PROF P Natarajan of Rajiv Gandhi chair, Cochin University inaugurated the six-day young scientist workshop on biodiversity organised by AU’s Parasitology Laboratory, Department of Zoology on Saturday. Prof Natrajan empahsised on computer assisted segregation and geographical distribution of species and their inventorisation. He appreciated the workshop as a milestone towards the achievement of this goal.
Prof Natrajan said that training the young brains of the country for analysis of species characters, measurement of environment interactions and preparation of slides in the lab is an important activity because before adopting modern biological tools, the problem of species identification and its proper placement in the hierarchy invariably poses a problem.
Chief guest on the occasion Satya Prakash Malviya said that the use of simplest of techniques apart from expensive and sophisticated equipment to study an important subject like taxonomy was an innovative step.
The dissemination of knowledge in this form by way of imparting knowledge to young scientists invited from different parts of the country is a step towards s renovating this fast depleting branch of science.
Head of AU’s Zoology Department Prof Pratima Gaur highlighted the efforts of the department towards training younger minds in the direction of diversification and classification of species while using modern technology.
Director of the workshop, Prof Sandeep K Malhotra, introduced the guests from different parts of the country as well as abroad. A manual of techniques and methods of Taxonomy was released by Malviya while the book of abstracts was released by Prof P Natarajan. Prof Gaur presented mementos to the guests.