Keynote Speaker

"A planet in trouble: Application of green technologies in eco-preservation and e-preservation of ancient databases for a sustainable future"

By Professor Narayanan Kannan,Faculty of Environmental Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

 

 

Bio

Dr. NarayanKannan, currently a Professor at UPM, Serdang has worked before at Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany and Monbukagakusho Scholar at Ehime University, Japan. His academic interests include the transport and fate of industrial contaminants and hormone disruptors in the environment. He has published his works in peer reviewed journals and presented his research in international conferences (current H index is 28). Apart from his scientific career he has a passion for culture and heritage. He has established Tamil Heritage Foundation ( www.tamilheritage.org ) in 2001 to preserve heritage materials such as ancient manuscripts, copper plates, stone inscription and other artifacts in electronic media. For which he was awarded the title, "Man of the Year" in 2001 at Tamil Internet Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is an accomplished author and poet in Tamil. He is a German national with Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status. His webCV is available at : http://www.e-mozi.com/academic/cv/index.htm.

 

Abstract

Homo sapiens sapiens, the wise human beings emerged as the most dominant species on planet earth in the millions of years evolution. The biggest surprise, however, to this dominant species which spearhead the future of this 'spaceship earth' is that no manual was given to him to navigate. He needs to read the vast libraries of nature to understand how it works. Among the several past readings humans understood that nature sustains itself intelligently through complex yet efficient re-circulation processes avoiding any waste production. This guiding principle of sustainability through intelligent design, a non-material life style may lead man kind and fellow beings on planet earth to a prosperous future. The impact of economic developments on environment will be discussed with specific examples from chemical pollution for alternative thinking and sustainable life styles. New cyber initiatives in digitizing ancient manuscripts that contain valuable knowledge on sustainable living will be discussed. Specific examples of E-preservation efforts in India with an aim to digitize manuscripts that are in peril will be shown in order to contemplate whether green technologies will preserve human databases of vast knowledge. Educational modules need to be developed in order to preserve, read, understand and practice ancient knowledge for continuity and posterity .