Dr. Pankaj Gupta
Email- pankajgupta08091975@gmail.com
Duration of Fellowship September 2023 to September 2025
Research Project Culinary Culture of Himachal Pradesh--A Bio-anthropological Study
About:Doctorate in Life Sciences from HP University and a Faculty Member in the Department of Environment Sciences, HP University, Dr. Pankaj Gupta is presently a Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. His area of specialization and interest are:

· Traditional Knowledge Systems, Ethno-Cultural, and Ethno-Ecological Studies among indigenous communities
· Traditional knowledge systems including folk herbalism among indigenous mountain communities
· Bio-anthropological studies, Environment and Climate Change Studies, Natural Resource Management and Sustainable development studies

Academic Experience

· Started research and academic journey from Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies (IIHS), which is UGC Centre of Excellence and remained Coordinator, School of Environment Studies, Coordinator, Biodiversity Conservation and Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) Division, Cordinator, Publication Division, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, HP University, Shimla, Coordinator, Placement Cell, School of Environment Studies , Coordinator, Botanical Garden, Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies (Centre of Excellence), H.P University, Shimla and Course Coordinator, Diploma in Pahari Miniature Painting
· Associated with designing of Course Curriculum for M. Sc. (Environment Science) including CBCS, MBA (Rural Development), Master of Public Health, Master of Fine Arts (Pahari Miniature Painting), PG Diploma in Environment Management, PG Diploma in Pahari Miniature Painting
· Content writer of IGNOU's learning material of M.Sc. (Environmental Sciences) and contributed ten units.
· Vision Coordinator, Heerak Jayanti Drishtipatr, Diamond Jubilee Vision Document of HPU presented to Hon'ble Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, 2022-23
· Consultant HPPCL for conducting Environment & Social Impact Assessment and baseline studies Membership of Professional Bodies
· Chief Editor, SAGES CHRONICLES, E-Magazine and newsletter of SAGES (Shimla Amateur Garden & Environment Society)
· Core Team Member, Project Multimedia and GIS supported language documentation of the Himalayas with the focus on ethno-biological terms funded by Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, 2007
· Creative Editor, Summer Hill Panorama, the e-magazine of HPU Alumni Association
· Editor, Confluence of Knowledge: An International Refereed Journal, since 2013
· Expert for evaluating the projects of CAPART (Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology) and evaluated fifteen CAPART-funded projects
· Founder Member, Kalp Foundation dedicated for upholding of ecological and cultural diversity
· Indian Correspondent, Journal of Folk Art of Eurasia
· Member of various academic and professional bodies, viz. Life Member, Society for Environment and Development; Member, Ethno-botanical Society, Lucknow and Member, International Society for Ethno-pharmacology
· Member, Editorial Board, Hill Quest: National Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, since 2014; Himalayan Studies Journal-A Refereed International Journal; Life sciences Leaflets- An International Refereed Journal
· Member, HP Alumni Association
· Member, State Focus Group constituted by the HP State Government for writing the Position Paper on Environmental Education.
· Nominated Member, Working Group on Climate Change in Himachal Pradesh, HP State Council for Environment, Science and technology since January 2011
· Team Member in the Project Altai Himalayas as Unique Cultural-Biospheric areas of Eurasia: The search of the common values, environmental-economic strategies and social-cultural parallels funded by Russian Humanitarian (2017-18) Accomplishments
· Completed more than fifteen research projects and twelve consultancies
· Authored and edited more than twenty-three books (with national and international publishers), and published fifty research papers in journals of repute and twenty-four chapters in edited volumes.
· Presented twenty-five papers during various national and international seminars/ conferences
· Represented India during the International Conference on Society, Human and Nature Co-Development within the Framework of Dialogue of Civilizations organized by WPF, Dialogue of Civilization from 28th -31st May, 2014 at Gorno-Altaysk, the capital town of the Altai Republic, Russia, where he presented his paper on Spiritual & Cultural Elements of Indigenous Eco-feminist Thought: A Himalayan Experience.
· Awarded Best Young Researcher Award for the year 2022 by HP University on its Foundation Day
· Awarded Certificate of Appreciation by the Vice-Chancellor, HPU for drafting the Heerak Jayanti Drishtipatr: Diamond Jubilee Vision Document, 2030 and Chief, Institute of Complex Researches in Great Altai, Altai State Technical University, Barnaul City, Russian Federation for his outstanding research and academic work