Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal from PGI recognised among top Environmental Scientists in India

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Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal from PGI recognised among top Environmental Scientists in India

Once again, bringing honors to the premier Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, Dr. Khaiwal is recognized among the top environmental scientist of India. Dr. Khaiwal, is working as a professor in the Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, ranked 11th in India and 3112 internationally among top scientists ranking for Environmental Sciences by research.com.

Research.com, one of the leading websites for delivering credible data on scientific achievements since 2014, has issued the first edition of its ranking of the world's leading environmental scientists. The inclusion criteria for ranking of top scientists include the discipline h-index, publication and citation data gathered, the proportion of contributions made within the particular discipline, as well as awards and accomplishments of the scientists. Based on a thorough analysis of 166,880 scientists on Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph, over 9,198 profiles were analyzed for the discipline of Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Khaiwal's research impact is visible from his high h-index ‘48’ and citation ˃11000. Recently, he was also listed among the top 1% Environmental scientist from India by the Scopus and Stanford University Ranking.

Dr. Khaiwal’s work focuses on understanding air pollution, sources, and its exposure to minimize the adverse impacts and facilitate evidence-based policies. He developed exposure-index for health risk assessment, identified barriers for cleaner alternatives, and proposed sustainable solutions for pollution mitigation and a climate-adaption model to improve environmental quality and promote better health.

Recently, during the COVID pandemic, Dr Khaiwal led the development of IEC material to create awareness and help to restrict the spread of COVID 19. His comics ‘Kids, Vaayu and Corona’ and some other documents were adopted and released by the various ministries of Government of India. Dr. Khaiwal also developed the ‘Health Adaption plan for diseases due to Air Pollution and Climate Change’, including infographics under the National Programme on Air Pollution and Climate Change, adopted by the Ministry of Health, India.

Dr. Ravindra has received several awards and scholarships in the field of ‘Environmental Health’. He has won an ‘Environmentalist of the Year 2007: Around the Globe’ award by the National Environmental Science Academy (NESA), India, and was the finalist for ‘Elsevier NASI-SCOPUS 2014’ Young Scientist Award. In 2018, he was awarded IVLP Fellowship by the US Department of State, USA. He was honored with the PN Raju Oration Award-2019 in Public Health (Environment) by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), MoHFW, New Delhi, India. He has been conferred the ‘Presidential Award 2021’ award by the Indian Association of Preventive & Social Medicine (IAPSM), India, for his services in improving public health