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Chandrakant G. Wakankar

Chandrakant G. Wakankar

Green Teacher Chandrakant G. Wakankar, a Contributory Faculty member with the University of Pune, has been responsible for the creation of thousands of nature clubs across India and has mentored scores of naturalists who are today at the apex of their professions. He also guides M.Sc. students and conducts workshops, training programmes to arm young men and women to walk the difficult path of wildlife and nature conservation. A quintessential teacher, he takes great pride in seeing his students excel in life and is both loved and admired for the sheer enthusiasm he exudes and the example he sets of being the change he wishes to see. Courtesy: Chandrakant G. Wakankar.

Month Year: December 2012

Green Teacher Award

Educationist, mentor, naturalist, author, conservationist

A modest man who always puts his wards ahead of himself, Chandrakant Wakankar’s love affair with nature spans four decades of sowing seeds of appreciation for nature and knowledge in the minds of thousands of impressionable young men and women in India and across the world. Here is a man who truly walks the talk, living by the environmental values and principles he expounds for the benefit of his students. His expertise lies in the arenas of restoration ecology and wildlife management, biodiversity conservation and environmental ethics. Through his hugely-productive life, he has worked with WWF-India, the Bombay Natural History Society and Econet in Pune, where his passion for history and hiking merged with his commitment to protect India’s wildlife.

Currently, a Contributory Faculty member with the University of Pune, he guides M.Sc. students, on whom he is undoubtedly leaving an indelible conservation stamp. Many of today’s most popular field-training programmes, workshops, and camps, which are being implemented across India, have their roots in the early structure that Professor Wakankar put together for students of all ages, ranging from primary school to university. In his view, the one achievement he is most proud of is the creation of over 2,000 nature clubs across India. These nature clubs have given birth to some of our finest conservationists whose foundations are going to be the foundation of a stronger, ecologically-stable India.

He is a Green Teacher who lives so that our children and see better tomorrows.

For this, we honour him.

First published in: Sanctuary Asia, Vol XXXII No. 6, December 2012.


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