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National seminar on Medicinal Plants concludes 

Solan, May 17
A National Seminar on the topic “Exploring the History of Traditional Medicine in the Himalayas.” at Shoolini University showcased the crucial importance of medicinal plants and traditional knowledge, particularly within the Himalayan region.
With a focus on conservation and the intersection of technology and traditional practices, the event which concluded yesterday drew significant attention from academia and industry alike.
Dr. Amit Chawla, Principal Scientist at CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, delivered a presentation on the conservation of threatened medicinal plants. He emphasised on the vital role in the ecosystem and the urgent need to protect these species from extinction.
Dr. Radha, Assistant Professor at the School of Basic Sciences, Shoolini University, provided deep insights into traditional medicinal knowledge in the cold desert of the Northwestern Himalayan region. Her presentation highlighted Saussurea obvallata, a sacred plant revered for its purity and healing properties.
Prof. Saurabh Kulshreshtha presented the remarkable benefits of Moringa oleifera, widely known as “The Miracle Tree.” He detailed the tree’s nutrient-rich leaves and their various health applications, as well as the seeds’ ability to purify contaminated water, reinforcing the plant’s multifaceted utility.
Dr. Akshay Sharma, spoke on the global resurgence of Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine known for its holistic approach to health and wellness. Dr. Sharma highlighted the increasing global interest in Ayurveda and its potential to address modern health challenges.
The event concluded with a formal distribution of certificates to participants. Dr. Ashoo Khosla, Chief Learning Officer at Shoolini University and the seminar convenor, delivered a vote of thanks, acknowledging the contributions of speakers and participants alike.
Dr. Ekta Singh, Seminar Coordinator and faculty member at the Liberal Arts School of Shoolini University, said, the seminar successfully fostered rich discussions on the integration of technology and management with the unique cultural and ecological heritage of the Himalayan region.

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