Savitribai Phule Pune University V-C Karmalkar appointed as the president of Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany
Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP), Lucknow, a seat of higher learning in the field of plant fossil research, across the country, has appointed Nitin Karmalkar, vice-chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University, as its president.
BSIP is an autonomous institute constituted under the department of science and technology, Government of India.
Over the years, after its establishment in 1946, the institute has been dedicated to both fundamental and applied aspects of plant fossil research. It has carved its niche on several fronts, like pre-cambrian palaeobiology, paleoethnobotany, marine micropaleontology, isotope and geochemistry, Arctic-Antarctic research and much more.
Prior to attaining the position of the vice-chancellor, Karmalkar was the head of the department of environmental sciences at the university, and has over 25 years of experience in teaching geology, geochemistry, and volcanology. The collaboration, according to SPPU officials, is to be seen as a beneficial tie-up for both the educational institutes increasing more faculty and research collaborations.