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SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS 

 

 

Prof. A.S. Raghubanshi

Prof. Akhilesh Raghubanshi  

Founder, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development | Banaras Hindu University

Leading ecologist having unprecedented expertise in Vindhyan ecology, he founded ‘Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development’ in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He has done pioneering research on Vindhyan ecology and presently involved in various studies using remote sensing and has innumerable international publications on varied aspects of environment, but his major research inclination can be seen towards ecology of invasive species. This young professor from country's top most university, Prof. Akhilesh Raghubanshi is inspiration to many scientists and researchers in the country. His association with the team brings not only his vast experience and knowledge but confidence which can be seen in the whole team.

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Dr. Sarita Kumar

Dr. Sarita Kumar  

Associate Professor, Department of Zoology | Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi

An awardee of ‘Distinguished Teacher’ by University of Delhi , 'Shiksha Rattan', 'Meritorious Teacher Award' by Govt. of Delhi and few other international awards in education, Dr. Kumar is an entomologist with special interest in biological control of pests using plant extracts. She is Editor of several international societies and journals, authored several books for education boards, and also working for long time on open education resources. She also works closely with NCERT and IGNOU. To read her complete profile click here

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Dr. Shashibhal Pandey

Dr. Shashibhal Pandey  

Assistant Professor, Zoology | Smt. C.H.M. College, University of Mumbai

Known for his outstanding knowledge of the subject and blessed with exceptional motivational skills Dr. Pandey worked in Banaras Hindu University and University of Delhi before joining his alma mater Smt. C.H.M. College, Mumbai. He is an enthusiastic and recognized teacher of Mumbai University and has numerous international publications in cell biology with special interest in animal behavior. Popular for his helping attitude and guiding nature, he quickly becomes any one's favourite. Being a native to Mirzapur, the place where Vindhyan mountain series starts, his association with Vindhya Bachao Abhiyan dates back to the very beginning.

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Dr. Laxmi Goparaju

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Expert in Ecology and Remote Sensing

Dr. Laxmi Goparaju is an expert in forestry and ecology and has worked with pretigious institutes like National Remote Sensing Agency, Department of Space, Hyderabad in projectsinvolving multitemporal and multiresolution satellite data and related ancillary data in Remote Sensing and GIS applications. Her PhD thesis 'Community Diversity Assessment in Vindhyans using remote sensing and GIS' exposed her to the enviornmental challenges of the region and also a reason to join the movement. She has also significant experience in EIA of Thermal Power Plants. Her role as a scientific advisor adds a significant knowledge and experience to the protection and conservation of the Vindhyas.

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Mr. Firoz Ahmad

Firoz Ahmed  

Expert in Forestry and Remote Sensing

Firoz Ahmad has completed his M.Tech( Remote Sensing) from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi  after doing his M.SC( Forestry)  and B. SC ( Forestry) from Birsa Agriculture University, Ranchi. He has qualified NET in Forestry. He worked as a researcher in National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad where he was associated with various projects in forestry and wildlife, one of them being the DOS/DBT project “Biodiversity Characterization at Landscape level using remote sensing and GIS for the state of Kerela”. He has extensively travelled in various forests of India. His interests are forest mapping, wildlife suitability, urban forestry and watershed monitoring.

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LEGAL ADVISORS 

 

 

 

Adv. Preeta Dhar

Preeta Dhar  

Preeta Dhar is a lawyer with expertise in variety of environmental issues. She graduated from National Law School of India University (NLSIU)-Bangalore in 2011 and then practiced corporate law for a year and then became a legislative assistant to a Member of Parliament in Bihar (LAMP fellowship). She worked with Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE) for more than 3 years where she worked as a trans-boundary water expert and Project Coordinator for India, Nepal and Bangladesh. She has also litigated actively before the National Green Tribunal during her engagement with LIFE. Presently she is completing her LLM in Law and Development at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She is associated with Vindhya Bachao Abhiyan as an expert advisor on environmental law and governance.

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Adv. Parul Gupta

Parul Gupta  

Parul Gupta is first generation pro-conservation lawyer dealing with environmental cases since 2009. Her earlier career started with Supreme Court and her passion for environment conservation made her earn a good name as an NGT lawyer. She has actively worked in numerous cases for waste managment, rivers/wetland conservation and various cases dealing with environnmental clearance and forest clearance related to Power Projects, Hydel Projects and Minings in India. She has been also appointed as Commissioner in several cases by the NGT. This young advocate is inspiration to many aspiring lawyers who are interested in taking up environment as a legal tool. She is associated with Vindhya Bachao as an expert advisor and legal counsel.

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 TRUSTEES 

   

Debadityo Sinha

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Conservationist, Activist

Debadityo is founder and managing trustee of VENHF. He is B.Sc.(Hons.) Zoology from Delhi University, M.Sc.(Tech.) Environmental Sciences from Banaras Hindu University and has undertaken specialisation in Tropical Forest Restoration from Yale University. His initiatives for conservation of environment and ecology of Mirzapur began as a Masters student at BHU. He also formed the first eco-club of BHU called ‘Eco One’ and was recipient ‘Environment Equity and Justice Partnership’ fellowship, 2011. He has been a recipient of ‘Best Story Award’ by ‘Development Alternative’ under ‘The City I Want’ Campaign for revival of the water falls in Mirzapur. He is also actively litigating in National Green Tribunal in matters related to environmental justice.

 

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Key Role: Managing Trustee

 

 

 

Shiva Kumar Upadhyaya

Shiva Kumar Upadhyaya  

Senior Journalist, Activist

Being born and brought up in Mirzapur Shri Shiva Kumar Upadhyay knows every nerve of crime in Mirzapur. He took up journalism at the age of 14 and since then he never looked back. He has long experience as professional journalist and seen as role model and mentor by young journalists in Varanasi-Mirzapur region. He worked with Hindi daily ‘Aaj’ since 1978 after which he joined ‘Hindustan’ in 2001. Environment being his favourite topic, he published numerous findings against illegal stone mining. He supported Debaadityo in his work greatly when he was student in BHU and brought many of his studies in public domain, major being the money charged illegally at Tanda fall which not only resulted into strict actions by Forest department but also amendments in rules while giving of the contracts. It is the long driven efforts of Shiva Kumar that media of Mirzapur is now well aware of environmental challenges it is facing.

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Key Role: Trustee

 

 

 

Ajai Swamee

Ajai Swamee  

Environmentalist, Communication Specialist

An environmentalist and social activist, Ajai Swamee was born in a family where serving the society comes first. He has worked tirelessly on environment sensitization among youth in BHU and Varanasi and has been on front in several awareness campaigns. He holds a Bachelors degree in Life Sciences and Masters in Environmental Sciences and Technology and Masters in Mass Communication from Banaras Hindu University. He is also a good photographer and a keen conservationist who has not only surveyed environmental issues in Sonbhadra and Singrauli over a long period of time but has been very successful in understanding the social dimensions in conservation.

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MEMBERS 

 

 
 

 

Shekhar Jain

Shekhar Jain  

Research Scholar | Jawahar Lal Nehru University 

With a Masters Degree in Electronics from University of Delhi Shekhar's commitment towards social causes could be seen from his childhood. He has been involved in several social outreach programs with different organisations. Very kind at heart, Shekhar's attitude towards life's smallest problem and the way he takes initiative to solve them makes him a class apart from others. His interest in Vindhyan range and the zeal to make some difference in the society made him becoming a part of Vindhya Bachao. He is managing the organisations's public outreach in Delhi and also responsible for effective planning and execution of campaigns.

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Key Role: Campaigns and Outreach

 

 

 

Raghav Saraswat

Raghav Saraswat  

 

Environmentalist, Educator

Speaking to him for 10 minutes, a person can know what kind of person Raghav is. He completed his Masters in Environmental Studies from TERI after finishing his Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences from University of Delhi. He started working extensively for wildlife conservation for more than 2 years during which he worked in Himalayas and Western Ghats and later served for few months in WTI also. But Raghav soon realised that ignorance and lack of education is the major problem of this country. It disturbed him so much he left all his research and started working voluntarily for teaching children of slums in Delhi and continued doing so over a year. Despite of having cleared UGC and CSIR NET, he ignored PhD offers from several reputed institutes of the country. He later went on to complete Bachelors in Education from CIE-University of Delhi. A real environmentalist, educationist and a very passionate researcher, one has many things to learn from this young scientist.

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Key Role: Consultant, Environment Education

 

   

Shishir Kumar

 

Environmentalist, Photographer

Shishir completed his Masters in Environment Science and Technology from Banaras Hindu University and Bachelors in Life Sciences from University of Delhi. He was an active Eco One campaigner and known for the students mobilization action in Banaras Hindu University against a proposed 1320 MW Thermal Power Plant which led 550 students unitedly sending a petition to government of India in March, 2014. He has been aassociated with several international organizations. He is very good photographer too and one is strongly encouraged to visit his photography page on facebook 'Shishir Photography'.

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Key Role: Youth Mobilization

 

   

Pankaj Gupta

Pankaj Gupta  

Environmentalist, Activist

Former Head of Eco One-BHU, Pankaj completed M.Sc.(Tech) Environmental Science and Technology from IESD-BHU. Standing for right cause and making sacrifices for justice is what he is known for from his past activities. A keen researcher and budding scientist, he believes research is the core of environmentalism.

   

Key Role: Community Mobilization

 

   

Biplob Biswas

Biplob Biswas  

Masters Scholar, ULB-Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

From organizing hacking workshops to creating poetry with codes, one guy knows how to slave technology for good causes. A professional computer engineer and an expert web developer, Biplob Biswas has done his B.Tech in Computer Engineering from Jamia Milia Islamia University. His being part of the team is very crucial as a troubleshooter to website errors and frequent attack by hackers. His deep knowledge of networking and web languages has benefitted the survival of this portal several times.

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Key Role: Information Technology

  

 

 

Manoj Patel

Manoj Patel  

Naturopathy

Holding a Bachelors in Life Sciences and Diploma in Naturopathy and Yogic Therapy from IMS-BHU, Manoj also served in Banaras Hindu University as Assistant Professor before he decided to pursue higher studies in the subject. He is now pursuing Bachelors in Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences from IMS-BHU. He has unique expertise in medicinal properties of Vindhyan flora. He is known for his helpful nature among his friends and a true philanthropist. He is associated with Vindhya Bachao movement since the beginning.

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Key Role: Ayurveda & Medicinal Plants

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