Mangaluru: University campuses, opined Journal of Genetics Editor-in-Chief, Bangalore University former vice chancellor, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) former director Prof H A Ranganath, must show diversity in human resource as a necessity .
Speaking after releasing the book ‘Biodiversity of Mangalore University campus Mangalagangothri,’ at Mangalore University on May 24, Thursday.
“There is are shortcomings in education policies, which does not provide opportunities to the faculty and students of other regions to be part of the campuses. In fact, when there are students and faculty from various regions, the study atmosphere at the campus will become richer. The policymakers should consider this aspect,” he noted.
Practical study : Stating that biodiversity should be a part of the practical studies in universities, Prof Ranganath suggested to include biodiversity in the university syllabus so that the students understand the subject.
“There is a need to train students to study nature and identify the species, their dynamics, density and so on. The work should continue to document the diversity of species and their population,” the professor added.
Stressing the need to implement interactive programmes in the universities, he said that innovative programmes introduced by former vice chancellors should be carried forward by successors. In most of the universities, the new vice chancellors discontinue programmes implemented by their predecessors, which hampers the growth of the campus.
Additional principal chief conservator of Forests N Mohan Karnat launched the e-book version of the work and said that conservation is ensured for an equitable share for all living beings. The department of forests has drafted a new action plan for the conservation of biodiversity. Poaching and smuggling of forest resources have been exploiting the biodiversity. The Western Ghats is under an alarming threat due to the loss of habitat, poaching and pollution, he added.
Mangalore University vice chancellor Prof K Byrappa said that the atmosphere and the soil condition of the university have enriched the biodiversity of the campus. Also, the region has the Western Ghats and the Arabian sea. The revised edition of the book will be brought out soon to include the biodiversity in other campuses of the university as well.
Mangalore University registrar Prof B S Nagendra Prakash and coordinator Prasanth Naik among others were present.
Hundreds of species of flora, lichens, macro-fungi, earthworm, molluscs, insects, amphibians, snakes, birds and bats are recorded in the book. The pictures are contributed by the staff, students and research scholars at the university.
The e-book version is available on the University website www.mangaloreuniversity.ac.in.