Under the ongoing celebrations of 125 years of Lucknow’s prestigious Isabella Thoburn Post-Graduate College for Women (popularly known as I.T. College), a daylong symposium on “Role of Plants in Environmental Protection” was organized by the Department of Botany of the College in collaboration with International Society of Environmental Botanists (ISEB) on March 12, 2011.
The symposium was inaugurated by the principal of the College, Dr. E.S. Charles in the presence of College students, faculty, and the experts of ISEB. In her welcome address, Dr. Charles dwelt at length on the problem of environmental pollution and underscored the need for utilizing plants in mitigating pollution and providing a healthy environment on the earth.
Dr. K.J. Ahamd Secretary of ISEB gave a brief introduction of ISEB in his speech. He explained the genesis of the founding of ISEB, its ongoing programmes and its work and achievements during the past sixteen years. This was followed by highly informative and illuminating scientific lectures by Dr. Kamla Kulshrestha, Joint Secretary ISEB, (topic: Effect of auto-exhaust generated particulates on the leaf surface ultra-structures of some common roadside plants).
Dr. S.C. Sharma, Vice President ISEB (topic: Impact of Climate Change on the Floriculture Industries of India). Dr. Sashi Dhawan, Former Scientist of NRCL (topic: Biodeterioration of cultural property). These talks carrying a wealth of information were given by power point presentation and were very much appreciated by the students and faculty of the College. From the I.T. College faculty Dr. R.K. Jain, Lecturer in the Botany Department gave a very interesting valedictory by Mrs. S.R. Verma, Dr. S.N. Joseph, Gr. Panzy Singh and Dr. Saini.
Ms. Kanti Srivastava, Convener Environmental Awareness Committee co-ordinated this programme on behalf of ISEB.