A household name to reckon with in the field of environment and forest conservation in India, Dr. K. Sasikumar has been ably leading the Forest and Environment Department, New Sachivalaya, Gandhinagar as the Deputy Conservator of Forests of the Narmada Division.
With a B.Sc. and a PhD in Agriculture and Horticulture, Dr. K. Sasikumar has been involved in landscape and lion conservation and anti-poaching in Gir Forest. He has been instrumental in the sloth bear conservation, Valley of flowers project, and tribal employment generation and mass livelihood programs in the Narmada, as well as protecting forests with the involvement of people. Dr. K. Sasikumar has also been involved with Gujarat Tourism and the Gujarat Ecological Commission, being the resource person for CRZ management and marine ecosystems, implementing and obtaining funds for ecological projects, and even arranging for 9 national seminars. He also worked in Germany, being involved in renewable energy, waste management, coastal ecosystems/climate change, and landscape design/urban forestry. His role of DCF in Vyara involved controlling illegal movement of timber and timber mafia, as well as employment generation for and mass public involvement of tribal people. During his term here, Dr. K. Sasikumar was also the brainchild of innovative events such as trekking festivals.
Dr. K. Sasikumar’s valuable knowledge and work resulted in him authoring two international articles on DNA fingerprints of India Roses, as well as a book on ‘Agriculture made easy’ for competitive exams.