Zoological Society of india

The Zoological Society of India: History and Milestones

(Re-Registered under the Societies Act. 21 of 1860: No. 302/2002-2003)

B.N. Pandey

M.Sc. (Gold Medalist), Ph. D., F.A.Z., F.Z.S.I., F.A.E.B., F.I.A.E.S., M.N.A. Sc.

President, Zoological Society of India

THE GENESIS

The Zoological Society of India owes its inception to a resolution passed by the Zoologists assembled at the Zoological section of the Indian Science Congress Association at its Jubilee Session held in Calcutta in January, 1938. A Committee consisting of Dr. B.L. Bhatia, Lahore (President and Convener), Prof. K.N. Bahl, Lucknow University, Lucknow, Prof. H.K. Mookerjee, Calcutta University, Calcutta, Prof. G. Mathai, Punjab University, Lahore, Prof. B.K. Das, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Prof. R. Gopala Iyer, Madras University, Madras, Dr. H.S. Rao, Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta; and Shri D.Mukherji, Calcutta, University of Calcutta (Secretary), was formed to formulate a scheme for founding the society. The convener sent a circular to zoologists in India. On the basis of a favourable response to the proposals, the Inaugural Meeting of the Society was held at Lahore on the 7th January, 1939, at the time of the session of the Indian Science Congress.

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.

At the Annual general Meeting held at Allahabad on the 2nd January, 1947, extensive changes in the Constitution were adopted, and a number of Rules and Regulations framed (J. Zool. Soc. India Vol. No. 2, 1947). In the subsequent Annual General Meetings, minor amendments to the Constitution were made from time to time and some of them were published in the J. Zool.Soc. India Vol. 2, No. 2, 1950, pp. 59- 60. A fully revised constitution was published in Vol. 3 No., June 1951, pp 213-221, and re-issued with upto date modification as a separate booklet in July, 1957. The revised Constitution approved at the Annual General Meeting of Society held at Madras on January 7, 1958 was issued as a separate publication in 1958.

The Annual General Meeting of the Zoological Society of India held under the Presidentship of Dr. B.S. Chauhan at the time of Third All India Congress of Zoological, under the auspices of the Andhra University at Waltair in 1976 authorised the Executive Council of the Society to appoint a sub-committee with Dr. B.S. Chauhan as Chairman to revise the constitution. The revised constitution duly adopted by the Annual General Meeting of the Society at Bhubaneswar in January, 1977 was issued. Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India and Late Shri Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, the then President of India had been Honorary patrons of the Society.

THE REVIVAL AND RESTORATION OF GLORY

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 HEADQUARTERS

The Zoological Society of India was earlier headquartered at the P. G. Dept. of Zoology, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, District Gaya (Bihar). But now, the Headquarters are shifted to Hill View Compound, Rampur Gaya-823001 (Bihar).

THE PRESIDENTS: PAST AND PRESENT

The successive presidents of the Zoological Society of India are: Dr. Beni Prasad, Prof. R. Gopala lyer, Dr. S. L. Hora, Dr. K. N. Bahl, Dr. M. A. Moghe, Dr. H. S. Rao, Dr. M. L. Roonwal, Prof. R. V. Seshaiya, Dr. A. B. Mishra, Dr. H. D. Srivastava, Dr. N. M. Panikkar, Dr. P. N. Ganpati, Dr. D. N. Ganguli, Dr. B. S. Chauhan, Prof. B. N. Pandey (2002-2005), Prof. B. D. Joshi (2006-2008), Prof. P. N. Pandey (2008-2010). Prof. B.N. Pandey (2010-2014), Prof. B.N. Pandey (2010-2014), Prof. B.N. Pandey (2014-2016), Prof. P.N. Pandey (2016-2018).

THE FIRST FORAYS INTO PUBLICATIONS

The Society started publishing in 1949, a half-yearly Journal, the Journal of the Zoological Society of India. First issue of the Journal was published on 31st January, 1949. The Journal contains results of original discoveries as well as critical reviews of the modern researches by specialists in the field of Zoology, including the natural history of animals in the widest sense.

The Society also brought out and revised Memoirs, under the series “Indian Zoological memoirs” initiated by Late Prof. K.N. Bahl, some times in 1924-1925 and first volume of memoirs (Pheritima) was published in 1926 by Prof. Bahl.

Presently, the Zoological Society of India publishes a biannual journal entitled “Proceedings of the Zoological Society of India”. UGC Listed Journal (Ser. No. 30,488) Jan, 2017.

THE ACADEMIC ENDEAVOURS

All India Congress of Zoology and National Conferences/Seminars/Symposia:

The Society has been actively engaged in the organization of conferences/ seminars/ symposia for the promotion of the cause of Zoology and zoologists of India. The All India Congress of Zoology is an annual affair held along with an academic event every year. Until date, 25 All India Congresses of Zoology have been held annually accompanied by organization of conferences/seminars/symposia etc., the details are as follows:

Sl. No.Event/ThemeVenue/DatesGeneral President (G.P.)/ Organizing Secretary (Org. Secy.)
1.1st All India Congress of Zoology and National Conference

University of Jabalpur,

Bihar, October 1959


University of Jabalpur,

Bihar, October 1959


1.1st All India Congress of Zoology and National Conference

University of Jabalpur,

Bihar, October 1959


University of Jabalpur,

Bihar, October 1959


Regional Seminars:

  1. Dr. Shivesh Prasad Singh (In-Charge, Central Regional Chapter, ZSI) organized regional seminar at Sri Ram Krishna College of Commerce and Science, Satna, M.P on January, 24-25; 2009.
  2. Dr. Shivesh Prasad Singh (In-Charge, Central Regional Chapter, ZSI) organized regional seminar at Chhatrashal Govt. P.G. College, Panna, M.P. on February, 20-21; 2009.
  3. Dr. Abha Mishra organized one National Conference under Regional Chapter of U.P. on “ Strategies for management of animal resources and their role in rural upliftment at Arya Mahila p.g. College, Shahjahanpur on February, 17-18, 2010.Dr. Shivesh Prasad Singh (In-Charge, Central Regional Chapter, ZSI) organized regional seminar at Pt. S.N.M. Govt. P.G. College, Sahdol, M.P. on December, 13-14; 2010.
  4. Dr. Shivesh Prasad Singh (In-Charge, Central Regional Chapter, ZSI) organized regional seminar at Pt. S.N.M. Govt. P.G. College, Sahdol, M.P. on December, 13-14; 2010.Dr. Suman Mishra (In-charge, Regional Chapter, Uttar Pradesh, ZSI) organized regional Seminar on National Science Day, one day Symposium on “Science & Technology for Specially Abled Persons” at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow. February, 28 to March, 01 2017.
  5. Prof. G. S. Solanki organized National Conference on “Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity: Applications of Recent Technologies for conservation of Threatened Species.” at Department of Zoology, Mijoram University on September, 22-24, 2016.
  6. Dr. Shailendra Sharma under Central India Chapter organized International Conference on “ Ecosystem Responses to global Environmental Changes and their Impact”; at School of Life Sciences, Devi Ahilya Viswavidyalaya Indore (M.P.), India on February, 16-18, 2017.
  7. Dr. Suman Mishra (In-charge, Regional Chapter, Uttar Pradesh, ZSI) organized regional Seminar on National Science Day, one day Symposium on “Science & Technology for Specially Abled Persons” at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow. February, 28 to March, 01 2017.​​

International Conferences:

ZSI has organized three International Conferences during 2008-2010 in collaboration with different organization. They are-

  1. International Conference on ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Management’ in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi Chair in Contemporary Studies in Environmental Science, CUSAT Cochin, (Biocam-2008) from February 3-6, 2008. Dr. P. Natrajan was Organizing Secretary.
  2. International conference on ‘Technologies for Mitigation of Environmental Pollution and Their Application in Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystem’ at Dept. of Zoology, Dr. B.S.A. Marathwada University, Aurangabad (M.S) from December 11-13, 2008. Prof. Y.K. Khillare was Organizing Secretary.
  3. Indian Aqua Invest Congress and Expo-2010 (IAICE-2010), in collaboration with Pillay Aquaculture Foundation and US Asia Business Forum, at CIFE Mumbai from May 26-28, 2010, Dr. Dilip Kumar was the Director of the Congress.

International Symposium on “Innovations in Animal Sciences for Food Security, Health Security and Livelihood” at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (A Central University), Lucknow. 29-31 October, 2015

REGIONAL CHAPTERS

  1. Regional Chapter (North Zone)                             Incharge: Dr. Sunil Jain, Agra
  2.  Regional Chapter (West Zone)                              Incharge: Dr. B. B. Waykar, Aurangabad (M.S.)
  3.  Regional Chapter (Central Zone)                          Incharge: Dr. S.P. Singh, Satna

  4. Regional Chapter (South Zone)                             Incharge: Dr. M.G. Raghunathan, Chennai
  5.  Regional Chapter (Uttaranchal Zone)                  Incharge: Prof. P.C. Joshi, Hardwar
  6. Regional Chapter (Uttar Pradesh Zone)               Incharge: Dr. Suman Mishra, Lucknow
  7. Regional Chapter (Chattisgarh Zone)                   Incharge: Dr. Anil Kumar, Durg
  8. Regional Chapter (Rajasthan Zone)                      Incharge: Prof. S. C. Joshi

MEDALS, AWARDS AND FELICITATIONS

The Zoological Society of India confers different types of medals and awards to luminaries/ experts for their contributions to basic and applied research in the various fields related to Zoology. A number of Felicitations and Recognitions are also conferred to selected members following due procedure

Medals/Awards conferred by the Society:

The Zoological Society of India invites applications from meritorious members for the following medals/awards instituted in the names of stalwarts in various fields by the Society for encouragement, felicitation and recognition of the contributions of individuals in the respective specialized and general fields of Zoology and Allied Sciences.

Fellowship Awards:

The Zoological Society of India confers only ten “Fellowship Awards” every year (w.e.f. 01-0- 2004). Any life member can apply or sponsor the names for these awards on a prescribed form alongwith the candidate’s biodata. The recipient shall get a certificate and will be permitted to suffix the title ‘F.Z.S.I.’ after their name.

Procedure for Application:

Interested may apply for the consideration of such awards/Fellowships. Separate application forms should be used for separate awards. The form(s) are non-transferable and can be obtained by sending a bank DD for Rs. 1000/- (per form) drawn in favour of “Zoological Society of India” payable at Bodh- Gaya/ Gaya and sent to the President, ZSI, Prof. B.N. Pandey, at the following address:

Last dates for submission: The duly filled completed application forms, alongwith the candidate’s bio-data, must reach the President, ZSI, latest by the 31st of August every year.

THE MILESTONES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

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:

  1. The society has achieved and acquired its legitimate status and it has now possessing valid document of registration.
  2. The Proceedings of the All India Congresses of Zoology are regularly published.
  3. The society’s Journal has been registered bearing ISSN No. 0972- 6683.
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. The accounts of the Society are duly audited regularly by a bonafide chartered account.
  7. The society has now its own website (magadh4U.com,/ZSI muniv) and Email address (bnpandeymu@gmail.com).
  8. Executive Council (E.C.) of the Society meets regularly and all the major decisions are taken democratically by the E. C.
  9. All India Congresses of Zoology are being regularly held every year.
  10. Publication of “Archives of Indian Zoologists” has been initiated and the first volume was released at Kanyakumari on 21st December 2003, on the inaugural day of 14th All India Congress of Zoology. The second volume was released in 2009.
  11. At present there are more than 600 active life members, and the numbers are increasing day-byday.
  12. In 2010, The Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi, nominated the “Zoological Society of India” as one of the members of the National Committee for International Union of Biological Sciences (IUSB) which was attended by Prof. B Pandey in February 2010 and April 2011. It is a matter of pride for ZSI.

THE FUTURE GOALS:

  • To establish link and close association with the Zoologists of SAARC countries. Initial discussions held towards this objective were very fruitful.
  • To establish close links with Zoologists all over the world and to have our say at the global level regarding conservation and management of biodiversity, other subject matter related to research and academics in Zoology and allied sciences.
  • To construct the own building of the society.

I extend my sincere thanks to the office bearers of Executive Council, all the bonafide members and fellows of the society for their kind co-operation and to elder’s for their blessings. Come! Let us work together for the continued success and glory of the Zoological Society of India.

B.N. Pandey
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