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    Bio Data of Kiran Negi

     Name : Dr. Kiran Negi

    Date of Birth : 28.06.1969

    Designation : Scientist

    Department : Botany

    Sex : Female

    Institute : Himalayan Environmental Studies & Conservation

     Organisation (HESCO)

    Address : HESCO, Vill.- Ghisarpadi, P.O Mehuwala Via

     Majra, Dehradun Uttranchal

     Pin 248001

    Telephone: 0135-642391, 642736 Fax: 0135-632736 E-Mail: wise_ddun@yahoo.com

    Education (Post-graduation onwards) & Professional Career

    S.No University/ Institution Degree Year Award/ Prize/

    Awarded Certificate

    1. H.N.B.Garhwal B.Sc. 1988 National

    Award of Garhwal University Rupees Srinagar, Garhwal 10,0000/- for

     --do-- women’s 2. M.Sc. 1990 development through

     --do-- application of 3. Ph.D 1995

    Science &

    Technology for

    the year, 2001

    Research Experience in various institutions (if necessary, attach separate sheets).

    (i) Worked as Junior Research fellow (JRF) in a DST sponsored project entitled,

    “Hill Agro- Ecosystem, Re-Development and Biomass utilization in kotdwara

     Region of Garwhal Himalaya “ in 1990-91.

    (ii) Worked as a Senior Research Fellow (SRF) in the above project from 1991 till

    1992.

     (iii) Worked as a Coordinator in OXFAM sponsored for rural development in

     Chamoli district of Uttar Pradesh Hills in 1992-93.

    (iv) Worked as a programme Co-ordinator in a Environmental education programme

     in U.P.hills sponsored by same children fund of United Kingdom in 1993-94. (v) Worked as Co-investigator in the project “Up gradation of indigenous technical

    Knowledge of Biomass utilization for income generation in Joshimath block of

    District Chamoli sponsored by CAPART, New Delhi.

    (Vi) Presently, working as women Co-ordinator in the Women Technology Park, a

    programme supported by Deptt. Of Science & Technology, New Delhi, and

    heading the women all of the HESCO, a leading voluntary organization engaged

    in the work of rural development and environment with particulture emphasis

    on the involvement of rural women.

     Publications (number only)

     Books Research Papers/ Reports General Articles

    1 15 7

    Patents Others (Please specify)

    -- --

Awards

    National Award of Rupees 1,00000/- for women’s development through Application

    of Science & Technology for the year, 2001

Papers

    ; Briquetting of biomass residues in India using Beehive Pyrolyser and briquetting

    machine Boiling point No.39 Autumn 1997

    ; People’s Approach in Forest Management Kurukshetra, August, 2002

    ; Choice of technologies for women Kurukshetra, October, 2001

    ; Editor in Biomass Bulletin published by Dr.Anil P. Joshi on behalf of HESCO

    ; Case study of Traditional Beekeeping in Himalayas Rural Tech, vol 6 No.1

    January March 2000

    ; Case study of Utilizations of Fibre in the Garhwal Himalayas Rural Tech., vol 6

    No.1 January March 1998

    ; Time magine

    ; Book on Disaster Management

    ; Attended various Seminars and Conference at national level

    ; Involved in monitoring and evaluation in various project sponsored by

    Department Biotechnology/Rural industry

     Dr. Kiran (Rawat) Negi has been actively engaged in the upliftment of tribal Bhotia women of Uttarakhand through income generating activities. She was instrumental in providing technologies using local biomass resource in the making of incense material. She also motivated tribal women to start fruit and vegetables preservation centers so that the locally available fruit and vegetables, which were gowing waste could be converted into commercially viable eatable products. These centres, which she helped to create in 1990, are still working very well. A large number of tribal women had benefited through the activity and were able to economically help their families.

     She also helped the tribals engaged in carpet weaving by providing them better technologies in loom improvement and design so that the locally made carpets could compete in the open market. These interventions helped the tribal weavers were unaware of the advances in the science and technologies to make better products and earn better. Being a respected worker, Dr.Kiran (Rawat) Negi who had spent considerable time with the tribal also motivated them against the consumption of liquor. Liquor drinking had afflicted almost every tribal family affecting their social and economic conditions. She prevailed upon some of the hard drinkers to give up liquor.

     Dr.Kiran (Rawat) Negi replicated the Bhotia tribal model in many villages of Garhwal and Kumuon by motivating rural women to start fruit and vegetable preservation centres by using locally available fruits. Such centres proved to be blessing in disguise for the rural women who produced pickles, jam, jellies, juices and other eatables that were appreciated by the consumers.

     During the Char Dham Yatra in Garhwal every year when lakhs of pilgrims visit the region, the products supplied by the women fruit and vegetables preservation centres and sold under the brand name “WISE” are instantly sold.

    She provided the employment opportunity to the rural women by making use of their local crops i.e. finger millets, buckwheat and other local millets. Around 200 women were trained on nutri bakery in Uttarakhand, Himachal & Jammu & Kashmir. With the help of the team she developed low cost bakery oven for rural community. The community near temples were mobilized and empowered economically through utilizing their local crops. They have been trained on Prasad preparation by utilizing local crops; incense material from local aromatic plants and carry baskets from local resource. Around 450 women from different villages were trained on the Prasad preparation, incense material making and basket weaving. Women were also trained on nutri sweets and around 100 women were trained on the same.

     Another traditional activity, which had fallen on bad days due to various reasons, was restarted by Dr.Kiran (Rawat) Negi. The traditional activity in which each and every household was involved was honeybee keeping in the mountain villages. But in the last century, the traditional honeycomb, which was part of each household in the hills, vanished. Dr.Kiran Rawat tried to revive the old Bee-hive in the houses as an additional activity for women without any cost which could also give them some additional income besides helping in improving the health of the hill women and children following consumption of honey.

     In this venture, Dr.Kiran (Rawat) Negi with the help of her team in HESCO was able to make improvement in the traditional beehive used by

    the rural people. By making changes in the design of the beehive, it was found that the production has increased three times than those in traditional hives. She has been persistently trying to popularize the new improved beehive in the villages, which costs nothing but can give additional inputs to the poor and marginal farmers in the hills.

     Dr.Kiran (Rawat) Negi also worked in the technological improvement wooden bee-boxes, which were costing more than Rs.500 per box. She experimented with Lantana, a weed and mud to make bee-boxes which only costs labour as Lantana has been growing everywhere in the country. It was found that the bees liked the Lantana mud hive and produced more honey.

     In the field of environment, landslides and landslips has been a major ecological problem facing the Himalayas. Besides adversely affecting the topography, these landslides were in the rise due to increasing degradation of forests. Dr.Kiran (Rawat) Negi with her other colleagues from HESCO in collaboration with Border Roads Organization (BRO) worked in a successful project to stabilize the hill slopes from Kotdwara to Pauri Garhwal by planting various fast growing plants species.

     She also worked tirelessly to improve agricultural practices and tools amongst rural mountain women who are the mainstay of the agriculture in the hills. She organized mass awareness programmes for women to give them tips on improved agricultural practices and suggested changes in their tools, which could give them better agricultural output. The programme proved to be beneficial for village women.

     During the two major earthquakes, which hit the Garhwal region in 1991 and 1999, Dr.Kiran (Rawat) Negi was an active member of the HESCO team in providing relief and succor to the earthquake hit families. She mobilized victim women for use of their agriculture produce as immediate relief actively. She sold the products made by victim women in local market that earns relief to women’s families.

     Fibre has been largely neglected resource of the mountains, which if used properly could provide shelter, cloth and meet other necessities. Dr.Kiran (Rawat) Negi has done tremendous work in highlighting fibre as an income generating resource for the mountains. She came in contact with “Rudias”, a

    scheduled caste community engaged in making products using “Ringal”, a kind of local bamboo. She provided technological to the community for

    improving their age-old skills and also imparted them training in learning better designs for their products from skilled craftsmen. The activity was so beneficial that the community were able to make a handsome living by marketing their own products.

     Dr.Kiran (Rawat) Negi has not only been actively involved with mountain women but has also been active in desert areas of Rajasthan. The women of Jhalawar district of Rajasthan has been motivated by Dr.Kiran (Rawat) Negi to make use of their locally available resources. She trained 250 women to make diverse products. This helped women to earn their part time livelihood besides bring the identify to the region for the products.

     She also floated a group popularly called WISE (Women’s Initiative for Self Employment) at National level. The women involved in her mission have been presently organized through WISE. This is the group of women entrepreneur and the main objective of WISE is to do advocacy of women for their various problems and needs.

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