18 Mar MES PONNANI COLLEGE GREEN-2012 SEMINAR
PONNANI MES COLLEGE (DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY) HONOURS
DR GOPALAKRISHNA, PROFFESSOR OF GEOLGY, ON HIS RETIREMENT, MARCH, 2012.
Dr Goplakrishana, founder HOD of the Geology department and the present Post Graduate research Department of Geology, retires from active academic work, by the end of academic year, i.e., March, 2012. The alumni and students of the Department of Geology resolved to accord a fitting send off for their visionary, inspiring and beloved teacher. “GEM”, the alumni association of the Department of Geology of the college took up the task.
I was invited to participate in the two day Seminar – “GREEN-2012”- organized by the GEM, in the college campus for which I readily agreed and as directed by the organizers I e-forwarded an abstract on the role of ponds in OC sequestration, a topic in the center stage of global climate change, and especially when the national and international efforts are aimed at reducing the member nations Carbon foot print.
From, Trivandrum there was a bold presence in the Seminar. Prof. M Ramasarma, Dr. Kamalakshan Kokkal, Dr. KK Ramachandran, Dr. Jaikiran, KP and Dr Pradeepkumar, AP and a few more others participated actively in the seminar.
On the second day of seminar, Mr. Dinesh, Mr. Jayaprakash and Mr. Mohmad Shariff (all from GIS-Marine wing, Mangalore and alumni of college) and Dr. Unnikrishnan Watrier (CWRDM) participated in the seminar.
The valedictory meeting at 4:30 pm on March 17, 12 marked the conclusion of the seminar. Prof. Ramasarma, Dr Thrivikramji, Dr Ayisha of the same college spoke and Dr. Gopalakrishna recounted the long path travelled by him (as the founder professor of the department) along with his colleagues in the department in his efforts to build one of the finest Geology departments in the country tuned for research as well as for imparting both under-graduate and post-graduate education.
A tour of the department will vouch for the silent, earnest and consistent efforts of the faculty in attracting research funds. The far and wide spread of the alumni across the country and the hemisphere is yet another indicator of the commitment of faculty in the in imparting professionalism and upkeep of high academic standards. It is all because of the leadership of Dr Gopalakrishna, himself a specialist and his own team – unlike other undergraduate departments of the state. I am indeed certain that it will be nearly impossible for the teachers-team of the department not to uphold, nourish and maintain the standards, tradition and commitment set by Dr Gopalakrishna
The two-day seminar was a huge success. It offered a grand opportunity for the students enrolled in the courses offered by the Geology department to meet and listen to the presentations by specialists. (note by Thrivikramji)