Dr. Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj, IFS

Director RFTI

Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj joined Indian Forest Service in 1994. As a manager of natural resources, he has served in various capacities in different forest divisions of Rajasthan including managing one of the best tiger reserve of the country, Ranthambhore National Park. It is during his tenure in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve he developed a deep passion for wildlife especially the magnificent tiger. Based on his observations on tiger, he has authored a book on tiger, “Tracking Tigers in Ranthambhore”. Later he served as Field Director, Sariska Tiger Reserve. As Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) he has supervised the various in situ conservation efforts for the conservation of critically endangered Great Indian Bustard under the ambitious program of Project Great Indian Bustard in Thar landscape apart from managing the wilderness of desert ecosystem of Western India. He is a commission member of IUCN SSC Bustard Specialist Group. He has done extensive survey of Lesser Florican in its range and also avian faunal survey in trans-Himalayan region during his tenure in Wildlife Institute of India. He has authored many articles on birds too. He has done his Ph.D. from the University of Rajasthan on the topic entitled “Plant Resource Utilization by the avian fauna in Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary”. He is the recipient of the State Award in 1999 for outstanding services for the State of Rajasthan. The award was given for saving the life of villagers and a tiger that had strayed outside the forest into a village, during which he was badly mauled by the tiger. A keen traveler and writer, Dr Bhardwaj is also an avid wildlife photographer whose images have been published in many journals and magazines of fame and he is also the recipient of Best Wildlife Photographer of the year award-2nd prize in the year 2011 by Sanctuary Asia. He is also recipient of Chaturvedi Award for best article published on Wild life in Indian Forester for 2017. Currently he is APCCF and Nodal officer (FCA) Rajasthan, Jaipur.