Ganderbal: Under the theme “Our Planet: Our Environment, Our campus” for Mass Mobilization on Mission LiFE”, Department of Botany and DSW, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) organised a programme on “Pit Composting for Green and Sustainable Environment” at varsity’s Green Campus here on Monday.
Addressing the students and faculty members, Nodal Person, Deptt of Botany, Prof. Azra N Kamili, said the biodegradable waste comprising rotten vegetables, fruits peels/scraps, kitchen garden waste, leaf litter, city garbage (solid) etc. can be utilized and recycled via composting which is a natural process that involves controlling the decomposition (breakdown) of natural waste and recycling it into a valuable fertiliser for gardens and agriculture production,” Prof. Azra said.
She said that proper composting of the organic waste generated in daily lives– inedible or unused food– can reduce the dependence on chemical fertilizers, help recover soil fertility, and improve water retention and the delivery of nutrients to plants.
She said that India produces 277 million tonnes of municipal solid waste annually and at present only 5 per cent of collected solid waste is recycled while 18 per cent is composted and remaining is dumped at landfill sites. She further elaborated the techniques involved in the Pit Composting.
Speaking on the occasion, Dean DSW and Finance Officer, Dr. Mehraj ud Din Shah, said, the composting pit technique has been designed especially for fulfilling the manure needs of farmers with available agriculture waste and environment preservation.
He said composting also helps in curtailing the use of chemical fertilizers for large-scale cultivation of crops, fruits & vegetables, adding that composting of organic waste is the need of the hour. Asst Prof. Dr. Shaitsa proposed the vote of thanks.
CUK’s Maths, Physics deptt holds exhibition
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Ganderbal, May 22: Departments of Mathematics and Physics, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) organised a model exhibition on “Sustainable energy practices,” at Tulmulla campus here Monday.
The event was a part of the series of programmes organised by the university under the theme “Our Planet: Our Environment and Our campus” Mass Mobilization on Mission Life”
Dean School of education, Prof. Syed Zahoor Geelani, chaired the event, besides heading the jury along with Dr. Arif Nazir, Head Deptt of Convergent Journalism Er. Afaq Alam Khan, Coordinator Department of IT. Faculty members of both the Departments and students were present on the occasion.
In his address, Prof. Syed Zahoor Geelani emphasised on the protection and conservation of the environment. He said that protecting the environment and ecosystem is not only the responsibility of the government agencies, but needs contributions from individuals, families and communities. He highlighted various issues related to the environment which can cause ecological imbalance.
Dr. Raja Nisar, Coordinator, Deptt of Physics talked about the energy aspects of the environment. “Energy needs are increasing day by day and in order to maintain the energy demand, sustainable approaches should be used which are environment friendly.”
Earlier, Dr. Aftab Hussain Shah, Sr. Asst professor inaugurated the event with his welcome address and highlighted its significance. He congratulated the participating students for preparing the models.
Students from the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Religious studies presented their models. Jury members interacted with the students showcasing their models. The members evaluated the models and announced the first and second positions, which were bagged by the students of the Mathematics Department.
Dr. Shahbaz Ahmad Lone was the rapporteur of the event. Dr. Raja Nisar proposed the vote of thanks.