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This Zoologist is Spinning Web of Skills Development in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir

Fringed by Pir Panjal range and bestowed with verdant green meadows, alpine mountains and stunning natural lakes, Poonch is one of the most scenic places in Jammu and Kashmir. However, bounded by Line Of Control on its three sides, the area is in the news these days for its counter insurgency operations. In the midst of the tensions prevailing in the area, here is a zoologist who is spinning the web of skills development among the masses for their social upliftment. Meet Dr. Shamim Banday, an award winning professor of Zoology working in Government Degree College (GDC), Poonch; who has been instrumental in making his district shine on the world map.

Professor Shamim Banday Field Trip With Zoology Students and Staff
Professor Shamim Banday on a Field Trip With Zoology Students and Staff

Shamim was always mesmerized by the natural beauty of Kashmir from his childhood days. But his childhood was not that rosy. He belongs to a far flung area of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir that falls under Actual Line of control. He used to accompany his father, a teacher by profession, to his school which was 15 km away. It was very difficult to buy books and other important materials those days as his family of 9 were totally dependant on his father’s income. There was no road connectivity either, so he had to trek all the way to his school passing the hilly terrain everyday through the trails of the picturesque valley. However, with the most breath-taking sights to experience daily, he developed a natural inclination to study the flaura and fauna of the region. As he grew up, he also got himself associated with various environment conservation projects. When it came to choosing a career, no wonder, he chose Zoology.

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Professor Shamim Banday receiving Best Paper Award in an International Conference in Mauritius
Professor Shamim Banday received Best Paper Award in an International Conference on Emerging Trends and Challenges in Science Technology and Society at University of Mauritius in May’2017

 

Professor Shamim Banday receiving IMRF Best Scientist Award
Professor Shamim Banday receiving Best Scientist Award from International Multidisciplinary Research Foundation in March’2017

 

Professor Shamim Banday invited as special guest at 20th Punjab Science Congress
Professor Shamim Banday invited as special guest at 20th Punjab Science Congress held in Feb’2017

 

Professor Shamim Banday receiving Best Teacher Award from District Administration in 2013
Professor Shamim Banday receiving Best Teacher Award from District Administration in 2013

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Shamim completed his M.sc in zoology with parasitology as specialisation and PhD with Entomology as specialisation. He worked as lecturer in school education for two years before joining Government Degree College, Poonch in 2009. He is the author of more than 30 research papers in international journals with good impact factors and various articles in international magazines. He has been invited as keynote speaker in various conferences.

Apart from his teaching assignments, he dons various hats in his college – he is co-ordinator of add-on course in sericulture, co-ordinator of skill development programmes, NSS programme officer, member of cultural and library committee and member of IQAC. He is a well known figure in his domain and is associated with many organisations in various capacities like member of Editorial board of International journal Bionano Frontier, member of International Multidisciplinary Research Foundation, member of Board of Study in Sericulture, President of Eco-Revolution – JK chapter and member of ICZ.

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Shamim Banday - Abdul Majid Bandey Education and Welfare society distributing free uniform to AMB Public School
Professor Shamim Banday is also Chairman of Abdul Majid Bandey Education and Welfare society. Here he is seen distributing free uniform to AMB Public School in Arai village
Professor Shamim Banday conducts a workshop on Sericulture for local farmers
Professor Shamim Banday conducting a workshop on Sericulture for local farmers
Professor Shamim Banday is the NSS Program Officer of GDC Poonch
Professor Shamim Banday is the NSS Program Officer of GDC Poonch
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Sericulture @ GDC Poonch

Shamim had completed a certificate course in post cocoon technology from CSTRI Bengaluru. CSTRI is the only research institute in the country dedicated to the Research & Developmental activities related to silk technology. Keeping in view the scope and demand of sericulture as self-employment, income generating rural-based agro industry with huge potential to provide jobs, the GDC administration with its sincere and dedicated efforts, started this course in 2010. Shamim heads the Sericulture department in GDC. He has also written two books on Sericulture.

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Professor Shamim Banday with Principal of GDC Poonch Prof Tajinder Singh
Professor Shamim Banday has received very good support for his Sericulture initiatives from Principal of GDC Poonch Prof. Tajinder Singh
Professor Shamim Banday with Students of Sericulture
Professor Shamim Banday with Students of Sericulture course
Professor Shamim Banday with the A grade Cocoon produced in Sericulture lab at GDC Poonch
Professor Shamim Banday showing the A-Grade Cocoon produced from their Sericulture lab at GDC Poonch
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In a tragic accident in 2011, Shamim lost his father. Tragedy struck again and he lost his 5 month old son and mother the following year. Since then, he has devoted himself completely towards the betterment of the society. He finds solace in helping others. He is the Chairman of Abdul Majid Bandey Educational and Welfare Society, member of Al Madina Trust and runs two schools in Arai village for poor and downtrodden students free of cost. He is also running Super30 College of Competitions where he coaches his students for IAS / KAS exams on similar lines of the Super30 IIT Coaching Institute run by Anand Kumar in Patna. He is planning to start new projects especially in the areas of pest control of different crops and also in Skills development. He wants to continue to fight against social evils especially drug addition and double his efforts on environment conservation projects in Poonch.

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