Bhubaneswar, Dec 30:
The Central University of Odisha conferred a Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) on Professor eminent ecologist and environmental scientist Madhab Gadgil on Sunday.
Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of Rural Development, conferred the Degree on Gadgil in a special programme organised by the University at India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi.
Prof Gadgil is largely responsible for introducing quantitative investigation in ecology and animal behaviour as well as viewing humans as an integral component of the ecosystem of India.
He founded the Centre for Ecological Sciences at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, which has developed strong traditions of working with other researchers, teachers, policy makers as well as NGO workers, farmers and other citizens throughout the country. This has led to innovative experiments involving high school and college teachers and students in inventorying and monitoring of biodiversity.
Prof. Gadgil has been a Lecturer in Biology at Harvard, a distinguished Indo-American Lecturer at UC Berkeley and has been elected to all the Science Academies of India, the Third World Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Science.
He is an Honorary Member of the British and American Ecological Societies. He is a recipient of Shantiswarup Bhatnagar and Vikram Sarabhai Awards, Volvo Environment Prize and Harvard University’s GSAS Centennial Medal, Karnataka’s Rajyotsava Award and Padma Shri as well as Padma Bhushan by the President of India.