2011

Vasundhara Sanman

Prof. P. S. Dubey

Prof. P. S. Dubey is a science graduate from Vikram University, Ujjain. He completed his Masters in Botany from the same university. In 1969, he completed his Ph. D. in Ecology. Since 1970, he took up teaching as his profession and taught at Jodhpur University and Ujjain University. Along with teaching, he did his research work in Pollution & Ecosystem, Toxicity & Modeling and Pollution Prevention & Management. Prof. Dubey and his team received 22 National & State Awards for their research work. Because of his efforts, for the 1st time in the country, a quantification of ‘total scavenging potential’ of plant species, comparative efficiency of tree species etc. was possible.
At International level, Dr. Dubey was invited as a member of the expert group constituted by Prof. J.N.B. Bell, Imperial College of Science & Technology for Overseas Development Agency of UK. He is an Honorary Environmental Advisor to various Organizations & Industrial units. He has delivered several technical & popular lectures and written a number of articles related to environmental problems in Hindi & English. He has delivered talks and interviews on AIR, BBC, VOA and Doordarshan. He is a member of the Central & State Govt. & other organisations such as State Pollution Control Board, Govt. of MP, Environment Task Force etc.

Dr V B Diwanji

Dr. V. B. Diwanji, born in 1936, is a Science Post Graduate, with a Ph. D. He has 38 years of teaching experience and 31 years of Research experience. He has done supervision of Ph. D. dissertation for 5 students. Presently working as a Freelance Consultant for cultivation of medicinal, aromatic and industrial horticulture plants, trees for environmental conservation, he’s also a Visiting Professor at various Institutions and Organizations including Athabasca University, Canada.

Vasundhara Mitra

Abhilash Khandekar

Born in Mumbai, Abhilash Khandekar did his schooling and college education from Indore and Pune. He has a Masters degree in Commerce (M. Com.) and Political Science (M.A.). He is a professional Journalist who began his career in the early 80s as a Sports Journalist with Free Press Journal, Mumbai’s Indore edition. He is associated with The Nature Volunteers (TNV), an ‘informal pressure group of environmentally restless people’. He spearheaded the Save Tiger Campaign in 2006.

Dr Rakesh Trivedi

Born on October 5th, 1950 at Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh, India), currently he is working as Principal PMB Gujarati Science College Devi Ahilya University, Indore. Rakesh Trivedi is a teacher by profession, a scientist by training, a zoologist by discipline, an environmentalist at heart and a science communicator by hobby. A dedicated visionary, Dr. Trivedi is imparting knowledge of management skills, especially disaster and environment management to his pupils in DAVV Institute of management studies, Indore. His passionate involvement in environmental issues – both academic and social, is well known, well retched, published and widely felicitated. He is a regular contributor to the Hindi daily “Naidunia”.

Sharada Prasad Mishra

A Headmaster in central school in Dewas (Madhya Pradesh), Mr. Mishra has been writing for various TV stations (Delhi, Patna, Bhopal & Indore) for the last 25-30 years. He is on Radio too, speaking about Science, Botany, animal world and the environment. He is particularly interested in gardening & tree plantation and plants thousands of saplings in and around Dewas and Ujjain every year. He has written about 190 mammals in a book called Glory of the Animal World, published by the Biodiversity Board of Madhya Pradesh. He intends to write about birds and other species in the forthcoming issues. Mr. Mishra is an Honorary Member of the district’s Eco-club, Honorary Secretary of Wildlife Protection Club and also manages a majority of work with regard to running the 40-odd eco-clubs in Mahu.

Dr Kishore Pawar

Dr. Kishore Pawar, is B. Sc. in Biology, M. Sc. in Botany and he has done Ph. D. in ‘Pollution studies in Nagada Area due to Birla Industrial Complex discharges in 1981’. He is a professor and Seed Technology Dept. Head, Holkar Science College, Indore. He is a popular science writer and communicator. More than 50 research papers written by him have been published in national and international journals. He has produced 10 interactive films with EMRC DAVV on Environmental Science. He has written 4 books on Botany and 3 more books are under print. He has planted about 2000 trees in Holkar College Campus since 2005. He is working as the Link Officer, M.P. State Biodiversity Board, Bhopal.

Basant Soni

Basant Soni is basically a Mechanical Engineer and an Artist trained from J. J. School of Art. Art is inherited from his father, renowned musician and painter Sundarlal Soni. Considering his creativity and deep aesthetic sense, he encouraged him in drawing and painting in addition to his studies. He intended to do something new, which has not been done so far in the field of art. He discovered the entire source as “only organic materials”. Lastly this way he dedicated himself to nature, keeping in mind why art could not be made from natural sources i.e. waste of plants and trees (Dried flowers, leaves, barks of vegetables etc. on canvas of bark of palm tree). That’s how his journey starts with organic art. He is an’Eco-Friendly artist’.

Bhalu Mondhe

Born in Indore, 1944, after basic education, Bhalu Mondhe took interest in photography and fine arts. He was appointed as a photographer in Government of India’s Mining department at Nagpur in 1963. His wide travel and residence in Europe for more than a decade made him acutely conscious and appreciative of Indian sensibilities and aesthetics. The beginning of his photographic journey dates back to his teens in Germany where he mastered the complex dye-transfer process of photographic printmaking. He is a man of many media-Bhalu paints, sculpts & clicks – constantly pushing the limits and exploring new territory. In his work, Madhya Pradesh holds the pride of place, and people will find that he documented the diversity and detail of his native homeland with inspiration and sensitivity. Bhalu describes himself as “a field man” – a humble definition for a person of his experience and excellence in the vast, varied field of art.