Thursday, 6 April 2017

A Kendriya Vidayalaya in Technopark Trivandrum

I would like to propose the idea of establishing a Kendriya Vidyalaya for children of Techies in Technopark, Trivandrum. 


From what is understood, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan will not be against sanctioning KV, Technopark, Trivandrum, provided physical space and infrastructure is made available.


Well That will stretch the "Harmony at Work" to "Harmony at work and Life".

ENTITY Model of Development - The Pragmatic Way Forward for Kerala



The world is at the cusp of another massive overhaul. Global drift away from a bipolar world and renewed efforts to regain lost polarity; coupled with rise of multiple ambitious nodes, makes it difficult to predict near future polarity.  Democracy and market forces are two attributes that survived multiple challenges and gained strength over time. Together they have undisputable influence in generating polarity.  

Despite deficiencies, system of governance that accords importance to voice of citizens remains the most preferred - at least till availability of new alternative. Market forces have flourished in democratic nations. Today market force, like gravity, is all pervasive. It drives human thoughts, actions and governance. For selfish gains, market forces assume the role angel guardians of democracy. More than 7 Billion human beings and innumerable other life forms are hostage to market force! 

Whilst risk acceptance and uncertainty are inherent to market force, vast majority of human beings are comfortable traversing safest path. Thrusting uncertainties on majority leads to grudges and occasional uprisings against market forces. Little do they realize that their efforts are like arguing against gravity. 

A profile analysis of market forces reveals a recent spurt that has led to a bulge in proportion of service sectors and contraction of primary. Left uncontrolled, it is matter of time before the bulge topples the system. Ironically since market forces drives human thoughts and judgment, we often end up focusing only the superlatives. Disconnect between our education system and prospects of graduates’ presents a classic case. 

Planning without prescience is like a conveyor belt. Progress goes around in a loop. Perhaps Kerala will qualify as the only state where the conveyor belts gets drastically redesigned; twice in a decade. Uniqueness bestowed by geology and geography limits the state in its ability to attract primary sector market forces. However, Kerala has abyssal potential in Education, Tourism and Technology sectors.   
        
Planning that treats Education, Tourism and Technology (ENTITY) non-negotiable will ensure sustainable development of Kerala. Successful development planning must invariably be participatory, transparent and achromatic. Schematic description of ENTITY model of development planning, which calls for more prescience and less perception is depicted below.

ENTITY MODEL

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

BIOTA - THE BIODIVERSITY APP



We are pleased to inform you the release of BIOTA - The Biodiversity App. The application was developed at the C V Raman Laboratory of Ecological Informatics, Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management - Kerala (IIITM-K).






Although BIOTA is envisioned as a holistic biogeography App; the released version focus on invasive plant species. Foresters, ecologists and researchers will be able to use BIOTA to report presence of invasive species as they come across. They are only required to collect a photo of species observed using their smart phone. BIOTA will geo-flag the information on Google Map in real time. The data concurrently gets appended on to a dedicated database.

BIOTA can be downloaded from Google Play Store. The current version (1.0) will work on Android devices. It was developed and demonstrated as a part of National Biodiversity Conference 2017 in February 2017 at Trivandrum, India.

Widespread adoption of the App is expected to plug a big gap in species modeling and thereby aid biodiversity conservation. In subsequent releases we look forward to make BIOTA more intelligent and include more species.

Monday, 27 February 2017

AN OPEN QUESTION TO BOTANISTS AND ECOLOGISTS


Whilst it is easy to understand the role of flowers in seed propagated plants, can anyone please tell me the exact role of flowers in vegetatively propagated plants?

Put in other words, why does vegetatively propagating plant species invest much energy in blooming?

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

CLIMATE DEFINED LIMIT



Very often we forget that our social evolution into what we term modern societies has its foundation rooted in the stable climatic regime that the Earth gifted us. The various political and legal instruments that are in place to ensure success of entities as nation states, have a climate defined limit (CDL). Since climate and ecosystem services were taken as granted, no constitution or regulation ever carried any explicit mention of CDLs.    

With our present understanding of climate change, the contours of possible CDLs have become more luminous. It is now more easy to visualize how the laws that govern our social behavior have a valid climate space

In other words, an individual's social behavior is likely to alter under a changed and unpredictable climatic regime. Sheer desire to ensure survival and transfer of genes will make biological evolutionary force to exert and compel individuals to disobey rule of law.

It may begin as seemingly disconnected instances of localized food/ water riots. However, such isolated instances have the potential to rapidly coalesce and scale up to cannibalism that epitomizes survival of the fittest.

Do we need to wait for the jerk to react? Would it be too late to continue to repose faith on our friends, who like us would likely be a cannibal by then? Perhaps Korowais may be able to teach us how to adapt to live in a changed planet! 

I doubt if it would be sheer muscle power than any institution. 

Monday, 23 January 2017

LITTLE MORE ON TIME GAP HYPOTHESIS



Newton's third law states that for every action in nature, there is an equal and opposite reaction.


A finer visualization of the statement - from a classical perspective - gives a feeling that there exists a time-gap between every action and reaction. It depends on the nature of action and can range from fraction of a second to years.


This was put up in my blog on 20 Jan 2017 as "it is impossible to squeeze time completely out between an action and its reaction" - The Time Gap Hypothesis. 


Consider the case of a spring glove that is about to be boxed. It is possible to alter the reaction of the spring glove, if it receives a second punch within the time gap of reaction to the first punch. The same is possible for rifle recoil. This provides us with a window of opportunity to alter expected reactions, if we intervene precisely. 


The implications of this gap, if real; are profound. 

NB: This could also lead us to the question can we split time (which is continuous)?