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Meet the Team

R.D. Dhiman

Sh. R.D. Dhiman, IAS

Additional Chief Secretary (Environment, Science & Technology) Govt. of HP


D.C. Rana

Sh. D.C. Rana, HPAS

Member Secretary [EC], HIMCOSTE


Sh. Nishant Thakur

Sh. Nishant Thakur, HPAS

Joint Member Secretary, HIMCOSTE


Dr. Pankaj Sharma


Principal Scientific Officer, Climate Change Centre


Dr. S.S. Randhawa has been associated with Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology & Environment since 1993 and presently working as Principal Scientific Officer. Born on 26th November 1965, joined Honors School in Geology , Punjab University Chandigarh in the year 1984 and did B.Sc. (Hons.) from Department of CAS in Geology, PU Chandigarh in 1987 and completed his Masters in 1988 and then M.Phil in 1989 and PhD in 2008 from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He has also done B.Lib & Information Science from Punjab University Chandigarh 1991.While working in the State Council has carried out various studies particularly on the mapping of natural resources in Himachal Pradesh using space data, exploration of ground water using space data, and various geotechnical studies particularly for NHPC, HPSEB in Himachal Pradesh as well as in Jammu & Kashmir. Also has the credit to undertake snow and glacier studies in Himachal Pradesh for the first time using satellite data along with Space Applications Centre Ahmadabad and generated the complete inventory of Himalayan glaciers in Himachal Pradesh on 1:50,000 scale. Also carried out studies for the mapping and management of Natural Disasters in Himachal Pradesh using satellite data and also carried out Training Need Assessment (DM) in Himachal Pradesh for various stakeholder departments as a major input for the Govt of Himachal Pradesh. Presently coordinating activities of the Himachal Pradesh State Centre on Climate Change established under the aegis of the State Council for Science Technology & Environment. Has the credit to work with SWISS Scientist and carried out a study under Indian Himalayan Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) in Kullu district and undertook mapping of Permafrost in Indian Himalayan for the first time using space data. Member of the Indian Scientist team who visited Switzerland in 2015 on a exposure visit under ICHAP program. Besides this, visited China (two times), Austria and Germany and presented the work done in Himachal Pradesh on glaciers and disasters using space data. Has published than 35 Research Papers in various National & International Journals and also co author in the one of book chapter along with Swiss Scientists on GLOFs (Glacial lake Outbursts Floods).

Ms. Pooja Rana

Ms.Pooja Rana

Scientific Professional


Pooja Rana (M.Sc. Geology, PG Diploma in Remote Sensing & GIS) has more than five years of research experience. She is working as Scientific Professional in H.P. State Center for Climate Change. Her work includes temporal analysis of landuse/landcover changes using space data, Vulnerability and risk analysis of geohazards in Himalayan region. She has special interest in the application of remote sensing & GIS techniques in snow & glacier studies, climate induced hazard studies and geological hazard studies.

Ms. Kiran Lata

Ms.Kiran Lata

Scientific Professional


Kiran Lata (MSc. Botany) she has done MSc. from Punjab University Chandigarh with Specialization in Ethanoecology. During the course of master’s studies she evaluated the importance of certain key plant species of Kullu region, Himachal Pradesh. She is presently working as scientific professional in State Centre for Climate change. Her research interests include long term ecological monitoring and forest based ecosystem studies

Ms. Nishtha Gautam

Ms.Nishtha Gautam

Scientific Professional


Nishtha Gautam is graduated from St Bede’s college and got 5th rank in merit. She has done M.phill from HPU and the title of her dissertation was the Environmental Problems in Shimla Town: A case Study in People’s Perception. She did diploma in remote sensing and Gis from the same university.

Dr. Priyanka Sharma

Dr. Priyanka Sharma

Scientific Professional


Dr. Priyanka Sharma (Ph.D Environmental Science) did her B.Sc and M.Sc (Environmental Science) from Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya (CSKHPKV), Palampur (HP) and Ph.D in Environment Science from Dr YSP UHF, Nauni, Solan (HP) with specialization in the field of Climate change and was awarded stiphend scholarship for 2years in Msc from department of Biology and Environment science, CSKHPKV Palampur. Her M.Sc and Ph.D research studies were undertaken to identify and know the extent of various climatic parameters affecting growth, development, yield and quality of different crops. Her work includes to study the “Impact of weather parameters on seed production of Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis L.) in mid hills of Himachal Pradesh”. She has special interest of the studies on climate change, Biodiversity and its conservation and Vegetable science. She has published 2 research papers and two abstract in the journals of national and international repute. She has handled Spectrophotometer, Hot air oven, Incubator, Seed germinator, Laminar, IC and Microscope.

Mr. Harish Bharti

Mr. Harish Bharti

Scientific Professional


Harish Bharti has done his M.Sc. Botany from Shoolini Institute of Life Science and Business Management (SILB) Solan which is affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University Shimla. His Specialization is in Biodiversity, Ethanobotany, Bioprospecting and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Resources and his project was on Wild Edible Fruits and Vegetables of Himachal Pradesh. He has done his graduation in Medical Science from Govt. Degree College karsog. He has attends many seminars and lectures on Environment, Biodiversity and certain current issues. He also attends a workshop with International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources on climate change in the country office at Delhi. Presently he is working as Scientific Professional at the Himachal Pradesh State Council for Science Technologies and Environment.

Neha Thakur

Neha Thakur

Scientific Professional


Neha Thakur Has done M.Phil from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and her dissertation entitled as “Regional and Development Planning of Una District, Himachal Pradesh”. She completed advanced one Year Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and 12 weeks regular course on “Geospatial Technologies and Applications", NRSC, Hyderabad. She joined Himachal Pradesh State Centre on Climate Change as Scientific Professional in 2018 and currently working in Project entitled as “Geo-Resources and Impact Assessment of Geo (Exogenic) Processes in N. W. Himalayan Ecosystem” (WIHG Project). She got well experienced of 3 years from NGO- Institute for Spatial Planning and Environment Research, (ISPER) Panchkula. Projects handled earlier: Different Maps Parameters of 60 No. IWMP’s of 14 Districts of Haryana; Maps of different Parameters Mallah Sub-Watershed Project funded by NABARD; Maps of different Parameters Shiwalik Tal Dangri Watershed, Panchkula, Haryana funded by NABARD ;Land Suitability Analysis (LSA) New Township - Badsha, District Jhajjar, Haryana; Zonal Plan for Saharanpur Development Authority ; Integrated Watershed Management Programme of fourteen Districts of Haryana ; Revival of Ghaggar River : Phase- II ; Satluj Basin Hydroelectricity Projects in Tribal Kinnaur District: Their Impact on Socio-Economic Development and Social Reciprocity; Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India; NABARD; PRODUCE Fund: Formation of ‘Tangri Agro Producers Company Limited’ and ‘Kalka Farmers Producers Organization’; NABARD; Formation of Farmers Clubs (FCs) in Panchkula District.

Dr. Meena Sharma

Dr. Meena Sharma

National - Post Doctorate Fellow (N-PDF)


Dr. Meena Sharma (M.Sc., Ph.D. Env. Science with specialization in Climate Change) has completed her M.Sc. Environmental Science from CSKHPKV Palampur and Doctorate from Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan (HP). She has also qualified UGC NET (Env. Sc.) after masters. In her doctorate she worked on to study the impact of climate change on vegetable crop production in mid hills of Himachal Pradesh and also awarded with Certificate of merit. She has special interest of studies on Climate Change, Crop Modelling, EIA, Major environmental issues and ecosystem services etc. Possesses one year experience in crop modelling under NICRA project at CPRI Shimla under which she worked on crop modelling (WOFOST and INFOCROP) for potato crop in five states (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, M.P., Gujarat and West Bengal) of India. Authored/co‐authored 21 research papers in national and international journals of repute with good NAAS rating. Currently working here as National- Post Doctorate Fellow (N-PDF) under the scheme of DST SERB. Her studies aspects are to assess the apple crop vulnerability to climate change in Himachal Pradesh.



Junior Research Fellow


She has done M.Tech from Shoolini University, Solan and her thesis entitled as “Seismic Analysis of RCC Building with Shear Wall at Different Locations Using STAAD Pro”. She joined Himachal Pradesh State Centre on Climate Change as Junior Research Fellow in 2019 and currently working in Project entitled as “UNDERSTANDING IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON SMALL HYDRO POWER PROJECTS IN HIMACHAL PRADESH INDIA”. She got well experienced of 1.7 years from Manav Bharti University as an Assistant Professor.

Aditi Panwar

Aditi Panwar

Scientific Professional


Ms. Aditi working as Scientific Professional under Project “Understanding the Nature of Alpine Timberline of Himalaya: Integrating Ecological and Scenario Studies for Assessing the Impact of Climate Change”.She did her B.Sc (Hons.) Biotechnology from St. Bede’s College, Shimla and M.Sc. Biotechnology from Shoolini University, Solan. She has expertise in Molecular Cloning, spent significant time working on Molecular Biology skills (Polo-like-kinases & Halophilic genes), computational skills, Microbiology and Immunological skills (Blood Sampling and testing). She has worked on the Project “Screening of pigment producing bacterial strains for industrially important enzymes and isolation of genes encoding them”.She has experience of One month observer ship from “Aishwarya life sciences” 2013 and one month training from “IGMC SHIMLA” (Microbiology and Biochemistry department-Session 2016) in Microbiology labs- ICTC, Serology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Anaerobic bacteriology laboratories. She has attended Workshop on “Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Geographical Indications (GI) 2017. She has working experience of 1 year in Science Popularization Program (HIMCOSTE).

Mr. Vikas Verma

Mr.Vikas Verma

Data Entry Operator


Vikas Verma (PGDCA,PGDM) is working as a Data Entry Operator in Himachal Pradesh State Centre on Climate Change O/o State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, H.P since 2012. He got well experienced as a Relationship Officer in Fullerton India Credit Company Limited, Solan, H.P. He joined Himachal Pradesh State Centre on Climate Change as DEO in Feb. 2012 and has got a good experience in maintain the data entry of National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC) & Eco-Club Reports, Right to Information Act (RTI) related works and doing other official work.

Mr. Jitender Kumar Sharma

Mr.Jitender Kumar Sharma

Data Entry Operator


Jitendra Kumar Sharma(BSC(IT)) is working as Data Entry Operator in H.P State Centre on Climate Change O/o the State Council for Science Technology and Environment, since 2012. He got well experience from Glenmark Pharmaceutical Ltd, Baddi. He joined HP State Centre on Climate Change as Data Entry Operator in January 2012, and has got a good experience in maintain the data entry, compiling and also doing other official work.

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