FM University to open centre of excellence on bioresources management

BHUBANESWAR: Fakir Mohan University Balasore will open a centre of excellence on ‘Bioresources Management and Energy Conservation Material Management’ funded by the World Bank and the Odisha Higher Education Programme for Excellence and Equity (OHEPEE). Dinabandhu Sahoo, vice-chancellor of the university, laid the foundation stone of the centre in the campus on Thursday.

The centre at Balasore will concentrate on biodiversity assessment with special emphasis on seaweeds, mangroves, medicinal plants, microorganisms and marine mammals. It will also study the pollution monitoring and management along with assessment of the ground and surface water quality. Besides, the team will carry out research on development of Hybrid Nano-composite materials for energy conservation, official sources said.

The state of the art centre spread over 10,000 square feet will have world class laboratories with all modern facilities including sophisticated equipment. The Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation Limited will construct the building by December this year.

Sahoo said biodiversity, the variety of life found in a place on Earth, is important for everyone’s life. “Climate change or global warming, increasing population pressure, food and nutrition deficiency, fresh water deficit, energy crisis and many other problems are debated around the world. Now Covid-19 pandemic is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and many more new challenges will come in the future. We have to deal with it and find solutions through scientific and technological intervention,” he added.

Sahoo said bioresources management and energy conservation will not only play a significant role in combating some of these challenges but also can generate billions of dollars as revenue to the country’s economy and create millions of jobs in India. He said India is rich in biodiversity and rich in biological resources. “If properly managed, it will boost our economy. We should not underutilize or overexploit any bioresources. We need to conserve our biodiversity for future generation and go for bioresources management to fulfil some of the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG).

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