Professor Emeritus Dr. Satish Chander Verma

Professor of Botany (Retd.)
Panjab University,
Chandigarh-160014, India

Prof. Verma has been Visiting Professor at Hiroshima, Tokyo, & Sendai (Japan), University College, London (UK), Colorado College (USA), University of California at Stanford, University of Minnesota and University of Arizona, Tempe (USA). At the Colorado College (Colorado Springs, USA) he taught courses for two semesters (1986-87). He has been UGC National lecturer (1986-87), and after his formal retirement, including 3 years of re-employment, in December 1994, he was offered UGC Emeritus Fellowship for two years at the Panjab University (1995,1996), and thereafter he had a UGC project for three years (1997-1999) on the biology of ferns at the Panjab University. From 1990 to 2004 he taught M.Sc. course in Plant Molecular Genetics as Visiting Faculty at the department of Biotechnology, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dr. Verma has participated in very large number of conferences, delivering special lectures, and he has chaired sections at international meets (International meet on Pteridophytes, Edinburgh, and 15th International Genetics Congress, New Delhi). Recipient of Royal Society (London) Bursary (1977), and the INSA Teachers Award (2014).

Prof Emeritus Dr. S P Khullar,

Professor of Botany (Retd.)
Panjab University, Chandigarh
He was the Chairman/Head of this institution
(1December2000-31May 2003).
Secretary-Treasurer, Indian Fern Society
Research Interests: Prof. Khullar has been mainly
working on the Cytology, Morphology, Systematics,
Floristics and Taxonomy of Pteridophytes.
Author of: An Illustrated Fern Flora of the West Himalaya in Two volumes
The Panjab University conferred the Professor Emeritus status on Prof Khullar.
He was the President (Section PLANT SCIENCES), Indian Science Congress for the year 2013-14. He was elected as Councilor of International Association of Pteridologists (for six years in 2011) and is now its Vice-President. He is an Elected Fellow of The National Academy of Sciences, India (Allahabad) (F N A Sc); Indian Botanical Society (F B S); Indian Fern Society (F.I.F.S). The East Himalayan Society for Spermatophyte Taxonomy awarded him Dr. T.M. Hynniewta Biodiversity Medal’ for the year 2013. The Birbal Savtri Sahni Foundation, Lucknow awarded him the BIRBAL CENTENARY AWARD. For his researches on Pteridophytes, The Indian Fern Society conferred upon Prof Khullar the first GOLD MEDAL in Pteridology (1987) and ‘THE LIFE TIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD’ (2010).

Professor of Botany (Retd.)
Panjab University, Chandigarh
Expertise: One of the leading
Botanists who initiated morphogenetic researches on ferns
through tissue culture in India. She has over 40 years of
research experience on Tissue Culture/Morphogenesis,
Plant Biotechnology and Environmental Biology. She has
carried out extensive work on Physio-Morphogenetic studies in vitro, on ferns (both homo-and Heterosporous). Prof. Cheema has also collaborated with IPBNET, Colorado University, U.S.A. She has developed a procedure for consistent plant regeneration from callus derived immature embryo.

Designation: Professor, Department of
Bioresources and Biotechnology,
Nitte Center for Science Education and Research,
Paneer, Derelakatte, MANGALORE 575018.
Expertise: Plant molecular Biology, Genetic
diversity and distribution studies of Pteridophytes,
Abiotic and heavy metal stress induced studies in plant systems, In vitro propagation of trees and medicinal plants, Bioremediation and phytoremediation of toxic pollutants.