Cohort: 3
Designation: Director
Organisation: Earthcare Films, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: KRISHNENDU BOSE, set up Earthcare Films, making wildlife and conservation films. After acquiring a Master's degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics (1985), he went independent, making documentaries on conservation development politics. Harvesting Hunger a film on the politics of food in India won the Special Jury Award at Okomedia Environment Film Festival in Freiberg, Germany in 2000. Jardhar Diary a film on community conservation in the Himalayas was awarded by Earthvision Environmental Film Festival, Tokyo 2003. His film on the tiger crisis- Tiger- the death chronicles was awarded the Wildlife Conservation Award at the 4th Vatavaran Film Festival 2007, Delhi and Conservation Award at the International Wildlife Film Festival at Missoula, Montana in 2008.The Latent City, his film in 2009 was showcased at the Indian Panorama, at the International Film Festival 2009. He was awarded the highest award for documentary filmmaking in the field of Environment and Wildlife in India- CMS-UNEP PrithviRatna Award in 2009. Along with producing films, he conducts workshops in schools and college on Environment using his films as a medium. He has designed and executed exchange programme between rural communities of India around films made about them. Krishnendu has done a project funded by Ministry of Environment of Germany looking at efficacy of raising awareness for conservation through films among young people. Presently he is running a participatory video project with the community in the island of the Great Nicobar. Krishnendu is a fellow of an international fellowship programme- LEAD (Leadership in Environment and Development) and a member of IUCN commission on Education and Communication. Krishnendu was invited as a consultant, to participate in a weeklong workshop with the youth in Togo, West Africa, training them in participatory video. Krishnendu was invited to attend and screen his films, at the First Congress on Communication for Development in Rome, Oct 2006. Krishnendu is also a guest faculty at a Media College in Delhi. He was nominated on the Jury for the highest Indian film award, the 56th National Film Awards 2010. Since 1996 Krishnendu, has also involved in International Television production. He has produced shows for Sony- AXN Amazing Race Asia. He has also co-produced an award winning documentary on pesticide deaths with Honrung Television, Hamburg Cycle of Poison. He has been line producer of television programmes produced by CBS Network for their 7 time Emmy Awarded Series Amazing Race, and a science series- Daily Planet for Discovery Channel, Canada among many other shows. Krishnendu, lives with his wife Madhurima and 2 children in Delhi.


Cohort: 5
Designation: Founder and Director
Organisation: Enable India Foundation & Ravision Films, Noida
Region: Uttar Pradesh
Biosketch: With over two decades of experience in developmental communication Aaradhana has made myriad programmes on various subjects for many organizations both government and non-government. She has produced television serials, films, public service messages etc., and her endeavour has always been to make media products, which help create an environment conducive for change. However, women, children and environment are recurring themes! She is of firm belief that all communication is purposive and essentially about building bridges Communication can and does empower, enable, inform, sensitize and entertain Aaradhana endeavours to do just that through her films and all other communication materials. Some of her recent works include a film on the impact of militancy on the environment in Jammu and Kashmir - 'Un Possh teli yeli van posh' You will get your bread only if the forests last. Some recent film links:- UN POSH TELI YELI VAN POSH The Carbon Merchants Animal Rights


Cohort: 7
Designation: Editor, GULF Tribune
Organisation: Gulf Tribune, Qatar
Region: A. Outside India
Biosketch: Ajit Kumar JHA is launching the GULF Tribune from Doha, Qatar in Feb-March 2006. He will be the Editor, of the new English-French daily, a fiercely independent editorially driven newspaper which plans to build a brand as respected in the Middle East as Al Jazeera, the TV channel broadcasted from Doha. These days Ajit is busy recruiting for the paper, working out strategic partnerships with other news agencies and newspapers globally and working out the editorial policy as well the layout, design, and other details. Until recently, Ajit has been the Editor, of Oman Tribune, at Muscat, Oman. Ajit launched the Oman Tribune in 2004 and managed to turn the media market upside down in a short interval. Under Ajit’s leadership Oman Tribune turned out to be the number one editorial product of Oman. Ajit received Oman’s most prestigious award for his series on the paradoxes of Omanisation and liberalisation. In India, Ajit was a senior editor at India Today in New Delhi. India Today is the country's leading newsmagazine. He headed the election cell of the magazine and was the leading psephologist (pollster) for the TV Today networks (Aaj Tak and Headlines Today). Other than conducting national level opinion polls he wrote extensively on politics, development and other issues. In the past, Ajit has been the Senior Associate editor with The Indian Express in New Delhi. He looked after The Sunday Express and has also launched the Lucknow edition of the paper and has been a Resident Editor of the Bombay Edition. He was previously with The Times of India as their Resident Editor for the Patna edition and as a senior assistant editor for their editorial page in New Delhi. He also taught at the Times School of Journalism and Management. He has worked as an Assistant Editor for The Hindustan Times, in New Delhi and has been the California Correspondent for India Today. All three newspapers are leading English language dailies in India. He writes on subjects both global and local issues. Areas of special interest include international politics, democracy and economic development and the environment. AS a graduate student, Ajit attended the University of California, Los Angeles, USA for a doctorate in political science and has an M Litt in Politics from the University of Oxford, England. His research on Democracy and Development included finding the links between electoral outcomes and development programmes. At Oxford, he wrote a thesis on the politics of economic crisis. He has also taught at the UCLA for four years. He was awarded the Inlaks Scholarship and the Radhakrishnan Bequest while at Oxford, the American Institute of Indian Studies fellowship from the Smithsonian Foundation at the UCLA. He was also a Salzburg Seminarist and received the Lead Fellowship in 1998. He also attended the 10th World Report conference at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta and in New York. He is a LEAD Fellow.


Cohort: 8
Designation: Special Correspondent, Delhi Bureau
Organisation: The Statesman, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Asha RAMACHANDRAN is a Special Correspondent with Delhi bureau of The Statesman. Apart from Environment, she mainly reports on economic issues, including Finance, Commerce, Industry and Civil Aviation. Her writings cover major policy issues of the government as well as events related to environment. She was previously Coordinator of Down To Earth, an environment and science fortnightly brought out by the Centre for Science and Environment. Prior to this, she was a senior environmental correspondent with the economic division of Press Trust of India, a leading news agency, which she joined in 1986. In a previous position at the news agency, she coordinated the features division and wrote a number of articles exploring crucial environmental issues from a cross-section of perspectives. She has a bachelor's degree in botany, zoology and chemistry. Her diploma in news agency journalism is from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in French from the Delhi University and Alliance Franchise.


Cohort: 9
Designation: Photo-Journalist & India Correspondent
Organisation: NDTV, New Delhi
Region: Delhi
Biosketch: Pallava Bagla (47) has been a globally acclaimed award winning Indian science communicator and photojournalist for about 25 years, and during this time he has come to be respected for his breaking news stories and for having showcased Indian science and technology to the world in more than a decade of writing for SCIENCE, the prestigious weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington D. C. His work has often led to the government changing its policy. A few years ago he joined as Science Editor for India's highly respected private television channel NDTV - New Delhi Television. His work showcasing India's maiden mission to the moon Chandrayaan-1 has been applauded, broadcasting both in English and Hindi. His solo photo exhibition on water issues titled 'Drops of Life, has been globally displayed in New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bhopal and Washington DC. He is author of several books, the most recent being 'Destination Moon: India's quest for Moon, Mars and Beyond.' published by HarperCollins India Private Ltd in 2008. Another, of his books `Trees of India' a large format pictorial book was published by Timeless Books in 2000. Bagla is also a still photographer working for Corbis, one of the world's largest photo agency owned by Microsoft chief, Mr. Bill Gates. His pictures have found place in respected magazines like National Geographic, Time, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American, Newsweek, Elle and The Economist. He has published over 850 news and features stories in leading national and international publications; published six books; edited five books and over 3000 photographs taken by him have been published over the years. He was also a frequent contributor to the leading national daily, The Indian Express. He has contributed over 230 news features on national television with many from strategic sectors like space, atomic energy and defence technology. In 2006, he was conferred with the `National Award for Outstanding Effort in Science & Technology Communication in Print Medium,; it is the highest honor of its kind for science journalism in India and is given by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. In 2003, he became the first Indian to win the `Outstanding Journalism' award from the United Nations sponsored Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) the world's apex body looking after agricultural research and headquartered at The World Bank, Washington DC. Previously, he was awarded the prestigious science writing fellowship at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and USA in 1994. In 2004, he became a Fellow of the Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD), London, UK. Born in Kanpur, India, Married with two children. His highest educational qualification is a Master's of Science (M. Sc.) degree from University of Delhi, India.


Cohort: 10
Designation: Deputy Resident Editor
Organisation: Daily News & Analysis, Pune
Region: Maharashtra
Biosketch: Abhay Vaidya presently working as Deputy Resident Editor of Daily News & Analysis, in Pune. Prior to that he was Assistant Editor (Chief of Bureau) at Times of India, Pune where he leads a team of city reporters and outstation correspondents. He began his journalistic career in 1987 and since then has reported extensively on political and non-political developments in western Maharashtra. In 1991, he was awarded the Rotary Foundation Journalism Scholarship under which he went to the United States for a graduate study program. He was the Times of India's Washington Correspondent during 1993-94. Abhay's current priorities are to report on a range of urban developmental issues such as traffic and transportation, urban growth, water supply and urban waste disposal. Abhay has also worked in television and has produced a series of short television reports for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on the problems of refugees in South Asia.


Cohort: 10
Designation: Journalist and P R Consultant
Organisation: Panaji, Goa
Region: Goa
Biosketch: Rahul is Journalist and P R Consultant, Goa prior this he as Resident Editor, Sakal Times based in Pune, India. He was until recently an assistant editor with the Daily News and Analysis (DNA) newspaper in Pune. Rahul was recently awarded the Ramnath Goenka excellence in journalism award for environmental reporting by the Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari in New Delhi on January 16, 2012. The Goenka awards which are considered the foremost awards in the field of Indian journalism are given to 36 journalists across India every year. Rahul received the Goenka award for running multiple campaigns on the eco-degradation of the hill stations of Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani near Pune in the DNA newspaper's Pune edition. Rahul - an MBA by training - has been writing for newspapers and magazines since the age of 16. He has the added benefit of having worked in the Indian corporate world for ten-full years (1987-97).