Ganderbal, June 15: Faculty of Forestry, SKUAST-Kashmir today inaugurated one month-long capsule courses on Forest Ecosystem Services and Forest Policy & Governance in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) Lithuania, Baltic, Europe.
In a statement, the varsity said that the course has been started as part of an MOU signed by the two universities with main focus on the exchange of scientific staff, dual degree programs and collaboration in academic and research programs. The courses sponsored by IDP-NAHEP was designed for B. Sc 4th year students of Faculty of Forestry by Division of Silviculture & Agroforestry and Career Counseling cell of the faculty.
The inaugural event held on 15th of June, 2021 was presided over by Prof. J. P. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-K & SKUAST-J as a chief guest and Prof. Astrida Miceikiene, Chancellor Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) Lithuania, Baltic, Europe as Patron and guest of honor. The event was attended by all the Deans and Directors of both SKUAST-K and Magnus University Lithuania. The participants of the event also included the heads of various divisions, faculty members and students of the Faculty of Forestry.
Prof. Sharma gave a detailed account of forest ecosystem services from the various forest types of the country in general and those from our region in particular. He emphasized that post COVID-19 situation, the gross environmental product (GEP) has become focal point instead of gross domestic product (GDP) at the global level. He also stressed to strengthened the relationship between two universities for other academic and research programs for our mutual benefit and sharing of other resources and information. Prof. Sharma congratulated the entire team and expressed his satisfaction the way Faculty of Forestry is progressing.
Prof. Astrida Miceikene, Chancellor Magnus University, VMU, Lithuania Baltic Europe and guest of honor and patron of this program assured taking up such programs with SKUAST-K in days to come. She emphasized upon the organizers that these programs will boost the morale of the students and will be exposed to international academic standards.
Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganaie, Director (P & M) and principal investigator, NAHEP impressed upon the need of such programs for the students for their better future and entrepreneurship. Dr. Nazir threw light on the ecosystem services and the need for developing a common methodology for their quantification.
Prof. Vilma Bijeikiene, Prorector from Magnus, Lithuania spoke about the introduction of these courses at global level. Dr Ekaterina Makrickiene, International coordinator of Magnus University briefed the audience about the course curriculum and the lectures to be delivered with respect to these two elective courses.
Earlier Prof. Masoodi, Dean, Faculty of Forestry, SKUAST-K, in his welcome address stressed upon climate smart forestry concept to harness various ecosystem services from the forests which cover 31% of the land surfaces at the global level and have gained more importance post-COVID-19 situation in terms of directly providing food and livelihood security to more than 03 billion people across the world.
The event was moderated by Dr. Syed Naseem Geelani and Dr. Nazir A. Pala, Scientist, Faculty of Forestry.
Courtesy – Greater Kashmir