Dhalbhum DFO Karma Zimpa Bhutia addresses the forum at Jamshedpur Women’s College on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The green wonders of Jharkhand will soon sit pretty in an opulent coffee-table book.
The state forest department on Friday said it will come out with a pictorial coffee table book — a compilation of 35 research articles on the green cover and natural flora and fauna of the state.
The book, which is being published by the forest department and is already in print, will contain works by people from diverse backgrounds — mostly authors working at various colleges and universities — who have come forward to contribute to the green topic. It is expected to hit the stands in a couple of months.
Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day national seminar at Jamshedpur Women’s College on Friday, Dhalbhum divisional forest officer Karma Zimpa Bhutia said the book would provide a knowhow about all the natural resources of the state.
“It will be the first coffee-table book that will cover every aspect of the state’s green cover. Right from algae to wild animals, we have documented everything in that book,” Bhutia said at the Forest Movement and Forest Law in Jharkhand seminar. The University Grants Commission, New Delhi, is sponsoring the event.
He added that the decision to come out with a coffee-table book had been mooted sometime in May last year.
“The book will of around 300 pages and will hopefully be ready in the next couple of months,” Bhutia said.
He then also went on to lay stress on the needs and importance of conserving nature.
Hosts Jamshedpur Women’s College too appeared keen in working towards a green cause in association with the state forest department officials. The foresters have already initiated plans to work with various educational institutes of the state to make students aware of various Central and state government forest schemes.
“A group of students have already visited Ghurabandha for a field study. In the coming days we want to work in tandem with the forest department. The new book will be boon for us too as it will update us with information about the natural resources of the state,” said Shukla Mahanty, principal of Jamshedpur Women's College.
The seminar, which is being organised by the history department of the cradle, is likely to take up for discussion various sub-topics related to forests, tribals and government policies of the state. Sessions on tribal economy and forest, afforestation, tribal women and livelihood, forest laws in British period forest management, tribal culture and forest are also in the offing.