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The YPS Saturday Meet – Africa – Where Dreams Come True
October 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+5.5
YPS Saturday Meet | Oct 02, Sat | 6:00 PM IST | State Youth Centre
How to get there? What clothes and gear to take? What national parks to visit? Why visit more than one park? Which season to visit in? What dangers are involved? Dr Huilgol’s presentation will answer all these questions, and many more.
Note: Limited to 50 Seats. First-come-first-serve basis. Registration link inside(below).
Dr Ajit K Huilgol
Dr Ajit K Huilgol is a multifaceted individual, and wears many hats.
He is a kidney transplant surgeon based in Bangalore, and has been doing kidney transplants in this city since the very first successful transplant in Karnataka in 1983. Since then he has performed close to 2500 kidney transplants, the most by any surgeon in Karnataka.
He was the President of the prestigious Indian Society of Organ Transplantation from 2010 to 2012, and has many publications in national and international journals. He has received many awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Nephrology Association of Karnataka, Lifetime Achievement Award given by FKCCI, Karnataka, Samaja Seva Bhushan Award given by the Subharam Trust, Karnataka, and many others.
Dr Huilgol has been invited by the Govts of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Nigeria to set up kidney transplant centres in those countries, and to train their surgeons.
While still in medical college as an undergraduate, he made his debut as a cricket commentator in English for All India Radio, Bangalore, in 1972. He continued to give commentary, in spite of being a busy surgeon, until 2005. He was probably the youngest commentator in the country when he made his debut as a 20 year old in 1972. He has also lent his voice to Doordarshan for some international cricket matches, including the Women’s World Cup in 1997, and the Sri Lanka vs India ODI in 1997.
Again, while still an undergraduate, he became a hypnotist, and conducted many hypnosis shows in Bangalore and Mysore.
Even as a youngster Dr Huilgol was interested in nature and wildlife, but it wasn’t until 2007 when he developed a keen interest in wildlife photography. With Mr M N Jayakumar as his guru, he bought his first digital camera, the Canon 1D Mk3, and started visiting many wildlife reserves in India and abroad.
In 2008 he received his Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2009 he received the Runner-up Award in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the Mammals Behaviour category. His images and articles have appeared in many magazines and books. He is a very sought-after speaker on topics ranging from travels to post-processing.
In June 2001, his image and video of a large male tiger (later named Masti) caught in a jaw trap in Nagarahole Tiger Reserve led to the arrest of over 40 poachers of the notorious Sansar Chand gang. For this he was made a Special Police Officer in the CID Forest Wing, Govt of Karnataka.
Finally, Dr Huilgol has also acted in a movie, “Freaky Chakra” that starred Dipti Naval.
You can follow his work here:
Covid Protocol for the event
While there are some relaxations to curfew times, we are still required to follow all the precautions that the Government of Karnataka has prescribed. Here are a list of protocols that the visitors must adhere to:
- Persons attending should follow the Covid Appropriate Behavior prescribed by the Govt. of Karnataka. This includes social distancing and wearing of mask.
- All visitors must pass the Thermal screening test done by YPS at the entrance.
- There are restrictions on people who can visit the exhibition and participate in the award function.
- We may have to ask visitors to wait to limit the number of people at the venue within permitted numbers.
- We will not be able to admit accompanying children below the age of 18.
- Persons visiting the hall must have completed at least one dose of vaccination.
- Every visitor will also be asked to sign a Covid declaration before being admitted to the hall.
To Register click here.
-YPS Executive Committee