Dr. Palni on 29th February gave a lecture on “Biodiversity is Life-Biodiversity is our Life” for Post Graduate students and staff of various departments. He is a Professor and Dean of Biotechnology at Graphic Era University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Speaking on the importance of Biodiversity and green planet, and how these are crucial for the survival of mankind, he said, “Trees are the caretakers of this planet. Without them, life won’t be possible. If human beings outgrow trees, we will not survive”.


His lecture can be summarized as given below:

“The fight to stop biodiversity loss is at a critical moment. Species are currently going extinct at up to 1,000 times the natural background rate. Sixty per cent of examined ecosystem services worldwide have been degraded. We should be alarmed because humans are not detached from the consequences of this loss. We should preserve the diversity of flora and fauna to maintain the balance of the ecosystem. Resources are there in nature for our need not for our greed. If we could satisfy or limit our life with our needs we can preserve this earth for the future generation. The technology can be used for the betterment of the resources based on the necessity of the people. When we waste resources, we must be aware of the people those who live without food and other kind of primary needs”.

The Lecture, organized by the School of Life Sciences was initiated by Dr. Shiny Thomas, Asst. Professor, School of Life Sciences.