Faculty Profiles of SCNR


Mr. D K Ved
Emeritus Professor and Advisor.

Mr. D K Ved, Emeritus Professor, is also the Advisor to the School of Conservation of Natural Resources at the TransDisciplinary University (TDU).

He has co-ordinated the implementation of methodologies for

  1. Rapid Threat Assessment of Medicinal Plants using CAMP (Conservation Assessment and Management Prioritization) process for applying IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria
  2. In-situ conservation Strategy for Conservation of wild Medicinal Plants Resources in India (through MPCA) – a cost effective strategy currently under implementation across 110 forest sites across India.
  3. Multi-faceted electronic database on Indian Medicinal Plants and Traditional Knowledge.

Mr. Ved has also been instrumental in conducting comprehensive studies and surveys like National Survey for Demand and Supply of Medicinal Plants in India (2006-07), provided directions and recommendations for conservation of medicinal plants through national and international projects and been the principal investigator for undertaking distribution mapping of medicinal plants for more than 2400 species.

He has provided guidance for the establishment of National Herbarium and Raw Drug Repository (FRLH Herbarium) on Indian Medicinal Plants, and contributed to the drafting of National Policy and Guidelines for Medicinal Plants Conservation; as well as influenced the activities undertaken by various departments and committees through pioneering work on Medicinal Plants conservation.

He is interested to engage with PhD students, young people interested in designing and executing innovative educational and outreach programs related to

  • Conservation of Medicinal Plants
  • Rapid threat assessment using IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria

E-mail: dk.ved@tdu.edu.in

Dr. SN Venugopalan Nair
Associate Professor.

An Associate Professor who is a BAMS doctor with a Master’s in Business Management (MBA), Dr. Venugopal spearheads the Informatics Group in the School of Conservation of Natural Resources. He has a keen interest in studying medicinal plants which have controversial identities, annd works tirelessly to better understand all fundamental principles of Ayurveda. He is now looking at developing Rasa-shastra as NanoMedicine of Ayurveda and also to establish translational research facilities in Ayurveda.

An avid writer, he has written over 70 articles on medicinal plants in the Malayalam and published 15 articles in the Heritage Amruth Magazine. He has also authored a book on using medicinal plants for Primary Healthcare. He has been instrumental in developing 10 Educational CDs and dynamic websites on Medicinal Plants used in the Indian System of Medicine (ISM). He has also helped to develop self-learning based education programs on Medicinal Plants.

E-mail: venu.gopal@tdu.edu.in


Dr. Abdul Kareem
Associate Professor.

Dr. M. Abdul Kareem is an Associate Professor at the Trans-Disciplinary University (TDU). He is a doctorate in Philosophy with medico-botany as key subject. He has over 20 years of experience in medicinal plant conservation, developing modules on conservation education, enhancing capacity of front-line forest staff, members of Village Forest Committees, Biodiversity Management Committees and Self Help Groups.

He has wide knowledge on ethnobotany, documentation and assessment of Local Health Traditions. He conducts a wide range of programs and workshops on medicinal plants, sustainable harvesting, Ethnobotany, documentation of traditional knowledge, development of herbarium to students of TDU and also for State Biodiversity Boards and other institutions across India.

He was a key member in the implementation of a national program on promoting conservation of medicinal plants and traditional knowledge for enhancing health & livelihood security funded by the United nations Development Program, Delhi. He was the National Project Manager for the MoEF&CC–UNDP–GEF medicinal plants project on mainstreaming conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plant diversity in three Indian states. He is a faculty member for training and certifying village botanists across the country.

He has authored a book on “Plants in Ayurveda”. He has presented research papers at national and international seminars. He has several papers and articles to his credit.

E-mail: abdul.kareem@tdu.edu.in

Dr. K Ravikumar
Associate Professor.

An Associate Professor with the School of Conservation, TDU, Dr. K Ravikumar is a recognized expert on Marine Angiosperms of India, on the threat assessment of Medicinal Plants of India and in Environmental Impact Assessment work. He has described more than a dozen new taxa from India. Among his achievements is the publication of a field guide on Red Listed Medicinal Plants of Southern India and developing 2nd line of Botanist in the field of Plant Taxonomy. He has ethno-botanically surveyed in the tribal pockets of Tamil Nadu and almost all phyto-geographical zones in the country for medicinal plant collection. He is the recipient of Schlich Prize for the year 2005 for the best research paper in Forestry: awarded by The Indian Forester. He plans to develop a herbarium of medicinal plants with focus on folk medicinal plant species and an image library of Indian medicinal plants.

E-mail: k.ravikumar@tdu.edu.in


Suma Tagadur Sureshchandra
Senior Assistant Professor.

Suma T.S. is a Senior Assistant Professor with the School of Conservation at TDU. She is the co-ordinator for ENVIS (Environmental Information System) at TDU ENVIS Centre on Medicinal Plants as well as the co-ordinator for TDU Bio Resource Information Center. She has helped to develop state level inventories on medicinal plants, like Inventory of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Sikkim, and been part of the team that developed Documentation and Assessment of Local Health Traditions Methodology.

She is interested to engage with PhD students/ young researchers/ students/ people interested in designing and executing educational and outreach programs related to:

  • Undertake trade studies related to markets/demand/supply/value chain
  • Medicinal plants diversity informatics (Inventorization of medicinal plants through database research and field work)
  • Threat assessment of medicinal plants through conservation assessment
  • Ethno-botanical studies (documentation and assessment of Local Health Traditions)
  • Outreach activities/conservation education
  • Reaching out ICT technology and connect to nature/neighborhood medicinal plants for schools

E-mail: suma.tagadur@tdu.edu.in

Dr. S Noorunnisa Begum,
Senior Assistant Professor.

A Senior Assistant Professor with a Doctorate in Philosophy, Dr. Noorunnisa has conducted botanical surveys in south India, identified plants and collected, processed and managed herbarium and database. She has actively contributed for the threat assessment of medicinal plants of Southern India following IUCN guidelines and imparted training to the botanists, forest officials, teachers and students on the collection, identification and methods of herbarium preparation.

She is interested to engage with PhD students, young people interested in designing and executing innovative educational and outreach programs related to:

  • Pharmacognosy with molecular studies
  • Ethno-botany
  • Economic botany
  • Repository of botanicals
  • Biodiversity and Conservation.

E-mail: noorunnisa.begum@tdu.edu.in


Dr. Malali Gowda

Dr. Malali Gowda is a Professor currently working with the School of Conservation of Natural Resources at TransDisciplinary University, Bangalore. He is well known internationally for genomic and bio-informatics research on plants, humans and microbes. He has also done pioneering work on rice and blast fungal genomes, and developed high resolution HLA typing method for human organ transplanting and DNA fingerprinting.

He established a platform to study plant microbial interatations, Omic platforms to study medicinal plants of India, and a state of the art Genomics Facility at NCBS/CCAMP in Bengaluru.

He is interested to engage with PhD students/ young researchers/ students/ people interested in designing and executing educational and outreach programs related to:

  • Genomics and Genetics
  • Bio-informatics and OMIC databases
  • Plant microbial interactions
  • Microbiome of plants and humans
  • Biodiversity conservation

E-mail: malalig@tdu.edu.in