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Brief about Sikkim Regional Centre

Sikkim Regional Centre of this Institute has been taking up projects/activities with research and extension thrust on the environment and development of the region. These have focused by and large on the issues relevant to the Sikkim Himalaya with due consideration of geo-environmental conditions, ecosystem approach, community participation, socio-economics, participatory/rapid rural appraisal, sustainable development and capacity building on low-cost mountain farming/allied technologies. Significant activities tie-up with governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies for State and people of Sikkim Himalaya. The area of Sikkim is 7,096 sq.kms and measures approximately about 110 kms from north to south and about 64 kms from the east to the west. The elevation ranges from 224 mts to over 8590 mts above sea-level which gives Sikkim it’s incomparable range of flora and fauna.

Area of Operations

The RC looks after the Eastern Himalayan States (Sikkim and West Bengal Hills). The key area of research includes:
  1. - Biodiversity conservation studies in Khangchendzonga Landscape Biosphere Reserve and other sensitive areas with focus on human dimension
  2. - Geo-environmental assessment of land hazards and mitigation strategies
  3. - Human dimension studies in conservation areas
  4. - Biotechnological applications for conservation of Rhododendron species
Technological Achievements

1. Nursery/arboretum development at Pangthang (spread over an area of 10 acres).
2. Agroforestry models development at sub-tropical and temperate sites with community participation.
3. Execution of Integrated Watershed Management Project across 9 blocks covering 30 villages of South Sikkim covered extensively.
4. Extension of Technology packages in the sub-tropical and temperate sites of the watershed, through training and capacity building of farmers/women on simple farm based technologies such as polyhouses, square-meter polybeds, polypits, biocomposting, water harvesting structures, improvised large cardamom curing kiln and bioglobules.
5. Demonstration establishment under technology vision 2020: agricultural production potential – 3 locations in South and East Sikkim covered.
6. Model site developed at Kamrang village with community participation through bio-engineering for gully erosion and small landslide preventions on upland farms.
7. EIA surveys of minor road construction, soil erosion srudies, land use/cover change studies and other allied aspects of hydrology.
8. Hydro-ecological linkages of carbon dynamics in relation to land-use/cover change in a Himalayan watershed.
9. Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve project – 8 villages/settlements of North and West Sikkim covered extensively for socio-economic/human dimension as well as ecological perspectives.
10. Global Positioning System (GPS) based research on crustal deformation to derive plate-tectonics vis-à-vis seismicity implications in the region.
11. “Sodar studies of the mixing height in Sikkim” in collaboration with IIT New Delhi and NPL New Delhi (2003-05).
12. Disaster management faculty on behalf of Govt. of Sikkim for state level capacity building through training, education and research.
13. Biotechnology based conservation research on Sikkim Himalayan rhododendrons.
14. Development of Rare and Threatened Plant Conservation Park in Gangtok-Sikkim.
15. Contact programme on Science Motivation and Awareness for talented High School students of Sikkim.
16. Interactive Meeting on ‘Identifying R&D Priorities and Possible Collaborations amongst Allied Departments in Sikkim’.
17. Publications of leaflets in Hindi, Nepali and English on ‘Technologies for Mountain Farming Systems’.
18. Training Module I & II and Pamphlets on disaster Management.

Technological /Infrastructural Facilities Available
Herbal Gardens
Medicinal Plants and Multipurpose Tress Nurseries
Arboretum and Smrit Vatica
Bioresource Technology Park: Vermi-composting, Biocomposting, Weed Composting, Water harvesting Tank, Bamboo Propagation, MPTs Propagation, Rhododendron Propagation, Biogobule/Biobriqueeting, Large cardamom Improvised Cardamom Curing Kiln
Tissue culture laboratory
Green House/Mist house
Protected Cultivation, Polyhouse, Nethouse and Polypit
Disaster Management Faculty

Awards / Honours
1. External reviewer of Mountain Research and Development, Switzerland (K.K. Singh) .
2. External reviewer of World Journal of Agricultural sciences (K.K. Singh).
3. External reviewer of Journal Hill Research (K.K. Singh).
4. External reviewer of American-Eurasian Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Sci (K.K. Singh).
5. MemberExternal reviewer of International Journal of Biodiversity and conservation. (K.K. Singh).

Contact Us

Dr. Rajesh Joshi Centre Head G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment
Post Box: 24, Gangtok, East Sikkim - 737 101 Sikkim, India

(03592) 295130 (Office, Regional Head), 03592-295069 (Reception), Fax: (03592) 295024 ;;