High Altitude Western Himalayan Regional Centre, Solan

The High-Altitude Regional Centre of the Botanical Survey of India has been established on 10th December, 2019, with Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh under its jurisdiction with an area of more than 200000 Sq. Kms. The remote regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh (Kinaour, Chamba, Lahul Spiti, Kullu, Shimla-Dodra Kawar, Mandi-hikari devi, Barot, Janjayali and Karsog valleys) fall under cold desert area of the Western Himalaya and are easily accessible from this center. This Centre was inaugurated by Shri C.K. Mishra, IAS, Hon,able Secretary, MOEF&CC, N. Delhi (Govt. of India) on 26th February, 2020 in a grand inaugural function at Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni campus, Solan in the presence of Director BSI, Dr. A.A. Mao and Dr. P. Kaushal, V.C., UHF, Nauni. Dr Kumar Ambrish, Scientist- E as the first Scientist In-charge and Dr. Kuldip S. Dogra, Scientist- D appointed to carry out the research activities in the area under its jurisdiction and development of this centre.
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At present the center has 524 books on topics like floristics, plant taxonomy, ecology, phytogeography, cytology, genetics, environment, conservation including journals. Presently library has subscribed which includes Nelumbo, Journal of Indian Forestry and Journal of Non-Timber Forest Products. The centre will subscribe some national and international journals in the field of plant taxonomy, ecology, cytology, biodiversity conservation and climate change by March 2022. Some of the significant classic publications  like Van Rheede’s “Hortus Malabaricus”, Linnaeus’s “Species Plantarum” and “Mantissa Plantarum”, Roxburgh’s “Flora Indica” and “Plants of the coast of Coromandal” , Burman’s “Flora Indica”, Forsskal’s “Flora Aegyptiaco-Arabica”, Wallich’s “Tentamen Florae Nepalensis” and “Plantae Asiaticae Rariores”, Wight’s “Icones Plantarum Indiae Orientalis”, “Prodromus Florae Penninsula Indiae Orientalis”, D. Don’s “Prodromus Flora Nepalensis”, Royle’s”lllustrations of Botany of Himalayan Mountains and Flora of Cashmere”, will also be available soon. A good collection of Hindi publications will also be subscribed under the Raj Bhasha Section of the centre. Presently centre has Vanaspati Vani journal Hindi published by Botanical Survey of India every year to promote the mother language Hindi.

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