Tribune press service
Patiala, November 24
The University of Punjab now has two other centers – the Center for Ecosystem Restoration in Punjab (CRESP) and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training (CREST) ââ- for research initiated by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi during his visit to the campus.
University officials said the centers would work to restore the state’s biodiversity and provide new skills to young people.
They said: âThe Punjab ecosystem is in urgent need of restoration as it is losing its biodiversity due to human activities including deforestation, habitat fragmentation in addition to climate change. We need sustainable solutions to meet this challenge and restore the biodiversity of Punjab. The University of the Punjab established the Center for the Restoration of the Punjab Ecosystem (CRESP) to seek solutions that will maintain biodiversity in order to improve resilience in a changing climate and to restore an ecologically sound relationship between nature and Culture.
Dr Himender Bharti, Director of CRESP, said the main objectives of the center would be to restore and restore the native species of Punjab, generate strategies, action plans and awareness raising and involve all sectors of society to address the management of degrading ecosystems. of State.
Officials said CREST will help prepare young people and impart relevant skills to them. Professor Balraj Saini, president of CREST, said the center will organize various types of programs of varying lengths, with the aim of preparing rural populations for conventional and emerging trade routes. âThe center will use the vast technical resources and expertise available within the university. It will develop new ideas and techniques adapted to the field of rural entrepreneurship, âhe said.