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Assessing environmental impacts


THE POSTGRADUATE and Research Department of Economics department of Gobi Arts and Science College, Gobichettipalayam, conducted a two-day UGC- sponsored national seminar on "Environmental Issues and Natural Resources management" recently. The chairperson of the Bhavani River Water Protection Council, Dr. Sathyasundari, inaugurated the seminar. She spoke on how the dyeing and leather tanning industries pollute the Bhavani and Cauvery Rivers and urged the Pollution Control Board authorities to take steps to control it.

The secretary of the college administration, K.M. Natarajan, presided, the principal of the college, T.V. Palaniswamy, welcomed. The Head of the Department of Economics department, R. Elango, delivered a keynote address and highlighted the need for assessing the environmental impacts.

Over 100 papers were presented during the seminar. Academicians, environmental scientists, research scholars and students participated. Six technical sessions were also conducted.

The seminar stressed the environmental protection and creating awareness among the people, evolving the methods for assessing environmental impacts in the developing countries and also signifying the role of economists in preserving the natural resources and its management.

The member-secretary of the Madras School of Economics, Chennai, Prof. Paul P. Appasamy, delivered the valedictory address and highlighted the importance of environmental economics. The convener and Head of the Economics Department, S. Lakshmanan, and coordinator and reader, K. Dhanasekaran, the college council president, P. Karupannan, Principal T.V. Palaniswamy spoke.

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A STATE-level seminar on emerging trends in bioscience was organised by Bharthidasan College of Arts and Science recently in which the speakers spoke about the emerging trends in bioscience.

The seminar inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor, S. Sivasubramanian, was conducted by the departments of biochemistry, bio informatics and microbiology.

Speaking on the developments made in bioscience he said that unless outcome of all the developments of bio informatics and biotech reach the rural area for the uplift of agriculture and rural industries a prosperous India could not be visualised. He wished that the emerging trend in the biosciences required basic knowledge of mathematics in which the country has better capabilities. He also gave statistical figures on biotech pharmaceutical companies and their services.

He wanted the students turn job providers and not job seekers. He hoped that the future of biotech and bioinformatics would determine the socio-economic conditions of the country's future.

The correspondent and secretary of the college, N. Krishnan, presided, the president of the college committee, P.S. Natarajan, vice presidents P. Periyannan and T.S. Manickkam and others spoke. The Principal of the College, S. Rathinasabapathy, spoke of the past and present achievements of the college.

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A ROAD safety awareness programme under community polytechnic scheme was organised by the SSM Institute of Textile Technology and Polytechnic College, Komarapalayam, recently.

During the programme, students were told about the increasing number of road accidents and the importance of following traffic rules. Regional Transport Officer, Tiruchengode, Ganapathy Subramaniam, spoke about the repercussions, sometimes fatal, of lack of concentration while driving and of ignoring traffic rules.

Other speakers discussed the ill-effects of drunken driving and over-crowding on two-wheelers. During the programme, 80 students above the age of 18 were given Learners Licence Register.

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(Contributed by

R. Sundaram in Erode

& Subha J Rao

in Coimbatore)

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