Scientific endeavour

The report that “Scientists begin DNA test of plants found only in Nepal” (THT, Online, February 3) is a welcome news.

Nepal is a Himalayan nation with unique flora and vegetations existing in a wide diversity of natural ecosystems and environments across the country from the high Himalayas in the north to the river plains in the south.

Nepal’s floral biodiversity is rich and unique with several endemic plants reported from the Nepal Himalayas and are found nowhere else in the world. The comprehensive DNA analysis will help in understanding molecular relationships and evolutionary trends among various related families and species. This will also help in establishing the status of many species and sub-species of endemic flora from Nepal from the perspective of molecular taxonomy.

My heartiest congratulations to the scientists for taking this great scientific endeavour and wish them a great success in providing new information about plant life, ecosystems and their inter-relationships. This will help create new frontiers and research platform for plant research in Nepal. The scientific findings will help Nepal secure her intellectual property right as well as grow herbal products for economic benefits.

Saikat Kumar Basu, Canada

Technology

This is in reference to the article “Digital learning” (THT Online, February 2). I am acutely aware of the things writer has shed light in the article.

It is really predictable that the technology is going to replace the learning materials of present. We have noticed the fact that over the past few years there have been huge reforms made in the global educational sector. The distance education learning is prevalent now in many countries.

The concept of an open university is a case in point in which a person can acquire knowledge and academic degree even without being present in classrooms. Even the college goers have to engage to do some portions of their academic works on the Internet and Moodle when it comes to research and submission of papers. The world has changed drastically in a brief period of time, thanks to the information technology which is becoming cheaper. The only problem is that one needs to be capable enough to adapt to the digital age.

They will be left behind from academic and other sorts of achievements if they are not well-versed in the information technology. Therefore, I think it would be nice if we try to learn new technology and, also side by side, we need to attach importance to old school text materials for their historical and traditional values. But

various researches carried out in many parts of the world have proved that children learn anything more quickly using the information technology, for example computer, than using textbooks materials.

Shiva Neupane, Melbourne