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.

Professor & Dean, Biotechnology Department, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, 2014 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; Director, 1996-2001; Senior most Scientist, 2001-03; and Director, GBPIHED, Kosi-Katarmal, Almora, Uttarakhand, 2008 onwards; Senior Scientific Adviser (Biotechnology) & Project Director, State Biotechnology Programme, Govt. of Uttarakhand, Haldi, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, 2003-08; 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.

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; NASI Prof. Shri Ranjan Memorial Lecture Award, 2004; Uttaranchal Ratna Award by All India Conference of Intellectuals, 2006; NASI Biodiversity Award, 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

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 & Dean, Biotechnology Department, Graphic Era University, Clement Town, Dehradun 248002, Uttarakhand; Flat 1-A/B, Riturain, Woldorf Compound, Near Vijaya Bank, Nainital 263001, Uttarakhand; [Tel: Res. (05942) 238963, Cell: 9456748720; Email: lmspalni@rediffmail.com]