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THE CONFRERIE

The society publishing Bionotes has been named "A Biologists Confrerie" (in short ABC). While Prof. S.K.Saxena acted as its President in the beginning, Prof. Dr. M. L. Varshney, Dean Faculty of Agricultural Chemistry (Retd.) of the Allahabad Agricultural Deemed University, was the President of the Confrerie for 5 years from 2001 to 2005. Then Prof. Dr. Zaka-ur-Rab, Chief Scientist-cum-Professor (Retd.), of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Srinagar (J.& K.), was the President. Currently Dr. Awanjala Bhat, MBBS, MS, DNB, MNAMS is the President of the Confrerie.

Dr. R. K. Varshney, the Editor, is the Secretary of the Confrerie till date. Sri. Sanjit Kumar Ghosh, Dr. M. Prasad, 
Dr. A.K. Hazra and now Dr. G.P. Mandal of the Z.S.I, Kolkata, have acted as the "Kolkata Representative". Dr. Surendra Singh of the Dept. of Zoology, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, Agra, is acting as the "Agra Representative". Prof. A.P. Verma, Head of Botany, A.N. College, Magadh University is acting as the "Patna Representative". Dr. P.P. Kulkarni, Ex-Scientist, ZSI Western Regional Station is acting as the "Pune Representative". The "West Bengal Representative" currently is Dr. B. Mitra. Dr. A.K. Hazra, Ex-Additional Director, Z.S.I is the current "Burdwan/Salt Lake Representative".  The "Jodhpur Representative" is Dr. I.C. Gupta, Ex-Head Division, C.A.Z.R.I. The "Chennai Representative" is Thiru R. M. Sundaram, Ex-Jt. Director Ent., N.M.E.P.

Members of the Confrerie come from various Colleges, Universities, Research Institutes and Govt. Departments in the different States of India. The membership is annual. Even some scientists working in USA and UK had joined the membership of the Confrerie. A few scientists from Nepal are continuing membership from last some years.

 
CURRENT SOCIETY POSITIONS
Position Incumbent
PRESIDENT     Dr. Awanjala Bhat
    MBBS, MS, DNB, MNAMS,
    Opthalmologist, Maheshwari Complex, Ramghat Road,
    Aligarh (U.P.)
    INDIA.
SECRETARY
&
HONORARY EDITOR
    Dr. R. K. Varshney
    Former Additional Director,
    Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata
    INDIA.
HONORARY EDITOR     Prof. S. K. Saxena
    Former Dean & Head of the Department of Botany,
    Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
    INDIA.
 
ABOUT THE EDITORS

Bionotes is edited by a team of two senior scientists, a zoologist and a botanist.

Dr. R. K. Varshney is the Additional Director (Retd.) of the Zoological Survey of India (Govt. of India), Kolkata. He is M.Sc. from Aligarh Muslim University, and Ph.D. & D.Sc. from the Patna University. He is author of seven books and about 150 research papers in different journals worldwide. He was the examiner of M.Phil. and Ph.D. students of some Universities in India. He has been to countries in Europe and the Maldives and Nepal. Dr. R. K. Varshney was a resource person for the NORAD funded project on 'Formal Diversity of South Asia', organized by S.A.C.E.P., Colombo (Sri Lanka). Five insect taxa have been named after "Varshney" in honor of his entomological researches. He is an expert in the fields of Lac Entomology, Scale Incents and Mealy-bugs, and the Butterflies of Indian region. In 2007, ZSI published "Bharat ki Titliyan", the first book on butterflies in Hindi. He has served on the editorial boards of "Oriental Insects" (USA), "Zoos' Print Journal" (Coimbatore), "Biosystematica" (Kozhikode) etc.

Prof. S.K. Saxena is the Chairman & Head of the Department of Botany (Retd.) and the Dean Faculty of Life Sciences (Retd.), of the Aligarh Muslim University. After obtaining M.Sc. (Botany), he was the first Ph.D. student from the Department of Botany, A.M.U. He joined teaching immediately in his parent department and rose to its highest chair. Prof. S.K. Saxena is a renowned plant nematologist and has several books and research papers to his credit. Dr. Saxena guided many research scholars and has worked in foreign laboratories. He was the principal investigator of some research projects in the Dept. of Botany, A.M.U.