Srinagar, Oct 9: The 2-day Green Waves Eco Fest concluded here at Amar Singh College with speakers stressing for immediate measures to protect fragile eco-system of the Valley.
The event was organized by the Indian Youth Climate Network (J &K Chapter ) in collaboration with Amar Singh College and the J&K State Council For Science and Technology
The event aimed to create awareness about environment and engage youth in eco-friendly activities, conduct environment related inter-college competitions.
90 students from 15 colleges from different districts of Kashmir including 15 from Leh participated in the event.
On the occasion, the chief guest of the function Lal Chand Chairman of J&K State Pollution Control Board stressed for implementation of measures to check environmental pollution.
The special guest Aamir Ali the Head of Disaster Management urged the students to implement the objectives of the eco-fest in their day-to-day life.
The Principal Amar Singh College Prof Zahoor Ahmad Chatt said youth have to play an important role in spreading awareness about protection of environment.
"Human intervention has caused massive damage to our fragile eco-system. If the same trend continues we will soon reach to the stage of no return. We have to pool our ideas to offer solutions for restoring sanctity to our eco-system," Chatt said.
Joint Director J &K State Council for Science and Technology Nasir Shah highlighted various scholarship schemes for the students and teachers.
Dr Tehmeena head of Zoology Department of AS College who was chief rapporteur spoke about the objectives and activities undertaken in the event.
A session of Print and TV reporting bases on environment related issues was also organized. The reports of the participants were evaluated by senior editor Greater Kashmir Arif Shafi Wani and Project Coordinator IYCN Reetu Asrani.
The first three prizes for Print Reporting were bagged by GDC Girls Baramulla, GDC Boys Baramulla, EJM College Leh. First prize for TV reporting was bagged by Ishan Fazili and Ahmer Ahmad Khan of GDC Baramulla. Second and third in this category was bagged by GDC for Women Pulwama, GDC Islamabad. While in Skit category SP College, GDC, AS College, and EJM college Leh bagged the prizes. The judges presented a special award to the students from EJM College Leh for their outstanding performance in the competitions. The consolation prizes in painting category were given to Ishfaq Ayaz Sheikh of GDC Boys Anantnag, Sana Mattoo of SP College, and Stanzin Tamchos of EJM Leh. The EJM students also presented a cultural programme which was widely appreciated by the audience.
Among others who were present on the occasion included Tariq Ashai president College Teachers Association, Owais Raheem Chief Coordinator IYCN (J&K) chapter including Prof Asiya Khan, Prof Abida, Dr Nikhat and Shazia Mushtaq. The valedictory session of the event was anchored by Head Department of Botany Dr Wilayat Hussain Rizvi.