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Expert talk on International Biodiversity Day organized by Chitkara College of Education

Published on May 26, 2016

Under the module Edsocial, International Biodiversity Day was organized in collaboration with “Punjab Biodiversity Board” and was sponsored by “National Biodiversity Authority, Govt. of India”. Which was celebrated by Chitkara College of Education under Issues of Conservation and Environment Regeneration wherein an expert talk was conducted by Dr. Daizy Rani Batish, Professor, Department of Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The topic for the talk was ‘Present Status, reasons of loss and conservation measures. The αLPHA TEACHERS’ of Chitkara College of Education were sensitized about the meaning of the term Biodiversity and various hotspots in the Indian Sub Continent. They were also briefed about the present status of the biodiversity and the reasons for its loss and how being αLPHA TEACHERS’ they can preserve the Environment.

The field visit was also organised to the largest Banyan Tree i.e. Kaya Kalp Vriksh of the State of Punjab at Cholti Kheri, Khera Mandal, Fatehgarh Sahib. The canopy of the tree spreads over 3 to 4 acres of land. According to local information, the tree is a few hundred years old and known as ‘Kaya Kalp Vriksh’. The local belief is that nobody can stop the relentless spread of the tree. As the tree is surrounded by private land, the adjoining land owners not dare to cut any branch which may growα and cover their land. It is believed that any person in the past who tried to stop the spread of the tree had to face grave misfortunes.

The usage of waste wood or fallen leaves of the tree is considered equally unpropitious. Thus, the great banyan tree continues to grow undisturbed. The αLPHA TEACHERS’ of Chitkara College of Education were briefed by the Sarpanch S. Gurvinder Singh, village Cholti Kheri about the largest Banyan tree.

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