Career

A Brief Description

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PROFESSOR DR PALPU PUSHPANGADAN

Education

Degree

Institution

Year

Main course of study

Ph.D.

Aligarh Muslim University

1975

Cytogenetics, Plant Breeding & Biochemistry of some Medicinal & Aromatic Plants.

M.Phil.

Aligarh Muslim University

1972

Cytogenetics  Biochemistry and phytochemistry

M.Sc.

Aligarh Muslim University

1968

Botany (Plant Tissue Culture & Cytogenetics)

B.Sc.

University of Kerala

1965

Botany, Zoology & Chemistry

Professional short courses attended

  • One month training in Instrumentation Technology in Natural Products Chemistry under Dr. J. Donegen, Tropical Products Institute, London (1970).
  • Three month’s training in Natural Products Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacology with special reference to Medicinal Plants organised by Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu (1973). The course covered various analytical methods like Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC), Gas Liquid Chromatography (GLC) and chemical methods for isolation, estimation an biological evaluation of active principles (Alkaloids, Glycosides, Coumarins, Essential Oil Constituents, etc.) of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants.
  • Two weeks’ comprehensive course in Essential Oils (Chemistry Cultivation, Pre-and Post Harvest Technology and Aroma Evaluation etc.) organised by Essential Oil Association of India (1977).
  • Training in oil-factory methods of analysis of Essential Oils and Aroma Chemicals under Dr. Nimbalkar (An international renowned perfumer), Bombay (1978).
  • Six months’ training in Biosynthetic Studies using Radio Isotope Tracer Technology at Isotope Division, Regional Research Laboratory (RRL), Jammu (1979).
  • Three months training in Pharmacology at RRL, Jammu (1981 & 3 months) and department of pharmacognosy and pharmacology Denmark (1993).

Knowledge of Languages

Read, write & Speak

:

Malayalam, Hindi & English

Read & write

:

Sanskrit

Speak only

:

Tamil, Urdu, Punjabi, Dogri and some dialects of spoken by tribals and hill communities of Himalayas and Western Ghats.

Employment Record

 

 

 

Institution

Year

Position

Regional Research Laboratory

 

1969-74

Junior Scientific Assistant (availed study leave for doing M.Phil. at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh during the period between (1970-72).

                      -do-

1974-79

Senior Scientific Assistant

                     -do-

1980-82

Scientist B

Deputation to a project of Ministry of Environment & Forests

1983-84

Project Co-ordinator (Scientist C)

                    -do-

1985 - 90

Chief Project Co-ordinator, (Scientist E)

Tropical Botanic Garden & Research Institute, Palode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

1990 -23.2.99

Director

National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow

24.02.1999 –

  31.01.2006

Director

*Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology

18.04.94 to 15.12.94

Director

*Science, Technology & Environment Dept., Govt. of Kerala

10.01.95 to 10.05.95

Director & Additional Secretary to Govt of Kerala

*Central Institute for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants

01.01.2001  to

10.05.01

Director

Amity Institute for Herbal and

Biotech Products Development

Sr. Vice President, RBEF

01.03.2006

continuing

Director General

* Additional charge