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ABOUT THE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF INDIA

ZSI was established on January 7, 1938 at Lahore and is the oldest academic Society of India dealing with all branches of Zoology. It has completed 78 years and on this occasion we will felicitate the eminent zoologists with medals and a citation for their outstanding contribution in the field of Zoology/Environmental Science etc.
ABOUT THE CITY
The holy city, Kurukshetra where the epic war of Mahabharata was fought, has borne the imprints of Lord Krishna’s lotus feet. The message of Geeta was delivered to the world from
this sacred place. Important visiting sites at Kurukshetra include Brahm Sarovar, Jyotisar, Sannhit Sarovar, Ban Ganga, Bhadrakali temple, and many more. This city is situated 160
Kms north of Delhi on National Highway No.1. Also, Kurukshetra is 45 Kms south to Ambala Cantt. Railway Junction. All trains from Delhi to Amritsar/Jammu run through Kurukshetra. All buses from ISBT New Delhi going to Punjab, Himachal and J&K stop at Pipli (160 Kms. from Delhi) from where Kurukshetra University is merely 8 Km (local Transport is easily available). Nearest Airport is Chandigarh 100 Kms in north of Kurukshetra.
The temperature during February is normally cold approximately 20oC. Woolen clothing is
accordingly required.

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THE FRAMING OF THE CONSTITUTION

A Constitution of the Society, which was named the Indian Zoological Society, was adopted and Executive Council consisting of Dr. Beni Prasad (President), Diwan Anand Kumar (Treasurer), Prof. H.K. Mookerjee (Secretary), Dr. B.L. Bhatia (Business Manager of the Journal) and eight others were elected. However, due to the sad demise of Dr. Bhatia and outbreak of World War- II, in 1939 the Society could not progress well. Eventually Zoologists assembled in the Zoology Section at the Nagpur Session of the Indian Science Congress held in January, 1945, passed a resolution in favour of resuscitating the Society and appointed a Committee consisting of Dr. M. A. Moghe (Convener), Dr. S.L. Hora and Dr. B.K. das for the purpose. Their report was considered by a meeting, held on the 4th January, 1946, of the zoologists assembled for the Indian Science Congress at Bangalore and it was decided to revive the Society. An Executive Council was elected under Article 19 of the Old constitution. It was authorized to draw up a new Constitution and to take such other steps as may be found necessary to place the Society on a sound footing. The New Constitution (Bulletin of the Zoological Society of India, No. 1, October 1947) was adopted in the Annual General Meeting of the society held at Delhi on 1st January,1947. A Constitution of the Society, which was named the Indian Zoological Society, was adopted and Executive Council consisting of Dr. Beni Prasad (President), Diwan Anand Kumar (Treasurer), Prof. H.K. Mookerjee (Secretary), Dr. B.L. Bhatia (Business Manager of the Journal) and eight others were elected. However, due to the sad demise of Dr. Bhatia and outbreak of World War- II, in 1939 the Society could not progress well. Eventually Zoologists assembled in the Zoology Section at the Nagpur Session of the Indian Science Congress held in January, 1945, passed a resolution in favour of resuscitating the Society and appointed a Committee consisting of Dr. M. A. Moghe (Convener), Dr. S.L. Hora and Dr. B.K. das for the purpose. Their report was considered by a meeting, held on the 4th January, 1946, of the zoologists assembled for the Indian Science Congress at Bangalore and it was decided to revive the Society. An Executive Council was elected under Article 19 of the Old constitution. It was authorized to draw up a new Constitution and to take such other steps as may be found necessary to place the Society on a sound footing. The New Constitution (Bulletin of the Zoological Society of India, No. 1, October 1947) was adopted in the Annual General Meeting of the society held at Delhi on 1st January,1947. 

The Society was registered at Lucknow, in 1953, under the, Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. Unfortunately, the document was lost and its whereabouts were not known to anybody at the helm of affairs. It was mandatory to send audited accounts of the Society regularly to the I.G. (Registration) but nobody bothered about the said mandatory provision of the Act under which it (ZSI) was registered. The whereabouts of the money collected as membership fee (both ordinary and life members) for the activity of the Society is not known. In addition, other assets of the society- mostly movable items such as Godrej Almirah, Journals, other furniture, and Fixed Deposit if any, in Bank and post office etc. is not known, neither to me nor anybody has come forward to give any information whatsoever regarding the same. Since long the activities of the society remained ceased except for the organization of a few congresses at random.

At the time of 10th All India congress of Zoology, held at P.G. Dept. of Zoology, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya; from 14th – 18th October, 1998 with Prof. B. N. Pandey as working president of ZSI and General president of the 10th All India congress of Zoology, zoologists assembled (at Bodh Gaya) decided to revive the society. At that time there was no elected executive council of the society. In due course, an adhoc committee was made on the request of life members of ZSI in the year 2000. Later on, a full Executive Council was made as per existing constitution on 31st December, 2001 at the occasion of the 12th All India Congress of Zoology held at Hardwar. The general body of the society authorized the executive council to formulate a detailed constitution of the Zoological Society of India and also decided to have its headquarters at P. G. Dept. of Zoology, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, District Gaya (Bihar).

Further, in the meeting of the General body at Hardwar, it was also decided to revalidate and/or reregister the society at the earliest and the elected president, Dr. B.N. Pandey (Bodh Gaya) was authorized to do the needful. It took about 7 months and the new registration of the society was obtained from the I. G. (Registration) on 23rd July 2002 bearing No. 302/2002-2003.

The Zoological Society of India, despite the ups and downs of the past years, has now regained its past glory due to the concerted efforts of the President and the unstinted co-operation of its members and honorable Fellows, and is progressing on the path of excellence in leaps and bounds. It remains committed to further the cause of quality academics and research in the field of Zoology and allied fields. We are flying high and marching steadily towards a golden future.

Some of the milestones achieved are highlighted as follows:

  • The society has achieved and acquired its legitimate status and it has now possessing valid document of registration.
  • The Proceedings of the All India Congresses of Zoology are regularly published.
  • The society’s Journal has been registered bearing ISSN No. 0972- 6683.
  • Publication of the Journal entitled “Proceedings of the Zoological Society of India” has been restarted and is regularly published as per schedule. NAAS rating is 2.96 (w.e.f. 1st January, 2015)
  • A separate bank account in the name of “Zoological Society of India” has been set up to ensure transparency in all financial transactions. All money related to the Society and its functioning are deposited in the Society’s account only.
  • The accounts of the Society are duly audited regularly by a bonafide chartered account.
  • The society has now its own website (magadh4U.com,/ZSI muniv) and Email address (bnpandeymu@gmail.com).
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