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JU launches new Green Initiatives to promote sustainability and enhance green campus status

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JAMMU: The University of Jammu (JU) on Monday launched a series of green initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness on the campus.
The event, organized by the Green Campus Task Force (GCTF) and the Department of Environmental Sciences, introduced several innovative projects, including the inauguration of e-vehicles, a stag sculpture made from waste materials, and vertical gardens constructed using waste plastic bottles. During the event, various key initiatives were also released. The Vice Chancellor, JU, Prof. Umesh Rai, who was the Chief Guest, released the Green Task Report prepared by GCTF-JU, the “Beyond the Campus and Within Campus Green Initiative Report,” and a “Pictorial Guide to the Waterbirds of Gharana Wetland, Jammu.”
The occasion was graced by the presence of Dr. P. K. Dhar, CEO of JKEDA; Sunit Kumar Gupta, General Manager of JK Bank; Prof. Anju Bhasin, Dean Academic Affairs; Prof. Meena Sharma, Dean Planning and Development; Prof. Yashpal, Dean Sciences; and Prof. Prakash C. Antahal, Dean Students Welfare.
Highlighting the importance of sustainability and the university’s commitment to environmental stewardship, Prof. Rai said that the launch of these initiatives marks a significant milestone in our journey to create a more sustainable and eco-friendly campus.
These initiatives not only reduce our environmental footprint but also serve as educational tools, inspiring students and other stakeholders to adopt greener practices. The e-vehicles, waste material sculptures, and vertical gardens are practical examples of how we can creatively manage waste and promote green energy.”
Dr. P. K. Dhar, CEO of JKEDA said, “The JU is setting a benchmark for institutions across the region. By adopting sustainability, it is promoting a culture of environmental responsibility that extends beyond the campus. These projects will undoubtedly contribute to the larger goal of sustainable development.”
Dr. Dhar emphasized the importance of green initiatives like waste-to-energy conversion, biodiversity conservation, and pollution control to improve ecosystem health. He assured full support from JAKEDA, including the installation of ground-based solar panels on various open spaces and parking lots in the university.
“The launch of these initiatives marks a significant milestone in promoting sustainability and addressing environmental challenges. These green initiatives are crucial in our collective fight against global warming. As a responsible corporate partner, JK Bank has provided two e-vehicles to the university campus under our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program and will continue to support the university’s green initiatives,” Sunit Kumar Gupta, General Manager of JK Bank said.
Prof. Piyush Malaviya, Head of the Environment Sciences Department, gave a formal welcome address. Dr. Deepika Slathia, Member Secretary GCTF-JU, gave a detailed powerpoint presentation on the green initiatives taken by GCTF-JU since its establishment in 2016.
On the occasion a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ and Memento was presented to the Prof. Rahul Gupta, Registrar, JU by Dr. P.R. Dhar for taking lead in introducing various green initiatives on campus particularly the green energy in the form of solar power plant and other solar based initiatives.
The University’s green initiatives include the introduction of electric vehicles to reduce the carbon footprint, a sculpture made from waste materials to promote recycling, and vertical gardens constructed from waste plastic bottles to beautify the campus and promote upcycling. These initiatives underscore the university’s commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation.
Vikas Khajuria, Waste Sculpture Artist was felicitated by Vice-chancellor for creating a beautiful sculpture of Stag out of the waste material lying in the University.
Others present included Prof. Meena Sharma, Prof. Anju Bhasin, Prof. Prakash C. Antahal, Prof. Naresh Padha, Prof. Rahul Gupta, Prof. Yash Pal Sharma, Prof. Garima Gupta, Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Dr. Ginny Dogra, Nidhi Jamwal, JK Bank, members from JAKEDA, and scholars and students from various teaching departments of the University.
The event concluded with the inauguration of e-vehicles, unveiling of the stag sculpture made from waste materials, and vertical gardens made from waste plastic bottles.

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