IUST GETS RS 58 LAKH GRANT TO STUDY IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE’

Srinagar: Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora has got a major project from department of Science and technology, government of India to study the impact of climate change on biodiversity of Kashmir Himalayan Region.

The project titled “Understanding the biodiversity of Odonata (Class Insecta) of Kashmir Himalayan Region with reference to Climate Change” has been sanctioned up to the tune of Rs.58.38 lakhs.

Dr. Aijaz Ahmad Qureshi, Research Officer of Mantaqi Centre for Science and Society (MCSS) is the principal investigator and Prof. Fozia S. Qazi in-charge MCSS is Co-Principal Investigator of the project.

The project is part of climate change programme (CCP), National Mission on Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE), an ambitious programme of department of science and technology (DST), government of India, to focus on various sectors including biodiversity conservation and protection of Indian Himalayan region.

The project being first of its kind from Kashmir Himalayan region will be using insects as model taxon to predict effects of climate change on biodiversity using Odonata (dragonflies & damselflies) as indicator species.

“The project will also focus on studying the taxonomy, diversity, distribution, ecology, status, conservation aspects, capacity building and long-term monitoring of Odonata with reference to climate change in Kashmir Himalayan Region,” the spokesman of the varsity said.

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