PG Department of Botany organizes 15 days Online Certificate Program on “Soil Analsis”. This certificate program stresses on developing basic understanding of soil analysis in the students and enhancing their skill required for soil testing and preparing report regarding soil health. This program will provide job opportunities in soil testing laboratories and will also help to setup of their own Soil testing lab.
The program was inaugurated by the Chairman of the College His Grace, Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius. In his inaugural address His Grace stressed on the importance of Soil Analysis in the current scenario when pollution is taking a toll on human health. His Grace also said that soil analysis will help the students with farming background to develop skills in assessing land suitability for various agricultural and non-agricultural uses and emphasised the need of organic farming as well.
Rev. Fr. Dr. Joshi Varghese, Administrator of the College applauded the initiative taken by the PG Department of Botany on developing a Certificate Program on Soil Analysis. Dr. Joshi Varghese also said that as soil analysis is a valuable farm practice that determines the exact amount of available crop nutrients in the soil, this practical approach must benefit the farmers. Principal Dr. M.G Roymon welcomed the gathering and expressed his gratitude towards the experienced group of resource persons involved in the delivery of this certificate program. The resource persons of this program are Dr Santosh Kumar Sar, Professor and Head, Applied Chemistry, Bhilai Institute of Technology, Durg CG; Dr. Alok T iwari Principal Scientist, Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, I.G.K.V, Raipur CG; Dr. Meenakshi Bharadwaj, Assistant Professor Botany, Indira Gandhi Arts and Science College, Vaishali Nagar, Bhilai C.G; Dr. Satish Sen, Assistant Professor Botany, Govt. V. Y. T. P G Autonomous College, Durg C G;
Dr R.K. Thakur, Assistant Professor Soil Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidalya, Balaghat MP; Dr. Ashish Bhui, Assistant Professor Chemistry, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Govt. P.G. College, Jhalmala Kabirdham C.G and Miss Jagriti Khichariya, Applied Chemistry. Bhilai Institute of Technology, Durg
Dr. Vinita Thomas, Convenor of the Certificate Programme and Head of Botany Department was the speaker of the inaugural session. Dr. Thomas gave a wonderful insight on Basic Aspects of Soil and said that soil is one of the most important farm assets that provide crops a valuable reservoir of water and nutrients. Each type of soil has its own properties that cannot be changed, such as texture. She also emphasised that one of the most important factors in managing soil quality is regular soil analysis. This was followed by an interaction session with the participants. Dr. Jyoti Bakshi, Programme Coordinator conducted the programme and Dr. Suruchi Parkhi Co-Coordinator of the program assisted in organizing the program successfully.