|S.NO||Speakers of the seminars|
|1||Sultan Ahmed Ismail (Ecoscience foundation, Chennai),|
|2||A. Gnanamani (Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai),|
|3||V. Dakshinamurthy (Inspire Network for Environment, New Delhi),|
|4||S.Jagannathan (Pasteur Institute of India, Coonoor)|
|5||N.Thamizh Selvam (National Research Institute for Panchakarma, Kerala),|
|6||S. Sudha rani (Pondicherry University),|
|7||B.P. Mahendrakumar (Project Director, Green India Tribal empowerment, Dhandeli)|
In commemoration of the Golden Jubilee celebration of the college, the Department of Botany organized a series of academic events under the banner “BotanyCynosure”. National Conference on “Biodiversityand Human Health: New Perspectives”formed a major event of the celebration.Biodiversity is interlinked with socio, economic,and cultural living of our planet. Destroying it – whether through climate change, pollutionor the unsustainable use of natural resources – could irrevocably damage the water, food,air and other natural resources that people, society and industries depend on. Hence there isan urgent need on creating awareness among all strata of society about various dimensionsof Biodiversity. In view of getting holistic picture, this national conference was organisedwith themes that projects various dimensions of Biodiversity that may either directly orindirectly have a role on human health. Within a short span, we received appreciableresponse from students, scholars and academicians. Seven speakers of high academic andresearch merit from various organizations are invited to deliver plenary lectures.Dimensions of Biodiversity like: interlink between the soil health and human health,unknown facts about traditional medicines, need for conservation in saving the earth fortomorrow, challenges on cancer drug formulation from plants to practice, Vaccines and itsrole in human health, Role of tribes in protecting the biodiversity, and so onwere discussed in the conference.
In addition, participants presented about 80 oral presentations and twenty poster presentations. Each presentation was followed by questions and healthy discussions. A souvenir was released in this connection.