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P Mamatha

JNTUA College of Engineering, India

Title: Biodiversity in education for sustainable development

Biography

Dr. Puttam Reddy Mamatha has completed her Ph.D in Environmental science in 2007 from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh and started her carrier as a lecturer and worked in different colleges and is presently working as UGC postdoctoral fellow at JNTUA college of Engineering Pulivendula, Andhra Pradesh, India .She is working on her own project “Environmental studies on soil, water and Biota in and around UCIL,Thummalapali, Andhra Pradesh . She has so far published 8 International papers and attended more than 20 conferences, also participated in Environmental Awareness programs and educated thousands of students.

Abstract

Biodiversity is in danger in the rapidly changing world. Biodiversity education has strong interrelationship with environmental education and education for sustainable development. Learning processes are nowadays better understood from individual level to the level of the whole humankind. I work in an Engineering college which is in a rural area; recently in our college we had tree plantations which attracted many birds from the surroundings. In order to attract more we are providing some pet food and succor to these birds. Teaching students to involve in protection of biodiversity at our college is giving more results. So it is necessary to save biodiversity at any cost. Students are very much interested for such a type of activity where team work is lacking.Conservation of biodiversity is a field of study that is values based. So changing the attitudes, behaviors and beliefs of students is very important. So the outdoor classroom provides a link between the theoretical aspects of biodiversity and issues which affect our homes, communities and the world around us. Students overcome mutual ignorance and are understanding, such as those between rural and urban areas. Out of the classroom, working in groups can have a huge influence on how students develop socially. Fieldwork is an essential tool to observe, collect and process data on species and habitats. Observation of the real world, leads to questions, hypothesis, predictions and experiments. Students and generally people, learn from observing others.