About the Director

Dr. Niraj Kumar
Director of IZFS

Dr. Niraj Kumar is a native of East Champaran District of Bihar (famous place in Indian History for Champaran Satyagrah Andolan led by Mahatma Gandhi during 1917-1918) is a naturalist or biologist by profession. He has received Bachelor and Master of Science (Zoology with specialization in Ichthyology) degrees from Munshi Singh College, Motihari and was conferred Ph.D. in Zoology from Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur in the year 2014.

He has published several research papers in various national and international journals of repute. He has also presented several oral and poster presentations in more than 29 national and international conferences, seminars, symposia and congresses throughout India including Central & State Universities and Research Institutes. He has also a credit of publication of two book chapters (one in Innovations in Applied Sciences published by Narendra Publishing House (NPH) New Delhi in 2016).

Dr. Kumar is recipient of two prestigious Gold Medals viz Congress of Zoology Medal in October 2016 in Davangere University, Karnataka and Environmental Science Medal in February 2018 in Kurukshetra University, Haryana respectively for his contribution in academics and research in Ichthyology, Wildlife and Environmental Sciences. He has also awarded Honorary Fellowship Award (F.I.A.E.S.) from Indian Academy of Environmental Sciences, Haridwar (Uttarakhand) in December 2016 at Chennai. Dr. Kumar is also a member of several national and international Academic & Research Organizations such as Zoological Society of India, Indian Academy of Environmental Sciences, Indian Science Congress Association, Bombay Natural History Society, International Society of Zoological Sciences etc.

He has about 10 years of teaching experience of undergraduate (B.Sc. Zoology) and Post-Graduate (M.Sc. Zoology) classes (at www.izfs.net) including one year of experience to teach Fish and Fisheries Products (UGC-Sponsored Add on Diploma Course), Under P. G. Department of Zoology, M. S. College, Motihari (B.R.A. Bihar University, Muzaffarpur), East-Champaran, Bihar during January 2014-December 2014.

He has worked as Consultant Biologist (Field Officer, Valmiki Tiger Reserve, West Champaran, Bihar) during 2016-2017 in India’s leading and dedicated wildlife conservation organization Wildlife Trust of India, where he has worked primarily on the biology and conservation of Critically Endangered (IUCN Red List) Species Gharial, Gavialis gangeticus of river Gandak in Bihar along with other freshwater aquatic vertebrate animals such as freshwater Crocodiles, Turtles, Dolphins and Birds.

Dr. Niraj Kumar has also undergone a training on South Asian River Dolphins during March 2017, jointly organized by Wildlife Conservation Trust (Mumbai), NTPC (Kahalgaon) and Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur and got hand on training on Dolphins (Platanista gangetica) of river Ganga in Protected Area of Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary (VGDS) with scientists from Mei University (Japan), Imperial College of London (England), Wildlife Institute of India (Dehradun), WWF-India, Wildlife Conservation Trust (Mumbai), ATREE (Bangalore), NCBS (Bangalore) etc.

For the past 10 years he has surveyed several lakes & rivers of East-Champaran district of Bihar and was Team Leader for the survey of rivers of North India such as Kosi, Ghaghra, Ganges and Gandak.

He has also worked in Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (Indian Council of Agriculture Research, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India) Barrackpore, Kolkata in a National Fisheries Development Board (Hyderabad) funded project on “Development of Wetlands of North Bihar and he is posted in East-Champaran district of Bihar”.

His field of specialization is Fish Biodiversity and Ecology, Limnology. Area of interest includes Natural Resources, Wildlife & Conservation of Natural Resources of Himalayan Terrain Region.