Human-elephant conflict is on rise and elephants are worst sufferer. Every year about 50 elephants face death because of poaching, electrocution and rail accidents in the State of Odisha. If this continues unabated, elephants will disappear soon.
Odisha, the ancient Kalinga, was always known for its elephants. Because of possessing large numbers of war elephants, the monarchs of Kalinga were adorned the title of “Gajapati”. Chodaganga Deva (1078-1150 AD) was styled as Nava navati sahasra kunjaradiswara (Lord of ninety nine thousand elephants) and Kapilendra Deva (1435-1467 AD) inherited two hundred thousand elephants at the time of his accession to the throne.
Elephants have been declared as the heritage animal of our nation. To save the elephants, “Save Elephant Foundation Trust” invited experts to deliver lectures to create awareness among the students of two educational institutions in Bhubaneswar, namely Rajdhani Engineering College and Dharma Vihar Saraswati SishuVidya Mandir.
In the program Dr. Debabrata Swain, IFS, State chief Conservator Forests joined as the chief guest, Mr.Abhimanyu Behera, IFS, State Silviculturist, Mr. Jayant kumar Das, City D.F.O., Bhubaneswar, Eminent Wildlife Researcher Dr. Lala Ashwin Kumar Singh and founder of EVER GREEN FORUM Er. Prakash Chandra Jena as guests of honour.
The secretary of Rajdhani Engineering College Dr. Sharad Chandra Panda, Principal Dr. Bimal Sarangi, Director Dr. Gouri Shankar Mishra and Ramesh Chowdhury were also present. Mr. Gyana Ranjan Nayak, Pradhan Acharya Mr. Chandra Sekhar parida, and Mr. Nitish Kumar Rout cooperated for the success of the program in their school. At both the educational institutions, all the lectures and teachers and over 1500 students participated in the Program. At Rajdhani Engineering College, an essay competition on ‘Role of Engineers in conservation of elephants’ was organized and the students were awarded for the best essays.