1 Tahrcountry Musings: Light at the end of the tunnel for Dr Ullas Karanth

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Light at the end of the tunnel for Dr Ullas Karanth

We all are aware of the trials and tribulations that Dr Ullas Karanth had to undergo while doing his research on tigers in Karnataka. He was hassled unnecessarily. Profesional jealousy added salt to the wound. But things have suddenly started looking very rosy for the renowned scientist.

Centre for Wildlife Studies headed by Dr Ullas Karanth  has been recognized as a "Centre of Excellence" by the Government of Karnataka for its contribution to conservation biology over the pas two decades. The ongoing project titled "Meta-Population dynamics of tigers in Malenad-Mysore Tiger Landscape (MMTL) of Karnataka" conducted in collaboration with the Karnataka Forest Department has come in for laurels.The Award was presented to  Dr. Ullas Karanth, by Chief Minister of Karnataka B. S. Yeddyurappa at a function held in Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore on 6th July 2011. 

My views on this mirrors what Dr. George Schaller said. In a congratulatory message to Dr Ullas Karanth he  said " It is so well deserved, and it's wonderful to  see that after years of getting hassled or your important work ignored you are finally recognized officially and valued”.

We wish Dr Ullas Karanth many more years of fruitful, research. You have shown the youngsters what grit can do.

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