Valedictory Session ends 2-Day ICSSR sponsored International Conference on Environment and Health

A 2-Day ICSSR sponsored International Conference on “Roadmap to Sustainability:
Environment and Health” organised by the PF Department of Economics concluded here at
Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh. In addition to the grant of Rs 2 Lakh
received from ICSSR, the Conference was sponsored by DST (Department of Science and
Technology and Renewable Energy) Chandigarh Administration, NABARD, State Bank of
India, Corporation Bank, Department of Science and Sikh Educational Society. Sustainable
Development being the most important, relevant and pressing topic of the day in policies,
treaties and major national and international topics, the conference received an overwhelming
response from national and international academicians.
The topic of panel discussion on March 6, 2020 was “Sustainable Environment.” Illustrious
academicians including Dr Saamdu Chetri from Bhutan who has been closely associated
TATA, UNDP, PM Bhutan as a head of Good Governance and spoken at House of
Commons, British Parliament; Prof SK Chadha, UBS, Panjab University; Prof P
Arunachalam, Head Deptt of Applied Economics, Cochin University of Science and
Technology, Kochi, Kerala; Reena Chadda, AGM Eco Laboratories and Consultants Private
Ltd and Prof Sucha Singh Gill, former Director-General CRID, Chandigarh and Member
Revenue Commission, Govt of Punjab put forward their views on the burning issue of
environment degradation and farmer plight including factors like chemical farming, paddy
growing, monopolised selling of seeds.
Panellists Prof Meena Sehgal from Government College, Sector 32; Dr Saamdhu Chetri; Prof
Lakhwinder Singh Gill from Punjabi University Patiala; Dr Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal from
CRRID dwelled on the topic “Health” on March 5, 2020. Prominent issue that emerged was a
holistic approach on physical health supplemented by mental health and accompanied by
natural health of the air, water and underwater lifeforms for a sustainable growth and
The Technical Sessions comprised of 300 paper presentations and the Valedictory Address
was delivered by Mr Debendra Dalai, Director, DST Chandigarh. The Session was
additionally graced by S Balbir Singh Sidhu, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab;
Prof GS Batra (Guest of Honour) and Dr Shad Ahmad Khan from Oman (Special Guest).