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NAZARETH COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE, AVADI, CHENNAI – 600 062
Affiliated to the University of Madras
Re-accredited by NAAC with B Grade
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK
DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED GEOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF MADRAS
RESTORING OUR EARTH TO NORMALCY – A REPORT
The Department of Social Work, the Eco Club, and NERF of Nazareth College of Arts and Science, Avadi, Chennai in collaboration with the Department of Applied Geology, University of Madras, Chepauk Campus, organised a three-day International Conference on Restoring our Earth to Normalcy from 22nd to 24th April 2021.950 participants participated in the conference and about 300 participants registered for the events.
The first day programme started with a Prayer Song. Dr.E.Mary Angeline Santhosam, the Principal, NCAS, and Organizing Secretary of the conference delivered the Welcome Address and elaborated on the theme of the conference. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Madras, Prof. Dr.S.Gowri was the Chief Guest of the day. The Vice Chancellor presented the Inaugural Address. Mr.A.N.Henry Maris, the Secretary, NCAS, delivered the virtual Felicitation Speech. Dr.R.R.Krishnamoorthy, Professor & Head, Department of Applied Geology, University of Madras and Dr. Vaneeta Aggarwal, Professor & Head, Department of Management studies and NSS Coordinator, UNOM were present at the occasion.
Dr.Christopher Guna, the Senior Research Scientist, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, was the Resource Person of the Session I. He spoke on the topic “Biodiversity for Restoration of Earth.” He elaborated on Planet Earth and its components. The speaker also explained the disturbances to Earth and biodiversity as Earth and its natural systems which are constantly disturbed and ignored due to human greed by altering of natural processes for economic benefits and depending more on the technology than nature and finally loosing the link with nature. The speaker ended up the session with a remarkable quote “the Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth.”
Dr.Nagarajan Ramaswamy, Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Curtin University, Malaysia, was the Resource Person of Session II. He spoke on the title “Earth and its Environment.” He explained the mass extinction of varied species on Earth, human impacts on ecosystem, and the effects of climatic change. He also emphasised on the health-related issues due to higher temperatures. The speaker highlighted the importance and management of peatland around the globe.
After the presentation there was a Question–Answer session in which both the speakers demystified the doubts of the participants. Mr. M. Jeevan Kishore Kumar, Asst. Professor, Department of Social Work, proposed a vote of thanks. Mr. Pandiyan, Assistant professor, Department of English announced the events namely poster making competition on restoring our earth to normalcy and photography competition on beautiful Chennai – theme bio diversity. Virtual treat on bio diversity of Nazareth institution was presented. The conference benefitted the participants much.
In the second day conference, Dr.R.R.Krishnamoorthy, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Geology and Director In-charge – UGC – HRD, University of Madras delivered the Key Note Address. In his address he insisted on Conserving natural Resources and Ecosystem by living perfect harmony with nature. In Session II, Dr.Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Professor, Wild Life Institute of India, Dehra Dun was invited as the Resource Person. He explained how the population of Tiger was pushed into extinction by illegal poaching. He elaborated on deforestation is one of the major factors in destroying animals. The second day Conference was an Eye opener to all who want to conserve marine wealth and work towards balance of Eco-system that plays pivotal role in restoring earth to Normalcy. The Programme came to an end with Vote of thanks.
In the third day conference, Dr.Vaneeta Aggarwal, Asst. Prof., Department of Management Studies and NSS in-charge, UNOM, shared how the Ecosystem is been exploited by the human being, through various types of pollution. In Session II, Dr. Venkat Pulla, Senior Lecturer, Social Work and Coordinator of the Discipline of Social Work, Charles Sturt University, Australia, gave an International Perspective on Climate Change and its effect. The day ended with valedictory function.
Valediction function began with the Dr.E. Mary Angeline Santhosam, the Principal, NCAS, delivered the Welcome Address. The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Government of Tamilnadu, Forest Department Dr.Sugatto Dutt was the Chief Guest of the day and he addressed about the conservation of forest and motivated the students to take necessary action to avoid deforestation.
There was a Question–Answer session in which both the speakers demystified the doubts of the participants. Ms.E.Mano Rajitham ,The Vice Principal of Nazareth College of Arts and Science, Head Department of Computer Science, proposed a vote of thanks. The conference benefitted the participants.
- Dr. E. MARY ANGELINE SANTHOSAM
THE PRINCIPAL& ORGANIZING SECRETARY