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Four teams in semi-finals of biodiversity quiz

THE GREEN BRIGADE: Meenakshi Negi (right), Deputy Conservator of Forests, Western Ghats, speaking with the semi-finalists of the National Biodiversity Quiz - 2006 in Bangalore on Wednesday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

THE GREEN BRIGADE: Meenakshi Negi (right), Deputy Conservator of Forests, Western Ghats, speaking with the semi-finalists of the National Biodiversity Quiz - 2006 in Bangalore on Wednesday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar  

Staff Reporter

The finals of the National Biodiversity Quiz competition will be held in Kolkata on December 22

Bangalore: Nature in all its splendour that is what was on the minds of all the children who participated in the South Zonal levels of the National Biodiversity Quiz conducted at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) here on Thursday.

Four teams from the South Zone have made it to the semi-finals of the National Biodiversity Quiz, the finals of which will be held in Kolkata on December 22. The teams are Siddharth Kamat and Rohit from Presidency School, Bangalore; R. Krithika and S. Anthony Merlisha from Bharat Montessori School, Tirunelveli; A.S. Pon Aravindam and G. Subbulakshmi from Sri Jayendra Swamigal Silver Jubilee Math Higher Secondary School and Debobrata Sensharma and S. Ashwin from Kendriya Vidyalaya, IISc, Bangalore.

Sixteen teams participated in the South Zonal quiz programme.

Speaking to the children at the valedictory of the quiz programme, Meenakshi Negi, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bangalore, said man caused immense harm to nature and destroyed forests. It was ironic that the man first pushed a species of flora or fauna to the brink of extinction and then tried to save them. "This is a big error of judgment on the part of human beings," she said. "What can be more beautiful than nature? Nature is our biggest teacher and we can learn innumerable lessons from it," she said. Ms. Negi urged the participants of the quiz to learn from nature. "Learning in the classroom is important. But real learning happens outside the classroom," she said. K. Chandrashekhar from the Department of Entomology at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Vasudeva Bhat, Director, VITM, were present.

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