Prof. Dr. K. Muthuchelian
Ph.D., D. Sc., FNABS, FZSI, FPBS, FIEF (Canada)
Pro-Vice Chancellor, DSU
Prof. Dr. K. Muthuchelian is a world renowned biology scientist and currently Pro Vice Chancellor of Dayananda Sagar University, Bangalore. He is the first Vice Chancellor in Tamil Nadu selected on merit through the online transparent process in Periyar University, Salem, Tamil Nadu. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Botany from Madurai Kamaraj University with distinction and earned Doctorate Degree from the School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India. Subsequently he had Post-Doctoral research from the University of Ancona, Italy. He has been conferred with the prestigious "Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)” in recognition of his research accomplishments on “Biomass resource management and technology”. He has been nominated as "Fellow of International Energy Foundation (FIEF)” Saskatchewan, Canada, “Fellow of National Academy of Biological Sciences (FNABS)”, and India, “Fellow of Paleobotanical Society (FPBS)” and Fellow of Zoological Society of India (FZSI) for his significant contributions in the field of bioenergy and biodiversity conservation.
Dr. Muthuchelian worked as Professor, Head and Chairperson of the School of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai and became the Director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Forest Studies in Madurai Kamaraj University in 2001. Based on his outstanding research contributions in the field of Plant Science, Environmental Biotechnology, Forestry, Biodiversity, and Bioenergy, his laboratory has been recognized as the “International laboratory” for ‘Erythrina Research’ by Nitrogen Fixing Tree Associations, Hawaii, USA).
He has been collaborating with various international prestigious scientific organizations such as International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), Switzerland (an affiliated body of UNO) for Southeast Asia, ICTP, Italy, The New York Academy of Sciences - USA, International Safety, Quality, Environment and Management Association, Reading Berkshire, U.K., World Environmental Organization, Washington, USA., International Conservation Society, North Sumatra, Indonesia, British Science Association, England, The International Ecotourism Society, Washington USA., American Association for the Advancement Science USA., International Society of Zoological Sciences, China., Euro Science, Strasbourg, France, Rural Development Forestry Network – UK, American Association for the Advancement of Science – USA, Third World Network (Biosafety), Penang, Malaysia, World Water Council, Marseille, France, The Asia Society of Researchers, Hong Kong, Eurasia Research, IEDRC and Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment, Basal, Switzerland.
At national level, he has been an expert member of ‘Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme’ of MOEF, Government of India, New Delhi. He has served as member in the ‘Tamil Nadu State Level Expert Appraisal Committee’ from MOEF and also expert member in national policy bodies such as Guidelines of Research results- Biodiversity Act 2002, Medicinal Plants, Biotechnology and Bio safety, ‘Establishment of Heritage sites in India’ of National Biodiversity Authority of India (NBA) under MoEF, New Delhi. He also served a member in the Steering Committee of the 12th Planning Commission (2012-2017), Government of Tamil Nadu, and Expert Member, Puducherry State Higher Education Council (2014-2019), Government of Pudhucherry, Pudhucherry.
Dr. Muthuchelian has been serving as a Chairman of the Peer Team of NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore) in many premier academic institutions in India. He has also been associated as a member with the Higher Education council of Pondicherry State and several University Grants Commission (UGC) panels and committees to various states.
For his immense research contributions at international level, he has received many prestigious awards such as “Lifetime Achievement Award in Environmental Science” by International Association of Educators for World Peace (affiliated to UN – ECOSOC, UNESCO, UNICEF), New Delhi in 2013; “Lifetime Achievement Award” by International institute of Food and Nutritional Sciences (IIFANS); and “Lifetime Achievement Award in Microbiology” by Indian Association of Applied Microbiologists, India”. Moreover, he has been honored twice the “Merit of Excellence Award” in recognition of his stupendous contributions in the field of medicinal plants conservation and in plant science at International level. Recently, his name was included in “Top 100 Scientists of the Worldwide” from UK. Dr. Muthuchelian is the First Indian Scientist honored with the prestigious award of “University of Ancona”, by University of Ancona Italy for his meritorious contributions in ‘Bioenergy production in the year 1998. Further, as a tribute to his noteworthy contributions to the society and dedicated involvement in the higher education, he has been awarded twice ‘Best Vice-Chancellor Award’ by the Indian Red Cross Society, Tamil Nadu branch, Chennai. The prestigious “Eminent Scientist Award of “76th Indian Science Congress Endowment in Natural Sciences” (2010) was conferred to him by Madurai Kamaraj University. In addition, he has been recognized as “Tamil Nadu Best Scientist in Environmental Sciences (1999)” by TNSCST, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, India; ‘Best Scientist in Environmental Sciences (2001-2002)’ by Nehru Yuvakendra-Government of India and Tamil Nadu Sports Authority, and ‘Best Scientist in Environmental Management (2005) (Karma Veerar Kamarajar Award)’ by Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, India. He has been awarded the ‘Best Teacher Gold Medal (First Prize)’ by the Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai in 2008. He was awarded as Life Time Achievement Award in Tamil Literature (2018) by Tamil Research Foundation and Prof S. Kannaiyan Memorial Award (2017) for his outstanding research contribution in anticancer potential of medicinal plants and Nano drug delivery.
As an outstanding researcher, he has been collaborating with many international scientific laboratories/organizations such as World Bank; Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Sweden; International Centre for Theoretical Physics, ICTP, Triestie, Italy; Provincea Di Marchae, Ancona, Italy; Institito Di Agrario, San Michele, Trento, Italy and Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association, Hawaii, USA. As a visiting scientist, he visited several countries - USA, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, Austria, UK, Hungary, Singapore, Bangladesh and conducted more than 10 collaborative research programmes. On his research contributions, he has published 220 research papers in peer-reviewed National and International Journals He has presented and delivered inaugural/key note/valedictory addresses in more than 620 National and International Symposia/Conferences. Till date he has organized 35 National and international Scientific Conferences. Towards his research credentials, he has submitted 30 gene sequences at Genbank, NCBI, USA. On his credit, he has published 25 books and notably he authored 4 books of “Uyir Virimam” (Biodiversity: Current Status and Management) in Tamil; Biodiversity Conservation for Sustainable Management; Perspectives in Plant Biodiversity and Glimpses of Animal Biodiversity and these books were graciously released by Hon’ble Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India and His Excellency Dr. K. Rosaiah, Governor and Chancellor, Government of Tamilnadu. He recognized for his outstanding contribution in scientific book writing and awarded Best Tamil Science Book (Uyuirvirimum - Biodiversity Current Status and Management) (2014) and Best Education book (Noolagam Arivulaga Nulaivuvayil- Library- A gate way to Knowledge) (2015) by Government of Tamil Nadu and Thesium Kanda Thesia Paravai (Peacock) (2018) by World Tamil Cultural Centre, Coimbatore, India. He actively participated and delivered more than 125 Graduation/Convocation addresses and met three lakh students across South India. He has produced 40 Ph.Ds., and currently 05 Ph.D. scholars were submitted their thesis for evaluation.
Prof. Muthuchelian has been untiringly striving to promote the higher education at University level. He has chaired and served as a member of more than 100 academic committees at college levels and 145 administrative/research and development committees at University/Central/State levels. Prof. K. Muthuchelian has vide administrative tasks and experience such as Vice- Chancellor, Registrar in charge, Controller in charge, Coordinator for University with Potential for Excellence (total grant of Rs. 40 crores), member in syndicate, senate and academic council in university and many affiliated colleges. He also served as chairman/convener/ member in many management committee, research committee, recognition, affiliation, endowment, accounts, audit, purchase and Board of Studies at several Colleges and Universities. Being a Vice-Chancellor of a fast growing University, he has brought in academic and administrative reforms for vibrant administration and rigorous academic initiatives.
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