Aligarh : Prof S H Arif, Chairman, Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) spoke on the importance of tapping rainwater with artificial recharge structures, revitalising existing ponds and water bodies, creating new water bodies, provisioning check dams and rejuvenating wetlands and rivers before the onset of monsoons.
He was delivering the welcome address of the Department of Pathology webinar on ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain’.
Prof Arif raised concerns over the rising problem of water scarcity in several parts of the country and lauded the government initiative, ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’.
“The government has put forth broader plans to solve the ongoing water crisis and there is a need for all of us to contribute in the best of ways. Rainwater harvesting is a critical intervention and it should be undertaken intensively, similarly planting more trees can also be helpful. Water is a means of basic survival and we all should contribute in bits to make the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’, a successful mission,” he emphasised.
Prof Veena Maheshwari, Prof Kiran Alam and Dr Suhail Ur Rehman also shared ideas on water conservation.
Dr Bushra Siddiqui shared a video on easy ways of water conservation.
Dr Ruquiya Afrose gave a power-point presentation on issues related to water scarcity and ways to prevent water wastage.
Dr Shagufta Qadri organised a quiz competition on ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ which was won by a team of Senior Resident Doctors.
Dr Kirti Rajput, Dr Umrah Malik, Dr Ayesha Ansari and Dr Atiya Firdaus made posters on ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’.
Dr Bushra Siddiqui conducted the programme and Prof Arif proposed the vote of thanks.
Muskan Sharma (Class XI) won the essay writing competition of the AMU Girls’ School on ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’. Saniya Naaz (Class XI) stood second and Fatima Ali (Class IX) stood third in the competition. Shafaq Tohid (Class X) bagged the consolation prize.
Zehra Fatima (Class VIII) was declared the winner of the slogan writing competition. Himanshi (Class VIII), Sukaina Hasan (ClassVII) and Bushra Khan (Class VII) were given the second, third and consolation prizes respectively.
In the poster making competition of the school, Khushi Sharma (Class VI) stood first with Yusra (Class VI) and Shazia Khan (Class V) on the second and third positions respectively. Iqtaque Qadeer (Class VI) received the consolation prize.
“The competitions organised online following the Government guidelines of physical distancing were aimed to bring awareness on water conservation among school students,” said Amna Malik (Principal, AMU Girls School.
Arshi Zafar Khan (Cultural Coordinator), Alka Agarwal and Dr Sharafat Ali said that school students participated with enthusiasm and zeal.
Similarly, in the online programme on ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ of the AMU City Girls High School (Qazi Para), Dr Md. Alamgir (Principal) spoke on ‘Rain Water Harvesting’.
Addressing the students, he said that water conservation will minimise the effects of drought and water shortages and help to preserve the environment.
School teachers, Pakeeza Khan, Tehmina Ashraf and Sadaf urged students to make water conservation a way of life—not just something to think about once in a while.
Farzana Nazeer conducted the programme.