EDUCATION PLUS

Fulbright scholars spread awareness on biodiversity issues

Restoring environment: Scholars at the USEFI Biodiversity seminar held at Vivekananda College, Chennai.

Restoring environment: Scholars at the USEFI Biodiversity seminar held at Vivekananda College, Chennai.  

The changes in earth’s environment brought about by humans is unparalleled in the entire traceable history of this planet. Recognition of this fact is fundamental in taking remedial action to prevent further damage and, if possible to restore the environment to its original or near-original conducive state.

Keeping these issues in mind, the United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI) and Vivekananda Institute of Tropical Mycology (VINSTROM) organised a programme on biodiversity at Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College on December 15. Seventyeight students from eight institutions in Chennai and members of Madras Naturalist Society attended the programme.

The programme was inaugurated by Swami Atmaganananda, secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College. Lectures by American Fulbrighter Dr. Raghupathy Kannan on ‘Impact of climate change on global biodiversity’, Dr. Barbara Schultz, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, on ‘The invisible fungi: Friends or Foes?’ and Dr. T.S. Suryanarayanan, Director VINSTROM and Indian Fulbrighter, on ‘Life in extreme environments’ were well received. The lectures were followed by lively discussions. The highlight of the programme was the screening of the movie An Inconvenient Truth. Mr. S. Vasudevan of USEFI outlined the organisation’s role in bringing together Fulbright alumni in organising programmes on issues impacting the community.



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