Bird Watching

In a first, ZSI celebrates its founding in town

Kolkata: Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) will celebrate its founding day on 1st July, for the first time and that too in Kolkata commemorating 75 years of India’s independence. ZSI, headquartered in Kolkata, was established in 1916 to promote investigation, exploration, research and documentation leading to the advancement of knowledge on various aspects of animal taxonomy of the Indian subcontinent.

“The ‘Animal Discoveries’ and ‘Plant Discoveries’ 2021, a number of ZSI and Botanical Survey of India (BSI) publications will be released during the program. The EK Janaki Ammal Award – the highest national award in taxonomy in the field of plant, animal and microbial taxonomy will also be conferred on the occasion,” said Dhriti Banerjee, Director of ZSI.

Around 500 new species will be added to Indian wildlife with the release of Animal Discoveries 2021.

Banerjee said ZSI has signed a number of international MoUs in the recent past, including Natural History Museum London, National History Museum Paris, Altai State University in Barnaul, Russia and the international consortium Barcode of Life, etc. for the development of academic encouragement and development. cooperation and exchange in areas of mutual academic interest.

“We have already signed MoUs with 25 central and state universities and on July 1, our 107th founding day, we will do so with Burdwan University and West Bengal State University. Plans for similar MoUs with the University of North Bengal and Kalyani University are also in the pipeline,” she added.

A website with detailed information on butterflies and moths will also be unveiled. There are 1500 species of butterflies and 12500 species of moths in India. As birdwatching becomes a major pastime, a comprehensive publication titled Birds of India will also be released. There are 1331 species of birds found in India. Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State of the same department will be present on the occasion.