International Conference On Environmental Mutagenesis At GNDU

Amritsar, Feb 20, 2016: An International Conference on Environmental Mutagenesis, Carcinogenesis and Health (ICEMCH-2016) was concluded here today in the Guru Nanak Bhawan Auditorium of the Guru Nanak Dev University. This UGC-DRS, SERB-DST, ICMR, DBT, NBA and BRNS sponsored conference was organized by the department of botanical & environmental sciences and related to Effects of Chemicals (Natural And Synthetic) and Radiation on Human Health and Biodiversity.

As many as 300 delegates from India and abroad focused on increasing incidence of cancer in the state of Punjab, in India and all over the world in this conference. Prof. A. K. Thukral was the Chief Guest at the valedictory session. Prof. Satwinderjeet Kaur, Organizing Secretary ICEMCH-2016 & Head, Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences gave details about the conference. Prof. Avinash Kaur Nagpal welcomed the chief guest and others. Prof. Renu Bhardwaj gave the details about the activities of the department. Dr. Saroj Arora presented vote of thanks. Earlier, the poster session was inaugurated by Prof. S. S. Dhillon, Registrar. Prizes were distributed to winners of the Prof. I S Grover Memorial Young Scientists Award and poster sessions.

The main recommendations of the gathering of august scientists emerging from the scientific discussions during the conference were immediate stoppage of indiscriminate and unregulated use of pesticides and fertilizers, and to promote organic farming; Mandatory treatment of sewage and industrial effluents for safe disposal, and to reduce other environmental pollutants through checks by the regulatory agencies; To check air pollution caused by ever increasing number of vehicles through promotion of public transport system; To promote the healthy life style through balanced diet and physical exercise among the people; Antioxidants are natural components of plants and play vital role in the prevention of cancer.

Promotion of natural food products such as juices, whole wheat meal and cereals, vegetables etc. especially among the children and younger generations. The scientists further recommended that research in the field of cancer should be promoted and medical facilities be created in the hospitals which can be availed by the patients free of cost or at low expanses; The use of ayurvedic and herbal drug formulations (e.g. ashwaganda, tulsi) should be promoted.

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