JU launches green initiatives

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 27: University of Jammu (JU) here today launched a series of green initiatives to promote sustainability and environmental consciousness on the campus.
The event, organized by Green Campus Task Force (GCTF) and Department of Environmental Sciences introduced several innovative projects, including inauguration of e-vehicles, a stag sculpture made from waste materials and vertical gardens constructed using waste plastic bottles.
On this occasion Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, Prof. Umesh Rai, who was chief guest, released the Green Task Report prepared by GCTF-JU, the ‘beyond the campus and within campus green initiative report’ and a ‘Pictorial Guide to the Water-birds of Gharana Wetland, Jammu.’
The occasion was graced by the presence of Dr. P.K Dhar, CEO of JKEDA; Sunit Kumar Gupta, General Manager of JK Bank; Prof. Anju Bhasin, Dean Academic Affairs; Prof. Meena Sharma, Dean Planning and Development; Prof. Yashpal, Dean Sciences and Prof. Prakash C. Antahal, Dean Students Welfare.
JU VC Prof. Rai said that launch of these initiatives marks a significant milestone in JU’s journey to create a more sustainable and eco-friendly campus.
Dr. P.K Dhar, CEO of JAKEDA assured full support from JAKEDA, including the installation of ground-based solar panels on various open spaces and parking lots in the university.
Sunit Kumar Gupta, General Manager of JK Bank said as a responsible corporate partner, JK Bank has provided two e-vehicles to the university campus under Corporate Social Responsibility programme and will continue to support the university’s green initiatives.
Prof. Piyush Malaviya, Head of the Environment Sciences Department, gave a formal welcome address. Dr. Deepika Slathia, Member Secretary GCTF-JU, gave a detailed Powerpoint presentation on the green initiatives taken by GCTF-JU since its establishment in 2016.
On this occasion a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ and Memento was presented to Prof. Rahul Gupta, Registrar, University of Jammu by Dr. P.R Dhar, CEO JAKEDA for taking lead in introducing various green initiatives on campus.
Vikas Khajuria, Waste Sculpture Artist was felicitated by Vice-Chancellor for creating a beautiful sculpture of stag out of the waste material lying in the University.
Others present included Prof. Meena Sharma, Prof. Anju Bhasin, Prof. Prakash C. Antahal, Prof. Naresh Padha, Prof. Rahul Gupta, Prof. Yash Pal Sharma, Prof. Garima Gupta, Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Dr. Ginny Dogra, Nidhi Jamwal, officers from JK Bank, members from JAKEDA, scholars and students from various departments of the University.
The event concluded with the inauguration of e-vehicles, unveiling of the stag sculpture and vertical gardens made from waste plastic bottles.