Youth have key role in environment protection: Mian Altaf

Earth Day celebrations conclude at Kashmir University


Srinagar, May 1: Stressing on the need for preserving the ecology of the region and the fossils for which Kashmir is known the world over, Minister of Forests and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmad Wednesday called for judicious use of natural resources in Kashmir. He also said that youth have a key role to play in the protection of environment and ecology.
The minister was speaking at the valedictory function of the week-long Earth Day celebrations at Kashmir University. The function was organized by the Department of Earth Sciences in collaboration with Dean Students Welfare.
“We have to be very judicious while using the natural resources and our focus should be on their conservation and preservation,” Altaf, who was the chief guest, said.
He said the youth have to play a key role in this direction and KU has “taken keen interest by holding such beneficial events to apprise the young generation in particular and the society in general about the pressing environmental issues.”
Addressing young students, he said most of the tourists come to Kashmir for its natural beauty and therefore “it is our moral duty to protect it.”
In his presidential address, the KU Vice Chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad said such activities form a part and parcel of education and the University is doing a lot in this direction.
Professor VK Gour, Emeritus C-MARS scientist, delivered the keynote address.
Head, department of Earth Sciences and Organizing Secretary of the event, Prof Shakeel Romshoo, underscored the need for industry-Govt-academia collaboration for addressing the pressing environmental issues and for promotion of cutting-edge research to delve on emerging environmental concerns.
On the occasion a book titled ‘Indus Water Basin: common concerns, roadmap and resolution’ authored by Prof Romshoo was released by the Minister.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 1 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 1 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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