She is an internationally renowned Scholar on Gender-related issue. She has also to her credit to have produced first Gender-Atlas. She has been actively associated with the activities of LIGHTS, particularly the activities related to Women empowerment.
Dr. Sinha is a Professor and Chairperson at Centre for Studies in Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His area of research broadly included Social geography and geography of well Being; tribal and rural studies; research on socially marginalized sections with respect to access to health and education. He has been awarded Bhugol Bhushan Award, by Deccan Geography in 2013.
Membership of National Level Committees/Working Groups
- Member, UGC XI Plan Working Group 2. Member, XI th Plan Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GoI 3. Member, XIth Plan Working Group on Education of Minorities, Ministry of Minorities Affairs 4. Member, Expert Committee for University Development Radars, UGC, 2006 5. Member, DPR for Model Colleges in Educationally Backward Districts, MHRD 6. Consultant, School Education Reforms, Punjab Governance Reforms Commission, Chandigarh 2009-11 7. Chief Advisor, Development of Social Sciences Textbooks (Geography) for School Children in Rajasthan 2010-12 8. Chief Editor and advisor, Development of School text books in Geography, SCERT Chhattisgarh.
Dr. Meenakumari is presently holding the post of Chairperson, National Bio-diversity Authority, Chennai under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Before becoming the Chairperson, NBA, she worked as Deputy Director General of Fisheries - the top most position in fisheries and she is the first woman scientist to come up to this position in the last 80 years of existence of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) which is under administrative control of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. She thus had been a model to inspire many women scientists and professionals in the country. Her work has given immense boost to the fisheries sector which is the richest and cheapest source of protein for our population across the length and breadth of the country.
She has always worked in difficult areas in the fisheries sector and contributed towards the overall development of the sector through research interventions in the field of fishing through technology development. She has made significant contributions to the inland and marine sector of Indian fisheries and undertaken material improvement studies for craft and gear. She has developed and successfully commercialized combination wire ropes for framing ropes for deep sea demersal trawls thus substituting import of the ropes. Contributions were made to the development of deep sea demersal trawls like Bobbin trawls for rocky sea bottom, Hybrid trawl for harvesting squid resources and High Speed Demersal trawls for harvesting deep sea prawn and fish resources and improved the material for making lobster traps, developed collapsible lobster/crab/fish traps, thus helping the traditional fishermen for better economic returns.
She has popularised new and cheaper materials like polypropylene and nylon monofilament for gill net fisheries in both inland and marine sector and has been associated with improving the service life of cheaper wood by giving protective coating. New standards for these twines were formulated for Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). She has worked for the conservation of resources for sustainable development of Indian fisheries by popularizing squaremesh cod ends to bring down the by-catch and facilitate the escape of juvenile and young fishes from trawl nets and conducted awareness programme against the use of illegal fishing gears. The large mesh purse-seine net is the latest innovation which has made a revolution in the pelagic fishing sector enhancing the fishermen's income to threefold and to ease the operation of the purse seines, introduced power block to haul the net.
She is the recipient of many prestigious national awards in recognition of her hard work and practical innovations resulting in betterment of fishermen in particular and improvement in fishery sector in particular.
Dr. Prasad has done M.A., M Phil and Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is trained in research and analysis. Further, he has two books of international quality to his name and has been the Editor of Bhugol our Aap, a Hindi bi-monthly magazine on environmental issues from its inception. He is also on the panel of editorial advisors for the G'nY magazine that has been covering all aspects of environmental issues for the last 14 years. Dr. Prasad has been associated with LIGHTS since 2003 and has participated in many charitable activities undertaken by LIGHTS.
Dr. Prasad has worked with Indian Parliament in various capacities since October 1994 to 2017. He has got a vast experience in the functioning of Parliamentary system. He is director of a capacity building institute ‘Parliamentary & Administrative Research Institute’ (PARI).