On 28th February 2017, all the Environmental Graduates in Himalaya (EGH) members and distinguished guests (53 ppl) were gathered once again for the grand celebration of EGH Day. The program started with the welcome note from the EGH coordinator Ms Rasmi Kunwar describing about the EGH mission, its total members, activities and EGH fund in 2016-2017 followed by video clip displaying some glimpses of EGH events. EGH was formed by Late Dr Pralad Yonzon when he thought of protecting environment and biodiversity in the Himalaya by building knowledge-based human resources amongst graduates through research, trainings and mentorship. By this date EGH has been successful for collecting around NPR 4, 69,889.00 in its account. In the last nine years, EGH has carried standout performances with several activities like Pralad Yonzon Conservation Forum (PYCF), Guff-Gaff/ Sharing experiences, Headlines Himalaya- an Environmental watchdog, Graduate Open House, Open Forum/Seminars and Trainings (R, SPSS, Remote Sensing, Modeling and Multivariate analysis of Ecological Data, GIS, Proposal and thesis writing, Dendrochronology), events like Save the Frogs, Symposium on Frogs, Symposium on Red Pandas in Nepal and World Environment Day, National Science Day, World Rhino Day, International Mountain Day, World Pangolin Day, etc.
Dr Deep Narayan Shah, Board Member of RHF gave an opening key note emphasizing the contribution of EGH for university graduates.
Mr Prakash Chandra Aryal, Founding Member of EGH shared his experiences and diligence during the initial stages of EGH.
On this very day, we celebrated sharing outcomes of researches via “Young Researchers Paper Competition” (YRPC). YRPC was initiated by our former coordinator- Ms Upama Kc back in 2014. This is our fourth year of continuing YRPC. This year, cash prize was contributed by her- Ms Upama KC and we would like to thank her for generous support. Ms Kc is doing her second Masters from University in British Columbia, Canada. We wish her all the best!
Our judge panelists for the YRPC, Dr Mann Kumar Dhamala and Dr Rashila Deshar declared Mr Sujan Balami from Central Department of Botany, as a winner against four presenters for his presentation on research work entitled “Impacts of Ageratina adenophora (Spreng.) R.M. King & Robinson. Invasion on soil fungal community and its consequent effects on growth & development of Schima wallichii (DC.) Korth”. There were several other participants from Golden Gate International College, Central Department of Zoology and other colleges.
Dr Kamal Adhikari, Director of RHF delivered speech about Headlines Himalaya and also acknowledged all the editors for their hard efforts.
Prof Dr Ram B Chhetri, Chairperson of RHF honored Dr Dinesh Raj Bhuju, General Secretary of RHF for being a member of reconstituted Environment Protection Council (EPC) and the judges of YRPC for their great effort during paper competition. Likewise, he handed cash prize to the winner and token of love to the other presenters followed by his vote of thanks to all and knowledgeable concluding remarks.
We would like to thank all for your wishes and contribution towards EGH and for celebrating our 9th annual day with us! We would also like to thank Dr Pralad Yonzon for giving this wonderful platform to the young graduates. We would not have been here without you Sir! You are always wholeheartedly remembered!!!