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'Population, poverty threats to environment'

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 1 � In keeping with the National Youth Policy, a two-day seminar on �Need of Pollution-free Environment�, 2015 was jointly organised by the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, and Dimoria College, Khetri, on January 30 and 31 in the premises of Dimoria College.

The sub-themes of the seminar were preservation of wildlife, traditional and alternative technologies for conservation of environmental resources and disaster management.

The inaugural session started with a group song by the college students, followed by felicitation of the guests. Dr Mahananda Borah, activity coordinator of Youth-led Development Outreach Programme, spoke about the objectives of the seminar.

He said the seminar would strive towards spreading the message of youth development across the nation, enhance skill and values in youths, involve youths in national and international development and create a strong and healthy generation for a productive workforce to make India one of the best nations in the international community.

Principal (in-charge) Dr Hem Chandra Deka delivered the welcome address. It was followed by lighting of the lamp by Dr Kulendu Pathak, former Vice Chancellor, Dibrugarh University.

Dr Pathak in his speech said that population and poverty were the main threats to the environment and stressed the need for taking ahead the ongoing youth-led development in a proper manner.

Dr Hari Prasad Sarma, Rector of Gauhati University spoke about the impact of climate change on the tea industry of Assam.

In the first technical session a presentation was made by Dr Prasanta Saikia Professor, Dept of Zoology, Gauhati University about the preservation of wildlife. Dr Anup Saikia, Professor, Dept of Geography, Gauhati University, spoke on climate change and disasters wherein he said that temperature and rainfall are the most important things in an environment. Mohan Chandra Malakar, former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests spoke about the importance of wildlife and the roles they play in the environment.

The second technical session started with a speech by Dr Rajib Handique, Professor, Dept of History, Gauhati University on traditional and alternative technologies for conservation of environmental resources. Dr Dwipen Bezbaruah, Professor, Dept of Anthropology, Gauhati University also delivered a speech on the same topic.

In the third technical session Dr Pradip Kr Das spoke on natural disasters and their management and Dr Biswajit Sharma spoke on man-made disasters. Nandita Hazarika, Director, Assam State Disaster Management Authority gave an overview on disaster management.

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