Seminar on Conservation of Medicinal Plants Held at IUST Today – Kashmir Reader

Awantipora: The Islamic University of Science and Technology today organized a one-day seminar on the conservation of medicinal plants in India. The seminar sponsored by the Department of Science and Society, GoI, was organized by the Mantaqi Center for Science & Society in association with the Nature Interpretation Center Biodiversity Park, IUST Awantipora. The seminar was organized under the Capacity Building Program on Biodiversity, Biosystematics and Climate Change in Kashmir Himalaya.
Several experts took the floor on this occasion including Pr. Abdul Karim (Head Center for conservation of Natural resources TDU Bangalore), Prof. Manzoor A Malik (Dean Academic Affairs, IUST), Prof. Naseer Iqbal (Registrar IUST), Prof. Ayaz Hassan Moon (Dean of Research, IUST) and Prof. MA Khuroo (Dean of Faculty of Science, IUST).
Professor Karim spoke at length about Indian herbal medicines, their efficacy and economic value. “Medicinal plants are revolutionizing the country’s health industry with their high efficacy and limited side effects. They grow in almost all parts of the country, but their use should be encouraged,” he said. Emphasizing the need to preserve the environment and calling for climate action, Professor Malik, the seminar’s keynote speaker, said: “Climate change affects every individual on this planet. We must accelerate our efforts to protect biodiversity for our future generations”. Speaking of university initiatives, Professor Moon said, “IUST has three parks, including one specifically for solar power generation. The university also conducts research for the preservation of biodiversity”
The university’s research centers are dedicated to raising awareness and providing research-based solutions to global issues such as global warming and rising pollution levels,” said Professor Naseer Iqbal. “The demand for biologic drugs has increased worldwide, and it has good economic value,” said Professor MA Khuroo. He added, “India has a rich history of herbal and plant based medicine system. Its use is a good alternative to protect against the harmful effects of preservatives used in cosmetics and medicines. The event was coordinated by Dr. Aijaz Research Officer, Mantaqi Center of Science and Society, IUST and & Coordinator IUST Biodiversity Park.

Alvin J. Chase