Conservation work on Jammu’s endangered plant ‘Hol Saag’ helped to get International award: Shivali Verma

PANKAJ KHAJURIA
JAMMU, : The conservation
and reproduction work on the
Jammu’s local plant known as
‘Hol Saag’ ( Eremurus Persicus)
helped to get the 2nd position at
the International Conference in
Europe, said PhD scholar Shavali
Verma.
While talking to Greater
Jammu, Shivali Verma who is
pursuing Ph D from University of
Jammu in Botany Department,
said that she got the second best
poster presentation award at 26th
International Conference on
Sexual Reproduction in plants
(ICSPR) 2022 held in Prague,
Czech Republic from June 20-24.
The International conference
was scheduled for the year 2020
but due to certain reasons it was
delayed and finely held in 2022.
“Under the guidance of Prof
Namrata Sharma, I am researching
on the conservation and
preservation of endangered
plants of Jammu and other projects
too. ‘Hol Saag’ is one of
them and is designated as
endangered plant. People eat it
as a meal in Jammu region,”
Verma told.
The travel expenses were the
cause of the concern therefore, I
was avoiding to submit my presentation
in this International conference
but my guide motivated
me to submit the abstract which
was later approved by ICSPR
and moreover that I had got 400
Euros as the travel allowance,
Verma added.
The award was unexpected
as 189 young participants from
across the world were on competition
with their best work and
capabilities, Verma stated.
“The award was nowhere in
my mind as I was thinking only to
present my research work with
best abilities. But the announcement
of second award in my
favour on the valedictory function
was really surprising at that particular
point of time,” Verma
added.
To get the award at the
International Conference where
more than 300 participants from
28 different countries participated
was not an easy task, Verma
said. She added, “It became only
possible by the hard work under
the guidance and supervision of
Prof Namrata Sharma and
unflinching support from the family.”
We should all attend the conferences
as they are huge
sources of learning, exchange of
information and moreover that
helps in self assessment, Verma
said in her message to other
scholars.