Former Dean and Professor of Ecology, JNU, Delhi

Prof. C. K. Varshney is the former Dean and Professor of Ecology, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He has taught at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), University of Delhi, JNU and was also a Visiting Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok. In early seventies Professor Varshney served the Govt. of India as Secretary of the National Committee on Environmental Planning and Co-ordination (NCEPC), which was then the apex body for environmental matters in the central Government, prior to the formation of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. He was the founder Secretary of the Indian National Committee for UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere programme (MAB). Prof. Varshney was the Member-Secretary of the official Indian delegation to the historic UN Conference on Human Environment at Stockholm in 1972 and the Leader of the Indian Delegation to the Inter-Governmental Meeting of Ramsar Convention at Groningen, The Netherlands. He has been a member several Expert Committees for Environmental Appraisal of Ministry of Environment and Forest and has also served as Chairman, Environment Research Committee (ERC) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. He has been associated with a large number of international organisations (UNEP, UNESCO, WHO, UNDP, ESCAP, IUCN, WWF, Rockefeller Foundation). Professor Varshney has guided a large number of doctoral and post-doctoral scholars, has authored many books, published research papers in internationally reputed journals. He is widely travelled and a recipient of Swami Parnavnanda Saraswati Award for Environmental Sciences and Ecology.