Ajmer varsity offers course for bird lovers

A six-month certificate course on birding has been started by the Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer.

jaipur Updated: Sep 28, 2017 19:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Ajmer,Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University,MDSU
Purple Moorhen at the Ana Sagar Lake in Ajmer. (HT Photo)

A six-month certificate course on birding -- observation of birds as a hobby -- has been started by the Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University (MDSU), Ajmer.

“It is designed for both bird lovers and students seeking an additional skill. There are a lot of people who take a keen interest in birds. And with photography becoming digital and cameras becoming more affordable, there is a spurt in number of bird photographers,” said prof Praveen Mathur, head of MDSU’s department of environmental science that offers the course.

A proposal for the course was approved at a meeting of the university’s academic council on Wednesday. Admissions for the first batch will be done in October; the intake for the first batch is 20.

The course will give an edge to environmental science students when it comes to employment prospects, Mathur said. “For those who will work as eco-guides or consultants for environment impact assessments of big constructions, the course will be an add-on.”

The course includes lessons on identification of birds, their bodily adaptations, and migration habits, Mathur said. It will not deal with technical aspects, such as anatomy or physiology of birds, which are taught in another diploma course offered by the department in ornithology.

The classes for the course – with a fee of Rs 3,100 -- will be held on Friday and Saturday, and field visits will be conducted on Sundays. It will have two theory papers, and a dissertation by a student at the end of the course. The batch will organise a bird fair that will exhibit their work during the course.

Keeping in mind the interest of hobbyists, Class 12 certificate has been fixed as the eligibility for admission.

First Published: Sep 28, 2017 19:34 IST