Professor Palpu Pushpangadan is presently the Hon. Director General of Amity Institute for Herbal and Biotech Products Development (AIHBPD), Thiruvananthapuram and Senior Vice President of the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (RBEF), New Delhi. Prior to the present assignment Prof. Pushpangadan served as Director, National Botanical Research Institute (CSIR-NBRI), Lucknow from Feb. 1999 to Feb. 2006; Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (KSCSTE-JNTBGRI), Thiruvananthapuram from Nov. 1990 to Feb. 1999 and held additional charges of Director of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (DBT-RGCB), Thiruvananthapuram and Central Institute for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP), Lucknow. Prof. Pushpangadan is a multidisciplinary scientist having over 48 years experience. He has carried out original research in Cytogenetics & Plant Breeding, Biotechnology, Molecular Taxonomy, Biosynthesis of Secondary Metabolites, Ethnobiology, Ethnopharmacology, Bioprospecting and Natural Product Development etc. He has published over 500 original research papers (267 in Peer Reviewed Journals, 125 Chapters in books & 237 in proceedings of scientific seminars/symposia) and authored/ edited 34 books & 58 Reports.
He has 232 patents (of 95 patents- 61 US patents & 65 European, French, German, Canadian and Japan patents awarded and rest in India) granted and 14 patents filed in India. Twenty five of his patented products are now commercially produced and globally marketed.
Dr. Pushpangadan brought a unique distinction to India as the first in developing a benefit-sharing model that implemented Article 8(j) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Prof. Pushpangadan served/is serving as consultant to WHO, DANIDA, UNESCO, UNDP, UNEP and NAM S&T Centre for developing countries UN-CBD, Proctor and Gamble, Godfrey Phillip, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala etc.
South African Govt. appointed him (with the permission from Govt. of India) in 2004 to Chair the International Committee to review the five years work of the laboratories of CSIR- South Africa. On October, 2013 Prof. Pushpangadan joined a five member expert high power team (Chaired by Dr. T Ramaswami, Secretary DST, Govt. India) to sign a Scientific and Technological Collaboration between India and China in coming 5 years.
50 students received Ph.D/MD under his guidance and 5 are currently registered for Ph.D./M.D. programme in different universities in India and abroad.
Prof. Pushpangadan has received many national and international medals/awards including the prestigious UNEP Borlaug Award in 1998, the UN-Equator Initiative Award-2002 at World Summit at Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2002, Ayurved Gaurav Award 2009 and Padma Shri Award in 2010. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), National Academy of Sciences (FNASc), Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAASc) and also Fellow of Seven other Scientific Bodies in India. He is the President of National Society of Ethnopharmacology, India. He also served as the President of the International Society of Ethnopharmacology (1998-2001), International Society of Environmental Botanist (April 1999 to Jan 2006) and International Society for the Development of Natural Products (ISDNP). He also served as Vice-President/Chairman/Vice Chairman/Member of many National and International scientific bodies/committees. He has visited over 78 countries in various capacities as Chairman/Leader of scientific delegation/Scientific Expert or to participate in International seminars/symposia or to chair the International Expert Panel to review research programmes. He is an excellent Kadhakali and Bharathanatyam artist.
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