Workshop on “Environmental Education in Museums and Formal Educational Institutions” Innaugurated
The Department of Museology of the Aligarh Muslim University today inaugurated a two-day national workshop on “Environmental Education in Museums and Formal Educational Institutions”. The inaugural function was presided over by the former Vice Chancellor, Prof. M. Saleemuddin. On this occasion, the Department of Museology felicitated Prof. Iftikhar Alam Kan, former Chairman of the Department for achieving lifetime achievement award in recognition of his contribution in the field of Museums in India by the Museum Association of India.
Dr. S. M. Nair, Ex-Director, National Museum of Natural History, Ministry of Environment and Forests and Mrs. Reena Dey, Scientist of Ministry of Environment also attended the inaugural function.
Prof. Iftikhar Alam said that the degradation of environment is an enormous problem, being faced by the modern world. The rapid pace of development in today’s world is mind blowing and equally perplexing is the sequential degradation of environment at its direct bearing on day-to-day life of the common man. He said that the need for this balanced approach must be popularized amongst the masses.
Prof. Alam mentioned that Museums are the centres of formal education as well as repositories of actual materials and visual aids, which provide valuable inputs to other alternative media.
Prof. Irfan Ahmad, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences said that after the Supreme Court directives, Environment Studies in the Universities curriculum will create an awareness of Environment.
In his presidential address, Prof. M. Saleemuddin said that real civilization is five thousand years old. Human being has been unique in the planet. He said that the New York Museum is the best from the beginning to present day life.
Earlier, Dr. Abdurraheem K., Chairman, department of Museology in his welcome address said that apart from Museologists, scientists and academicians, a variety of stakeholders such as environmental educators, teachers, heritage practitioners and environmental interpreters will speak on various issues related to the theme of the workshop.
He further said that learned professionals will also discuss the prospects and challenges of recently introduced Environmental Education Courses at undergraduate level by the UGC under the direction of the Supreme Court.
Prof. S. Asif A. Naqvi proposed a vote of thanks.