The Delhi University administration has come up with a new initiative towards environmental preservation. University Vice-Chancellor P.C. Joshi announced the setting up of a Himalayan Museum in association with the Centre for Himalayan Studies within the University campus on Monday, August 16.
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The announcement was made during a webinar that took place on Monday, involving interaction with Prof. P.C Joshi, Dr. Anil Prakash Joshi and Shri. Sonam Wangchuk, the founder and director of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh. The focus of their discussion were issues concerning the Himalayas which require immediate attention.
“DU is concerned and serious about the issues of the Himalayas. Therefore the University has established a Centre for Himalayan Studies on the campus to study and do research on all aspects of Himalayas on topmost priority. Very soon we will set up a Himalayan Museum on the campus,” said Mr. Joshi.
Engineer and innovator Sonam Wangchuk laid emphasis on climate change being the biggest danger lurking in the near future, and not any foreign army.
“The impact of climate change in the next 20-30 years may result in lake burst which can be avoided with human intervention for which research and development need to be dedicated to this issue.”, he added. (quote from The Hindu)
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Delhi University has recently signed an MoU with the University of Ladakh for a period of five years. Under this, an exchange of programs, sports and cultural events will take place between the two. Setting up of the Himalayan museum is a result of the same.
As per the statement of the founder-director of the Himalayan studies Centre Dinabandhu Sahoo, the Centre for Himalayan Studies will collaborate with several national and international organizations and people at the grassroots level in various Himalayan states. The major aim behind the move is to combat climate change at the national and global levels.
Founded in 1990, DU’s Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE) also works in a similar direction. It aims to find solutions for contemporary environmental and ecological challenges at the local and national levels.
Earlier this month, the University released a notification making it mandatory for students to “plant at least one native tree species” near their place of stay. It is the respective college/department’s responsibility to ensure the same by collecting pictures of the same from the students. The notification called it a “mandatory action-oriented programme for Environmental Action and Academic Social Responsibility”.
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