Dr. Ashok Kumar Ghosh
Dr. Ashok Kumar Ghosh is working as Professor-in-Charge in the department of Environment and Water Management, A.N.College [Magadh University], Patna, India. He is engaged in active research in the area of water quality, especially arsenic and fluoride contaminations in groundwater resources. Dr. Ghosh is also working on impact of pollution on biodiversity of river Ganges in collaboration with University of Michigan, USA. He is an International Scientific Advisor of UKIERI - sponsored research project for Arsenic studies- PRAMA[University of Manchester]. He is a collaborator in the Environmental Conservation studies under Cambridge-India Partnership. He is an advisor of WaterAid India, an affiliate of WaterAid U.K., and also of East Zone Water partnership, an affiliate of Global Water Partnership (GWP). He was the P.I. of UNICEF-sponsored project on arsenic-affected groundwater in Bihar and reported many Arsenic hotspots in four districts of Bihar (Patna, Bhojpur, Bhagalpur and Vaishali). Currently, he’s working on a UGC-sponsored project on Risk Assessment of Population in Arsenic Affected Areas in Bhojpur District, Bihar. Dr. Ghosh is also working on a project on Nano-biotechnology, sponsored by the UGC. Dr. Ghosh has presented his research papers in International Seminars in India and abroad (USA, UK, Australia, Ireland, Bangladesh, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, Germany, The Netherlands and Sweden). Dr. Ghosh is one of the coordinators of European Commission sponsored project “Erasmus Mundus” - a worldwide cooperation and mobility programme that aims to enhance quality in higher education and promote intercultural understanding. Dr. Ghosh has been nominated as Erasmus Mundus Fellow for the year 2010, and visited University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe, Germany, to study Arsenic removal technology in the month of June, 2010 and again in the month of October, 2010.
Mr. Sidharth Mishra
Studied at Prince of Wales Royal (now Rashtriya) Indian Military College, Dehradun and Kirori Mal College of Delhi University. Completing his Master degree in English literature from Faculty of Arts of Delhi University, he started his career in Journalism in 1992. Though his major interest is in democratic functioning at grassroots, he also takes interest in strategic and health affairs. In course of his reporting duties he has traveled to the Gulf, Africa, Afghanistan and Taiwan. Presently, he is working as Consulting Editor with Millennium Post, where he is responsible for building up the newly launched national daily from the national Capital. Before that as Associate Editor with The Pioneer, he was looking after news operations of Chandigarh, Dehradun and Ranchi editions and acting as mentor for the City Bureau of the New Delhi edition. He joined The Pioneer as sub-editor way back in 1994, then moved onto city reporting and in the last five years of his association with the paper launched three successful out-station editions of the paper. He writes a very popular column, Reporter’s Notebook, published every week. He has contributed to some very popular publications both as editor and writer. His essay on political reporting finds a place in Making News - A Handbook on Indian Media (Oxford University Press) alongside leading journalists like Chandan Mitra, Vir Sanghvi and Rajdeep Sardesai to name a few. His other publications include Where Gallantry is Tradition (Allied) and Monuments of Valour and Compassion (Punjabi Akademi, Govt of NCT Delhi). Capital Phenomenon - A political history of Delhi 1998-2009 (Allied) received both critical and commercial acclaim. His latest book Jina deals with Jaina philosophy and architecture. Given his avid interest in education, he is most sought after teacher at the leading communication schools like the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Jamia Milia Islamia, Amity School of Communication and various colleges of Delhi University among others. He has also addressed seminars/workshops on politics, information and mass communication at leading centers of education like Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and public sector undertakings like Delhi Metro and GAIL and professional bodies like the Assocham. Recently he delivered a lecture to the students of Graduate School of Communications, National Taiwan University, Taipei. He has participated in a 15-day-long workshop organized by the UNAID on HIV/AIDS in Uganda. The study trip gave him an opportunity to rub shoulders with leaders of bureaucracy. He headed the Press Accreditation Committee of Delhi Government for two years. He was the Chairman of the Governing Body of Maharaja Agrasen College (Delhi University) for four years and thereafter of Shivaji College. Presently he is chairman of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College. He started a think tank -- Centre for Reforms, Development and Justice (CRD&J) -- at New Delhi in 2011 to consolidate nation's intellectual Capital. The centre publishes a high value academic journal The Discussant.
Mr. R.C Vidyarthi
Mr. R.C Vidyarthi graduated from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad in 1960. Served as mining geologist in various Government Organizations and Public Sector Undertakings namely, Atomic Minerals Division, Deptt. of Atomic Energy ( AMD, DAE),Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), Geological Survey of India (GSI) Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL),National Industrial Development Corporation (NIDC), Bharat Aluminum Co. (BALCO), and Engineers India Ltd (EIL). He worked on various important geological, mining and metallurgical projects. During the period of his service (from 1960- 1991) and have been intimately associated with environmental aspects of the projects and have to my credit several Environmental Impact Assessment (ElAs) and Environment Management Plans (EMPs).
Mr. Vidyarthi possess vast experience of working with Multi-National organizations and is a widely traveled person having been a part of several Indian delegations as a member or leader of the team to U.K., France, Poland, Germany Manitoba ( Canada), Costa Rica , Jamaica and Iran. From the year 1991 onward he worked as a free lancer and devoted much of his time in social work. Economic development of rural areas and of the disadvantaged fraction of rural population in the country is one of his strongest passions. He has conducted several studies in different parts of the country including evaluation of various schemes of Ministry of Rural Development in the capacity of consultant to various organizations of repute. For the last two decades he have been concentrating on socio-economic and environmental aspects and has conducted research on impact on environment due to waste generated by over 400 industries in Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon, a project assigned by Ministry of Statistics, Govt. of India Have been working on the education and health issues of the Slum Children in Gurgaon under the banner of Deepshikha, a Society of Volunteers d running a school for nonformal education for the underprivileged children About 50 to 60 children are attending regular classes.
At CFM he has been responsible for beneficiary training, material assessment and design of equipments to improve on product.
Mr. Dhrub Kumar Sharma
Prof. Dhrub Kumar Sharma has completed his masters in Botany and has over 10 years of experience in Organic farming, certification and extension. He is also an authority on Animal husbandry specializing in milching animals and poultry. With his uncanny ability to build rapport with community and integrate communities in single loop he holistically manage village resources.
Mr Sharma looks after the administrative and Internal Control System (ICS) Management during certification of various farmer groups under organic certification process. His present work is focused in MP, Chattisgarh, Bihar and UP.
Dr. Bimlendu Choudhary
Dr. Bimlendu Choudhary is a consultant to World vision and is also working with CFM to develop its organic farming groups in Bihar and MP
He has Undertaken participative research in diversification of agriculture into high value commodity and value added production through experimental and innovative efforts as these practices are highly location specific, requiring holistic understanding of various biological processes involved therein leading to sustainable yield. Mobilized community into farmers groups, Expanded the Cadre base at grassroots/village level by imparting proper trainings to the local educated unemployed youths and develop in them the employable skills and competencies for introduction of innovative and appropriate technologies in the field situations and development of agro-based enterprises.
Imparted- Training and acquisition of skills to farmers and women in Agriculture to improve extension services to reach farm women to meet their needs in agriculture and rural development activities,agricultural marketing, particularly with respect to post-harvest processing, on farm value addition and market requirements/demands. Maintaining Internal Control System (ICS) and carrying out other sustainable activities for organic certificationof producer groups and brand building of organic produce and food products.
Mr. H.V. Lakhekar
Mr. H.V. Lakhekar serves as the innovation officer for CFM communities. Over the last fifteen years he has designed many simple machines for rural applications like Gear Operated Rickshaw ,Potter Wheel, Water Injector, Rotometer, Mini Seed Testing Mist Chamber, Strainer Machine, Chrome Removal & Recovery,Taining Drum ,Brick Machine for Tamarind,Seed Removal Machine for Tamarind Solar Powered,Solar Water Pump, Grass Cutter, Grass Cutter, Vermi Composts Models. He is a member of Rashtriya Karigar Panchayat Sampoorn Bamboo Kendre, Amravati Design Centre, Yavatmal. At CFM he helps farmers by designing simple machines to reduce drudgery and increase the shelf life of farm produce.
Mr. Umesh Kanungo
Mr. Umesh Kanungo working as a Managing Director since 1997 of a M.P. state Government partner NGO, Swami Vivekananda Paryavaran Aur Samajik Utthan Sanstha registered in 1856 Act of IX.
Working and successfully managing the following projects: Meena Abhiyan (Unicef), Swa-Shakti Project (World Bank), Roof rain water harvesting system, Water shed project (MNERGS), IMP (Integrated Micro Project).
Qualification- He has done Diplome in Civil Engineering, B.A with Economics, MBA with Rural Development (from NIM distance programme). He has over 15 years of experience in Social work.
Dr. Anjana Agarwal
Dr. Anjana Agarwal has been passionate to disseminate her learning to the masses and serve the humanity in different possible ways. She gives all the credit for her few accomplishments to all her family members, her Alma matter-College of Home Science in G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar (District- Nainital, Uttrakhand), from where she has completed her graduation in Home science and post graduation in Foods and Nutrition and further also started her career as Research associate. Recently in Dec 2012 she has been invited for the lead lecture on “Potential of Aromatherapy to Enhance Office Ergonomics” in an International Conference on Ergonomics and Human Factors”.Â This indicates her interest in Aromatherapy also. This is the outcome of her PhD from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi and her special training in Mumbai where she has been conducting workshops to train people from all walks of life in Foundation of Aromatherapy, since 2005.
Currently she works as Consultant in Nutrition and Aromatherapy, free lancing in Indrapuram, near Noida, NCR. She is also busy with final editing her book entitled “Text book on Human Nutrition (for students of nutrition, nursing and medicine)”.
She always takes initiation to help people in cooking skill using her scientific and technical background. She has been the food project in-charge and developed many food products particularly snacks like samosa, cutlets etc using dried powders of green leafy vegetables, fruits and milk in 2004 onward in Mumbai. The team work has been published under the banner of Food and Agriculture (FAO). She has also served at Nutritionist at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) at Mumbai and also taken up the responsibility to develop mass scale kitchen infrastructure.
Academically she has worked in various capacities in Pantnagar, Varanasi, Dehradun and Mumbai since 1984. She has also served as Head of the Department in a biomedical college, Dehradun. Â She moved to Mumbai because her husband got transferred to Mumbai who worked in ONGC.Â There she joined SNDT Women’s University, in PG studies & Research in Home Science Juhu campus, Mumbai. There she taught many syllabus based nutrition subjects to graduate and postgraduate students. She has also worked as coordinator for the International seminar, extracurricular course on Diabetes.Â She has delivered many talks at renowned organizations in Mumbai and Lucknow.
Recently she has shifted to Indrapuram for family reasons. As soon as she learnt about the wide spectrum a voluntary organization CFM (Community Friendly Movement), soon she offered her services for the development of Anhad Gram. Her education and experience has forced her take up the responsibility for “Food Processing” unit and get maximum utilization of the food crops cultivated in selected areas of CFM.