SILCHAR, FEBRUARY 5: If the words of Dr Kanchi N Gandhi, Senior Nomenclature Registrar and Bibliographer at the Harvard University, Herbaria, USA, are to be believed, India must step up its efforts to place its proposal for hosting the 21st edition of the International Botanical Congress (IBC) scheduled for 2029.
On the sidelines of delivering the invited lecture on ‘Plant Nomenclature and Art of Learning’ at the lecture-cum-workshop organised by the Department of Life Science and Bio-informatics at Assam University Silchar on Monday, Dr Gandhi shared his thoughts with The Assam Tribune saying, “the 19th edition of the IBC was held in China back in 2017 and the next edition in 2023 will be held at Rio de Janerio, Brazil. However, there has been a spurt among the scholars and enthusiasts of plant nomenclature across India and I feel that conditions are congenial for placing a proposal to host the 21st IBC here. The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) which would be celebrating its 130th anniversary on February 13 should take the lead and along with universities and other research institutes must come together to strongly place its claim before the regulating committee for the 2029 IBC.”
Dr Gandhi further mentioned that an event such as the IBC shall bring botanical experts from world over to experience and explore the diverse bio-geographic zones across the country, which shall develop botanical thinking and augment research in the area in India and across the globe as well.
The veteran botanical expert also gave vital inputs on the art of naming plants to over 50 participants attending the workshop from Guwahati, Imphal, Agartala, Kolkata along with the host university and Cachar College, Silchar.
Earlier, speaking at the inaugural session, Vice Chancellor Prof Dilip Chandra Nath expressed his happiness over organising the workshop and said that such activities must be organised frequently at the university to add to the spirit of research activities among the fraternity.
Prof Manabendra Dutta Choudhury, Head, Department of Life Science and Bio-informatics amplified the expressions of Dr Gandhi saying that Assam University Silchar will extend solidarity towards the objective of hosting the mega conference in India for the larger benefit of students and the academic fraternity. Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Abhik Gupta, Dean, School of Life Sciences Prof Suprio Chakraborty also spoke on the occasion while Dr Debjyoti Bhattacharya, the co-ordinator of the workshop expressed gratitude to the dignitaries and participants for the successful completion of the workshop. (Courtesy: AT)