Aizawl, Oct 13: “National Symposium on Ethnobotanical Importance in North-East India” was held at Mizoram University today.
Governor Lt.Gen(Rtd.) Nirbhay Sharma inaugurated the programme which was organised at Mizoram University Guest House’s Conference Hall.
A scientific study and discussion over the importance of traditional medicinal plants that have been used in North East India and its significance for the people in the region was held at the Symposium.
Inaugurating the Symposium, Governor Lt.Gen(rtd.) Nirbhay Sharma lauded MZU community for its initiative and advised to further use its expertise and knowledge for progress in Mizoram and beyond.
Calling for making the most use of available resources in the region scientifically, the Governor cited China as example, saying, they are successful not because they have more medicinal plants than India, but rather because by making the most use of all that they have.
It is a challenge and it is necessary to explore at the earliest the available medicinal plants in the region, which is one of the greatest biodiversities in the world, the Governor said.
Concerning Mizoram in particular, the Governor said that it is rich both in human resources and natural resources like many developed countries.
Emphasizing that some countries despite their having of only ‘Human Resource’ could live above others, the Governor said that Mizoram comparatively has everything, adding, the only thing left to be done for progress is to utilize its resources in a meaningful way for progress.
Prof.R.Lalthantluanga, Vice Chancellor, MZU and Dr.A.K. Goel, Senior scientist, CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow also spoke at the National Symposium in the day, which was jointly organised by Department of Environment Science, MZU, Society for Ethnobotanists, NBRI Lucknow and SOTHAM and sponsored by National Medicinal Plants Board.