Be open minded, Benares University professor urges young scientists
TIRUCHI: Research organisations and universities must actively support endeavours of young researchers, M. S. Srinivasan, Senior Micropalaeontologist and Professor Emeritus, Benares Hindu University, Varanasi, said on Wednesday.
The ongoing interaction between palaeontologist and geochemist, between volcanologists and geoscientists and so on was appreciable, Dr. Srinivasan said, inaugurating the XXII Indian Colloquium on Micropalaeontology and Startigraphy at the National College.
Three revolutions in Earth Sciences: plate tectonics, palaeontology and environmental science, had taken place in the last four decades. These revolutions, he said, brought together many sub-disciplines which existed in total isolation. Tracing the developments in the field of micropaleontology, Dr. Srinivasan dwelt on the Deep Sea Drilling Programme, and International Geo Science Programme.
Side-lining of systematic micropaleontology by the use of instrumentation techniques was not a healthy sign, he felt, urging senior scientists to appreciate and recognise the findings of young researchers. Dr. Srinivasan advised young scientists to be open minded with broad-ranging interests. They must undergo training in modelling and filed observations and be ready to collaborate across disciplines, he emphasised.
Offering felicitations, SM. Ramasamy, Vice-Chancellor, Gandhigram Rural University, explained the tectonics features of India and the changes caused to the structure by collision of Indian plate with the Asian plate.
He related plate tectonics with the geomorphological and tectonics features in the southern peninsular India. The horst and graben structures observed under the sediments of Cauvery basin exhibit their characteristic in the form of ups and downs on the surface of quaternary formations, indicating the existence of the neo-tectonic activity in the region, Dr. Ramasamy said.
Presiding over, S.P. Mohan, Head, Department of Geology, University of Madras, elaborated on the role of micropalaeontologist in environmental management. The depleting fossils fuel resources was a cause for concern, he said.
College Secretary K. Raghunathan honoured four eminent micropalaeontologists: M. S. Srinivasan, M.P. Singh, A. Govindan, and S.N. Bhalla, in the presence of Principal K. Anbarasu, V. Kumar, Convenor of the Colloquium, and Hussain, Co-Convenor.
Birbal Sahni Centenary Award of Savitri Sahni Foundation was presented to P. Kundal, Professor, RTM Nagpur University, for his contribution to the field of micropalaeontology.