Staff Reporter

“Young scientists should develop habit of conserving natural resources”

KANCHEEPURAM: Ecology should form the base for scientific innovations, according to M.S. Swaminathan, chairman of the M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation.

Delivering the inaugural address of the 3-day Indian Youth Science Congress, organised jointly by the MSSRF, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (Deemed University) and SRM University on RGNIYD premises near Sriperumbudur on Friday, Prof. Swaminathan called upon the budding scientists to keep in mind that their scientific innovations should not affect the ecological system.

Referring to the problem being faced by Earth - global warming, he said that every year 2 to 3 per cent of carbon emissions was added to the total carbon emissions whereas, according to science journals, the need of the hour was to reduce total carbon emissions by 70 per cent from the existing level.

Further, young scientists should learn more about Nature and develop the habit of conserving natural resources. Conservation of bio-resources would result in bio-happiness, he added. Stating that traditional wisdom of tribal groups and ancestors should be acknowledged, Prof. Swaminathan substantiated his call by pointing out that the lifestyle of tribal groups and ancestors in Indian sub-continent was interlinked with Nature. “Our ancestors considered botanical species, which acted as saviors of people during natural calamities, as sacred species and preserved them. One such species is mangrove.”

Research in seawater farming

He urged the young scientists to take up research activity in seawater farming by pointing out that there was tremendous potential in this area as the country had a vast coastline of more than 7,000 km.

The Vice-Chancellor, SRM University, P.Sathyanarayanan, who delivered the presidential address, stressed the need for formulation of action plans to take on the challenges of providing education, healthcare and employment opportunity to the youth.

The Vice-Chancellor, RGNIYD University, G.Rajasekharan, and the Executive Director, MSSRF, Ajay Parida, were among those who participated. Students from engineering and arts and science colleges took part in the deliberations that followed the inaugural session.