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Van Mahotsav was celebrated at the university in the month of July. The event was part of the afforestation campaign being run at the university for the past one month under which over 4000 trees covering 12-13 hectares were planted in the university campus. In addition, the regional horticultural research and training stations along with Krishi Vigyan Kendras also planting trees at their campuses.

Addressing the students and staff, Vice Chancellor Professor Rajeshwar Singh Chandel urged them to make Van Mahotsav an integral part of their lives. He said that community plantation drives were essential for the environment as every year we have to sacrifice trees for important development activities. He said that such drives help to replenish the forest cover and maintain ecological balance. He asked the staff and students to make small individual efforts and lifestyle changes toward environmental conservation. Earlier, Director of Research Dr. Sanjeev Chauhan talked about the direct and indirect benefits which are derived from planting trees. He said that the planned afforestation can help to reduce climate change and help in carbon sequestration.

The plantation drive of the university concluded on Parmar Jayanti on August 4. Trees of Khair, Sheesham, Yellow Gulmohar, Jacaranda, etc have been planted on the campus. The tree species planted during the Van Mahotsav will help in providing food to various pollinators like honeybees which provide important pollination services in different crops.

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