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Valedictory Function of Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP)

“Documentation of Biodiversity to get major boost in Himachal Pradesh through Green Skill Development Program on Para-taxonomy

            A four months duration course on Para-taxonomy [Including Peoples Biodiversity Register (PBR)] concluded on 11th January 2019 at HP ENVIS Hub, Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology and Environment (HIMCOSTE), Shimla. 

          A total of 11 students from Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Punjab were selected for this course. The course commenced on 16th September 2018 with a field exposure visit on biodiversity of Northern Himalayas to Shali Tibba near Shimla by experts of HP Forest Department, HP State Biodiversity Board and ENVIS Hub, HIMCOSTE.

           During this course, trainees were imparted knowledge in various areas like Flora and Fauna of Western Himalayas, Geographical Information System (GIS) and preparation of Peoples Biodiversity Register (PBR) to document biodiversity at Panchayat level. Eminent experts from various educational institutes, research organizations and HP Forest Department delivered lectures on their respective subject areas. To give exposure and hands-on-experience of various techniques to be implemented in field visits were organized to prominent Universities, Research Institutions, Zoological Parks, conservation areas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand.

In Himachal Pradesh; students made field visits to Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Central Potato Research Institute at Shimla; Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Solan, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi; G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development and Great Himalayan National Park at Kullu, Training for Remote Sensing and GIS was provided at Aryabhatta Geo-informatics & Space Application Centre (AGiSAC), Shimla.

 In Uttrakhand; there are many premier institutes in Dehradun and those visited under this course included Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Survey of India, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Uttarakhand State Biodiversity Board, Uttarakhand Council for Science & Technology (UCOST), Wildlife Indian Institute, Botanical Survey of India, Forest Survey of India and Rajaji National Park.

 

          Speaking on the valedictory function, Chief Guest Sh. Kunal Satyarthi, Member Secretary-cum-HP ENVIS Coordinator, HIMCOSTE highlighted that there is a decline of interest in students to opt for basic sciences and this has led to dearth of Taxonomists. He stressed that Himachal Pradesh is one of the States having very rich Biodiversity.  For conservation and sustainable utilisation of natural resources of the State, it is important that students should be imparted relevant knowledge. Hence, HP ENVIS Hub took this opportunity to conduct a course on Para-taxonomy through rigorous four-month theory and field training. He urged the students to utilize this opportunity for gainful employment as Para-taxonomists. He also assured that six best students would be hired for making PBRs by the HP State Biodiversity Board in a phased manner. The students were evaluated by an expert committee through a viva-voce examination. Experts and students were awarded certificates on the completion of the course by Sh. Kunal Satyarthi, Member Secretary, HIMCOSTE.