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Faculty Member


S. Balachandran
Assistant Professor

Environmental Studies

Date of Birth: 17th January 1971

Date of Joining: 15.09.2015

B.Sc., 1991, St Josephs College, Bharathidasan University, Tirichirapalli
M.Sc., 1993, JNU, New Delhi
M.Phil., 1996, JNU, New Delhi
Ph.D., 2001, JNU, New Delhi

Contact Address:
Department of Environmental Studies
Siksha Bhavana, Visva-Bharati
Santiniketan – 731235



Phone numbers (mobile and/or landline):
+91-3463-261913 (O);
+91-3463-264250 (R)

Research areas:
Soil Pollution, Water Pollution, Biogas, Pollution Biology, Ethnobotany / Medicinal plants & Phytochemistry

Teaching Experience:
• More than 8 years in Visva-Bharati

Research Experience:
• September 2002 –2003 - Post Doctoral Fellow awarded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India (Extended-Senior research Fellow)
• September 2003 to November 2004 - Post Doctoral Fellow awarded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India (Research Associate).

Number of Ph.D students produced:
Four are working at present and one has submitted, waiting for Viva

Publications (few significant publications):
• S. Balachandran, Bharat Raj Meena and P. S. Khillare (2000) Particle size distribution and its elemental composition in the ambient air of Delhi, Environmental International, 26, 49-54
• S. Balachandran and P. S. Khillare (2001) Occurrence of acid rain over Delhi, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 71: 165–176, 2001.
• P. S. Khillare., Rajni Pandey S. Balachandran (2004) Characterisation of Indoor PM10 in Residential Areas of Delhi, Indoor Built Environ 2004;13:139–147
• P. S. Khillare, S. Balachandran and Raza Rafiqul Hoque, (2005) Profile of PAHs in the diesel vehicle exhaust in Delhi, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2005) 105: 411–417
• P. S. Khillare, S. Balachandran and Raza Rafiqul Hoque, (2005) Profile of PAH in the exhaust of gasoline driven Vehicles in Delhi, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2005) 110: 217–225
• P.S. Khillare, Raza Rafiqul Hoque, Vijay Shridhar, Tripti Agarwal, S. Balachandran (2008) Temporal variability of benzene concentration in the ambient air of Delhi: A comparative assessment of pre- and post-CNG periods, Journal of Hazardous Materials 154 (2008) 1013–1018
• M. Senthil Kumar, Shibani Chaudhury and S. Balachandran (2009) In Vitro Micropropagation Of Oxystelma esculentum R. Br. – A Medicinal Herb., International Journal of Biotechnology and Biochemistry, Volume 5 Number 2 (2009) pp. 147–156
• Sulata Maity, S. Balachandran, Shibani Chaudhury, (2010). Interdependency of Macrophytes and avian diversity in the wetlands of Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Santiniketan. Science & Culture 76 (5-6), 180-184
• Muthusamy Senthil Kumar, Srinivasan Balachandran and Shibani Chaudhury - Influence of Incubation Temperatures on Total Phenolic, Flavonoids Content and Free Radical Scavenging Activity of Callus from Heliotropium indicum L. Asian J. Pharm. Res. 2012; Vol. 2: Issue 4, Pg 148-152
• Muthusamy Senthil Kumar and Srinivasan Balachandran, Shibani Chaudhury - A comparative analysis of total phenolic, flavonoids content and antioxidant activity of callus and in vivo plant parts from Heliotropium indicum L. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine (2012)1-7

Ongoing research projects:
• Name of the project: “A Comparative ethnobotanical investigation: The Santal tribes of major populated districts in West Bengal, India”,
Sponsoring agency: UGC. (To be finished in July 2013)
Amount sanctioned: Rs.8,28,300/-

• Name of the Project: Development and Integration of Biomass and Concentrating Photovoltaic System for the Rural and the urban Energy Bridge : BioCPV.
A research project under the Indo-UK Collaborative Research Initiative on Bridging the Urban and the Rural Divide (BURD).
Sponsoring agency: DST, New Delhi (Indian Side) (2012-2015)
Amount Sanctioned: Rs.5,57,17,125/- of which amount for Visva-Bharati is Rs.2,26,70.325/-. Prof. Shibani Chaudhury (PI), Prof. A. Hazra (Co-PI) and Dr. S. Balachandran (Co-PI). The other Co-PIs are from IITM and IITB