Talk on “Tiger Survival is in our hands” on the occasion of INTERNATIONAL TIGER DAY, 2021
Baridua, 9th Mile, Meghalaya, 29th July 2021: The Department of Zoology, University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM) organised a talk on the occasion of International Tiger Day, 2021 based on theme “Their Survival is in our hands” on 29th July 2021.
The programme began with a presidential address about Tigers, their habitat and behaviour in the wild by Dr. Karabi Saikia, Professor, Department of Zoology, USTM. It was followed by the formal introduction of the speaker Mr. Kamal Azad, Former Wildlife Biologist, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), North East Region to the participants which was given by Dr. Alika Borphukan Borah, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, USTM.
Mr. Azad gave away a very informative and detailed talk on the topic “Tigers and their Conservation in North East India” to around 180 participants including present and ex students of the Zoology and other Departments of USTM, researchers and faculties of USTM, discussing about his works carried out for tiger conservation. The speaker began his talk by making the audience understand the significance of studying the basic morphological differences existing among each individual tiger. He also spoke the issues and the conservation factors faced by the study of tigers because of human interference in habitats and also climate change. He also encouraged the students to take up research activities in various issues like man-tiger conflict, characterization of conflict areas to mitigate the tiger attacks which can give us more wide understanding of these creatures. He even showed the audience few memorable captures of various animals by camera trap method set in deep dense forests.
The programme also had inquisitive and interesting questions by the participants to the speaker which he answered quite diligently. The talk ended with a formal vote of thanks given away Dr. Dipankar Dutta, Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Zoology, USTM and acclaiming the programme as a grand success.