The national expert seminar on the topic biodiversitybased economy, jointly organised by Departments of life sciences, St.Philomena’s college and the sustainability platform (TSP) Asia, in collaboration with RMIT Australia was organised in honour of the visit of eminent STEM scientist Dr Tien Huynh from Australia.
The seminar was inaugurated by Dr Tien Huynh, chief guest by lighting the lamp and watering the plant. Students of St.Philomena’s college rendered the invocation., Dr Ruth Shanthakumari, principal of the college welcomed the gathering. Msgr. Rev. Leslie Moras, Episcopal Vicar of Diocese of Mysuru, Rev. Dr Bernad Prakash Barnis,Rector/ manager, Prof. Lawrence Surendra Chairperson TSP Asia, Dr SukhpalSingh , chairperson CMA , Dr Sunil , Dr Narasimhan, member, Benefit sharing group , National Biodiversity Authority, Dr Sundaresan , scientist in-charge CIMAP , Mr Anil Hebbar, TSP Asia were also present. The inauguration was followed by the session conducted by Dr Tien Huynh , chief guest and chaired by Prof. Lawrence Surendra.
Dr Tien Huynh elaborated onher research work on Red Gac. During interactive session, she encouraged undergraduate students to make best use of resources which are available in their surroundings. In another session, she also stressed on the importance of work integrated learning and the use of social media platforms for students benefit.
Dr SukhpalSingh, chairperson, centre for Management In Agriculture [CMA], IIM Ahmedabad, discussed about the value addition in agriculture, marketing and fair trade issues, he gave an indepth knowledge about the crop raising and issues, the challenges faced by Indian farmers.
Dr SunderesanV, scientist in charge,Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP Bengaluru) conducted a workshop on plant based enterprises and project.He elaborated on the cultivation of aromatic plants, its economic importance and current demand in the market.
The two enterprising entrepreneurs Mr. K.P Sunil and Mr. K. Chinnappa gave an insight into easy solutions for anthropogenic causes of pollution and ways and means to tackle water crisis. Mr.K.Chinnappa shared his views on skills to enhance Entrepreneurship, to be self-sustained.
During the valedictory address, Dr Tien Huynh summarised the reports. She was felicitated in Indian traditional way.
The two days program was enlightening and gave a broad idea about the influence of Biodiversity on Global Economy. Students had fruitful discussion with the subject experts, clarified their doubts and suggested solutions to improve on the curriculum.