Xavier’s Zoology Association
On the 15th of July, the zoology department at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai hosted the official inauguration of the Xavier’s Zoology Association. The chief guest for the occasion was Mr. Bittu Sahgal, India’s leader in conservation and the battle against climate change. What was initially meant to be a very formal affair, ending up being immensely moving, not to mention deeply thought-provoking.
The ceremony began on a wonderful note when the president of the association, a student named Ryan Rodrigues, gave a heart-felt speech about the significance that wildlife and nature have in his life. He gave the audience an idea about what the zoology department of the college is all about, and what motivates its students to study biology and animals so closely. Ryan also unveiled the beautiful logo of the association.
After several more speakers, including the Principal of the college, Dr. Agnello Menezes, and the teacher who heads the association, Dr. Madhuri Hambarde, it was finally time for Mr. Bittu Sahgal to say a few words. Few indeed! His lengthy talk with the audience was more than just a speech for some inauguration; it served as a spark that fueled the minds of everyone present to contemplate about the potential of the association to bring about actual change; maybe not on a large scale, but definitely on the college campus. This change could be cultivating interest for wildlife in students all over Xavier’s, or even to just spread knowledge about the state of affairs in our country and in Mumbai when it comes to animal and plant ecology and conservation. Mr. Sahgal showed the audience various videos about the earth, and about previous conservationalists and zoologists. His talk ended with a question-answer session. After his talk the idea behind the new department magazine, IMPRINT, was revealed.
Overall the inauguration had the right impact on all present, and served as a great opening for the association.