RAJOURI, Mar 26: School of Management Studies, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, organized one day National Seminar on Ecotourism: Challenges and issues.
The seminar was inaugurated by Prof Javed Musarrat, Vice Chancellor of the University. Speaking on the occasion, he stressed upon the need to preserve and conserve the ecologically frail areas. Prof Musarrat said that the local communities can play a significant role in development and sustenance of Eco-tourism without disturbing the ecology.
Prof Sheba Hamid, Department Commerce, AMU, presented the key note address. She said that Eco-tourism can be best presented as a subset of nature-based tourism. She spoke on various issues and challenges faced by the tourism industry in terms of promoting Eco-tourism both locally and globally. She stressed upon the need of Public- Private Partnership approach for the development of Eco-tourism industry in India.
Prof Iqbal Parwez, Dean Academic Affairs, also spoke on the occasion and said that ecological concerns are must for any tourism venture. He said that a sustainable policy framework conserving the ecologically frail areas is critical to showcase the beauty of virgin destinations across the country and particularly in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier, Prof Naseem Ahmed, Dean of the School, highlighted theme of the seminar and drew attention towards various initiatives taken by the school to foster the academics and research in tourism related issues critical to the tourism potential of the State and the country as a whole.
Dr Javid iqbal, Organizing secretary of the seminar, presented the vote of thanks. A total of 50 research articles were received for presentations in the day-long seminar. First Technical session was chaired by Prof Sheeba, whereas second technical session was chaired by Dr Dil Pazir.
Those who were present on the occasion, included Prof Mohammed Asghar, Dean Engineering, Asrar Gaus , Director CHT, Heads, Faculty members, delegates from other Institutions , Research scholars and students of various Departments. The Seminar was coordinated by Dr Kafeel Ahmed, Dr Jatinder Kumar, Dr Danish and Vinay while the proceedings were conducted by Tazeem Akhter.