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Survey finds rich diversity of flora and fauna on campus

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GREEN PREMISES: Mahatma Gandhi University campus at Athirampuzha, Kottayam.
GREEN PREMISES: Mahatma Gandhi University campus at Athirampuzha, Kottayam.

Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The 100 plus acres of the Priyadarshini Hills, the main campus of Mahatma Gandhi University, has a rich repertoire of flora and fauna, a study taken out by the School of Environmental Studies, has found.

The study has found that there were 273 plant species, out of which 114 are medically important. There are 22 species which are endemic to this part of the Western Ghats, according to the study.

The campus boasts 90 varieties of butterflies and 72 varieties of birds. It provides nesting facilities to nine species of migrating birds. At a function organised to observe World Environmental Day, Vice-Chancellor Rajan Gurukkal opened a photo gallery depicting the rich collection of flora and fauna of the campus. He also opened the new tree club at the campus, which is intended to inculcate an ecological bond among the members. The university authorities also took out an environment rally and planted saplings to mark the day.

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