Vidyanagar Nature Club/Voluntary Nature Conservancy (VNC) is registered as a Public Charitable Trust Vides No: E/2659/Anand under Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950 in the year 2003 with the main mission of creating environmentally sensitive society. Located in Vallabh Vidyanagar town of Gujarat, VNC has been working actively since its inception with its primary objectives to inculcate love for the environmentand appreciate sustainable living. Started with the idea of sharing the simple joys of bird watching, cycling in the midst of nature, and enjoying being in nature’s lap, VNC has grown into an organisation whose working areas now broadly include (1) Environment Education, (2) Research & Conservation, and (3) Awareness & Advocacy. VNC tries to fi ll up the prevailing gap that exist in the society and education system for environment education and learning, and conducts extensive educational programs in schools and colleges.
VNC’s wildlife related projects include India wolf monitoring in Kutch, mugger crocodile conservation in Gujarat, understanding and mitigating crop depredation in Little Rann of Kutch, forest owlet monitoring in south Gujarat, assessing and mitigating snakebite in Gujarat, capacity building to assist wildlife conservation and citizen science initiative to promote crocodile conservation. VNC carries out various campaigns such as the Snakebite Mitigation Program, Save the Sparrow project, Greenathon (annual marathon), Save the Vulture program, and drives to reduce pollution. Besides this, we also deal with ongoing environmental issues that occur around us, such as illegal cutting of trees, water pollution, and waste management. VNC is accredited by GEF, (Global Environment Facility) and is a member of GEA (Global Environmental Action) & SAYEN (South Asia Youth & Environment Network). VNC is also a registered Non-Profit foundation as Voluntary Nature Conservancy in USA.
Charotar University of Science & Technology, Anand, widely known as CHARUSAT University has been conceived by a non-profit premier education trust – Shri Charotar Moti Sattavis Patidar Kelavani Mandal. The university is a State private University and it has been established in the year 1994 under Gujarat Private University Act, 2009 and empowered under Section 22 of UGC Act, 1956. CHARUSAT offers 72 Programs through 9 different institutes, 6 faculties, 4 major centers/ cells at the Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Research level Ph.D. programs in numerous disciplines and their specializations. CHARUSAT has a student strength of 7500+, in various courses and programs in the fields of Engineering and Technology, Computer Application, Management, Applied Sciences, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Paramedical Sciences. CHARUSAT holds 2631 plus research publications, 31 plus research labs, 21 plus patents and more than 73 research projects. CHARUSAT offers an innovative curriculum that encourages students and faculty to work coherently and collaboratively toward learning goals. The University holds the mission to empower through knowledge and enable the young generation to ignite their intellect. The name Charotar University of Science and Technology has been conceived to pay tribute to the region – Charotar (the golden land) where it has originated.
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Naja India is a non-governmental organisation, consisting of committed wildlife biologists, ecologists and enthusiasts who have come together to use skills for the betterment of nature and help in conservation of the wildlife and their habitats. Naja-India specialize in the area of human-wildlife interactions and work on minimizing the negative occurrences. The mission of Naja India is to conserve wildlife through research, management and education, with the aim of mainstreaming acceptance of coexistence with wildlife. Naja India works on a variety of environmental issues by understanding them through research activities, applying appropriate and sustainable mitigation measures and by engaging all stakeholders, especially the local communities. Naja India’s main focus areas are Snakebite Mitigation, Human-Crocodile Conflict Mitigation, Wildlife Roadkill Mitigation and Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation. Their ongoing projects include Snakebite Mitigation in Gujarat, Python Ecology Project, Human-Crocodile Conflict Mitigation in Gujarat and Roadkill Mitigation for Pythons and other wildlife.
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