Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to Inaugurate its 34th Annual Research Seminar Today , Esteemed Two-Day Event Returns After Three-Year Hiatus, Spotlighting Pioneering Wildlife Research and Promoting Sustainable Biodiversity Initiatives. This significant event has been a keystone for the wildlife conservation and research community since its inception in 1986.
Dehradun, India – Under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is poised to host its esteemed Annual Research Seminar (ARS) from September 21 to 22, 2023 at its picturesque campus in Dehradun. Established as an annual feature of the institute, the ARS showcases the profound research activities and programmes of the WII. Through comprehensive seminar presentations by the Institute’s dedicated researchers and faculty, attendees are apprised of the breadth and depth of WII’s wildlife research initiatives.
ARS: A Convergence of Ideas and Knowledge Sharing
The presentations are not mere academic exercises. They offer a holistic platform for engaging discussions on the outcomes and implications of the Institute’s research projects. By bringing together young Wildlife researchers, WII committee members, renowned scientists, and committed conservationists, ARS creates a fertile ground for brainstorming, learning, and collaborative strategizing.
A Glimpse into the Inaugural Session
The curtain-raiser on Thursday morning promises a blend of inspiration and information. The session will commence with opening remarks by the esteemed Director of the Wildlife Institute of India, Shri Virendra R. Tiwari, IFS, setting the stage for what’s to come. The inaugural address will be delivered by the chief guest Dr. Rajesh Gopal, IFS, the visionary chairman of WII’s Training Research and Academic Council (TRAC). His insights, drawn from a storied career in wildlife conservation, promise to set the tone for the event. The session will also feature Shri Bharat Jyoti, IFS, Director IGNFA, as the distinguished Guest of Honour.
To provide attendees with an understanding of the Institute’s recent strides, Dr. S. Sathyakumar, Dean & Registrar, WII, will present an overview of the Institute’s recent research ventures and remarkable achievements. This segment, much-anticipated by all, promises a comprehensive glimpse into the pioneering work WII has undertaken in the realm of wildlife research and its wide-ranging impact.
In a significant highlight of the inaugural session, a series of invaluable publications will be unveiled. These works, representing the Institute’s year-long research and documentation, will serve as essential references for wildlife conservationists and researchers.
Technical Sessions: Delving Deeper
Post the inaugural, the day will be marked by technical sessions that delve into various domains of wildlife research. With a focus on ecological studies, conservation and development, long-term research on large mammals, and the critical aspects of reintroduction in wildlife conservation, these sessions promise rich insights and discussions. Furthermore, the importance of technological interventions in wildlife conservation will also be brought to the forefront.
In sum, the Annual Research Seminar by the Wildlife Institute of India stands as a testament to the Institute’s unwavering commitment to advancing wildlife research and conservation, fostering a legacy that has been shining bright for decades.
Established in Dehradun, India in 1982, the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), an autonomous organization of the Government of India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, is an internationally acclaimed Institution that offers training programs, academic courses, and advisory in wildlife research and management, with footprints beyond India in the larger South and Southeast Asian region. WII’s mission is to nurture the development of wildlife science and promote its application in conservation, in consonance with the organization’s cultural and socioeconomic milieu. Its mandate is to build capacity through training, education, and research in the field of wildlife conservation. WII’s programs are field-based and seek an integration of biological, socioeconomic, and human aspects of large regional landscapes. The Institute is actively engaged in research, which is the primary source of scientific information to help conservation across the breadth of the country on biodiversity-related issues.