Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) in news : Daily Current Affairs

ZSI is celebrating its 107th Foundation Day at the organization’s headquarters in Alipore. With this ZSI’s first woman director Dhriti Banerjee said that Despite the pandemic, scientists of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) discovered more than 500 species in the last one year.

Now ZSI will release “The Animal Discoveries and Plant Discoveries 2021”. At this ocassion Bhupender Yadav , Union minister of environment, forest and climate change, and  Ashwini Kumar Choubey, minister of state for environment and forest, will be present.

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) was established on 1st July, 1916 to promote survey, exploration and research leading to the advancement in our knowledge of various aspects of exceptionally rich life of the erstwhile ´British Indian Empire´.

The survey has its genesis in the establishment of the Zoological Section of the Indian Museum at Calcutta in 1875. By gradually strengthening its staff and expanding its research programme, the Survey has met the challenge of the past and is on its way to meet the demands of the future. It has maintained its primary objectives unchanged from its inception.

The scope and functions of ZSI have considerably expanded, particularly in the light of the Convention on Biological Diversity, ratified by the Govt. of India in 1994. To meet the challenges of biodiversity conservation, sustainable utilization and dissemination of knowledge on faunal diversity to all stake holders, the Survey has acquired recently modern tools and techniques such as scanning electron microscopes, digital stereo zoom microscopes, GIS tools, Data basing tools and the DNA bar coding technology, augmenting the research infrastructure of ZSI.