The third death anniversary of Dr. C. Gopakumar was commemorated at Konni Elephant Camp on January 11, 2018. The function was presided over by Dr. Kurien .K.Jacob, IVA State President, and inaugurated by Hon.Minister Adv.K.Raju, Minister of Animal Husbandry, Forest andWildlife Protection, in the auspicious presence of Dr. Shameem AbuBaker, General Secretary IVA Kerala, Dr.B. Bahuleyan Additional Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Dr. Elizabeth Daniel, District Animal Husbandry officer, Dr. Ambikadevi Deputy Director, AH PTA, Dr. Harikumar J Member of Kerala State Veterinary Council, Dr.Daniel John,SVS,Pallickal,Dr B.N.Shaji, APO,RAHC,PTA, Sri.S. G.Maheshkumar IFS, DFO, Konni, Shri Harikrishnan, Assistant Conservator Wildlife Kottayam, Sri Sarath Chandran, Range Forest Officer.
Dr. Bindu Lekshmi, the beloved wife of Dr. C. Gopakumar, was the chief guest. Dr. Jyothi.V.Dev, Secretary IVA Pathanamthitta, delivered the welcome speech. Dr. Kurien K Jacob, in his speech, emphasized on the need for risk allowance, more safety measures for Elephant squad, and a separate wildlife wing in AHD. In his inaugural address, Hon.Minister Adv.K.Raju, expressed his deepest condolences and praised Dr. Gopakumar’s ethics and dedication to his profession and society. The minister stressed the significance of Vets in the society, the great sacrifice of Dr. Gopakumar, the risks Vets faced in their day-to-day professional life and the importance of providing risk allowance to Vets.Dr. Roon Mariam Mathai, Treasurer IVA Pathanamthitta, thanked all the dignitaries.
Dr.J Jayakumar C.S, Forest Veterinary Officer Konni, delivered an effective and informative lecture on the topic “Rescue and Rehabilitation of Wild Animals and their Translocation ”. The IVA Pathanamthitta unit salutes the professional commitment of Dr. C. Gopakumar, Veterinary Surgeon, and mourns his untimely demise in the thick of official assignment and thank all the Vets who attended the function.