|Ranger’s College in Kurseong About to Be Shut Down Completely|
On December 11, TheDC and Himalaya Darpan had reported about the fact that the Eastern Ranger's College was about to be shut down [Details here: Ranger’s College in Kurseong About to Be Shut Down Completely
However, neither the GTA nor Darjeeling MP did anything to bring this issue to the attention of the appropriate authorities.
Following which the DDUDF President Dr. Mahendra P Lama approached the Director General (Forests) and Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests Shri. S S Garbyal and informed him about the need to preserve the Eastern Forest Ranger's College, situated at the St. Mary's hills in Kurseong.
Shri. S S Garbyal informed Dr. Lama that he along with a team from the MoEF would visit Kurseong for an evaluation tour and decide on the matter.
Dr. Lama informed Mr. Garbyal that the Eastern Forest Ranger's College was a heritage institute and a pride of the Darjeeling hills, and thus not only needs to be conserved, but also needs to be upgraded to a research institute status.
The Ranger's College in Kurseong is one of the four premier institutes in India which along with such institutes in Dehradoon in Uttarakhand, Barnihat in Assam and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu that trains rangers selected from all over India.
Dr. Lama said that the Ranger's college was a pride of the Darjeeling Hills and if it shuts down it would be a great loss to the hills.
We are hopeful that Dr. Lama's timely intervention will help in saving this prestigious Institute.
While we thank Dr. Lama for his initiative and assure him of all support in this endeavour from our side. We cannot help but call our GTA officials and MP...