World Bamboo Day celebrated at Maharaja Agrasen University


Baddi (HP), September 19, 2014: Maharaja Agrasen University has celebrated World Bamboo Day today at its campus.
World Bamboo Day is celebrated to generate the awareness of bamboo globally. It is celebrated every year in September globally, since 2009. It is aimed to show the possibilities of its uses in design, architecture as it is a sustainable material having excellent features such as flexibility, strength and resistance against earthquake, winds, fastest growing, etc.  It is cheaper material and durable, can be used widely. It can be used in building prone to earthquake, cyclones, etc.
Neerja Babbar, Professor and Head of School of Architecture & Design welcomed the speakers. Programme started with lighting of the traditional lamp.  Students and teachers all welcomed the initiative of university to celebrate World Bamboo Day.
Keynote speakers were Architect Surinder Bahga and Dr Ranjana Yadav, Scientist of Indian Plywood Industries Research & Training Institute (IPIRTI), an autonomous body of Ministry of Environment and Forests. It was followed by a workshop on various types of usage of bamboo.  Surinder Bahga explained that Bamboo is being used on a large scale in the world for construction industry.  It is being used for flooring, furniture, roofing in buildings.  Countries like Vietnam and Indonesia have done marvelous work in the field.  India contributes nearly 45% of Bamboo in the world market.
Eminent scientist Dr Ranjana Yadav discussed about qualities of Bamboo, its strengths and processing techniques.  She also showed different types of samples of Bamboo to students. The current estimated trade in Bamboo is five billion US dollars. Bamboo related industries provide food, income and housing to over 2.2 billion people.
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Friday, September 19, 2014