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DODA , AUGUST 03,2021: An online “Awareness Workshop on Mercury as a Global Pollutant” was organized by Department of Botany GDC Doda in collaboration with IIT Hyderabad on 3rd August 2021. Around 100 Research Scholars, Academicians and students participated in the workshop. Majority of the faculty from the college and IIT Hyderabad including Dr Sumit Kotwal, Head Department of Environmental Sciences GDC Doda and Prof Younis Rashid, Assistant Professor Botany and Dr Mohd Irfan Naikoo also participated in the workshop.
The event started with welcome address by Dr Tasir Sharief Per, Head Department of Botany GDC Doda. He extended a warm welcome to all the participants and Resource person of the workshop, Dr Asif Qureshi, Associate Professor Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad. In his presentation, Dr Qureshi called for a focused attention at “Mercury cycling, health impacts and the Minamata Convention on Mercury”. He laid stress on Mercury as a global toxic pollutant because it is released into the environment through a range of natural and anthropogenic sources. He explained how Mercury can travel long distances, bioaccumulate in food chains and cause harmful neurological and cardiovascular health effects in exposed humans and wildlife. He enlightened the students about the Minamata Convention on Mercury which was signed in 2013, and came into force in August 2017.
India is also a party to the Minamata Convention among 131 Nations and the workshop was intended to raise awareness among general people, students and academicians in India on the historical and present aspects of mercury use and pollution, its cycling in the environment, important exposure routes, effects on humans and management of products containing mercury.
Later on, in the interactive session Dr Qureshi responded to the questions raised by students, faculty and other participants. The workshop concluded with a formal Vote of Thanks by Dr Ravinder Singh, Assistant Professor GDC Doda. He expressed his special gratitude to Dr Shafqat Hussain Rafiqi Principal GDC Doda for his constant encouragement in conducting the workshop. He extended thanks to the Rmresource person for making himself available despite busy schedule. He thanked the organizers and all the participants for making the workshop a grand success.