CIMAP?s New Year begins with green blessings
UTTARANCHAL CHIEF minister ND Tiwari visited CIMAP on the very first day of the New Year and joined its efforts for green wealth conservation by planting a ?Kalpataru? sapling (also known as Parijat) in a novel concept conservatory ?Vanika? of exotic trees and shrubs on the institute campus.india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 00:59 IST
UTTARANCHAL CHIEF minister ND Tiwari visited CIMAP on the very first day of the New Year and joined its efforts for green wealth conservation by planting a ‘Kalpataru’ sapling (also known as Parijat) in a novel concept conservatory ‘Vanika’ of exotic trees and shrubs on the institute campus.
This marked the beginning of the year with CIMAP’s revitalised commitment towards development of green technologies for better health and life. The plant, botanically known as Adansonia Digitata, is unique. Many historical, social and religious notions are associated with this immortal tree. Various references are mentioned in Pauranic literature and epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The bark of the stem and seeds are antipyretic and diuretic, used in malaria and in headache. Leaves and seed powder are used in various traditional medicines.
Speaking on the occasion, Tewari appreciated the efforts of CIMAP in biovillage mission linking farmers and industry across the country. He desired the collaboration of the Uttaranchal Government with CIMAP for popularisation of medicinal plants in the hill state.
CIMAP director Dr SPS Khanuja welcomed the chief minister and took him round the conservatories, ‘Manav Garden’ and experimental plots.
Dr Khanuja planted saplings of Ginkgo biloba and Chinar in the ‘Vatika’. The Gingko is the oldest tree on the planet and is also often christened as living fossil. In modern times, this plant is valued for a wide range of medicinal properties. Its leaves are used in various memory related diseases, particularly the Alzhimer’s Disease, which is becoming very common among the elderly.
Recently, active molecules effective against AIDS have also been isolated. The Gingko was initially named by Dr Khanuja as ‘Subbudhi Vriksh’ (the tree of good wisdom) with the wish that it bless humanity with constructive thinking. This sapling has been planted for the first time at CIMAP and it may be the first plant of its kind in this region.
The other plant known as Chinar, botanically known as Plantinus orientalis, has been brought from the Kashmir Valley. The plant is also important from the medicinal point of view as different parts of the plant are used in traditional systems of medicine. It was named ‘Saundarya Vriksh’ for its beauty.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Khanuja said efforts to disseminate CIMAP technologies for welfare of the masses would continue with renewed vigour.