Amrita University, Amritapuri campus has organized a one day workshop on “Biodiversity and Social sciences” on 22/3/2013. It had two sessions which started with inaugural session and was followed by programme session. Inaugural session started on 10.30 am and the gathering was welcomed by Dr Renjith R Pillai (HOD/Chairperson of social work department, Amrita University). After the ceremony of lighting the lamp, Dr Gopinathan Pillai (Principal of Amrita School of Arts and Science) gave the inaugural address. In the inaugural speech, he spoke about the term biodiversity and its importance in modern world.He also mentioned the problems associated with destruction of biodiversity in nature through some examples. He marked it by the terms of ecological meltdown, thoughtlessness of man and so on.versity in nature through some examples. He marked it by the terms of ecological meltdown, thoughtlessness of man and so on. The inaugural address wound up with the thought on the need to reframe the environmental ethics and philosophy. Ms. Devayani Khare (Project manager, Westernghats) and Mr MM Rajeev (Vice chairperson of Dpt of Social Work, Amrita University) delivered felicitation to the meeting.
After the tea break, the workshop continued with introduction to biodiversity by Ms Devayani khare. She presented as well as interacted with the audience. The presentation covered society and biodiversity, role of social science in biodiversity, social success stories in the environment movements and social problems in Westernghats. The interactive session dispersed for lunch at 1.00 pm. The second session was the afternoon session which started with field visit to Thurailkadav, (a place nearby Amritapuri campus, Amrita University, Kollam) for capturing photos to upload in biodiversity portal.
Indeed the biodiversity portal is a site like Wikipedia; it can be accessed by anyone and upload photos of various species in biodiversity. Throughout the field visit, social work students took snapshots of natural elements in biodiversity. The field visit showed the unity and enthusiasm of upcoming professional social workers and after that the field visit, the project manager Ms Devayani showed a model on how to upload photos in biodiversity portal. This, perhaps, is a great asset to the professional make over for every social work trainee. The one day workshop concluded with the valedictory function, wherein Mr. Kochukrishana Kurup (faculty, Dpt of Social Work, Amrita University) handed over a token of gratitude on behalf of social work department to Ms. Devayani khare. Certificates were distributed to the participants. The one day workshop concluded officially by the vote of thanks by programme coordinator Mr. Deepak Suresh(student, S4MSW).
Report by: Prasanth.P & Arun Ram
Photos: Arathy Aravind