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Nalanda University Students hold Animal Welfare Camp for Tonga Community
in Rajgir

November 13, 2016

Project Anwesha, comprising a team of students and faculty members from Nalanda University, held its first animal health checkup and welfare camp at Ajatshatru Residence Hall ground, Rajgir on November 13, 2016. The camp was conducted as part of the launch of Project Anwesha which has been designed for the welfare of the Tonga community based in Rajgir. The event was organised by Project Anwesha in collaboration with Nalanda University, Dalai Lama Fellows Foundation, People For Animals Trust (PFA), Animal and Fisheries Resource Department, Govt. of Bihar, and UNICEF.

Shri Ravi Jyoti, the MLA of Rajgir was a special guest on this occasion. Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, Vice Chancellor, Nalanda University, K. Chandramoorthi, Registrar, Nalanda University, Ms. Vasudha Gupta, President of PFA, Patna and Dr. Pushpa Kumar Lakshmanan addressed the audience at the launch. Dr. Pushpa Kumar Lakshmanan, Mentor of group Anwesha and Associate Professor, School of Ecology and Environment School at Nalanda University welcomed the dignitaries and other guests.

The event was formally declared open by Dr. Sabharwal, who also delivered the inaugural address. Abinash Mohanty, who ideated Project Anwesha, delivered the vote of thanks. Project Anwesha was officially launched by Shri Ravi Jyoti and Dr. Gopa Sabharwal when they switched on the electricity-generation motor that was attached to one of the Tongas. The motor, which was conceptualised by Team Anwesha, is designed exclusively to meet the needs of Rajgir Tonga community. The motor will enable the Tonga community to generate electricity through the movement of their Tongas, bringing electricity to many of their homes.

The inaugural programme was followed by the health check-up and treatment of horses in and around Rajgir, by a team of ten veterinary doctors from Patna. Over 50 horses were examined at the camp for free.

Glimpses of First Animal welfare and Health Checkup, 2016
Glimpses of First Animal Welfare and Health Checkup Camp at Ajatashatru Residence Hall, Nalanda University

School children in the vicinity of Rajgir were also invited and were sensitised on animal welfare issues, compassion and environment protection. A short video presentation on animal welfare was held by PFA, for the benefit of Tonga community and invited school students. A quiz related to animal life, environmental awareness and history of Rajgir’s historical spots for the school children was conducted to enhance their awareness.

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