As part of their educational curriculum and on-field experience on the range of indigenous and exotic plant diversity at one place, the students of Govt. Girls Model Hr. Sec. School, Kandoli-Nagrota (jammu) led by Mrs. Kiran Basotra, Lecturer in Botany and Ms. Vineet Sharma, lecturer in Environmental Sciences, today visited the Botanical Garden of the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Jammu.
During the visit, Dr. Harish Dutt, Assistant Professor in the Botany department gave a detailed overview of the importance and relevance of the Botanical gardens and highlighted the medicinal and heritage value of the plants. He also showed living fossil plants and discussed about plant adaptations in varied environmental regimes and explained the medicinal properties of the important medicinal plants growing in the Garden.
Earlier, Prof Yash Pal Sharma, Head, Department of Botany appreciated the teachers and the students of the Govt. Model Hr. School visiting the important repository of the University of Jammu. “This botanical garden offers teachers and students the opportunity to experience firsthand information on one of the most diverse plant collections in the State of Jammu and Kashmir”, said Prof. Sharma. While most plants have similar parts, each species’ vary in function and appearance according to its environment and these plant species impact our everyday lives from food to medicine to shelter in incredible ways, said Prof Sharma, while focussing on evolution of non-flowering seed bearing (gymnosperms) and flowering (angiosperms) plants.
The botanical garden of the Department of Botany offers enriching outdoor learning experiences for all students and the systematic array of plant collections provide comfortable learning and in this regard, the Department of Botany, encourages and support the visiting groups to learn to look and observe. The development of observation skills is a fundamental scientific tool, which the department endeavours to aim to support at all levels.
During their visit, the students showed keen interest in understanding the nature of the habit and habitat of these plants and learnt the meaning of in-situ and ex- situ conservation. They also expressed their desire to work for the protection and conservation of the important local medicinal plants.