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Environment needs public protection

Environment needs public protection
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The governments at the Centre and State-level must develop strategies to make people responsible participants in environmental protection efforts, suggested W G Prasanna Kumar, the chairman of National Council for Rural Institutes (NRCI) Hyderabad.  

Hanamkonda: The governments at the Centre and State-level must develop strategies to make people responsible participants in environmental protection efforts, suggested W G Prasanna Kumar, the chairman of National Council for Rural Institutes (NRCI) Hyderabad.

He felt that the dream of getting 33 per cent of land under green cover was an implausible idea with felling of trees in forests goes undeterred. 18 biosphere reserves in country were facing continuous threat of loss of diversity due invasion and uncontrolled exploitation by humans.

Prasanna Kumar delivered a keynote address at the inaugural of two-day national seminar on ‘Education, Health and Environment in India’ oganised by department of economics of Kakatiya University here on Friday.

He said in India nearly two-thirds of the population in rural areas living without access to clean water and when it was time to think about nutritional needs the country was forced to talk about food security. Referring to the field of education, Prasanna Kumar maintained that education institutions were reduced to day-care centres and prisons. In the name of English medium education, the students neither given right education nor allowed to enjoy fruits of the learning.

Present day education was killing students’ time in the name of skilling as it lacked concepts, sensibility, responsibility and values. There was a need of collaborative efforts to understand connection between needs of the society and system of education to address problems connected with education, health and environment, he said.

The head of the department Prof B Suresh Lal said health, education and environment were the main concerns of the present-day society despite achieving high growth rates in the GDP. He informed that nearly 136 research papers from authors of different universities in India were presented in the seminar.

Former KU vice-chancellor Prof N Lingamurthy said increasing pollution levels were leading to degradation of health of the people. He stressed on the need of sustainable development saying, ‘If we fail to protect the quality, efficacy of the environment will be failing to achieve sustainable development’.

Dean, faculty of social sciences Prof S Srinath, principal of University College Prof T. Ravinder Reddy, faculty Swarupa Rani, S Rajesh, Veerender, Samba Siva Rao, Vidya Sagar and others were present.

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