At a recently concluded Kerala Science Congress in Calicut, 275 papers on various subjects were presented by young scientists. Only men below the age of 35 and women below 40 years are allowed to present papers. The scientists urged to strike a balance between development and environment with a view to evolve a sustainable strategy for the industrial and economic development. About 56 recommendations on land management, physical science, health science, social science, engineering and technology, ecology and the environment and water resources were also made.
Narayan Rao of the technical Teachers' Institute, Chennai, who presented a paper on "Water quality management" said that efforts should be made to train environmentally conscious engineers instead on environmental engineers. He also said that there should be serious efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle water by the industries.