G. S. Goraya
IFS Phase V Canada
Gurinderjit Singh Goraya, a 1983 batch Indian Forest Service Officer, is the Chief Conservator of Forests with the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department. His present job responsibilities include managing of issues related to the State’s Floral Diversity, Non-Timber Forest Produce and Research Management. A specialist in medicinal plants, he steered a pioneering medicinal plant conservation program while working with the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), a Bangalore based NGO. His other positions include Logging Manager and Wildlife Manager in the State; Lecturer in the State Forest Service Academy, Dehradun and Director, Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla. He has co-authored an analytical book on the demand and supply of medicinal plants in India based on a national survey on the subject carried out by him. He has published several research papers and reports and brought out educational material on medicinal plants and resource management. He has also presented research work in various National and International Conferences. He has worked on the species and habitat diversity of hill bamboos in Himachal Pradesh for his Ph.D.
Gurinder is presently posted at Sundernagar (Dist. Mandi, Himachal Pradesh) and lives there with his wife, Nimrit. His daughter, Praneet, is pursuing MBA at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and his son Sukhmani is in his final year of B.Sc. Agriculture at the Punjab Agriculture University.