Discovery of new drugs one of the most challenging jobs for researchers: Rangappa
Rangappa, who inaugurated the two-day conference on ‘Biodiversity and Bio-prospecting for Sustainable Development-2018’ organised by the Institution of Excellence at Vignana Bhavan on Friday, said, “Researchers are returning to the ancient roots. We are researching new medicine using systems codified by folklore. Across the world, 47% of the therapeutic agents use natural medicine and Ayurvedic medicine for treatment of cancer and other diseases. The problem is the shortage of investment in natural products, and the need to come up with effective research works in this discipline.”
Rangappa exhorted youngsters pursuing research to be enthusiastic, and remain abreast of the latest scientific developments. “One should contribute to the development of the country by carrying out research,” he added.
Stating that the British rulers had explored the rich wealth of biodiversity that India boasted, Rao said, “The British looted natural medicinal plants from the Himalayas. It goes on to show how rich Indian biodiversity is.”
Rao added that the Maharaja Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar had essayed a key role in enriching the biodiversity of Mysuru.
Research scholars were felicitated on the occasion. More than 150 students, scientists and researchers were present at the seminar. Vignana Bhavan’s chief coordinator Prof. G Hemanth Kumar presided over the event, while coordinator for the Institution of excellence Prof. HS Prakash was present.