Discovery of new drugs one of the most challenging jobs for researchers: Rangappa

Feb 24, 2018

Mysuru: Discovering new drugs is among the most challenging, and complex jobs for researchers, academicians and scientists, said University of Mysore (UoM) former vice-chancellor and JD(S) leader Prf. KS 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.

Advisor to the department of biotechnology, UoM, SR Rao said that activities related to biodiversity accounted for the livelihood of nearly 40% of the world’s population.

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.