Dr. M.K.Razdan retired as the Principal, Shyam Lal College, a constituent of University of Delhi, the position he served during the period 2006-2011. Prior to this he was Vice Principal and Professor of Botany at Ramjas College (another constituent of the Delhi University), where he taught for more than three decades. Besides teaching students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, Dr. Razdan was Head of the Botany Department and subsequently Coordinator of add-on courses on 'Biotechnology' as well as 'Environment Management and Law' at this institute. He also worked as Visiting Scientist at USDA's Vegetable Laboratory, Beltsville Agriculture Research Centre, Maryland, and later at the Department of Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland, USA. Much earlier Dr. Razdan was awarded prestigious Commonwealth Bursary by the Royal Society, London, which enabled him to do postdoctoral research in the laboratory of world known plant scientist Professor E.C.Cocking, FRS, on plant cell and tissue culture, including somatic cell genetics, at the Department of Botany, University of Nottingham, UK. Post-retirement Dr. Razdan served as Visiting Faculty of Life Sciences at IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University), New Delhi and Advisor, Shyam Lal Charitable Trust, Delhi, India. He has publications in reputed research journals, guided students for Ph.D/.M.Phil., refereed research papers for publication in scientific journals, and published several books with reputed publishers like Elsevier and Science Publishers. These books have received good reviews in international scientific journals and can be accessed in libraries world over. Dr. Razdan was Joint Editor and Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cytology and Genetics and has had the honour of being elected as Fellow of the Society of Cytologists and Geneticists (FSCG). He was invited to visit Moscow, in 1993, to deliver lectures and exchange scientific experience at various institutes under Russian Academy of Sciences, and has been Member of Delhi University Academic Council as well as Member of Delhi University Court.
Professor (Dr.) T. Dennis Thomas did his M.Sc. Botany from Mahatma Gandhi University. He completed his Ph.D. from Department of Botany, University of Delhi, India. He worked in St. Thomas College, Pala and engaged in teaching and active research. He has Postdoctoral experiences from University of Hamburg, Germany (2007-08), University of Hokkaido, Japan (2009), and Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland (2013). He has been selected as visiting Associate Professor in University of Hokkaido, Japan (2014). He has been awarded Young scientist project by DST in 2003. He obtained DST, BOYSCAST Fellowship in 2007. He joined in Central University of Kerala, as a Professor, in Department of Plant Science in 2016. His main interest has been in the field of Plant tissue culture, Secondary metabolite production, Hairy root culture and Plant reproductive biology. He has been awarded INSA visiting Scientist award three times. He has published over 60 research papers in journals of International and National repute and contributed invited chapters to books published from India and abroad. Under his guidance 5 Ph.Ds awarded and 4 Ph.D students pursuing their research. He has completed 3 major projects and 2 minor projects.
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