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Prof R Misra Birth Centenary Lecture

Prof. R. Misra Birth Centenary Lecture (2011-12)

To mark the Birth Centenary of late Professor Ramdeo Misra, (b. 26 August 1908) – fondly known as the ‘Father of Indian Ecology’, the National Institute of Ecology instituted an annual Prof. R. Misra Birth Centenary Lecture. The Lecture is awarded each year to an eminent ecologist who has made significant contributions in any field of ecology and its application to environmental problems. The Award carries a Citation and a token cash amount. The first lecture was awarded in 2008 to Prof. Madhav Gadgil, the second lecture in 2009 to Prof. P.S. Ramakrishnan and the third lecture in 2010 to Prof. Jamuna Sharan Singh.

The Fourth Lecture for the year 2011-12 was awarded to Prof. Madhab C. Dash, a distinguished soil biologist, one of the earliest Fellows of the National Institute of Ecology, and former Chairman of the Orissa State Pollution Control Board. Born 28 Nov. 1939, Dr Dash obtained his PhD from the University of Calgary (Canada). He served as Professor of Ecology (1976-1997), and as Vice-Chancellor (2001-2004) of SambalpurUniversity. Prof. Dash was Sectional President (Animal Science, Fisheries & Veterinary Science), Indian Science Congress, 86th Session (Chennai, 1999). Currently he is a Member of Environment Appellate Authority, Bhubaneswar (Govt. of Orissa). Prf. Dash has authored over 200 research papers, authored or edited 38 books and has supervised 35 PhD and 3 DSc students. He is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards from scientific bodies and the Government of Odisha.

Prof. Dash delivered his lecture on “Sustainable Development : The Journey from Rio-1992 to Rio+20-2012 and Beyond” on 26th December 2012 at the Regional Museum of Natural History, Bhubaneswar.