Dr. Lok Man Singh Palni
Fellow, Elected 2011

Born in Almora, India on 22 May 1953. Educated at CAV College, Allahabad, 1964-68; B.Sc. & M.Sc.: Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, 1968-72; Lecturer, Department of Botany, Kumaun University, Nainital, 1972-76; Research Scholar, Department of Botany and Microbiology, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK, 1977-80; Ph.D.: University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK, 1980. Post-Doc & Research Faculty, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1980-89.

Vice Chancellor, Graphic Era (Deemed to be University), Dehradun, Uttarakhand, 2017 to date.

Founder Head, Division of Biotechnology, C.S.I.R. Complex, Palampur, 1989-92; Founder Head, Division of Environmental Physiology and Biotechnology, 1992-95; Director Incharge, 1995-96; Senior most Scientist, 2001-03 and Director, G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development (GBPIHED; Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt of India, New Delhi), Kosi-Katarmal, Almora, Uttarakhand, 1996-2001 & 2008-13; Senior Scientific Adviser (Biotechnology) & Project Director, State Biotechnology Programme, Govt. of Uttarakhand, Haldi, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, 2003-08; Professor & Dean, Biotechnology Department, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, 2014-17

Awards/Honours: ALIS Award by the British Council, 1984; C. Venkata Ram Memorial Award, 1992; ICFRE Award for Forest Conservation, 1996-97; Jewel of India Award, 2001; UGC Adjunct Professor, Jamia Hamdard, Hamdard University, New Delhi, India, 2002; Prof. Shri Ranjan Memorial Lecture Award of NASI, 2004; Uttaranchal Ratna Award by All India Conference of Intellectuals, 2006; Biodiversity Award of NASI, 2007; Rambha Khetwal Nyaas Vishisth Samman, 2007; S.S. Jina Jayanti Samman, 2008; Member, New York Academy of Sciences, USA, 1996; Member, International Association for Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology (India Chapter), 1997; Courtesy Professorship, Department of Botany, Kumaun University, Nainital, India, 1999; Council Member, The National Academy of Sciences, India, 2005, 2006; Member, Advisory Group-Environmental Technology, Vision 2035 TIFAC, DST; Member and Lead Author and Review Editor, International Platform on biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 2014-2018). Member Sectional Committee, The Indian National Science Academy (2017-19).

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India, 1997; Indian National Science Academy, 2013; International Society of Plant Morphologists, 2013.

Research Areas: Plant Growth Substances, Plant Tissue Culture, Microbial Interactions, Biodiversity & Biotechnology, Rural Development and Science & Society related programmes in the Indian Himalayan Region

Address: Professor & Vice Chancellor, Graphic Era (Deemed to be University), Clement Town, Dehradun 248002, Uttarakhand; Flat 1-A/B, Riturain, Woldorf Compound, Near Vijaya Bank, Nainital 263001, Uttarakhand; [Tel: Cell: 8475996514, 9456748720; Email: lmspalni@rediffmail.com]