Advanced pharmacy practice rotation students from UF learned about sustainability and green practices during a June 2016 visit to India. Accompanied on the two-week trip by Chandra Sekar, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical sciences, the students planted a mango tree in Manipal, India on World Environment Day, June 4.
“The mango tree is a symbol of friendship between UF and Manipal University,” said Sekar. “Over the years, as it matures and yields fruit, similarly our collaboration will benefit both of our institutions.”
The University of Findlay has agreements with two universities in India that allow for students from both countries to travel on exchange visits. Sekar accompanied four students in the summer of 2015 and Indian pharmacy students visited UF in October 2015.
An active member of Findlay Green Campus Initiative (FGCI), Sekar was impressed with Manipal University’s eco-friendly campus, which features large amounts of greenery and solar panels atop most buildings. He hopes that the Indian university can serve as an example to UF as it begins to pursue more campus sustainability projects.