Dhriti Banerjee becomes 1st woman Director of the 105-year-old Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata | Daily Current Affairs 2021

Dhriti Banerjee becomes 1st woman Director of the 105-year-old Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata

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Dhriti Banerjee

Dhriti Banerjee: She is a prolific scientist who has recently been recently appointed as the director of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI).

Highlights:

  • Her appointment was approved by the appointments committee of the Cabinet of Government of India (GoI) making her the first woman to be appointed as director of the 105-year-old ZSI.
  • She will be taking charge sometime in the next week.

About:

  • The 51-year-old has had an illustrious career as a scientist.
  • She has worked in several projects like conducting research in zoogeography, taxonomy, morphology and molecular systematic.
  • She has been the coordinator of ZSI’s Digital Sequence Information Project since 2021.

About ZSI:

  • The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) was founded in July 1916.
  • It has its headquarters in Kolkata.
  • It has 16 regional centres under the ministry of environment and forests and climate change.
  • ZSI started hiring women scientists as late as 1949, nearly three decades since its inception.
  • Mira Mansukhani created a benchmark by entering the male-dominated organization as the first women employee. 
  • On the occasion of its centenary celebrations in 2016, Banerjee had co-authored the “The Glorious 100 Women’s Scientific Contribution in ZSI”, which chronicled the contributions of women scientists in the domain of animal-related groups. 

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