Dept. of Zoology and Dept. of Chemistry Educational Tour to Manas National Park
As part of the curriculum the Dept. of Zoology and Chemistry jointly organized study tour to Manas National Park on 10th and 11th December 2018 for 6th Semester students. The trip was entirely planned and executed by these two departments. The theme of the tour was “LEARNING WITH WILDERNESS”. The teachers-in-charge of the trip included Sir Tenang R. Marak and Sir Surjoron Hajong of Zoology department, Sir. Dhiraj Kr. Rabha of Chemistry department and Miss Shayantani Das (DBT Research Scholar). The partial fund for the tour was provided by the Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura. The trip was flagged off by the Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura Rev. Fr. Bivan Rodriques Mukhim at Chandmary at 05:45 am.
Manas National Park is a beautiful place, located in the two dictricts Bongaigaon and Barpeta, in the state of Assam. Manas is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tiger Reserve, Elephant Reserve, Biosphere Reserve, National Park and also a Wildlife Sanctuary. The park is situated near the Manas River which is one of the major tributaries of the Brahmaputra River and divides the park in two halves. Located in the Himalayan foothills, it is contiguous with Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan.
The group reached Manas at 12:15 pm after six hours journey. The safari ride at the National Park was scheduled for 02:00 pm. During the safari ride peacock, Capped langurs, wild elephants, rhinoceros, wild buffalo and wild boars were spotted. Manas National Park is also blessed with rich vegetation with abundance of elephant apple and elephant grass. The Safari ride was for 3 hours after which the group headed for dinner at Barama, Assam. The students and the Teachers-in-charge were accommodated at Don Bosco High School, Doomni, Assam.
The itinerary of the trip also included Visit to second largest Tea Estate in Assam – Doomni Tea Estate. On 11th December 2018 Rev. Fr. Ethelbert Minj, Headmaster of Don Bosco School, Doomni accompanied the group to Doomni Tea Estate. Mr. Augustus Tigga, employee of the tea estate showed the entire processing of tea leaves.