M. Sc. (Forestry and its relation to Land Management): University of Oxford (UK)
AIFC (Eq. to M. Sc. ) Forestry, Wildlife, Watershed Management and Soil Conservation. (Dehra Dun)
B. Sc. (Biology and Chemistry) (Agra University)
Certificate courses(1) Public Administration, Economics; (2) Basics of Law; (3) Forest Inventory
(4) Climate Change; (5) team management (6) Monitoring & Evaluation
Certificate Course, International Law, Delhi School of International Law (1974)
Specialisation ***** munity Based Natural Resource Management
2. Planning, Project Formulation, and Appraisal
3. Monitoring and Evaluation
4. Forest Policy Analysis and sector management.
5. Forest Management, silviculture and inventory
6. Climate Change and REDD+/Forestry
8. Languages English (excellent)
Urdu (mother tongue)
Computer Skills. Can work with Windows, MS Office, SAP, Lotus Notes, MS Project
Employment Record and Experience
August 2011-Present Independent NRM/Forestry Professional
July 2006 to August, 2011
PRINCIPAL CHIEF CONSERVATOR OF FORESTS, Government of Jammu & Kasmir State, India
Head of State Forest Department. Responsible for the management of state forests covering about 2 million hectares of forests, Wildlife Management and Integrated Watershed Development. Forest planning and development, watershed management; policy analysis and development, advising the Minister for Forests and the State Government on natural resource policies.
Reviewed state forest sector and prepared a report with strategy and action a plan for managing forests.
Initiated reform in public forestry institutions in areas of policy, legislation and organization. Prepared a project to push reforms and capacity building in forestry sector.
Uundertook and completed preparation of Participatory Watershed Management Project and its pre-appraisal and appraisal jointly with the World Bank.
December 2004 to June 2006
Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir State Pollution Control, State Government of Jammu and Kashmir, India
Head of the State Pollution Control Board, an environmental regulatory authority responsible for prevention, abatement and control of environmental pollution caused by industrial, vehicular, domestic effluents/emissions.
Reformed official processes and procedures. Worked on environmental impact assessment issues, policies and approaches to reducing air and water pollution by enforcing compliance with environmental standards.
November 1995- November 2004
Senior Forestry Specialist: The World Bank, New Delhi Office. As a technical specialist served as a task manager for preparation and supervision of Kerala Forestry and Andhra Pradesh Community Forest Management Projects. Participated as a key expert on identification, preparation, appraisal, supervision tasks and sector work; addressed technical issues which were critical to the completion of the assignment. Carried out a study on India’s forest policy and institutions. Supervised and monitored implementation of specific projects (West Bengal, MP, Maharashtra, AP Forestry, Integrated Watershed and Ecodevelopment (Biodiversity Conservation) Projects with particular attention to achieving development objectives and resolved major issues as they arose. Maintained a high level of dialogue with Government, and project implementing agencies, NGOs, other donor agencies and various other stakeholders, on natural resource/forestry sector policies, projects and sector reform program in India. Followed up with the Government both Central and State and involved agencies on the recommendations and actions agreed at supervision, pre-appraisal and appraisal; coordinated as team leader for the whole forestry/watershed project portfolio. Participated in forestry project reviews undertaken by the Bank and the Government from time to time.
Deputy Inspector General of Forests, Head Externally aided Forestry Projects Division, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, New Delhi. Duties and responsibilities, inter alia, included: Identification/ preparation/ scrutiny/ processing and monitoring and review of Forestry Development Projects on afforestation/ reforestation etc. Supported by external donor agencies like the World Bank, SIDA, ODA (U. K. ), CIDA, OECF (Japan), EEC, FRG, UNDP etc. Coordination with external donor agencies and project authorities (States) and other Central Government Departments. Monitored and reviewed of the implementation of 20 projects. Preparation, processing, appraisal and 30 pipeline/ proposed projects handled.
Advised A. P. , M. P. , U. P. , and Gujarat Forest Departments in carrying out forestry sector analysis and project formulation. Evaluated group farm forestry project of a NGO in West Bengal and a village committee managed forest in Rajasthan for a national award for afforestation (IPVM).
Special Secretary to Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Department of Forest, Environment and Fisheries-Srinagar/Jammu.
Planning Monitoring and Evaluation of Forestry development programme. Policy and planning relating to forestry, social forestry, wildlife, soil conservation and environment, administration and coordination; technical advice to Government. Drafted J&K Forest (Conservation) Act 1990 and Rules thereunder.
Director Rural Development Deptt. (Afforestation), Govt. of J & K , Planning, technical advice and Monitoring and Evaluation of the social forestry programme in the Rural Development Sector. Prepared Action Plan for the Afforestation Programme in the Rural Development Sector. Devised monitoring system. Supervised establishment of nurseries and plantations. Set-up new office of the Director