The Central University of Orissa has conferred the
Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) upon Professor Madhav Gadgil, an
eminent Ecologist and Environmental Scientist.
Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of Rural Development,
Government of India conferred the Degree upon Professor Madhav Gadgil in a
special programme organised by Central University of Orissa at India
International Centre (IIC), New Delhi.
Prof Gadgil has been largely responsible for
introducing careful quantitative investigations in ecology and animal behaviour
as well as viewing humans as an integral component of ecosystems to 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 of 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.