By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 24 Jun: A photography exhibition cum contest on the theme ‘Spirit of North India’ was organised by the Central Academy for State Forest Service (CASFoS) here, today, in the academy’s Brahmakamal Hall. The exhibition showcased the photographs taken by the 2018-20 SFS Batch Officer Trainees during their recently concluded North India study tour. During the tour, the Officer Trainees visited various parts of North India including forest areas and urban landscapes of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Jammu & Kashmir. The exhibition depicted rare and beautiful flora, fauna, landscape and the people of these areas.
The 2018-20 SFS batch is undergoing 2 year induction training and consists of 36 Officer Trainees of which 20 are from Odisha, 13 from Karnataka, 2 from Chhattisgarh and 1 from Madhya Pradesh.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr Dhananjai Mohan, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Uttarakhand, and Kunal Satyarthi, Principal, CASFOS, Dr C Ramesh, Lecturer, Sarita Kumar, Course Director, SFS 2018-20 Batch, and Abhilash Damodaran, Lecturer, were also present.
Dr Senthil Kumar, TB Ravi Kumar, Dr SP Anand, and Dr B Balaji evaluated the photographs contributed by Officer Trainees under the categories Flora, Fauna, Landscape and People. Prizes were given in each category to the first and second position holders.
Dr Dhananjai Mohan expressed his pleasure after witnessing the rare and beautiful photographs of flora, fauna, landscape and people captured by the young Officer Trainees with good technical skills which would help them in documentation of the forest biodiversity in their respective fields in the future.
The winners in each category were Charan GS (Flora), Chetan Gasti (Fauna), Naveen MN (Landscape) and Chetan Gasti (People).