Different career options in the field of Biology discussed to mark International Biodiversity Day

Department of Botany, Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College, Chandigarh organized an academic counselling and mentoring session on career opportunities in the field of Nature and Biodiversity to mark the celebrations of International Biodiversity Day, 2021. The webinar centred around the global theme for the year ‘We’re part of the solution # For Nature’
The mentors from a myriad of biodiversity related fields spoke on the guiding paths that can help the students to explore the hidden career opportunities. Ms. Bhawna from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland who opted a career in Wildlife and Biology shared her experiences about her passion in dealing with crocodiles and snakes that paved a way towards her career. Ms. Shruti, from Department of Genetics and Plant breeding, Banaras Hindu University highlighted the flourishing prospects in the field of Plant Biotechnology. Nuclear Medicine, a less sought after field is another good career option for students. Its future scope was well discussed by Ms. Vidyotma from PGIMER, Chandigarh. Mr. Nihar and Mr. Jasdeep discussed the career opportunities in the field of plants and animals and the hurdles faced in shaping their careers.
Answering to the several queries, they highlighted the key points to their success as dedication, field work, following the interest rather than following their friends, hard work and hands-on-training, passion to take over study on flora and fauna, and many more tips that could be of help to the students pursuing graduation in biological sciences. About 136 students benefitted from the webinar that was held through online platform linking the participants with the speakers from India and abroad. During prevailing pandemic period, students of science are facing a challenge in practical training, so exploring the options on nature and diversity can go a long way in dealing with their depressive mood swings and releasing the pressure of online teaching.
A Inter-college ‘Click a photo contest’ was also organized ‘by the College Environment Society ‘HARITIMA’ under the aegis of Department of Environment, UT administration. About 156 entries were received for the contest, showing the enthusiasm of the students in the contest.