Profile of Dr. Soham Pandya

Dr. Soham Pandya hails from a family which has devoted their life for practicing upon Gandhian principles of Truth and Non Violence. He is a student of Biotechnology. He did his M.Sc. from M. S. University, Baroda and Ph.D. from Sardar Patel University, Vallabh-Vidyanagar, Anand, Gujarat. He has successfully completed British Council sponsored Certificate Course for " Natural Resource Managers" at Center for Developmental Studies, Swansea, Wales, U.K. and attended a Certificate Course in "Basic Computer Application for Managing Natural Resources"at Wye College, London, U.K.

He worked as faculty in different colleges affiliated to Pune University, Nagpur University and Amravati University. At present he is offering his services as the Executive Director of a voluntary organization namely "Centre of Science for Villages" (CSV), Dattapur, Wardha. CSV works in the field of Entrepreneurship Development, Housing, Sanitation, Renewable Energy, Village Industries, Agriculture and Forestry. Dr. Soham Pandya is engaged in research, field trials, field extension, training, entrepreneurship development and policy interventions.

Dr. Pandya has introduced a range of Appropriate Technologies (AT) and Methodologies which are Ecologically Sound; Economically Viable and Socially Just. These technologies are related to i) Organic Farming ii) Land Cover Management iii) Watershed Management iv) Forest Resource Management v) Habitation Creation Using Locally Available Construction Material i.e. Mud and Bamboo vi) Total Sanitation for Solid and Liquid waste management vii) Renewable Energy viii) Village Industries and ix) Entrepreneurship Development

As Principle Investigator, Dr. Pandya has implemented more than a dozen scientific Project funded by Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Women and Child Development, CAPART etc. As Mother NGO of Maharashtra Government (Ministry of Agriculture) and Program Implementing Agency (PIA) of Watershed Management Program he transferred a range of AT in 220 villages of Vidarbha, Maharashtra.

A Draft Proposal on Land Cover Management has been written by Dr. Soham Pandya for Science and Society Division, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi. He has published many scientific papers, books, reports and popular articles. He is a fellow of Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD) – International and member of many organizations of well repute.

Dr. Soham Pandya, Executive Director
Centre of Science for Villages, Wardha
Dattapur, Post Box Number 21, Wardha, Maharashtra PIN 442001
Phone- 07152-249542 and 250570 (office)
Mobile-- 09890434003
Email Id -- soham.ced@gmail.com and csvwardha@gmail.com

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