North Regional Conclave on Green Sense: Educational Campus Inventory Convenes Faculty and Educators
Amritsar, 16 November: Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a Delhi based Non-profit Organisation has been working with Guru Nanak Dev University in building the capacity of the faculty and students on Environmental Sustainability. A North Regional Conclave to bring together colleges of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi NCR was organized in the University Campus. As many as 150 teachers, Research Scholars and professionals from different parts of North India and faculty and students of university attended the Conclave.
Prof.Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor presided over and iterates life teaches the lesson and guide actions. He said the degradation taking place in the environment is daunting. Air Quality Index of Amritsar is as bad as Delhi. It has been in a danger zone for more than a week. He said that he wants a healthy and quality life for our children and students on the Campus. The air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they consume should be healthy.
He narrated many green initiatives such as extensive tree and flower beds plantation, solar energy panels, segregated solid waste management, waste water management, rainwater harvesting, green buildings, walking and shared bike sharing, etc. While giving example of Beijing, he stated that the efforts of the Government and local agencies have changed the air quality tremendously in a couple of years. “Definitely we can turn around in a similar way and the University is committed to bring that change, starting from our own campus” – Vice Chancellor highlighted. Transitions are uncomfortable, however that discomfort leads to a much better comfort and convenience. He expressed his gratitude to CSE to contribute in GNDU’s motivation. Greening is never a one man’s job, it takes one and all to materialise the ideas.
Prof.Ashwani Luthra while welcoming the delegates of the Conclave introduced about the collaboration between CSE and GNDU on various aspects of sustainable development and green infrastructure at city, campus, and building levels. Mr. Rajneesh Sareen, Programme Director, Sustainable Habitat, introduced the CSE initiatives and appreciated Guru Nanak Dev University’s efforts to green the GNDU and upgrade quality of life of everyone inhabiting the campus.
Prof.Sarabjot Singh Behl highlighted the significance of form and function in the professions of the architecture and planning. He said that the dimension of sustainability is a late entry and we have to be on toes to make it a priority in practice. He coerced the faculty and students to pledge and embed multi-faceted aspects of sustainability. He pointed the Vice Chancellor, GNDU has been instrumental in providing resources to the University to change the scape of the Campus. He stated that the Campus has received a grant of Rs. 10 crores to establish a Centre of Sustainable Habitat in the Campus to deal with different aspects of sustainable development and progress on environmental sustainability.
Prof. Sandeep Dua proposed the vote of thanks. Prof.Balwinder Singh, Dr.AdarshPal Vig, Dr. Kiran Sandhu, Ms. Ranbir Kaur and other faculty members from different departments of the University attended the Conclave.