Department of Botany, Shri Krishan Chander Govt Degree College Poonch under the overall supervision of the Principal Prof (Dr.) Jasbir Singh and HOD Botany Dr. Rani Mughal organized a local plant collection tour at village Jhulas and a local Swachchata Abhiyan in the Mangnar area of Poonch by the students of Sem Ist.
The goal for the plant collection tour was to implement NEP in letter and spirit, impart practical knowledge to students, and inculcate a comprehensive approach in them. Also, to let them know how plants grow and function in nature, their habits and the different type of habitats, and various other aspects of plant diversity pertaining to their syllabus. The tour was designed to mitigate the “practicals” related problems of the students. More such practical learning programs and other curricular and extracurricular programs are planned for the students of upcoming SEM III and Sem V students in days to come. It is pertinent to mention here that due to the lockdown, studies of students across Jammu and Kashmir UT suffered in a major way, especially their practical study part, which was seriously affected. In this regard, an attempt was made by the Department of Botany to compensate for their “practicals” losses and acquaint them with the actual purpose of field studies. Dr. Mahroof Khan of the Department of Botany discussed in depth the topics related to the subject. Dr Rani Mughal discussed about the importance of biodiversity in our lives and advised students to focus on practical learning as much as they do on classroom and laboratory experiments.
For the Swachchata Abhiyan, it was very heartening to see that the students of Bsc Sem 1 actively participated in the mission clean and expressed their desire to have a neat and clean environment around Poonch township. Dr. Mahroof Khan in charge of the “Mission Clean” advised the students to become ambassadors of the Honorable Prime Minister’s Swachchata Abhiyan and stressed on the importance of keeping our surroundings clean. Dr Zeba Manzar guest faculty of the institution also accompanied the local tour.