Prof. Dr. Palpu Pushpangadan is the Director General of Amity Institute for Herbal and Biotech Products Development (AIHBPD), Thiruvananthapuram, an Institute established by Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (RBEF) and he is the Senior Vice President of RBEF. Prof. Pushpangadan is internationally renowned for his contribution in Plant sciences particularly Cytogenetics, Molecular taxonomy, Plant breeding, Biotechnology, Traditional knowledge related to medicinal and aromatic plants, Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology. Prior to the present assignment Prof.Pushpangadan served as Director, National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) from Feb 1999 to Feb 2006; Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden & Research Institute (JNTBGRI) from Nov. 1990 Feb. 1999. He also held additional charges as Director of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) from 18.4.94 to 15.12.94 and Central Institute for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) from 31.12.2000 to 10.05.2001.
Prof. Pushpangadan has received many national and international Awards/recognitions including the prestigious UN Equator Initiative Award – 2002, Borlaug Award – 1998, Padma Shri Award – 2010, Ayurved Gaurav Award – 2009. He is a fellow of a number of National Academies and Societies. He is the President of National Society of Ethnopharmacology. He also served as the President of the International Society of Ethnopharmacology and International Society of Environmental Botanist. He also served as Chairman, Vice President, Vice Chairman and Member of a large number of National and International scientific bodies and committees. He has published over 500 original research papers in reputed national and international journals, contributed chapters in Indian and foreign edited books, authored and edited 28 books and published several reports.
His innovative discoveries have resulted in 253 patents (of 95 patents- 61 US patents & 65 European, French, German, Canadian and Japan patents awarded and rest in India) and Indian patens. Twenty of his patented products are commercially produced and globally marketed.
Prof. Pushpangadan served/is serving as consultant to WHO, DANIDA, UNESCO, UNDP, UNEP and NAM S&T Centre for developing countries UN-CBD, Proctor and Gamble, Godfrey Phillip, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala etc. and he has visited over 70 countries in various capacities as leader of scientific delegation/scientific expert or to participate in International seminars/symposia or to chair the International Expert Panel to review research programmes.