Emphasising on the current changes observed in climate and weather patterns, Dr T Ramasami dwelled on the looming crisis of climate change, polluted and depleted water bodies and soil degradation.
Dr T Ramasami, Padma Bhushan awardee and former Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), was delivering the inaugural address on the first day of the four-day national symposium on ‘Weather and Climatic Extremes’, which kicked off on Sunday at Panjab University.
Director General, India Meteorological Department(IMD), Dr L S Rathore; PU Vice-Chancellor (V-C), Professor Arun Kumar Grover; Director, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), Aswagosha Ganju, and many national and international experts participated in the inaugural function.
Dr Ramasami elaborated how climate change has affected the agricultural sector. In such a scenario, active interaction of bodies such as DST, IMD, and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with the society and common man is required, he stressed.
Dr L S Rathore urged for existence in harmony with nature, which would have a positive fallout on climate and weather patterns.
Professor Grover proposed that the Department of Geography establish an interdisciplinary teaching and research centre for geosciences, which may involve government organisations. President, Indian Meteorological Society (IMS), Dr Akhilesh Gupta, highlighted the role of meteorology in society and how climatic extremes could prove detrimental. Eminent geologist and Professor Emeritus, Department of Geology, and former PU Dean University Instruction Professor Ashok Sahni delivered the ‘Ruchi Ram Sahni Memorial Lecture’.
The seminar will conclude on February 18.