Amity School of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development conducted a day long National Workshop on “Conservation of Natural Resources and Indian Culture” at Amity University, Sector- 125, Noida. The workshop was aimed to disseminate the awareness about the judicial use of natural resources, which are depleting at an alarming rate.
The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Sompal- Vice Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Planning Commission; Mr. Valsan Thampu- Principal, St. Stephen’s College; Mr. Anupam Mishra- Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi ;Mr. Samar Singh-Principal Director, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Universe.
Prof. B.K.P Sinha- Director, Amity School of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development appraised the distinguished gathering with the relevance of the theme of the workshop and objectives of the workshop.
Citing the sacred Upnishads, Mr. Sompal- Vice Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Planning Commission asserted that even our sacred “Upnishads” outline the importance of the conservation of natural resources and preservation of our rich heritage and culture. Talking about the energy which is all pervasive in nature, he said that everything on this earth is comprised of energy including natural resources. Even the human existence and survival depends upon that precious energy. This makes the conservation of natural resources all the more important for human existence. Talking about the giant strides taken by technology and its resultant exploitation of nature resources, he stressed on the sudden changes coming in the climate and increasing natural calamities jolting the human lives. He urged the mankind to stop meddling with the natural gifts as left to nature; it has a system in place which replenishes the exhaustive resources.
Addressing the august gathering, Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Universe revealed that Amity adopts holistic approach towards the development of its students. They are given value enriched education and are taught to be responsible towards their society and nature. Talking about the affect of the over-exploitation of natural resources he expressed his concern about the alarming repercussions of global warming, haunting the entire globe and its denizens. He called upon the students to join hands and pledge to conserve and preserve the valuable natural resources in order to prolong the human existence on earth.
Mr. Anupam Mishra- Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi congratulated Amity for conducting a workshop on a very apt theme “Conservation of Natural Resources and Indian Culture” which has become a matter of concern for all the nations. Emphasizing on the important role of nature he said that if man has to provide water to five lakh villages then a large amount of capital and human resources have to be invested, but nature does it all free of charge but man rather then being grateful to nature, exploits it and its natural resources. The clarion call, therefore, is to be responsible towards nature and natural resources and give up selfish interests for the sake of larger welfare of humanity.
The day long workshop included an array of technical and interactive sessions on “Hinduism and conservation” by Aacharya Govind Chaitnya- Chinmaya Mission; “Christianity and Conservation” by Mr Valsan Thampu- Principal, St Stephen’s College; “Islam and Conservation” by Dr. Javed Ahmad- Reader, Department of Botany, Jamia Hamdard University; “Indian Cultural Heritage and concern for Environmental Conservation” by Dr Bharti Chhibber- Lecturer, University of Delhi; “Cultural Issues Pertaining to Different Aspects of Conservation” by Mr S.K Mishra- Chairman, Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage; “ Globalization Of Ayurveda” by Ms Marielle Homan Barnes- Professional Catalyst, Freelance Ambassador for Ayurveda, New Delhi.