KOCHI: Indian Universities should keep from blindly following Euro-centric research methodology to conduct studies on regional topics, said Kerala Public Service Commission Chairman K S Radhakrishnan. The Indigenous Traditional Knowledge(ITK) in fisheries sector of Kerala should not be rejected on the basis of western views and methodologies, PSC chairman said while speaking at the valedictory function of the World Fisheries Day celebration at Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) the other day.
“The scientific community in the state is responsible to unearth scientific facts behind the sayings and wisdom of the traditional fishermen. Study should be conducted on it, considering its contextual importance, instead of blindly following the western methods,” he said. He urged KUFOS to initiate efforts to study the importance of traditional wisdom in fisheries, adding that ITK should be preserved for improving sustainability of the fisheries.
Radhakrishnan also distributed trophies. Angel Albert and Arya K Gopy from GVHSS Njarakkal bagged the first prize in fisheries quiz and Muhammed Afif from College of Veterinary Science, Pookod, came first in essay competition.