Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board Members

Vilas Bardekar
Chairman – Dr. Vilas Bardekar, IFS

Name : Dr. Vilas Suryabhan Bardekar, Retd. IFS (1984 Batch)

Date of Birth : 11/02/1955

Telephone : 09673330059

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Educational Qualifications : B.Sc (Biology), M.Sc (Zoology), LLB, M.Sc (Forestry), Ph.D in Zoology.

Ph.D Subject : “Observation of Biodiversity and Systematics of Butterflies of Chandrapur”

Book Published : Published a book named “POKHILA” based on the first hand personal experience of getting abducted at the hands of Bodo Militants on Arunachal Pradesh border

Vikas Kharge Sec (Forests)
Mr. Vikas Kharge,  Secretary (Forest) Revenue & Forest Department- Ex-Officio Member


Mr. Rajgopal Devra, Secretary, Tribal Development Department, Mantralaya – Ex-Officio Member


Mr. A.L. Jarhad, Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Mantralaya – Ex-Officio Member
Shree Bhagwan
Mr. Shree Bhagwan, PCCF (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Maharashtra State, Nagpur – EX-OFFICIO MEMBER
S R Yadav
Dr. S. R. Yadav, Professor and Head, Botany Department, Shivaji University – Member
Kishor Rithe
Mr. Kishore Rithe , Satpuda Foundation – Member

Kishor Rithe (40), has done his Post Graduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practices from University of Oxford. He is also serving as member of National Board for Wildlife. He has been working as a conservation practitioner for more than 22 years in central India. His work with the local communities, academicians, field biologists, media, politicians and administrators for conservation of Satpuda Landscape is well recognised at national and international forum. Kishor Dnyaneshwar Rithe gave up his secure lecture’s job at an engineering college to work full-time on the one mission that drives his purpose – wildlife conservation. His story proves conclusively that individuals can make a difference and that the tiger benefits directly when people with missionary zeal step in to protect it. After a decade of working on the ground, mobilizing students, tobbying officials and fighting poachers, Rithe, Honorary Wildlife Warden, Amravati, Maharashtra , says, “It is the children who will ultimately save the tiger, not only in India but around the world”. Kishor Rithe a computer engineer by profession has spent more than 20 years in the forests of central India on saving Tigers, forests and wildlife. He is presently working on committees of states and Federal Government in India on policy matters.
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His Resume
Vinay Kumar Sinha
Dr. Vinay Kumar Sinha, Member Secretary and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest