First Meeting of the Advisory Committee of ENVIS Centre, PSCST

An Advisory Committee of the ENVIS Centre has been constituted on the direction of ENVIS Secretariat, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India to guide and review the activities of ENVIS Centre. The First Meeting of the Advisory Committee of ENVIS Centre, PSCST held under the chairpersonship of Dr. Neelima Jerath, Executive Director, Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST) on 05.11.2015. The meeting was attended by 14 external experts representing relevant departments and institutions. Mr. Gurharminder Singh, Senior Scientific officer (Env.) & Co-ordinator ENVIS Centre gave detailed presentation about major mandate of Punjab ENVIS Centre on 'Status of Environment & Related Issues' and important activities being carried out by the ENVIS Centre since its inception in the year 2005. The various matters of the Centre like its current activities, publications, collection of data and data gaps, coordination of activities of Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Network on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Cloudsat Program of NASA, etc. deliberated in detail. The members appreciated the activities being undertaken by the Centre and also gave valuable suggestions to further expand the activities of the Centre.

Outreach Activities: The Centre organized following activities to create awareness about state environmental issues and ENVIS website:

  • Interactive session on “State Environmental issues and environment related projects being undertaken in PSCST”: An Interactive session on “State environmental issues and environment related projects being undertaken in PSCST” was organized on 3rd November, 2015 for 50 students of 12 Standard (Science Stream) from Kamla Nehru Public School, Chak Hakim, Phagwara, Distt. Kapurthala, Punjab during their visit to Chandigarh. The visiting students were informed about various important environmental issues of the State by the ENVIS team. The information was also provided about the important environmental management projects being undertaken by PSCST. An overview of the activities of the Centre and its website were also provided to the students.  A small exhibition displaying various posters, publications and awareness material was also arranged on the occasion.  
  • Visit of Science Express – Climate Action Special (SECAS) Special Train to Pathankot, Punjab:The Centre organized a brainstorming session on state specific climate change issues and an exhibition on general environment issues on 24th November, 2015 at Pathankot Railway Station during the halt of SECAS train at Pathankot. The relevant awareness literature of ENVIS Centre, Punjab Biodiversity Board and PSCST was distributed to all the visitors. Posters, standees and other information products of ENVIS Centre, PBB, RCE were also be displayed on the occasion. The student games and competitions were also organized on the occasion to motivate them to participate in environment conservation activities.
  • Exhibitions: ENVIS Centre put up exhibitions during the following events:
  1. “Earth Day” celebration jointly organized by L.M. Thapar School of Management in association and Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) on 22nd April, 2015 at Dera Bassi.
  2. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)'s Chandigarh Trade Fair on 6th-9th November, 2015 at Parade Ground, Chandigarh.

Participation in “Customised Hands-on Bhuvan Portal Training Program for ENVIS Centers”: Mr. Dinesh Kumar, Project Associate –IT participated in a two day’s training programme for ENVIS Centres organized by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, GoI at National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO, Jodhpur during 15-16th October, 2015. The main objectives of the training program was to train participants to use various features & utilities of Bhuvan Portal and to integrate features like 2D/3D Satellite images/maps of the State, creation of thematic maps from numeric databases/excel sheets, crowd-sourcing.etc with ENVIS Centre website to enhance the usability and overall outlook of websites. Twenty five participants from 22 ENVIS Centres attending the training programme.