PATCHARKUCHI, March 14 - A two-day national seminar on �Environmental Issues: Youth in Sustainable Agriculture� was organised by Bhawanipur Anchalik College situated at Gopal Atta Satra area of Bhawanipur, recently. The seminar was financed by the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD).
The seminar started with the hoisting of college flag by Principal Dr Mukunda Sarma. The inaugural session started with lighting of earthen lamps by Tarani Kumar Pathak, vice-principal of the college.
Associate Dean of SCS College of Agriculture, Dhubri, Dr Ranjit Sarma, delivered the key note address emphasising on different vital issues regarding sustainable agriculture and the protection of the environment.
Attending the seminar as the chief guest, Padma Shri Jadav Payeng, the Forest Man of India, spoke on his journey in saving the environment. He emphasised on learning to live as per the call of Nature for a healthy life.
Dr Atul Sarma, Deputy Registrar of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers� Rights Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, delivered his speech as the guest of honour and helped the young participants understand about the laws regarding the process of patent and the benefit of such procedure.
M Hassan, Chief Executive Officer of Barpeta Zilla Parishad addressed the gathering as appointed speaker. Rahul Jain, secretary of the Film and Cultural Society of Northeast and a social activist, spoke on the importance of documentary presentation so as to help everybody realise the serious effect of the threat towards the existence of the habitat because of the injudicious use of the resources of Nature in the name of development.
A wildlife activist, Saumyadeep Dutta, laid stress on the importance of changing our attitude and behaviour for the safety of Nature. Several other dignitaries, including Hemanga Kalita, Associate Professor of Department of Extension Education, SCS College of Agriculture, Ananta Mohan Sarma, Associate Professor of Department of Botany, Bhaskar Jyoti Sarma, Assistant Professor of SCS College of Agriculture, Mrinal Choudhury, Associate Professor of Department of Social Science, SCS College of Agriculture, SK Paul, Chief Scientist of RARS, Gossaigaon, Kokrajhar, also attended the seminar.
A book called Youth in Sustainable Agriculture, edited by Taiz Uddin Ahmed and Dr Samiran Sarma, was also released by Professor Girish Sarma.