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Students of GCW, Udhampur visit Botanical Garden of JU


Jammu,March 20, (Scoop News)-As part of their educational tour, the undergraduate students of Government College for Women, Udhampur, paid a visit to the Botanical Garden of the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, today. This follows the initiative taken by the Department to promote education and awareness about plant conservation and environment among all sections, especially school children, college and university students, faculty members, taxonomists, herbalists, environmental clubs and members of civil society.
Accompanied by Prof Bhikam Pal Singh, Prof Kewal Kumar and Ms. Tamanna , a group of 79 female students visiting the garden were apprised about the systematically arranged floral species including, Gymnosperms, Dicots and monocots. The lush green vegetation, colourful flowers, medicinal plants, herbarium and the museum collection also invited the attraction and attention of the students.
“Understanding plant diversity of various regions at one place and the significance of ex- situ and in-situ conservation can be best studied and learnt here, said Nisha, a BSc. IV Semester student. “It so exciting and stimulating to see the medicinal plants section harbouring exclusive plants including Panchmukhi Rudraksh, Sohanjana, Oroxylum. Abrus (Ratti), Loung, Dalchini, Harad, Behada, Timru (Zanthoxylum armatum), Lemongrass, and the endangered Gajar-Mula ( Phlomoides superba) plant, said an ecstatic Rhea. “I had heard of Chandan tree (Santalum album) but seeing it for the first time here is really exciting’’, reverberated Parul, another student of the same College.
Earlier, Prof Yash Pal Sharma, Head, Department of Botany, University of Jammu, while interacting with the visiting students and teachers, explained that the garden is an abode to many plant species from several corners of the state and the country. Spread in area of over 5.2 acres, the Botanical Garden of the University of Jammu, Jammu is not just a green oasis in the heart of Jammu city but rather a botanical institution with a fascinating repository of plants of historical, heritage, cultural, ornamental and medicinal importance, he informed. ‘This is not merely a garden but a living “on-field laboratory”, where we provide valuable information on various local, exotic, rare and endangered plants and their conservation measures,” he said.
A botanical garden is a place where plants, both non-flowering and flowering plants, are grown and displayed for the purposes of research and education. It is pertinent to mention here the botanical garden of the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, has become a hub of academic and research activities involved in spreading awareness about various varieties of flora, besides maintaining the serenity and natural beauty on the Campus of the University of Jammu.
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