By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 21 Aug: The passing out function of the 120th batch of the 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 the 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 22 April to 21 August. A total of 23 Officers representing six states (Punjab-9; Nagaland-3; Kerala-1; Maharashtra-2; Rajasthan-1; Uttarakhand-7) participated in the programme, including six women participants.
Dr Kalachand Sain, Director, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, was the Chief Guest and gave away the certificates to the merit holders for their outstanding performance during the training. The over all merit certificate for this batch was bagged by Anita Kumawat from Rajasthan. She also received merit certificates for her performance in Conservation Agronomy, Conservation Forestry, Study Tour and Local Project. The Merit Certificate for Soil and Water Conservation Engineering was awarded to Saswat Kr Kar, while that for Soil Management for Controlling Land Degradation was awarded to Atul Ramesh Kamble. Shashi Kamal was awarded for his performance in Integrated Watershed Management.
Chief Guest Dr Kalachand Sain highlighted the importance and enormousness of the problem of soil and water conservation and urged the Officer Trainees of the 119th Batch to address the issue with zeal and vigour to help the knowledge of the training percolate at the field level. He emphasised the importance of such capacity building programmes and the four important challenges of ever increasing population, climate change, intense urbanisation and changes in lifestyle which needed to be tackled all together with the expertise of learned man power.
Director Dr PR Ojasvi highlighted the brand value of ICAR-IISWC as a training organisation and motivated the trainees to transfer the knowledge of soil and water conservation at the field level and build a strong relationship with the Institute.
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.
During the feedback session, the participants acknowledged and appreciated the efforts made by the IISWC and gave their valuable suggestions for further improvement of the course. The 120th Batch Certificate Course was sucessfully coordinated by Dr Ambrish Kumar, Principal Scientist. At the end, Dr Rajesh Bishnoi, Scientist, proposed the vote of thanks.
The programme was attended by Dr NK Sharma, I/c Head (SS&A), Dr Harsh Meheta, I/c Head (Plant Science), Dr P Dogra, Dr D Mandal (National Fellow), Er SS Shrimali, Dr JMS Tomar, Dr Rajesh Kaushal, Dr Gopal Kumar, Dr Raman Jeet Singh, Dr M Sankar, Dr Uday Mandal, Dr Sadiqul Islam, Dr Gambhir Singh, Sarita Gupta, Ashok Kumar, RK Arya, Suresh Kumar, AK Chauhan and other technical officers and supporting staff of the Institute. The passing out function was successfully coordinated by Dr Trisha Roy under the guidance of Dr Bankey Bihari, Head, HRD&SS Division, with the support of Course Coordinator Dr Ambrish Kumar, Dr Lekh Chand, Dr Indu Rawat, Dr Rajesh Bishnoi, Dr Madan Singh, Suresh Kumar, KR Joshi, Anil Chauhan, SN Gupta, MP Juyal, Sonu, Sateyendar Uniyal, Ramesh Prakash, Dinesh Chand, Gajendar and Vinod.