Dr. R. Gopichandran Director Vigyan Prasar

Dr. R. Gopichandran’s two doctoral degrees are in the areas of microbial and chemical ecology. His extensive work on preventive environmental management motivated him to secure a degree in law. Most of his 25 years of scientific, research, communication and capacity building work and output relate to chemical ecological aspects of natural resources management, cleaner production and chemical substitution. The latter two aspects have been through a dynamic association with the Compliance Assistance Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme in particular and with special reference to ozone layer protection, centred on locally relevant action by industry at the national and regional levels. This included innovative work on destruction of ozone depleting substances to twin the objectives of climate and ozone layer protection.

His contributions to India’s 12th Five Year Plan as a member of the Working Group on Natural Resources Management are on the chemical ecological aspects of conservation and sustainable management of agriculture to tackle challenges posed by climate change. He has a large number of publications including books and papers through well recognized publishers and journals. He has also taught extensively in several centres of higher learning including the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology & the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar.

Prior to joining Vigyan Prasar as its Director, he has served in three important institutions over 23 years. They are the
  • Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute, Gandhinagar as the Principal Research Scientist / Scientist SH (Environment and Climate Change Wing) & Director-In-Charge.
  • Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad, as Programme Director/Scientist SG – Environment Management &
  • Entomology Research Institute, Chennai.
He is Alumnus (Year 2000) of the International Visitors Leadership Programme of the Department of State, United States of America.Fellow of the

-Indian Geophysical Union
-Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences &
-National Environmental Science Academy

Email-ID : r[dot]gopichandran[at]vigyanprasar[dot]gov[dot]in
Telephone : 0120-2404438
Fax : 0120-2404437