IIT Bombay: Students keep snakes off campusEditorial Team1154|1Last Updated:03:15 pm, April 03, 2012
Three IIT Bombay students have taken the responsibility to keeping snakes out of their campus.
IIT Bombay is located in the green suburbs of Powai and surrounded by greenery. IIT Bombay’s proximity to Borivali National Park means that snakes some times make their way into IIT’s campus.
Pinaki Mishra, Antanu Sarkar and Amey Sahastrabuddhe are the three IIT-Bombay students. The three are studying in the institute’s division of Science.
The three students, who have been dubbed as the 3 Idiots by a Powai community newspaper, have decided to escort snakes back to their territory.
Pinaki, according to the report, is the leader of the group. Pinaki is from Orissa and his interest in snakes stems from his childhood when his father would teach him about various species of snakes. This led to Pinaki catching snakes as a hobby from the time he was in Class 9. By the time he was at IIT-Bombay, Pinaki could catch most types of snakes.
The three students have a good record. They have caught over 500 species on campus. Their biggest catch has been a 38-kilogram python that weighed 38 kilograms in January this year.
The students not only escort the snakes back to their habitat but also conduct research on them by tagging them.
None of the three students have been bitten by any snake yet.