Amritsar, July 13, 2020: Guru Nanak Dev University’s Botanical heritage is a unique garden in the region (GNDU Botanical Garden) having a diverse collection of trees and shrubs. Besides collection, conservation and display of different plant species, the Garden has established permanent roots in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research in plant and allied sciences.
To provide a captivating read for students and professionals of scientific and cultural fields, as well as plant lovers who have keen interest in floral diversity, the Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences has compiled a Handbook on “Plant Diversity of GNDU Botanical Garden” recently which is masterfully written and well-illustrated by Prof. Avinash Kaur Nagpal, Dr. Gurveen Kaur and Prof. Satwinderjeet Kaur of the Department. The Botanical Garden was recently funded by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MOEF&CC) under the Assistance to Botanical Garden(ABG) scheme for “Ex- situ conservation and propagation of RET species in the Botanical Garden of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar”, the GNDU Botanical Garden is actively engaged in collection, cultivation and conservation of RET (Rare, Endangered and Threatened), medicinal, cacti and succulent plant species.
Under the Stewardship of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Jaspal Singh Sandhu and financial assistance under ABG scheme, GNDU Botanical Garden has expanded significantly to include new structures like Conservatory, Shade house, Moss housefor rescuing plant diversityand creating aesthetically pleasing refuges from modern life. The handbook on “Plant Diversity of GNDU Botanical Garden” is an outcome of the fruitful and inspiring discussions with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sandhu who is a keen plant lover. The handbook provides information on plant names (Botanical and common), their families, flowering and fruiting times and global distribution of 44 species of trees and shrubs. Colourful illustrations for each plant species including the complete plant and its different parts can be a great tool for identification of these trees and shrubs.