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International Webinar on “How People, Animals, and Waste Systems factor in the Urban Future of South Asia”

International Webinar on “How People, Animals, and Waste Systems factor in the Urban Future of South Asia”

Baridua, 9th Mile, Meghalaya, 11th June 2021: The Department of Zoology, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) in collaboration with IQAC cell organized a National Webinar based on “How People, Animals and Waste Systems factor in the urban future of South Asia?” on 11th June from 11.00 AM.

The programme began with the formal welcome speech by the Honourable Vice-Chancellor of USTM, Prof. G. D. Sharma who talked about the biological significance of raptors and the research and development in understanding the raptor fauna of Indian subcontinent. He also stressed upon how animal-human interactions has put on impacts on the environment which is leading to disturbance of balance of nature.

The formal introduction of the speaker Dr. Nishant Kumar, Visiting Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and Postdoctoral fellow, Wildlife Institute of India to the participants was given by Dr. Dipankar Dutta, Head, Department of Zoology, USTM. Dr. Nishant has been working extensively on Raptor Research and Conservation in studying their population ecology and behaviour with resources of humans.

Dr. Rohit gave away a very informative and detailed webinar on the topic “How People, Animals and Waste Systems factor in the urban future of South Asia?” to more than 250 participants including present and ex-students of the Department of Zoology and other Department of USTM, researchers and faculties of USTM and of various premier Institutes of North East India (Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University, Cotton University, Mizoram University, Manipur University, College, College of Fisheries, Assam Agricultural University, Raha, The Assam Royal Global University, Assam Don Bosco University, Dudhnoi College, Darrang College, Bahona College, B. Borooah College, Rangia ACACS, Hojai, Mangaldai College, Morigaon college, Tunijan Bahbari M.E. School, Tunijan, Lakhimpur, Einstein Academy, Devicharan Baruah Girls’ College, Biswanath College, Holy Children Junior College, Narayana Health Institute & Research Center, Guwahati, Tura Government College, Tura, HCTE, Lekhi, Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh) and India (Wildlife Institute of India, Bangalore University). The speaker discussed about his works carried out for the animal-man interactions comparing places of bucolic surroundings and highly disturbed areas in Delhi which has been formed due to the negligence and unregulated dumping zones. He also talked on the such an unstable environment has not yet deferred the migration of these raptors which have been studied incessantly by using radio collared tags but also informed that in years to come the migration may be very well disturbed in the coming future as such disturbed zones never tend to improve.

The programme also had an inquisitive and interesting questions by the participants to the speaker which he answered diligently giving away brief scientific explanations. The webinar ended with a formal vote of thanks and acclaiming the programme as a grand success.

 

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