

-- (UNI) -- C-1-DL0293-565404.Xml

 
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