THE INDIAN FERN SOCIETY

(Registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 as amended by Punjab Amendment Act 1957).

The Indian Fern Society founded in 1983, is an international organization of Researchers and persons interested in ferns and fern-allies. The main aim of the Society is promoting researches on Pteridophytes world-wide. The Indian Fern Society functioned at Patiala till 2008, for 25 years with the Late Prof. S S Bir as its first Secretary-Treasurer. Due to advancing age of Prof Bir, it was decided in the General Body meeting held at NBRI, Lucknow, during the Silver Jubilee Celebrations (29 November 2008), to shift the head office of the Society to Chandigarh.
THE AIMS OF THE SOCIETY:

(i) To promote researches on Pteridophytes through suitable programs of research, explorations and dissemination of the latest knowledge on these plants.
(ii) To arouse public interest in the conservation of ferns and fern allies, which are under grave threat of extinction due to the destruction of their habitats.

The Society sought to achieve these objectives by:
(i) Seeking cooperation and by cooperating with persons and organizations within or outside the country interested in plant Sciences.
(ii) Organizing lectures, symposia, seminars, excursions, exhibitions etc.on Pteridophytes.
(iii) Publishing ‘The Indian Fern Journal’. It also encourages publication of monographs, books etc. of interest for the development of knowledge on Pteridophytes.
(iv) Encouraging original researches on ferns and fern-allies.
(v) Instituting at appropriate time, merit certificates, medals, and prizes for persons interested in ferns and fern allies.

Activities of the Society:
The Society has been publishing annually “THE INDIAN FERN JOURNAL” since 1984 and has so far successfully published 34 volumes. Articles from Researchers on Pteridophytes are welcome for publication but all author/s have to be members of the Society (Annual/Life).
Seminars Organized by the Indian Fern Society
The first National Symposium of the Society was “Biology of Pteridophytes” January 10-11, 1986, at the Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala. And the 13th “Pteridological Studies in India: Perspectives and Modern approaches in relation to Environment & Climate Change” at Itanagar, (Arunachal Pradesh) (Feb. 22- 23, 2018).

Executive Council
The Society has an executive council which consists of: A President, two Vice-Presidents, Secretary-Treasurer, Joint Secretary, seven members and The Editor-in Chief, Editor and Coeditor of The Indian Fern Journal. The Editorial Board has six members, besides The Editor-in Chief, Editor and Coeditors. There are also four Advisors.

AWARDS OF THE SOCIETY:
1. LIFE TIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD.
2. FELLOWSHIP
3. PROFESSOR S.S.BIR, GOLD MEDAL IN PTERIDOLOGY
4. CERTIFICATE OF MERIT IN PTERIDOLOGY
5. HONORARY FELLOWSHIP conferred on those who help the Society in organizing its seminars and in other activities of the Society
6. HONORARY MEMBERS. The Society Honours itself by having Senior Pteridologists as Honorary Members
(For all award details contact the Secretary sp.khullar@gmail.com).

MEMBERSHIP:
Membership of the Society is open to any person interested in Pteridophytes.
All members are required to provide their email and mailing address.
The annual membership of the society is Rs 1500/-
The Life Membership is Rs. 7500/-.
For Students/Researchers The Membership is Rs 5000/- But as and when they get a placement/Fellowship/ Scholarship they will pay the balance.

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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

(Registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 as amended by Punjab Amendment Act 1957)

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR THE YEARS 2019 & 2020
President Dr. P. B. Khare Lucknow
Vice-President Dr. Alka Kumari Lucknow
Prof. P. L. Uniyal Delhi
Secretary-Treasurer Prof. S. P. Khullar CHANDIGARH
Joint Secretary Dr. K. D. Chawla Mumbai
Members Prof. H S Kirn Jammu
Dr. A. Benniamin Pune
Dr. Nirupama Goswami Burdwan
Prof. N. Punetha Pithoragarh
Prof. M. Seth Shimla
Dr. Paramjit Singh Chandigarh
Dr. Kakali Sen Kalyani
Dr. M. Johnson Palayamkottai
Dr. B. L. Yadav BHILWARA
Dr.V.K. Rawat Itanagar
Dr. K. S. Rajput Vadodra
Dr. B. S. Kholia Dehra Dun
EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE INDIAN FERN JOURNAL
Editor-in-Chief Prof. S. C. Verma, Chandigarh
Editor Prof. S. P. Khullar, Chandigarh
Co-editor Prof H K Cheema, Chandigarh
Prof. Smitha Hegde, Mangalore
Members Prof. H. K. Goswami, Bhopal
Prof. T. Sen, Kalyani
Prof. B. D. Sharma, Narnaul
Prof. R. N. Mukhopadhya, Burdwan
Dr. PK Raja Gopal Udupi
Advisors Dr. Paramjit Singh, Howrah/ Mohali
Prof. T. N. Bhardwaja, Jaipur
Prof. V Irudayaraj Palyamkotai
Prof. Joanne Sharpe, USA
Prof. X. C. Zhang, China
Dr. C. R. Fraser-Jenkins, Nepal, Pottugal
Prof. Annette Schölch, Heidelberg, Germany
Editor of Publications Prof. S. C Verma, Chandigarh