Ethnobotany : Technology Integrated Curriculum Development for Course on Indigenous Knowledge

Ethnobotany : Technology Integrated Curriculum Development for Course on Indigenous Knowledge

Technology Integrated Curriculum Development for The Course on Indigenous Knowledge

Text and Concept
Department of Botany and Centre for Education Beyond Curriculum (CEDBBC)
CHRIST (Deemed to be University)
Bangalore, India

Design and Published by Centre for Publications, CHRIST (Deemed to be University)

Year of Publication    2013
ISBN                        978-93-82305-13-2
Published by             Centre for Publications, CHRIST (Deemed to be University)
No. of Pages             pp. xxviii, 221
Price                        145 (PB)

This project on ‘Technology integrated curriculum development for the course on indigenous knowledge for undergraduate students–process and implementation’ was conceptualized  and implemented by CHRIST (Deemed to be University) supported by the united board for Christian Higher education in Asia(UBCHEA).The project  aimed at developing a technology based curriculum to identify, develop, document and disseminate an indigenous knowledge courseware for undergraduate students of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) and as a model curriculum for other colleges and universities in the country. The project conducted baseline research, reviewed literature, captured indigenous practices, established benchmark surveys in Ethnobotany preceding the curriculum formation.

Concept of Ethnobotany

Ethnobotany is the study of how plants are used by indigenous people of a particular culture, religion or nation. Uses of plants may include food, medicine, shelter, clothing, rituals, worship or even black magic. For centuries natives of all countries have used plants for the above purposes. In India the Vedas discuss a variety of medicinal herbs under ‘Ayurveda’. Ayurveda is 5000 years old and is even practiced today by the ayurvedic physicians.

Curriculum Highlights

The following areas are focussed in the curriculum:

•  Basic idea of plant taxonomy
•  Basics of plant cell, plant morphology and anatomy
•  Elements of anthropology, human races, Indian society, village, culture and rituals
•  Biogeographical distribution of medicinal and aromatic plants and classification
•  Medicinal plants of India, methods of extraction of compounds
•  Different systems of indigenous medicine
•  Traditional ecological knowledge, bio prospecting, biopiracy, intellectual property rights
•  Overexploitation, conservation, sustainability and ethnic rights
•  Phases in the Project Development
•  Preliminary discussion with the subject faculty – December 2010
•  Framing a draft syllabus and collection and pooling of information- January 2011
•  Visit to the Ethnobotanical Laboratory and Institute (IAIM), Bangalore for identification of medicinal plants and observation of extraction techniques – February 2011
•  Identifying subject experts and conduction of workshop- March 2011 Shooting of relevant video capsules in the campus medicinal garden – April 2011
•  Finalising the syllabus and compiling the e-book and the text book - April 2011
•  Conduction of pilot course with target sample and feedback assessment – April 2011
•  Proposed launch of the course on Ethnobotany in June 2012