Training Team Profile


Dr. Ruchi Badola (Scientist-G and Principal Investigator)

E-mail:- ruchi[at]

Dr. Ruchi Badola works as a Scientist G at the Wildlife Institute of India, with the Department of Eco-Development Planning and Participatory Management. She studies human dimensions of biodiversity conservation and works closely with park-dependent communities and Indian policymakers to frame conservation solutions that make sense in the context of both local and global challenges including ecosystem service valuation, resource extraction, deforestation and other cultural practices that come into conflict with state-led conservation objectives. She specializes in community/stakeholder participation in biodiversity conservation; ecological economics; assessment of ecosystem services; sustainable livelihood; and gender issues in conservation. She is an internationally recognized scholar and is the author several peer-reviewed papers. At the international level she contributes to the Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP) and The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Assessments as Coordinating Lead Author and Lead Author respectively.



Dr. Syed Ainul Hussain (Project Manager )

E-mail:- hussain[at]

Dr. Syed Ainul Hussain joined the Wildlife Institute of India as a research fellow in 1986 and worked with the Chambal Aquatic Species Conservation Project. Subsequently, he obtained M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in wildlife sciences from the Centre for Wildlife and Ornithology, Aligarh Muslim University. He joined the Institute in 1994 as faculty and has been looking after the Wetlands and Coastal Habitat Management and Aquatic Species Conservation Program. He develops and implements courses related to wetlands and coastal habitat management, and wildlife and protected area management. He identifies and prioritizes areas for conservation at the landscape level, including prioritization of trans-boundary protected areas. His special interests include wildlife ecology, mountain ecosystem services and protected area management. He is working with the Otter Specialist Group as Focal, Red List Authority. He is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group. He took part in the XV Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica, during 1996–97, and is currently a member of the Government of India’s core group on Antarctic and Southern Ocean research. He has specialization in Wetlands and coastal habitat management; mountain ecosystem services; small carnivore ecology and conservation; management of small populations; protected area management.



Dr. Sangeeta Angom (Project Scientist & Training Coordinator)

E-mail:- sangeeta[at], sangeetaangom[at]gmail[dot]com

I completed my Masters Degree in Zoology with specialization in “Cell and Molecular Genetics” from School of studies in Zoology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior (MP) in the year 2002 with a distinction certificate. Soon after, I pursued a Diploma Course in Environmental Law from WWF-India in 2003. Thereafter, I served as a Lecturer in Liberal College, Imphal from February, 2004 to December, 2004. I worked as a Research Fellow at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun from 2004-10 in the Project titled “Conservation Ecology of Sangai (Rucervus eldii eldii) and its wetland habitat” in Manipur. I received Rufford Grant Award for executing a conservation project titled “Conserving the endemic Manipur Brow-antlered deer in Keibul Lamjao National Park, North Eastern India (2011-12). In 2013 I was awarded Doctoral Degree from Saurashtra University; Rajkot in Wildlife Sciences, my research topic was “Demographic status and genetic variation of Sangai in Keibul Lamjao National Park”. I had also worked as Assistant Professor for 4 years (2013-16) in colleges affiliated to Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Central University, Srinagar, Gharwal, Uttarakhand. I joined Wildlife Institute of India (WII) as Project Scientist and Training Coordinator in National Mission For Clean Ganga (NMCG) – WII Project “Biodiversity and Ganga Conservation”under the Component-3 (Capacity Building of Forest Departments and other Stakeholders) on 5th May, 2017.



Ms. Monika Mehralu (Assistant Training Coordinator)

E-mail:-monika14[at][dot]in, monikamehralu[at]gmail[dot]com

I did my Graduation and Post-Graduation in Botany (Hons.) from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat (2013 & 2015). In my master’s dissertation I studied the “Impact of co-culture on the production of cell wall degrading enzymes”. Thereafter, I joined Wildlife Institute of India as a volunteer in the project ‘Assessing potential of community participation in biodiversity conservation of Kalesar and proposed Kund Community Reserve, Haryana’ (2016). Later, I joint as a project intern under “Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation” (2017). Currently, I am working as an Assistant Training Coordinator in the NMCG-WII project “Biodiversity and Ganga Conservation”. Through this program I got an opportunity to interact with the stakeholders of the Ganga River and trained them in ensuring sustainable efforts towards a Clean and Vibrant Ganga. My interest also lies in Ethno botany, Plant Taxonomy and Natural Resource Management.



Ravindra Nath Tripathi - Project Fellow (Database)

E-mail:-ravindra1364[at][dot]in, ravindra1364[at]gmail[dot]com

Ravindra Nath Tripathi has completed his Bachelors in Engineering from Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar in the field of Information Technology (2011) and Master degree in Geo-informatics (2019). He has worked in the Narora Atomic Power Station (2014 – 2016) as a Software Developer and Database Operator, where he managed different web based In-house Projects and also was involved with wildlife conservation, Narora Bird Marathon and different social projects. He has also worked in National Informatics Center, Delhi (2016-2017) as a Software Engineer. He is proficient in an assortment of technologies, including MS SQL Server, Python, Access, JDBC, C#, IIS, Apache HTTP Server, C++, HTML5, Ajax, and Geo Server.  He is also certified in Microsoft technology specialist on MS SQL Server 2012/2014 - Querying and Developing Database. Currently, he is working as a Project Fellow (Database) in the NMCG-WII project where he works on the web development and managing of the spatial and non-spatial databases of the project. He is passionate about working with wildlife and his hobbies include listening to music, cooking and learning new technologies.



Aakash Mohan Rawat (Project Assistant Grade II –Technical)

E-mail:-aakashrawat[at][dot]in,  aakashrawat4444[at]gmail[dot]com

I have completed my Graduation from HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal from 2009-12. I did my Post Graduation in Geology during 2012-14. I have undergone a training programme under the Uttarakhand Association of North America (NGO) for the UANA Voice Camp, December 2013. Since 09-07-2015, I have enrolled in HNB Garhwal University, for the award of Ph. D Degree and have selected the topic “Study of the impact of anthropogenic activities on the water quality of Alaknanda River”. I joined Wildlife Institute of India (WII) as Project Assistant Grade-II (Technical) in NMCG – WII Project “Biodiversity and Ganga Conservation” under the Component-3 (Capacity Building of Forest Departments and other Stakeholders) on 24th June, 2019.



Preeti Shukla (Project Intern)


I completed my Graduation from Pt. L.M.S Autonomous PG College HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Uttarakhand in 2017. I have done my Post Graduation in Zoology with specialization in “Entomology” from Chinmaya Degree College HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Uttarakhand in 2019. I did one year diploma in computer Application. Soon after, I enrolled for DOEACC “O” Level Course and cleared the “CCC” Course on Computer Concepts exam in the (year). I have worked as a school teacher (Science and EVS) at Wisdom International Public School Bahadrabad, Haridwar. I joined Wildlife Institute of India as a Project Intern in NMCG – WII Project “Biodiversity and Ganga Conservation” under the Component-3 (Capacity Building of Forest Departments and other Stakeholders) on 1st July, 2019.


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