June 06, 2020 09:49 PM

Bathinda (Face2News)

World Environment Day 2020 was celebrated by organising Online Webinar at Institutions’ of Engineers (India) Local Centre Bathinda on Friday.

More than 115 participants including Professional Engineers and Senior Educationists from various parts of the country attended the Webinar. June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day every year since 1972 when United Nations General Assembly established this day on the first day of Stockholm Conference on Human Environment.

Two years later in 1974, World Environment Day was celebrated for the first time with the theme: Only One Earth and since then, it is celebrated all over the world with full enthusiasm. uring the webinar to mark the occasion, keynote address was delivered by Dr. Manjeet Bansal, Professor and Dean Consultancy & Industry Linkage, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU), Bathinda.

While speaking on this year’s theme — Celebrating Biodiversity — Dr. Manjeet Bansal said that Covid-19 may have pushed them indoors, but it has given them a new perspective on how to handle environmental concerns.

He focussed on the importance of biodiversity in our society and highlighted the positive impacts that took place in the pandemic crisis of COVID-19 with Mother Nature. He further discussed the different hotspot zones located in India along with the World to whom special attention is needed as they are homes to the Worlds’ Most Endangered Species. ‘United Nations aims at Sustainable Development with 17 Goals because we need to develop along with keeping our future generations in mind’, he said.

Dr. Bansal also talked about the contribution of different engineering fields to the biodiversity which has helped in overall development and growth of the sector along with the economy, keeping in mind about the future generation. Besides, He pointed out some basic steps to contribute towards biodiversity as a common person such as using Cloth Bags instead of Plastic Bags, plantation in our surroundings, Avoiding the burning of Dry Leaves, etc.

MRSPTU, Dean Planning and Development and Chairman, Institutions’ of Engineers Bathinda Centre, Dr. Buta Singh Sidhu welcomed the participants, while Dr. Jagtar Singh, Honorary Secretary, IEI Bathinda Centre, proposed a vote of thanks.


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