Ramya K and Niranjana from S.V.S. College in Bantwal had an interesting depiction of the state of biodiversity in urban areas at the regional-level science exhibition and competition for college students in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kodagu districts here on Monday.

On the nine-foot desk, they depicted the progression of biodiversity from ancient times where man lived with animals to the present where he caused harm to flora and fauna.

Ramya and Niranjana were among the 22 students from five colleges which exhibited concepts on biodiversity at the science exhibition. The event was organised by the Karnataka State Vignana Parishat, Department of Collegiate Education, the Pilikula Regional Science Centre and the Govinda Dasa College. The winning team will take part in the State-level exhibition.

The focal theme was “Biodiversity” as 2010 was the year of Biodiversity.

Shravya G.H and Shruti P.R. from Vivekananda College, Puttur, depicted the “Salim Ali Biological Park”. “We tried to show the need to conserve not only animals but also birds and trees,” Shravya said.

They named the park after ornithologist Salim Ali because of their love for Ali's works.

Jagadish and Prashant from the SDM College in Ujire displayed 36 wild fruits from Dakshina Kannada. The event was inaugurated by G. Sriniketan of the National Institute of Technology, Suratkal. State coordinator of the parishat Ashok Sajjan Shetty and principal of Govinda Dasa College K. Rajmohan participated.

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