BHADERWAH, MAY 27:
Prof. Ben Campbel, a learned anthropologist from University of Durham United Kingdom, today interacted with the women folk of Bhaderwah Campus of University of Jammu.
During his interaction, Prof Campbel dwelt upon the status of women folk in context with their socio-cultural contributions in the marginal landscapes of Himalayas. In a case study on the subsistence farming and alternative energy sources in Langtang National park, Nepal, he explained how efficiently the community participation and local governance can help raising the socio-economic fabric of marginalized rural class in Himalayas.
He narrated to the audience the success story of how Yak Cheese small scale industrial setup has successfully established its production and marketing at domestic and international cheese market. He emphasized upon the researchers of different backgrounds and women stakeholders to join hands together and work for the strengthening and upliftment of marginalized women folk of Himalayas, especially the nomads.
Prof. G.M Bhat impressed upon the faculty members and researchers of Institute of Mountain Environment to jointly work on the models for providing alternate energy resources especially the Gobar Gas options to the Gujjar and Gaddi communities living at tree line to meet their energy requirement in a cleaner and sustainable way.
The marathon interactions started with the question answer session and ended with the recommendations and strategies, Bhaderwah Campus will adopt in the future to deal with the energy requirement of mountain communities.
The programme ended with a formal vote of thanks by Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Incharge head, Institute of Mountain Environment.