Dr. Ravinder Kumar Kohli

Born in Gurgaon, India, on 2 December 1953. Educated at VK Model Sr. Sec. School, Rohtak, 1967-70; B.Sc. Government College, Rohtak, 1970-73; M.Sc. Institute of Advanced Studies, Meerut University, Meerut, 1973-75; Ph.D. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 1976-78.

Vice-chancellor, Amity University Punjab, Mohali, 2020 to date.

Professor, 1997-2013 and Chairman, Department of Botany, 2008-11 and Department of Environment, 2001-09 and Dean University Instruction, 2012-13, Panjab University, Chandigarh; Vice-Chancellor, DAV University, Jalandhar, 2013-14; Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, 2014-20.

UNESCO-WHO's PDF- Institute of Experimental Botany, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Praha 1978-79; CSIR Pool Officer - NEHU, Shillong and PAU Ludhiana 1979-80; Lecturer 1980-89, Reader 1989-97, and Professor & Coordinator, Centre for Environment and Vocational Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1997-2009; Adjunct Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2007-09; SAARC Chair of UGC Bangladesh 2007-08.

Chairman, SEAC for UT Chandigarh 2009; Member, PAC, Plant Sciences, SERB; Member CSIR Research Board Plant Sciences; Member, AICOPTAX and Member Expert Himalayan Development, MoEF, New Delhi; Coordinator/Chair IUFRO International Working Group 8.02.04 on Ecology of Alien Invasives (2005-2010-2015) and 4.02.02 on Multipurpose Resource Inventory (2000-2005-2010-15); Member State Wildlife Board, UT Chandigarh; Member Advisory Committee CAMPA, Chandigarh; Member IUFRO World Task Force on Biological Invasions 2016-2020; Member Expert Appraisal Committee, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change for River and Valley Projects, 2018; Chairman, Chandigarh Chapter of NASI since 2020.

Awards/Honours: Government of UT Chandigarh State Honour, 1998; Nanda Memorial National Young Scientist Award in Forestry, 1988; Ministry of Environment and Forests B.P. Pal National Environment Fellowship Award, 2001-03; Member of the Senate, 2004-08, and Syndicate, 2005 Panjab University, Chandigarh; Certified Emeritus Senior Ecologist (Accredited by International Board of Professional Certification of ESA, USA) 2005-2010-2015-2020 (3rd 5-yr term); KK Nanda Memorial Oration Lecture Award 2007; Punjab Ratan, 2008; Haryana Vigyan Ratna Award, 2009; J.C. Bose National Fellow, Govt of India, 2012-17; 2017-22; Prof. Birbal Sahni Medal Award - 2022 (IBS); For 3rd consecutive year, listed in the top 2% scientists of the world across all disciplines (Stanford University, USA & Elsevier).

Fellow: Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi; Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangaluru; National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad; National Environment Science Academy Delhi; Indian Botanical Society, Meerut; Dayanand National Academy of Environmental Sciences; Chandigarh, Punjab Academy of Sciences, Patiala

Research Areas: Invasive Ecology of Alien Plants, Weed Ecology, Eco-physiology, Plantation Forestry, and Allelopathic Interactions

Address: Vice-Chancellor, Amity University, Sector 82, Mohali 140306, Punjab; Villa No. 423-423A, Phase 2, Pocket 3, Mullanpur, New Chandigarh, Mohali 140901, Punjab; [Tel: Cell: 98722015161; Email: rkkohli45@yahoo.com; rkkohli45@gmail.com; rkkohli@pb.amity.edu]