By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 7 Feb: The passing out function of the 119th batch of 4 month “Certificate Course on Soil & Water Conservation & Watershed Management” was organised at ICAR – Indian Institute of Soil & Water Conservation, here, today. It is one of the unique training programmes in the country addressing issues related to natural resource (soil, water and vegetation) management that mitigate the impact of climate change and helps to ensure livelihood, nutritional and environmental security in the country. The four month programme was organised from 8 October, 2018, to 7 February, 2019, at the Institute Headquarters, here.
A total of 25 officers representing five states (Punjab-11; Jammu and Kashmir-6; Arunachal Pradesh-2; Madhya Pradesh-1; Uttarakhand-5) participated in the programme, including four women participants.
Arun Singh Rawat, Director, Forest Research Institute was the Chief Guest and gave away certificates to the merit holders for their outstanding performance during the training.
The overall merit certificate was bagged by Ankit Kumar from Punjab. He was also awarded merit certificates for his performance in Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Soil Management for Controlling Land Degradation and Local Project. The Merit Certificate for Conservation Agronomy was jointly awarded to Ankit Kumar and Shaminderjeet Kaur, while for Conservation Forestry, the Merit Certificate was awarded jointly to Ankit Kumar and Seema. For Integrated Watershed Management, the merit holders were Parminder Singh and Seema and, for Study Tour, the certificate of merit was awarded to Ghulam Gilani Zargar and Navpreet Rathore.
Chief Guest AS Rawat highlighted the importance of soil and water conservation in India and urged the Officer Trainees of the 119th Batch to address the issue with zeal and vigour.
Dr PR Ojasvi, Director, IISWC, highlighted the brand value of the institute as a training organisation. He urged the Officer Trainees to strike a balance between destruction and creation, which are the two extremes of nature and help to manage these two important natural resources.
Dr Bankey Bihari, Head (HRD&SS) Division presented the overall training report of the four month Certificate Course. Experts from different fields were invited to cover the subjects on the basis of feedback of earlier batches.
The 119th Batch Certificate Course was coordinated by Dr Trisha Roy, Scientist. The programme was attended by Dr Harsh Meheta, I/c Head (Plant Science), Dr Charan Singh, Dr Ambrish Kumar, Dr P Dogra, SS Shrimali, Dr AC Rathore, Dr Rajesh Kaushal, Dr M Muruganandam, Dr Lekh Chand, Dr Indu Rawat, Dr Raman Jeet Singh, Dr Anand Gupta, Dr Madan Singh, Seema Khanna, Ashok Kumar, RK Arya, Rakesh Kumar, Suresh Kumar, AK Chauhan, other technical officers and supporting staff of the Institute. The function was coordinated by Dr Trisha Roy.