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Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth


Faculty


Dr. Erach Bharucha

Dr. Erach Bharucha

Director

Expertise

Bio-diveristy management, land use planning, environment education, forestry, wildlife management, zoo planning and management

Present positions held

  • Member National Tiger Conservation Authority
  • Member, Governing Council, Wildlife Institute of India, since 2012
  • Member: Board of Trustees of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), Delhi since 2006
  • Member: Advisory Board, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park and Research Center, Pune, since 2003
  • Governing Council Member, SACON, Coimbatore since 2011
  • Member: Committee for Independent Management Effectiveness Evaluation of Tiger Reserves for Cluster II i.e. Madhya Pradesh Region since 2010
  • Member : Committee for Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) for Protected Areas for Western Region of India since 2009
  • Member: Board of Wetland, Govt. of Maharashtra since 2010
  • Member: Central Zoo Authority, Government of India, New Delhi since 2007
  • Expert for the Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of Protected Area Network, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India since 2006
  • Dean, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) 2011-2014
  • Chairman, Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board 2011-2014
  • Member Wildlife Advisory Board, Maharashtra State 2010

Publications

  • Books: 5
  • CD-Rom: 1
  • International and national publications: 66
  • Reports and consultancies completed: 11

Dr. Erach Bharucha
Director


Prof. Dr. Shamita Kumar

Prof. Dr. Shamita Kumar

Vice Principal

Qualifications

Ph.D. (Environment Science with geoinformatics specialization), M.Sc. (Environment Science), PG Diploma in Geoinformatics

Expertise

Landscape ecology, Conservation biology, Remote sensing, Geographical Information Systems, Advanced Spatial Analysis, Education for Sustainable Development, Conservation Policy and Practices


25 years of teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level

Present positions held

  • Guest Professor, University of Cologne, since 2013 as DAAD Visiting Professor
  • National Coordinator: International Group (India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa) on Education for Sustainable Development funded by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL gGmbH, Germany
  • Chairperson, Committee on Geospatial Capacity Building, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
  • Member, Kundal Academy of Development Administration and Management (Forest), Government of Maharashtra
  • Member of the Expert Committee on Geoinformatics and module writer at Indira Gandhi Open National University, New Delhi
  • Member Academic Council, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pune
  • Chairperson, Board of Studies in Environment Science, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pune

Present Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator (India component) (2019-2023): Passage to India: “Indo-German Partnerships – Environmental Interactions in Focus”. The program involves student and faculty motilities between India and Germany for teaching and research
  • Principal Investigator: (Project Management Unit) Strengthening capacity building through developing a unique portal for Geospatial Education and Training funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (2012-2020)

Research Projects Completed: 12

Publications

  • International publications: 12
  • Books, Reports and consultancies completed: 10

Awards

  • Fulbright – Nehru Award, 2013.
  • Best Teacher Award by the Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) in April 2010.
  • Team Member for the International Visitor Program of the United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for the year 2002
  • Team Member for the Group Study Exchange Program to Australia by Rotary Foundation for the year 1997-98

Dr. Shamita Kumar
Professor and Vice Principal


Prof. Dr. Kranti Yardi

Prof. Dr. Kranti Yardi

Professor

Qualifications

Ph.D. (Environmental Biology), M.Sc. (Zoology)

Expertise

Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Management, Bat Ecology, Impact Assessment, Environment Education, Environment Interpretation


20 years of teaching at postgraduate level and 5 years at undergraduate level.

Present positions held

  • Chairperson, Environment Science textbook (XI and XII), Maharashtra State Textbook Bureau
  • Member, Board of Studies in Environment Science, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University)

Present Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator:
    An environment education program for sustainable development for schools in the Maval and Mulshi Taluka, Pune district funded by the Tata Power Companies (2018-2020)
  • Principal Investigator:
    Marine environment education program for schools in Mithapur, Gujarat, funded by Tata Chemicals (2018-2021)

Research Projects Completed: 4

Publications

  • Books: 1
  • International and national publications: 4
  • Reports and consultancies completed: 5

Awards

  • Team Member for the Group Study Exchange Program to UK by Rotary Foundation for the year 2000-2001

Dr. Kranti Yardi
Professor


Mr. Anand Shinde

Mr. Anand Shinde

Associate Professor

Qualifications

Pursuing Ph.D., Master in Computer, Pune University, Certified course in GIS and Remote Sensing from NRSA Hyderabad, Diploma in Computer Programming, Diploma in Environment Education

Expertise

Geodatabase Management, GIS Programming, Software development
20 years of teaching at postgraduate level

Present positions held

  • Member, Board of Studies in Environment Science, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University)

Present Research Projects

  • Team member ‘Strengthening capacity building through developing a unique portal for Geospatial Education and Training’ funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

Publications

  • International and National publications 1
  • Software development for Interactive CD – ROMS and Games in Visual Basic, DOT.NET and Flash.
  • Development and design of interpretation material for Museum and Activity Center
  • Software developed in JAVA

Mr. Anand Shinde
Associate Professor


Prof. Dr. Milind Gidde

Prof. Dr. Milind Gidde

Professor

Qualifications

Ph.D. (Environment Engineering)
Master of Engineering in Civil (Environmental Engineering)

Expertise

Advance pollution control technology, Environmental engineering, Noise pollution, Water and waste water engineering, Impact assessment, Air pollution control and management
25 years of teaching experience at postgraduate level and 28 years of teaching experience at Undergraduate level.

Present positions held

  • Professor at Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) College of Engineering, Pune
  • Member of Board of Studies, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pune
  • Fellow member of Institute of Environmental Engineers (India)
  • Joint secretary of Indian Environmental Association which is member association of Water Environment Federation

Projects

  • Consultant for Environmental Status Reports for Aurangabad, Nanded, Pune and Navi Mumbai.

Publications

  • Books: 2
  • International and National publications: 12
  • Reports and Consultancies: 4

Awards

  • ‘Dr. M. Vishwesvaraya Centenary Award’ from Institution of Engineers (India) for paper on ‘Effect of Road Side Noise Pollution on Traffic Police Constables in Pune City’.

Dr. Milind Gidde
Professor


Prof. Mridula Deshpande

Prof. Mridula Deshpande

Adjunct Faculty

Qualifications

MS, Civil (Environmental) Engineering, The University of Akron

BE, Civil Engineering, University of Pune, India

New Jersey (USA) Professional Engineer Registration No: 24GE04602700

Expertise

Driven Project Technical Lead with 15 years of water and wastewater project delivery experience, including 11 years of professional experience in the United States. Extensive experience in water and wastewater treatment plant design, construction, design project management and business development, with a commitment to quality and efficiency.

Mridula Deshpande
Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Rahul Kaul

Dr. Rahul Kaul

Adjunct Faculty
Senior Director, Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi

Qualifications

Ph.d. Zoology

Expertise

An expert of international repute on pheasants, Dr Rahul Kaul is the chief ecologist at WTI. More than 10 projects on diverse subjects including species surveys and ecology, species and habitat recovery as well as wildlife trade, run under his calm and effective guidance.

He has been the Regional Coordinator of the South Asia Field Office, World Pheasant Association, for 12 years. He has designed and conducted numerous general biodiversity surveys as well as species surveys in India as well as abroad. He has also been involved in biodiversity monitoring in Nepal, established monitoring protocols for galliform birds conservation in Sichuan district in China, and has also carried out surveys for the grey partridge in Southern Ireland, while working with The Game Conservation Trust, UK.

He is a member of several national and international animal welfare/conservation bodies including the Central Zoo Authority, Government of India, Pheasant Specialist Group, IUCN/SSG, Partridge quail and Francolin Specialist Group.

Publications: 20

Dr. Rahul Kaul
Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Mayukh Chatterjee

Dr. Mayukh Chatterjee

Adjunct Faculty
Head, Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Division, Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi

Qualifications

Ph.d. Animal Behavioural Ecology, NCBS

Expertise

Behavioural ecology, developing long-term and short-term strategies for mitigating conflict between humans and various wildlife species. He is also an avid aeromodeller and unmanned vehicle designer, and hopes to bring such technology to use in the field of wildlife conservation.

Dr. Mayukh Chatterjee
Adjunct Faculty


Dr. NVK Ashraf

Dr. NVK Ashraf

Adjunct Faculty
Senior Director and Chief Veterinarian, Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi

Qualifications

Masters in Wildlife Science (WII)

Expertise

Over 25 years of experience in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, species surveys, reintroduction of wild species, zoo management, reintroduction of the rhino in Manas.

Other positions held

Member of the Captive Breeding Specialist Group of the IUCN

Member of the Veterinary Specialists Group of the IUCN/SSC.

Dr. NVK Ashraf
Adjunct Faculty


Mr. Jose Louies

Mr. Jose Louies

Adjunct Faculty
Deputy Director & Chief Wildlife Crime Control Division & Communications Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi

Qualifications

Masters in Computer Science

Expertise

Over 15 years of anti poaching activities, wildlife trade control and litigation, wildlife law

Jose Louies
Adjunct Faculty


Mr. Sajan John

Mr. Sajan John

Adjunct Faculty
Head West Coast Marine Conservation Projects, Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi

Qualifications

Masters in Marine Biology

Expertise

Whale Shark Conservation Project at Veraval, Gujarat, Coral Reef Recovery Project at Mithapur, Mangrove Restoration Project in North Kerala and Marine Megafauna survey Project along the Odisha coast.

Sajan John
Adjunct Faculty


Adv. Gauri Joshi

Adv. Gauri Joshi

Adjunct Professor

Qualifications

LL.M. (Master of Law)

Expertise

Environmental Law, Environment Management Forest Law, Environmental Landscape 15 years teaching experience in Environmental Law

Projects

  • Interpretation of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 for successful implementation of Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary and acting as a legal adviser for better planning of newly declared proposed ‘Sahyadri Tiger Reserve’ and ‘Eco sensitive Zone’.
  • Implementation of different Forest Laws and regulations for protection of declared ‘protected forest’ in the Phaltan city. The project of ‘removing encroachment of ‘Protected Forest land’ with an NGO – HARMONY - District Conservator of Forest, Satara and Collector Office Satara.
  • ‘Rapid Environmental Profiling of Phaltan City’, a project based on the framework given by U. N. Habitat with an NGO – HARMONY and Maharshi Karve Stri Shikshan Sanstha’s Bhanuben Nanawati architectural College, Local Self Government of Phaltan city and other experts attached with the project. The project documentation shall be considered as a base work for the future Development Plan of the Phaltan City.
  • Preparation of structured implementation plan for the development of sustainable fodder reserves in the notified grasslands to support the farmers having Live Stock. A research pilot project at Phaltan, District Satara, Maharashtra,
  • The project of preparation of draft bill for the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Electronic Waste (Regulation, Control and Disposal) Act, 2007 which was presented before Chief Minister with recommendation from Shree Shivajirao Deshmukh, the then Chairman, Legislative Council of Maharashtra.
  • A sustainable and eco-friendly special township development for economically weaker section of the society’ as per the Housing Policy of Maharashtra, 2007 in consonance with the recent guidelines of Government of India.
  • Based on ‘Ecotourism Policy, Maharashtra – 2008’, preparation of implementation plan for the development of a forest patch at Fejeevde, Radhanagari, using all the scientific and technical mediums so as to make it potential research area where students and research fellow members can work for higher research activities.

Adv. Gauri Joshi
Associate Professor


Dr. Parag Khatavkar

Dr. Parag Khatavkar

Adjunct Professor

Qualifications

Doctorate and Masters in Geoinformatics and in Environmental Science

Expertise

Remote Sensing, GIS, Programming for GIS, Spatial Analysis
He has over 15 years experience in the GIS and environment sector.

Projects

  • He has Contributed Towards the Development of Open Source GIS Portal and is a Resource Person for Mobile GIS and Server Side GIS Programming.

Dr. Parag Khatavkar
Guest Professor


Dr. Rahul Mungikar

Dr. Rahul Mungikar

Adjunct Faculty

Qualifications

Ph.D. (Botany)

Expertise

Vegetation assessment especially with NTFP species, Vegetation carbon assessment, Statistical data analysis, Ecology and Plant Taxonomy, Conservation Biology; Ecosystem Restoration, Ecosystem Services, Community Conservation Agreements, Assessment of Alien and Invasive species, Important Plant Areas (IPA), GAP Analysis, Fragmentation ecology etc.

Present positions held

  • Assistant Director (Policy Cell) -Bombay Natural History Society
  • Expert Member - High Level Monitoring Committee, Mahabaleshwar - Pachgani ESZ, Maharashtra

Dr. Rahul Mungikar
Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Kazveen Umrigar

Dr. Kazveen Umrigar

Adjunct Faculty

Qualifications

Master of Science in Wild Animal Health

University of London, Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom

Bachelor in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry

Konkan Agricultural University, Bombay Veterinary College, Mumbai, India

Expertise

Wildlife conservation and animal welfare with expertise in managing zoological establishments, zoo management and administration, up-gradation of older facilities and developing new facilities, accomplished veterinary and curatorial skills backed by extensive field experience in animal husbandry, focused on animal welfare, animal enrichment and wildlife conservation, designed world class animal exhibits for the modernization of the Veermata Jijabai Udyan and Zoo, Mumbai, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Pune and Bird Park at Gulab Baug, Udaipur

Projects

Consultant, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

Collaborating with the Senior Research Associate on a project to introduce Virus Neutralization Protocols to tiger range countries and quantify the exposure of endangered tiger populations to Canine Distemper Virus

Content Writer and Conceptualizer, Dharti Designs, Bangalore, India

Conceptualize and write content for signage pertaining to zoo and nature interpretation.

Greenpro India Consultants Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, India

Design Co-ordinator

, in accordance with the rules of the Central Zoo Authority of India and prepared master plan documents.

Jurong Bird Park, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Singapore

Avian Curator

Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune, India

Zoo Director

HRH Prince Sultan Foundation – IFCDW, Ait-melloul, Morocco

Senior Veterinarian

Was responsible for preventive and therapeutic veterinary treatment to the breeding stock of adult houbara bustards (Chlamydotis undulata undulata) and 1500+ chicks reared each breeding season.

Dr. Kazveen Umrigar
Guest Faculty


Mr. Mahesh Narhar Kulkarni

Mr. Mahesh Narhar Kulkarni

Adjunct Faculty

Qualifications

Pursuing Ph. D. (Environmental Engineering), Master of technology (Environmental Engineering), Bachelor of engineering (Civil/Environmental), LLB., Lead Auditor (ISO 27001:2013), Lead Auditor(ISO14001:2015), (ISO14001:2004), Lead Auditor(ISO9001:2015), (ISO9001:2008) (Mar-2013)

Expertise

Over 19 years of experience in EOHS Monitoring - water, wastewater, air, lux, noise, ventilation, feasibility studies, HAZOP, HAZAN, Auditing (Fire, Safety, Energy, Electricity, Environment, Water, Waste, Management system, Green audits, etc),

Projects

  • Panel Trainer for ISO 9001, ISO14001, OHSAS 18001(ISO45001) and other trainings with TUV SUD Academy Since June 2018
  • Panel Auditor for ISO 9001, ISO14001, ISO 27001 and Trainer for ISO 9001, ISO14001, OHSAS 18001(ISO45001) with DNVGL, Pune

Mr. Mahesh Narhar
Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Madhurima Dey

Dr. Madhurima Dey

Adjunct Faculty

Qualifications

Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Geoinformatics)

Expertise

Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) in relatin to Disaster Management, Water Resource Management, Climatic Data Analysis and

Awards

UGC-BSR Research Fellowship in Science for Meritorious

Students” 2012-2013, Jadavpur University

Dr. Madhurima Dey
Guest Faculty


Ms. Samruddhi Patwardhan

Ms. Samruddhi Patwardhan

Adjunct Faculty

Qualifications

M. Plan : Urban and Regional Planning- CEPT, SET, NET

Expertise

Urban governance and policy, water supply, sanitation, service levels benchmarking, municipal finance and infrastructure development, social and development issues, analysis, surveys and analysis, research development, human development indicators, economic geography, disaster management

Present positions held

  • Board of Studies member of Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production & Curriculum Research, Pune. ( Balbharati) – instrumental in writing chapters in the book, editing , translation and textbook production.

Publications: 03

Ms. Samruddhi Patwardhan
Guest Faculty


Ms.Anoushkha Kajbaje

Ms.Anoushkha Kajbaje

Adjunct Faculty

Qualifications

Master in Environment Science, NET

Expertise

Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste Management,E-waste Management, Environment Management
16 years of teaching experience at postgraduate level and Undergraduate level.

Ms.Anoushkha Kajbaje
Guest Faculty


Ms. Archana Kalyani

Ms. Archana Kalyani

Adjunct Faculty

Qualifications

M. Sc. (Analytical Chemistry)

Expertise

Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
15 years teaching experience for Post Graduate students

Ms. Archana Kalyani
Guest Faculty











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