This year's J L N Fellowship to Dr Gopal for tiger conservation

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New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) The prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship award for this year has been given to Secretary, National Tiger Conservation Authority, Dr Rajesh Gopal.

The J L N Fellowship has been awarded to Dr Gopal on the eve of the 119th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, by the J N Memorial Fund which is chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Dr Gopal, who is also Inspector General of Forests in the Ministry of Environment and Forests, has been awarded the fellowship for his project 'Evaluating and Developing a Mitigation Strategy for Maintaining Metapopulation Structure of Tigers in Priority Landscapes'.

The study, while providing a strategy to strengthen the source populations of tigers in various identified landscapes, will also suggest specific restorative inputs to mainstream tiger concerns in outer landscapes, according to the J N Memorial Fund.

The fellowship, tenable for a period of two years, carries a stipend of Rs 15,000 per month and a contingency grant of Rs 25,000 per annum.

So far 145 people have received the fellowship.

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