Nomination Jury – 9th CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival & Forum
In his previous roles at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Winrock International India, he has managed national programs on clean energy, contributing to the development of strategic partnerships, fundraising and project financing in various capacities. He has a significant track record of working in partnership with NGOs, governments and financial institutions across India and South Asia. Jarnail holds an MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School (Brandeis University) and a Masters in Environmental Studies from TERI University.
Jarnail uses photo journalism as an agent of change and presents development stories through his photo journal. He also voluntarily provides strategic advice to the governing board of an organization that provides public health services to people around the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve (Rajasthan).
He has interacted with the media at various forums on behalf of UNDP’s projects under his charge. He is a strong supporter of sustainable environmental practices that result into reduction in greenhouse gases emission that helps improving the climate change.
Presently, he is leading the India Sanitation Coalition Secretariat which is based in FICCI. His work entails leading a multi-disciplinary team, strategic planning, high level advocacy and collaborating with key stakeholders. Siddhartha has previously worked with Water Aid where he was leading the policy aspects on Rural WASH. He has worked for Fresh Water Action Network South Asia (FANSA) as the Regional Coordinator for South Asia providing policy and advocacy inputs, UNICEF providing leadership support at the national level for the implementation of the Link Workers Scheme across the UNICEF supported districts.
Siddhartha has played a key role in planning and preparation for South Asian Conference for Sanitation (SACOSAN V & VI) in close coordination with Government of India and other key players within the South Asian region. He was a Steering Committee member of End Water Poverty (EWP) which is the world’s largest global campaign on Sanitation. He was also part of the Working group inputting into the Swachh Bharat Mission guidelines.
He has made over 450 Hours of Broadcast Television software over the years working in different capacities in the Direction, Production and Editing Team. Currently, Dr. Aman spends time training future broadcasters and concentrates on guiding research including scholars pursuing Doctoral research at Amity School of Communication.
Member USA National Committee UNO Project IYPE (International Year of Planet Earth 2007-2009), Member International OPC of http://yearofplanetearth.org/, Member National committee carbon sequestration PAMC of DST, Govt of India, Chairman National Chapter International Association of Geodetics.
Environment Outreach Incharge, Panjab University;
CHAIRMAN & HEAD & Professor, Geology Dept; Director, Centre of Advanced Studies in Geology; PanjabUniversity,Chandigarh,India;
Geologist, Geological Survey of India; Visiting Scholar Geological Institute, ETH, Zurich Switzerland & Geology Dept,University of Cincinnati, Ohio,USA; Guest speaker at leading universities of Europe, USA, Australia, India and various Indian schools, colleges, Science City, Rotary & Lions Club, NGOs etc; Columnist in leading English,Hindi and Punjabi Dailies; Invited expert in various DST Govt of India INSPIRE Science Internship camps for bright plus 1 & plus 2 students across the country.
Expert commentator on Environmental and Earthsciences issues on leading Indian TV Channels of English. Hindi and Punjabi, Radio BBC, TV Australia ABC, German ZDF etc; Field experience across environment and geological sciences in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tunisia, Russia, Kazakhstan, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Sweden,USA. Author of high impact research papers on Himalayas in Europe, USA & India, Member various GSI & Panjab University national & international expeditions from 1977 to 2009 to Higher Himalayas Himachal &Ladakh; Co author of a popular coffee table book on Himalayan Landscapes with Om Narain Bhargava and Sanjay Kumbkarni. The book published in 2010 has been rated as an outstanding piece of outreach literature on Himalayan Earth & Environmental Sciences by Professor Alex Webb, Louisiana University, USA .
Earlier to VigyanPrasar, Nimish has worked as principal researcher and reporter for Zee TV’s highly appreciated TV show of early 2000 – Zee Dastak and DD’s India’s Most Wanted and as producer with ETV-Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. He has produced and directed approx. 1000 hours’ quality television software of different genera for ETV. He has anchored more than 100 programmes and written many fiction and non-fiction scripts for VividhBharati, Discovery Channel, Doordarshan and All India Radio. Nimish is associated as an expert with various news channels and is also a member of decision making bodies of PrasarBharati, MHRD and various institutions. He has won several state and national awards for television programming and popular science writing.
Aditya holds ‘M.B.A. in Rural Development’ and ‘M. Phil in Natural Resource Mgt’. He is also a Fulbright Fellow of year 2010 in environment field and still supports Fulbright India program reviewing and recommending the Fulbright applications in environment field. In his current assignment, at IUCN, Aditya is developing business and biodiversity program by designing training and capacity development modules and on ground ecological responsible solutions.
He has presented various papers at International and National Ground Water Conferences.
Gauri was the Associate Producer for the film ‘Sheep Thief’, made in 1997 which won many international acclaim including the Cine-foundation award at Cannes Film Festival that year. She is also a trainer and is involved with training of students in Filmmaking, Anchoring & Photography. She is also a ‘Kathak’ trained by world renowned maestro, Guru JitendraMaharaj.
After retirement, he was founder Chief Editor of the Lok Sabha TV channel, and is now the Consulting Editor of indiatelevision.com.
Student Jury Members
Aditya has co-directed for India’s first fully crowdsourced feature film- India in a day (2016), directed by Richie Mehta. He is also an enthusiastic photographer and loves to click pictures particularly in the genres of urban exploration, still life and nature photography. He has written script and has researched for a documentary film on polio vaccination and immunization submitted to UNICEF by Center for Communication and Change India.