Wildlife research training kicks off at USTM
Wildlife research, a subject which was fairly unknown even a few years ago, is now fast becoming one of great interest for the younger generations who seek alternative careers as wildlife researchers and conservationists.
In view of the growing demand for training on the subject, the Department of Zoology, University of Science and Technology (USTM) in collaboration with Aaranyak, is organizing a three-day certificate course on Wildlife Research Techniques from January 5-January 7, 2016.
USTM and Aaranyak in 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote research and conservation by building the capacities of young students and reserachers and engaging them in applied research in the field of biodiversity conservation. Speaking during the inaugural session Professor P. C. Bhattacharjee retired Head of the Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, appreciated the efforts of Aaranyak and USTM in introducing a certificate course for the benefit of students and researchers. USTM Chairman, M. Haque informed that over 100 applicants applied for the training against 30 seats available at the national level.
Aaranyak Secretary General and CEO, Bibhab Talukdar emphasized that the rich biodiversity of the region demands young students and researchers to conduct researches and conservation work. He said Aaranyak and USTM shall jointly conduct such training from time to time.
The training will provide intensive training on wildlife research techniques including tiger, co-predator and prey monitoring, birds identification, arboreal species identification and survey techniques, field survey of herpetofauna and aquatic fauna, handling of GPS, camera trapping, preparation of educational materials for conservation and wildlife photography techniques.
The training which is residential has been organized inside the USTM campus at 9 Mile, bordering Meghalaya and Guwahati. In view of the huge response and rush of the participants, the organizers plan to conduct a second batch of training shortly.
20 Sep 2015 - 10:49pm | AT News
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Sunday witnessed the historic accord signed between the Nyishis and Apatanis at a conglomeration of hundreds of members of both the communities as well as members of various community-based organizations from across the state. The accord signed – a trendsetter for other communities to take a cue – is unique and historic and an agreement between the two neighbours for peaceful coexistence, brotherhood and social harmony.
The Chief Minister further announced an award of Rs 50,000 to encourage intercaste marriages between Nishis and Apantanis.
12 Apr 2017 - 5:52pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau
Hundreds of Panchayat Karmachari from BTAD districts joined hands in the sit-in-dharna programme in front of DC office in Kokrajhar on Wednesday demanding immediate solution of various demand and grievances, which included regularisation of jobs,release of salaries to the Karmachari in the region.
Agitators from four districts of BTAD with banner,placards staged dharna under the bnaner of BTAD Panchayat Casual Employee Association shouted slogans for demnading early initiative while bringing solutions of the Karmachari who are dropped from job since after creation of BTC in 2003 which was started from 11 am for three-hour.
There are still 188 panchayat karmachari in the BTAD region who were engaged and appointed prior to 1993 by Assam government to execute government duty and responsibilities in the Panchayat level.
A memorandum was also submitted to BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary through Kokrajhar Deputy Comssioner.
In BTAD region,panchayat employees are dropped in their jobs and since they become function less as BTC has no any panchayat activities as per the Sixth Scheduled area.They demanded that BTC administration should take proper policy while absorbing regularisation of panchayat employees so that they could get job regularisation in their life.
Nareswar Deka,president and Bipin Chandra Boro,secretary of the association demanded early solution of the problem and issues of the panchayat employees in the council region.They put pressure BTC administration for taking measures for the employees.
9 Jul 2015 - 9:23am | AT News
In yet another tragic incident of men-elephant conflict a mother and son were trampled to death in Sonitpur district on Thursday.
The incident took place at Nepalipam in the Rongapara area in the wee hours where a heard of wild elephants trampled to Rashmi Tanti and her kid Jit after damaging the hut they lived in.