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Professor Chinmaya S Rathore is the Dean of Indian Institute of Forest Management,Bhopal. Dr. Rathore studied for his Masters on the prestigious ODASS scholarship at the University of Aberdeen, UK. He has also worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science, University of Aberdeen, UK after being awarded the prestigious Leverhume Fellowship. He has worked a Member of the faculty at IIT Dhanbad before joining IIFM Bhopal. Dr. Rathore has traveled to many countries around the world on academic assignments. He has published research papers in reputed journals and has done consulting work for many organizations including FAO-UN in Myanmar.

He has been associated as a faculty member with Indian Institute of Forest Management, in the Area of Information Technology and Quantitative Techniques for the past 26 years. During his tenure at IIFM, he has held many academic responsibilities including Chairperson Research, Chairperson Placements, Chairperson PFM Programme, Chairperson MDP and Chairperson SAC and has been a member of the Board of Governors of IIFM.