Eco-friendly technologies should be used to counter the ill-effects of urbanisation, globalisation and industrialisation, AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) Chairman P. Jaya Prakash Rao has said.

Inaugurating a two-day national seminar on “Environmental pollution and the role of biotechnology,” organised with the financial support of the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, at MVR Degree and PG College at Gajuwaka, he said it was the responsibility of every citizen to think and act against environmental pollution. Biotechnology and other environment-friendly technologies would be an answer to arresting pollution.

AU Vice-Chancellor Beela Satyanarayana who released the volume of abstracts said biotechnology could provide employment opportunities to youth. AU Department of Environmental Sciences Professor E.U.B. Reddy, described biotechnology as one technology that could provide food, fuel and environmental security.

A retired professor of ANU, K. Bayyapu Reddy, and professors, M.N.V. Prasad (University of Hyderabad); D.V.R. Saigopal and G. Raja Rami Reddy (SVU); K.R.S. Sambasiva Rao (ANU); P. Balakrishna Murthy (International Institute of Biotechnology and Toxicology), Chennai; T.M. Radhakrishnan, K.V. Madhava Rao, N. Someswara Rao, K. Uma Devi, M. Umamaheswara Rao, M.V. Subba Rao, B. Hanumantha Rao and P.V.V. Prasada Rao (AU) and K. Arunalakshmi (GITAM University) were the resources persons. About 30 research papers were presented during the two-day seminar.

AU Registrar P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy presented the valedictory address.