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The inaugural function of the third Indian Biodiversity Congress was held at SRM University, Chennai on 18 December, 2014. IBC 2014 was organised by School of Public Health, SRM University along with Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), Thiruvananthapuram, CP Ramaswamy Environmental Education Centre (CPREEC), Chennai and Navdanya, New Delhi.
Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC) is the largest conglomeration of scientists, conservationists, environmentalists, civil society groups and local communities in India, a platform to discuss the current status of biodiversity in India and an inclusive colloquium to forward strategies and policies to conserve the rich biodiversity heritage of the country. The major objective of IBC is to formulate a vision and alternate strategic plan for the conservation of biodiversity in the context of prevailing concept of “development at any cost”.
Delivering the welcome address, Prof. Satish Kumar, Dean, School of Public Health, SRM University also threw light on the strong research framework of the University which deals with tribal health, maternal and child health and the like. He said that such high-level academic exchanges on the challenges in conserving the biodiversity are crucial.
Dr. K Rosaiah, the honorable Governor of Tamil Nadu in his inaugral speech, pointed out that such platforms should not only be for the exchange of experiences and expertise, but also help in framing of feasible strategies and formulation of plans for conservation and sustainability of the biological diversity across the globe. It is high time to create and inculcate the massive level awareness among the masses.
Dr. Nanditha Krishna, Director, CPR Environmental Education Centre, Chennai, elaborated upon the vast diversity of plant and animal species and microorganisms which are linked to eachother in the fragile system of life. She pressed upon the issue of protection of biodiversity, sustainable use of its components and the challenges posed by the destructional activities.
Dr.G. G. Gangadharan, President, CISSA detailed upon the origination of the Indian Biodiversity Congress, the goal of the organization and the various challenges it faces. IBC is consistently striving at making biodiversity as one of the main agenda of the government and to take a vital part in policy and decision making, he said. Thiru R K Ojha, IFS., Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Research and Education), provided a detailed study of the various projects and research studies taken up by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department which are continual in nature and helps increase the biodiversity across the forest cover of the state.
"IBC is the most suitable platform to observe scientists and scientifics in action for a social cause," said Prof. K. Sreedhar Pro-Vice Chancellor (Medical), SRM University. According to him, the theme of the IBC 2014 is interesting as it touches on an important but often unnoticed topic as to how conservation of biodiversity plays a major role in eradication of poverty, a major issue across the globe. Dr. N. Sethuraman, Registrar, SRM University, focussed on the importance of a strong research base as well as framing innovative and sustainable goals and objectives while dealing with issues related to conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.
The First and Second IBCs were organised at Thiruvananthapuram (2010) and Bengaluru (2012) respectively. This year the focal theme of the seminar was “Biodiversity for Poverty Eradication. An exhibiton based on the topic “Cultural Biodiversity of India” was also conducted. An array of programmes including seminars, exhibition, conclaves, lectures and poster presentations were held with relation to the event.
Date: December 18 - 20, 2014
CME Neuro Opthalmology
Date: December 20 - 24, 2014
Manasers Meeting: The meeting of all the managers of participating teams will be held on 19th December 2014 at 5:30.p.m. in the Directorate of Sports, SRM University Kattankulathur. The managers should hand over four copies of the duly certified eligibility Performa along with the player's identity cards to the organizing secretary in the meeting