Mokokchung, 24 March (MTNews): The Department of Forestry at Nagaland University successfully organized a two-day Science Academy Lecture Workshop titled “Traditional Knowledge, Medicinal Plants, and Biodiversity Conservation” on 13-14 March 2024, a belated update received here said. The workshop, aimed at exploring the intersection of traditional knowledge, medicinal plants, and biodiversity conservation, brought together esteemed resource persons and participants from various institutions across Nagaland.

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The workshop was funded by the Indian Academy of Science, Indian National Science Academy, and the National Science Academy, Government of India. The workshop marked a significant step towards promoting scientific discourse and interdisciplinary collaboration in the realm of forestry and environmental conservation.

Distinguished resource persons who graced the event included Prof RR Rao and Prof DJ Bagya Raj from the Indian Academy of Science, along with Dr R Murugeswaran, Deputy Advisor at the National Medicinal Plant Board, Ministry of Ayush, Government of India. Dr Agastin Simiyon Theodar, recipient of the INSA Teacher Award, also contributed invaluable insights through his lectures.

The inaugural address was delivered by Prof Jagadish Kumar Patnaik, Vice-Chancellor of Nagaland University, setting the tone for the workshop’s deliberations. Dr G Bupesh, the course coordinator, extended a warm welcome to all participants, emphasizing the importance of the workshop’s theme in the context of contemporary environmental challenges.

Dr RR Rao provided an overview of the workshop’s objectives and highlighted the pivotal role played by the Indian Academy of Sciences in advancing scientific research and education. Dr Mayur Mousoom Phukan concluded the event with a vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all participants, organizers, and sponsors for their contributions to making the workshop a resounding success.

This workshop marked a significant milestone as it was the first major academic event organized by Nagaland University’s Department of Forestry since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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