An Educational Visit to ‘Renuka Wildlife Sanctury and Biodiversity Spot’ was organized by the Department of Biotechnology, School of Applied and Life Sciences on October 28, 2018. The Visit was conceptualized and coordinated by Prof. (Dr.) Ajay Singh (Principal-SALS). Students of B.Sc.(Hons.) Biotechnology (Second and Third Year) were accompanied by three Faculty Members of Department of Biotechnology, namely, Dr. Nishesh Sharma, Dr. Rohit Sharma and Dr. Indra Rautela. The trip began at 7:00 AM from the University Campus.
‘Renuka Wildlife Sanctury and Biodiversity Spot’ is located in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. The total area of the sanctuary, declared as Abhayaranya, is about 402.80 kms. and comprises of Renuka Reserve Forest. Also, an area of roughly about 300 hectare outside the sanctuary has been declared as the buffer belt. The sanctuary falls in the bio-geographical zone IV and bio geographical province IV as per the classification done by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII). According to forest types classification, the area falls under group 5B/C2 i.e. dry mixed deciduous forest and group 5/051 i.e. Dry Sal Forest. Renukaji Zoo is the oldest zoo in Himachal Pradesh. It was initially started in 1957 with rescued, stray and deserted wild animals.
The purpose of the visit was to provide a practical exposure to students about the actual organization of a biodiversity hotspot and what conservation strategies can be adopted for conservation of biodiversity. Considering the negative impact of deforestation students witnessed practical exposure as to how deforestation leads to landslides and further impacts. Students were also introduced to deciduous vegetation of the bio geographical area and explained how ecological succession operates. Information about self maintained aquatic food chain exhibited by different aquatic animals present in the lake was also studied by the students along with analyzing different biotic and abiotic components of forest ecosystem.
Overall the trip proved to be extremely informative and conveyed relevant information regarding environmental issues concerning wildlife and forest reserve. Besides learning about several environmental concerns students also admired the natural beauty of landscapes, forests and the captured some memories of student life to be cherished for lifetime.
After completing the visit the students visited the very famous and sacred Gurudwara in Poanta Sahib to seek blessings of the Almighty. The students along with concerned faculty members returned to the University Campus by 7:30 pm on the same day.