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Dr. Sultan Ismail

Director, Ecoscience Research Foundation

This academician's CV runs into 14 pages! While it's not possible to list all his achievements, here's a quick run through some of them. This well-travelled, widely published expert has spent over 4 decades in the field of academics. This includes 75 national & international journals and proceedings, scores of general articles, and supervision of 32 M.Phil. and 17 Ph.D. candidates. His work on earthworms is often cited as the world's first reports. His vermitech technology is a boon to farmers and urbanites.

Dr Ismail is the recipient of many awards, including the Commonwealth Association of Science Technology and Mathematics Educators (CASTME) Award for 1994-95 in UK, the Araignar Anna Award from the Government of Tamil Nadu, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by PABCET, Trichy. In 2013, Ananda Vikatan chose Dr Ismail as one among the 'TOP 10' people of Tamil Nadu. He is a Member of the Tamil Nadu Curriculum Framework Committee and the National Green Tribunal and the Chairman of the Scientific Review Committee at the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Of special note is his Simple Tasks Great Concepts programme. Sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and developed with Sultan Ismail as National Coordinator, the programme includes 100 science experiments which children can do without a laboratory. Creating a love for science in future generations, this is Dr Sultan Ismail.