In the ancient ages, nature itself used to be the study room of the students where teachers used to teach students in the lap of Mother Nature itself. In those times, the classroom and the field study regions were not separated by physical or biological boundaries. This system of education existent in ancient India has reaped golden harvests in the past due to the viable practicality and benefits associated with the system.
What is on campus field of study?
In recent times, many colleges and universities have decided to transform their campuses into biologically diverse spheres of education. Installation of unique plants and curio specimens in the campus itself has led to the enrichment of the campus both aesthetically and biologically. Such initiatives help the students to refrain from arduous outdoor field studies as they can get the same benefits from their college campus itself. This opportunity gives such students the edge over others in case of practical identification and taxonomical study as they are already more habituated and acknowledged owing to the habituated involvement with the on-campus species. The best benefit is that it overcomes the indispensable use of herbariums and dead specimens for study with the opportunity to study real and alive specimens.
How can a campus be enriched for on-campus field study?
The colleges which want to enrich their campuses with such beneficial additions can stick to the introduction of rare and captivating species in their campus. The introduction of exotic species that belong to different habitats or parts of the world can be introduced with élan. Plants like the baobab tree, Canna, leopard tree, oil palm tree, Hosta, Cardinal, Taro, Caladium, Holly, Japanese iris and many more can be introduced for an enriched botanical diversity in the campus. Zoological diversity can be increased by the introduction of exotic and rare species like spiders, insects, crustaceans, worms, frogs, rodents, reptiles, small mammals, fishes and many more. Before any species’ introduction, the probability of its survival and the presence of its viable habitat must be studied with scrutiny.
Benefits of on-campus field study
The benefits of on-campus field study are many and varied. The physical and mental harassment associated with outdoor field study is easily overcome. The presence of live specimens in abundance in front of one’s own eyes at the campus itself promotes knowledge and identification skills. The benefit of readily available study materials is ever present which makes the students fell interested in knowing more about the matter. Promotion of education along with practical knowledge is elucidated and simplified for the student. Most importantly the campus gets a natural facelift which boosts the prestige of the college and makes everyone feel the importance of Nature.
The need of its implementation
As already elucidated, the presence of exotic species for study in the campus itself is indeed beneficial for one and all. If the college can afford the costs, area and amenities required for keeping the species in their campus then it must try to metamorphose itself into such an example. The students benefit from the venture as well as awareness about nature and the feeling of being with nature is spread among one and all with equal ease.