To save Sangai deer, Sharda University student starts 3500 km bicycle expedition

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I believe awareness can make greater impacts: Rohan Philem

SRINAGAR: Rohan Philem, a 23-year-old student, started his bicycle expedition from Sharda University in Greater Noida on Tuesday with the intent to aware people about the endangered Sangai deer found in Manipur.
Sangaideer is an endemic and endangered subspecies of brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur, India.
Now, Rohan will be covering 3500 kilometre distance from Sharda University, where he studies, to his home state Manipur in 35 days.
Talking about his inspirations behind such initiative, Rohan said, “I believe awareness can make greater impacts. This ride is with the aim to make people aware about the fragile environment and endangered Sangai deer in Manipur. My grandfather served as a forest guard protecting the Sangai deer and I promised to make him feel proud one day.”
Rohan will be visiting schools and colleges during his ride, and will address the issue to students. He is of the opinion that such programme can really make an impact among the citizens.
Sharda University has provided a new plaform to him and helped him in his aim to make people aware about the endangered Sangai deer. Previously, Rohan completed two other bicycle expeditions from Delhi to Manipur and Manipur to Kolkata covering a distance of 2800 km and 1700 km respectively.
Sharda University Chancellor P K Gupta flagged off the marathon ride. Along with the Chancellor, the students gathered in large numbers during the flag off event for the marathon ride.
Congratulating Rohan, Chancellor said, “It is a proud moment for all of us and an allegiant inspiration of unity in diversity.”
During the expedition, Rohan will ride through Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur. He will also participate in the Sangai Festival 2018 where he will be welcomed by the chief minister of Manipur.
When asked about the safety issues during the ride, Rohan said, “I have the Indian flag with me all through the ride.”