Seminar – “Qualitative Diversity of Fishes in Tura Markets”

April 30, 2019

Seminar – “Qualitative Diversity of Fishes in Tura Markets”

The seminar “Qualitative Diversity of Fishes sold in Tura Market” was held on 29th April 2019 in DBCTE Hall.

The first session of the programme the “Inaugural Programme” was initiated by the presentation of bouquet and stoll to the Subject expert Shri Roger Bannister R Marak and then followed by the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries in the dais. The other guests present in the programme was Dr Ratan Chakraborty and Shri Jayatosh De both HOD of Botany and Chemistry Department. The programme got a fillip when Dr Madhusudan Saha and Dr Arindam Ghosh from Chemistry and Physics department respectively came in to attend the inaugural session.

The inaugural welcome speech by the Principal Fr Bivan R Mukhim introduced the dignitaries in the programme and commented on the importance of having these types of seminars. He highlighted the efforts of the department in bringing the study to its meaningful end. He also emphasized that these studies would go a long way to help the students in future.

The key address was delivered by Dr Biswajit Paul, HOD of the Zoology department who is also the convener of the programme. He explained how the study was conceptualized and then with the support of the principal had gone ahead with the project. The main purpose of these programmes/projects is to capacitate the students to enable them handle similar programmes in their future. He suggested that the study may not be conclusive but definitely directive to highlight the course of similar studies in the near future. The convener mentioned that a report of the study would be handed over to the District Fishery Officer for necessary action.

The Subject expert Shri Roger Bennister R Marak, District Fishery Officer, in his speech mentioned that he was privileged to be a part of a programme of this stature. He expressed his desire that more studies be taken to enable the department to take necessary measures to benefit the consumers and the producers of fish. He emphasized that fishes play a vital role in mitigating the food security to the common man and especially to the rural sector where the majority of the population is under BPL more so in the state like Meghalaya.  He encouraged the students to make use of their study to cater to the needs of the society.

Dr Ratan Chakraborty, HOD, Botany Department expressed his views in regards to students participating in these type of events and also mentioned that the students who are present in the programme will benefit from the presentation. He wished the students all the best for their future.

The vote of thanks was offered by Smt Rani Arul Dass of the department of Zoology. She thanked the dignitaries in the dais and all the students and faculties present in the program. Her special emphasis was for the subject expert Shri Roger Bennister R Marak who spared his precious time to be with the students and attend the programme for the benefit of the students. She extended her gratitude to Miss Rikchibel D Shira Student of 4th semester to have compeered the programme so elegantly and also thanked Miss Anaida Ch Marak and Balsanchi Chumera Ch Momin 2nd Semester students to have helped in the proceedings.

The second session started with the power point presentation of the students from 6th semester zoology major. A total of 16 students narrated their findings in the study. At the end of the presentation the students gave a constructive analysis of the study with a meaningful conclusion and also gave two recommendations, based on their study, to the District Fishery Officer, Shri Roger Bennister R Marak.

After the presentation the officer gave his comments on the presentation. He was very mush impressed with the study and the presentation made by the students. He said that it was good to observe that some presenters even mentioned about the local (Achik) names of the fishes. This indicates that the students have taken the study seriously. He also mentioned that the same fish (in some cases) is named differently in different districts of Garo Hills which the students have cited. He also suggested that these studies would help the department to take necessary measures in addressing the issues related to diversity of fishes sold and also facilitate the production of the fishes which are in demand. He also emphasized the importance of prawn culture and non commercial small fishes which are important aquaculture product available in these markets and requested the department to make a study on that in the future.

At the end on behalf of the students, department and the college, the Head of Department of Zoology handed over the report of the study to the District Fishery Officer, Shri Roger Bennister R Marak.

The programme concluded by distribution of certificates to the students who took up the study and then singing the National Anthem.

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