Mysuru, June 6:- The JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research (JSSAHER) had organised a Walkathon on Tuesday to celebrate the World Environment Day.
The theme was “Beat the plastic pollution.” The walkathon was flagged off by Dr C G Betsurmath, Executive Secretary, JSS Mahavidyapeetha, to mark the inauguration of the event.
Dr B Manjunatha, Registrar; Dr PA Kushalappa, Director Academics; Dr H Basavanagwdappa, Principal, JSS Medical College; Dr Sudheendra Bhat, Controller of Examination; Dr Parthasarathy, Dean- Global Engagement; Dr M Guruswamy, Medical Superintendent, JSS Hospital; Dr Pramod Kumar, Principal, JSS College of Pharmacy; S P Shivashankar, Principal, JSS Public School and PU College, and Dr H K Mamatha, Coordinator, Department of Health System Management Studies; Dr Dattatri Nagesha, Head, Faculty of Life Sciences, other officers from university and constituent colleges, faculty and students of colleges and school took part in the walkathon.
The NSS officers and volunteers of the university were also involved in organising the event. The students of MBA Hospital Administration Nishanth and team also presented a video documentary on plastic pollution and it was displayed throughout the rally on a LED display van.
The university also distributed cloth bags to the public encouraging them to ban plastic bags. The video documentary was showcased to create awareness among the people on the plastic pollution and its hazards to all living beings.
They were educated on the use of alternate modes for plastic such as cloth bags and the team went round Devaraja Market, D Devaraja Urs Road, JSS Mahavidyapeetha Circle, Agrahara Circle, KR Circle, Gandhi Square, Ramaswamy Circle, RTO-West, Ashoka Circle, Bannimantap and Hanumanthanagar creating awareness among the people through their video documentary. Cloth bags were also distributed to the public on the occasion.
In the Department of Health System Management Studies, a guest lecture was organised by Dr GN Indresha, Scientist and Head, Regional Museum of Natural History, on “Biodiversity and plastic pollution.” The programme was attended by all the faculty and students of the university departments and constituent colleges. -(KK)