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Dr. Pramod Chandra Mishra, retired Professor in Environmental Sciences of Sambalpur University and former Expert Member of National Green Tribunal, New Delhi has joined the Odisha Bigyan Academy as President on 11th March 2019, an agency under Department of Science and Technology of Govt of Odisha. Prof. P.C. Mishra, born on 23rd January 1953, after graduating from Nayagarh College joined Sambalpur University to pursue M.Sc. in Biological Sciences and topped the merit list from among the regular students in his batch in 1975. Subsequently, as a CSIR Junior Research Fellow, he completed his doctoral degree in 1981 under the supervision of Prof. M. C. Dash, the eminent ecologist of India. After serving as a Research Assistant for a short period, he joined as a faculty in School of Life Sciences and then as Reader and Head in the Department of Environmental Sciences of the same University, the first of its kind in the state, in 1992. He was instrumental in developing this new Department and bring it to national level offering M.Sc., M.Phil and Ph.D programme in Environmental Sciences and M. Tech programme in Environmental Science and Engineering. During his 33 years of research and teaching career in Sambalpur University Prof. Mishra has published some 122 research papers in national and international journals, supervised 18 research projects funded by National and State level funding agencies as well as Industries and supervised 49 M. Phil and 15 Ph.D./D. Sc dissertations.

The major contributions of Prof. Mishra are in the areas of Solid Waste Disposal and Management (Municipal wastes and Fly-ash) and Lowócost waste water treatment and Pollution Management. He was awarded D.Sc degree by Ranchi University for his work on Lowócost waste water treatment in 1998. Prof Mishra gives all credit to his M. Phil and Ph.D. Scholars and also the funding agencies which helped him to undertake quality research. Prof. Mishra has received Prof M. C. Dash Gold Medal from Zoological Society of India and Prof E.P. Odum and Charles Darwin Gold medals from National Association of Ecological Communications, India for his research work. He is also Fellow of National Institute of Ecology, Zoological Society of India, National Environmentalists Association etc. Sambalpur University, in her Golden Jubilee Celebration in 2017 felicitated Prof. Mishra in appreciation of his dedicated service as a distinguished Professor of the University. Prof Mishra completed his five years tenure as Expert Member of National Green Tribunal on 15th November 2017. During his tenure he has authored many important Judgements on Hydropower Projects, Forest Encroachments, Violation of Air & Water Acts and implementation of Waste Management Rules in Eastern States of India.

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