Inconvenient Truths: Oh Deer! Tackling Deer Fatalities on Campus

“While deer fatalities occur throughout the year, according to a Prakriti report provided to us by Professor Shanti Bhattacharya, about 21 deer have died, and three injured, in January 2014 alone – the month when the student fests Shaastra and Saarang are organized.” “Articles in leading newspapers of Chennai have drawn attention to these deer deaths in January, as IITM, being the leading tertiary-education institute in Chennai, is often under the ‘social scanner’. Naturally, acerbic criticism of IITM’s environmental policy is pouring in, while a management already caught up in a mess of environmental legalities balks at the mention of the issue. Fortunately, a proactive student community can take steps to reduce deer fatalities.” Kalyani and Nithin bring you the various facets of the ‘Inconvenient Truths’ facing IITM residents in this two-part series covering IITM’s environmental issues.