A science writing event was held at Khanapara organized by Aaranyak in collaboration with Cotton University at Regional Science Centre, Guwahati on Saturday. Abhijit Sarma Baruah, a noted science writer emphasized on importance of popular science writing for conservation of biodiversity in the event. ‘It is easy to write in complex way but tough to write in simple way’, said
Dr. Arup Kumar Mishra, Director, Assam Science Technology and Environment Council, on his inaugural speech, put a special focus on mitigating man-wildlife conflict through educating young generation with active participation of media, general public, NGOs, forest department and other relevant government and non-government agencies.
In the said event a popular book entitled “Baagh aaru Maanuh” (in Assamese language, ISBN….) (tiger and mankind), written by Jayanta Kumar Pathak, Abhijit Sarmah Baruah and Dr. M Firoz Ahmed, published by Aaranyak was released at the same event. While releasing the book, Dr. Nrimali Hazarika, retired Addition Director, SCERT, Assam, emphasized that context of such book should be incorporated in the school and college level text books.
During the panel discussion on a topic ‘Popular science writing for conservation of biodiversity’ various aspects of communicating issues related to biodiversity and its conservation was discussed by the panel members. The discussion was moderated by Dr Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, Secretary General & CEO of Aaranyak. Narayan Mahanta, DFO, Publicity; Lakshmi Kanta Das, Deputy Director, SCERT, Assam; Pradipta Baruah, DFO, Guwahati Wildlife Division; and Diganta Kumar Das, Registrar, Cotton University took part in the panel discussion.
Dr. M Firoz Ahmed described Aaranyak’s long-term conservation approaches for conserving tigers, co-predators and their prey animals in Manas National Park. Jayanta Kumar Pathak gave stress on the compilation of proper words for vernacular language to ease of expressing scientific meanings. The event was concluded with the final comments and vote of thanks by Dr. Bibhuti P Lahkar.