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Dr M. K. Sarkar: a Brief Biography

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant trees

  – Martin Luther

Dr Manoj Kumar Sarkar, IFSDr Manoj Kumar Sarkar, IFS officer of 1986 batch was serving as the additional principal chief conservator of Forests of Tamil Nadu forest department, government of Tamil Nadu, India untilNovember 2014. Sarkar did his graduation and post graduation from the Presidency College of Calcutta University and Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehra Dun, respectively and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Public Policy from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He was conferred a doctorate degree in Botany from Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu.

During his journey as an officer of Indian Forest Department and student of forestry, botany and public policy, Dr Sarkar did extensive study on the Endemic and Threatened Medicinal Plants of India located in the world famous Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR). Based on his comprehensive scientific survey, Dr Sarkar found that of the 1,106 plant species of KMTR, a total of 58 endemic plant species which are of extensive medicinal value are facing various degrees of threats. Dr Sarkar further proposed a total of 201 taxa from all over India to be incorporated in ‘Plant Schedule’ under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972  based on his own study and also from CAMP studies done by other authorities for ensuring their total protection and conservation. This study acquired a global attention and was published by the Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu and the National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India. This study initiated an intense discussion in the country on the formulation of ‘National Action Plan’ for ‘Biodiversity Governance’ in India.

Dr Sarkar is an eternal forest lover. His affection for the plant kingdom is depicted in his thoughts where he describes the ‘Plants’ as ‘monks’ and the ‘forest’ as ‘sea of monks’. Dr Sarkar dedicated his life time research work on plants to the ‘Plant Kingdom’. Dr Sarkar has written more than 58 popular articles, books, book chapters and research articles and has been conferred the Brandis Award for the year 2002-2003 for his work on the threatened plants in India. Recently, Dr. sarkar has been conferred the distinguished United Writers’ Association EFFULGENT STAR OF THE DECADE AWARD for the year 2012-2013

Dr Sarkar’s vision is to bring a positive change in the system in protecting the imperiled plants in the service of mankind and conserving the mother earth for future generations.

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Dr. Manoj Kumar Sarkar, I.F.S.,
Former Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
Tamil Nadu Forest Department
Government of Tamil Nadu

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Email : mks@indo-gmp2015.biogov.in