WCS – India Program’s Media and Tiger Conservation camp at PSG College of Arts and Science, Anamalai Tiger Reserve and Parambikulam Tiger Reserve.
Follow up for the second workshop & offers for the first workshop participants
The organising committee of the first meet for Media students of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry met on Monday, 28 Feb, 2011 at Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) office in G.V.Residency, Coimbatore to analyse the proceedings of the workshop conducted from February 25 -27, 2011.
Prof. Jayaprakash.C.R, Project coordinator of the WCS – India Program workshop for media students and working journalists, Lakshminarayanan>N, Researcher at WCS, Mohanraj.K, founder of Save Coimbatore Wetlands, Bharathidasan.S, Secretary of Arulagam participated in this meet.
The organising team thanked the disciplined group of 30 media students from Anna University, Chennai (6), Pondicherry Central University (4), SRM Arts and Science, Chennai (2), Madras Christian College (2), D.G.Vaishanv College of Arts and Science (2), Periyar University, Salem (2), Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (1), Karunya University, Coimbatore (1), PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore(4), G.R.D. College of Science, Coimbatore (2), CSI Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore (2) and Hindusthan College of Arts and Science (2).
The team also thanked the sponsors, WCS – India Program, Dr.Ravi Chellam, Country Director – WCS, Dr. Rajah Jayapal Conservation Scientist, Rangasamy.G, Managing Trustee, PSG Institutions, Dr. Chinnadorai.K, Principal in charge, PSG College of Arts and Science, Shekar Dattatri, Wildlife and Conservation Film maker, Chennai, Dr.Tolstoy.R, Associate Professor, PSG Insitute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mohammed Ali, Member, The Nature Trust, Basavaraju.K, IFS., Field Director, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Vijayananthan.K, IFS., Wildlife Warden, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Dr.Manoharan.V, Forest Veterinary Officer, Coimbatore, Thangaraj Panneerselvam, Forest Range Officer, Ullandy, ATR, Nandu Sundaram, Times of India, Coimbatore for their valuable presentations which enriched and ignited the talented young minds.
Feedback obtained from the participants through a framed questionnaire and direct interview revealed the following points:
- The camp was an eye opener on Tigers, Wildlife, Environment and Conservation.
- Almost everyone felt that such camps could be conducted for more than 3 days considering its importance.
- All of them expressed good opinion about the resource persons, food, travel, accommodation , proceedings, media coverage, announcements through internet, media etc.,
- At least 90 % of them wished to participate in future camps and activities of WCS – India Program.
- Over 6 of them expressed their willingness to pay for future camps as they found the first camp highly useful.
- Majority of them felt that session timings should be around an hour with adequate breaks in between.
- Around 40 % of them felt that the total strength of the participants was high.
- Majority of them felt that some more time should have been allotted to treks, reducing the seminar, discussion schedule.
- Group photo
- More pictures to come in the following link of my website from March 2, 2011.
Plans for the next workshop
The next workshop is planned to be conducted in the last week of May on three weekdays for Working Journalists of Tamil Nadu.
Following resource persons names were suggested for the second meet:
Dr. Ullas Karanth, Shekar Dattatri, Theodore Baskaran, Sankararaman, Divya Muddappa, Oppili.V, Mohanraj.N, WWF, Tamil Nadu, Dr.P.B.Sanjay, Vice Chancellor, Thiruvarur Central University, Dr.Ravindran, Head, Department of Journalism, Dr.Pichaandy.C, Head, Department of Journalism, Dr.Thomas.P.E, Head Department of Journalism, Bharathiar University apart from the heads of ATR, PTR, WCS – India Program and Rajah Jayapal. The names will be finalised after further consultations.
Strength of the participants – 20 working journalists.
A special round table is planned for the last day by inviting at least 10 active environment NGO’s in Tamil Nadu. This will help the media in getting sensitised even about the local issues in Tiger conservation.
Offer for the first camp participants
The 30 media students who participated in the first camp are requested to submit Posters about the camp they attended by March 7, so that they shall be handed over the Field Director of ATR on March 9, when WCS – Indian Program’s another project – training the field staff gets inaugurated. Top 10 best poster designers will be recognised with surprising offers.
Publications on Tiger conservation, wildlife, nature, environment etc., in mainstream media, in house magazines, research journals by media students will be awarded with Rs.5,000 worth prizes.
Even documentaries and short films, impressive posters on these subjects will be considered for the above reward. The deadline for publication and submission to the Project coordinator is May 15, 2011.
Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association (NWEA) is conducting the annual Wildlife estimate in Nilgiris North, South and Gudalur Forest Divisions from March 4 -7, 2011. Four participants from the first camp will be offered a place in the Census program. Interested students need to submit their request in this blog’s comment box by Thursday, March, 3, 11 AM.
All the participants are requested to register their comments again in this blog so that it reaches the acitve netizens and nature enthusiasts in an effective and efficient manner.