2019 - 20
In the memory of Dr Marcelin Almeida under the mentorship of Dr Balkrishna Gawde
Sindhudurg, a small coastal district of western Maharashtra, is famous as a hotspot of biodiversity. However, the irony is that very few of the locals are even vaguely aware of the term Biodiversity and its conservation.
Biodiversity is the variety and variability of life on Earth. The air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat, all rely on biodiversity. The problem here isn’t the youngsters. It’s the classroom. No genuine efforts are being taken to create a love for nature – flora and fauna within the mindsets of youngsters. The subjects like Botany, Zoology, Environment science etc are conventionally departmentalized into a curriculum to be taught in classrooms.
Students today, continue to move from one discipline to the next, forcing information down a limiting mindset. This is taking them far from discovering anything that resembles real-life situations. Integration of these subjects into a seamless application, focuses on making connections for students, allowing them to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that can be connected to real life.
Dr Balkrishna Ganpat Gavade decided to pay tribute to his mentor, a well-known taxonomist of India, Late Dr. Marcelin Almeida, by inspiring the youth to understand nature.