World Environment Day
"Going Green is Healthy and Wise"
School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh celebrated the World
Environment Day on 5th June 2012. The programme was inaugurated by Dr.
Rajesh Kumar, Head, School of Public Health. Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal welcomed
the participants and briefed the objectives of the programme.
The theme of World Environment Day-2012 was 'Green Economy' and Dr. Ravindra described how green economy results in improved human well-being
and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and
ecological scarcities. Dr. Rajesh Kumar also stressed that environmental
factors are also linked to the quality of life and said that poor
environment means poor health, more stress and more social unrest. Dr. A.S.
Ahluwalia, Panjab University, Chandigarh informed that environmental
protection has become necessary for the sustainable development and it is
important to sensitize the youngsters towards the environment related
Over 60 doctors, nurses, PhD students, researchers and media attended the
programme. Many others professors and officials from the PGIMER and Panjab
University were also present on the occasion including Dr. Satnam Singh
Ladhar from Punjab State Council for Science and Technology. Dr. Ladhar
specified the focus of theme of the 'National Environmental Campaign' is
'Forest for sustainable Livelihood' and explained how forests are being
conserved in the Punjab by involving local community, to generate
employment and creating awareness about the traditional medicinal plants.
To sensitize the populace poster, slogan competition and plantations were
also organized. The posters and slogans prizes were given to Sunita Singh,
Kalzang, Kamalpreel, Maninder, Pooja, Manisha kaushik and Charan Inder.
Special prizes were given to the kids Anirudh Gupta, Vaishali Patro and
Lakshya Khaiwal for their active participation.
The dialogue between media and experts was the key focus of the event.
During the press conference, Dr. Rajesh Kumar reported that there is
increasing evidence that large number of people are suffering due to the
adverse effects of environmental pollutants and considering this PGIMER
has created a post of Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, which
is first time in any medical institute. Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal has joined
this position from University of Hertfordshire, UK having over 10 year of
experience and his focus will be to better understand the interaction
between environment pollutants and human health to reduce the burden of
diseases and disabilities.