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Varsities urged to work for success of ‘Bamboo Mission’

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By Our Staff Reporter

Mumbai, 20 Sep: Maharashtra and Goa Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has urged state universities to work for the success of the Bamboo Mission to realise the goal of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat.’
Stating that Bamboo is not merely a grass or tree, but an important commodity for the empowerment of rural and tribal communities through self employment, the Governor asked universities to make the Bamboo Mission their own and work for its success. He asked university teachers to go beyond classroom teaching and give their contribution to society.
The Governor was addressing a 2 day International Webinar on Mass Plantation Drive for Bamboo Mission through videoconferencing from the Raj Bhavan, Panaji, Goa, on Saturday. The webinar was organised by the Kavayitri Bahinabai Chaudhari North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon.
Stating that Bamboo requires minimum cost of cultivation, grows rapidly, provides fodder and stops soil erosion, the Governor said the baskets, furniture, jewellery, rakhis and other utility articles made from bamboo have become fashionable all over the world. He appealed to the volunteers of the National Service Scheme to reach out to villagers and encourage them to undertake the cultivation of bamboo and also help them in the marketing of its products.
Governor Koshyari said that the 450- year old Raj Bhavan at Panaji, Goa, has made extensive use of bamboo. He further said he has instructed his office to purchase bamboo furniture for the new building being constructed at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.
Vice Chancellor of the University Prof PP Patil, Pro Vice Chancellor PP Mahulikar, Members of various boards of the University, eminent speakers, members of faculty, staff and students were present.