Prof Dr Leela Bhosale
Prof. Dr. Leela Bhosale has bagged many awards in Arts and Sports, although Mathematics was her favorite subject since an early age. While teaching, she was drawn to Research, which resulted into 120 of her papers being read at various National and International seminars. Shivaji University felt honored with her research on Mangrove Swamplands. The Central Govt. approved it as the ‘nodal agency’ for Maharashtra in 1989 & Dr. Leela was recognized as the Mangrove Expert. She then completed the Seashore Biological Resources Project in collaboration with Dr. S. S. Swaminathan Institute of Chennai. She researched on Sources of Firewood, on behalf of the Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Resources of the Central Govt.
Dr Rajendra Shende
Rajendra Shende is a Technology and Policy Advisor on ‘Ozone Layer Protection and its Benefits to Reduce Climate Change’. He is heading the OzonAction Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP DTIE). He closely works with governments and industries to provide strategic guidance on policies and technology related to global environmental issues. Before joining UNEP, Mr. Shende has gained an experience of nearly 20 years in some of the best-managed corporate sector companies including Tata Group in India. He studied Chemical Engineering at IIT, Mumbai. In 1988, he was nominated by the Govt. of India in the National Task Force to carve out India’s strategy leading towards its ratification of the Montreal Protocol.
Yerala Project Society
Yerala Projects Society (YPS) is an accredited NGO with United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). YPS has successfully taken up activities in one of the remote, desertification prone, neglected, poor and backward areas of Sangli district. In the process of developing this area, linking livelihoods of villagers with re-establishing biodiversity has been the focus area of work taken up by YPS. This has brought about 170 acres of barren land under green cover. It has saved more than 2,00,000 kWh of electricity by promoting electronic ballasts in place of traditional Copper / Aluminium wound tube light chokes.