Harsh - Tree Surgeon - Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Nirmal Harsh

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India


Tree Surgeon

  • Part time


The trees in urban areas, revered trees and heritage trees need special care for their maintenance. I have experience and expertise of treating and restoring the health of ailing trees.

Work History


Forest Pathology Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

From January 2012

Research Experience - 36 years

Expertize in Taxonomy of fungi


Forest Pathology Division, Forest Research Institute

June 2009 - October 2012



Forest Pathology Division, Forest Research Institute

January 2007 - December 2011

Planning, coordinating and felicitating research


Forest Research Institute

January 2002 - December 2006


Forest Pathology Division, Forest Research Institute

February 2001 - January 2002



Forest Research Institute

From October 2000

Senior scientist and faculty; Tree diseases and their management; fungal taxonomy; forest pathology; wood microbiology; heritage trees conservation

Dr. N. S. K. Harsh, Scientist-G

Forest Pathology, Wood Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology at F.R.I. Deemed University

Teaching at FRI Deemed University, Dehradun at postgraduate level, since 2000.
Teaching Forest Pathology to IFS probationers at Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun and SFS Trainees at Central Academy State Forest Service, Dehradun

Botanical Latin Diagnoses & Identification service -
Extending Latin diagnoses service to mycologists and botanists and identification services for fungi to mycologists and researchers.

Technical services

For tree health management to the New Delhi Municipal Council; Archaeological Survey of India; Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee, Bodhgaya; Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi; CPWD; State Forest Departments; Woodstock School, Mussoorie; Doon School, Dehradun; APSARA Authority, Cambodia; Birla Lao Plantation Company, Laos, etc.

For identification of fungal deterioration in wood to wood based industries

A Fellow of Phytopathological Society of India
Member of the Mycological Society of India
Member for Society for Tropical Biodiversity
Member of International Society for Fungal Conservation
Commission Member - IUCN SSC Mushrooms, Brackets and Puffballs Specialist Group 2013-2016

Postal address

Dr. N. S. K. Harsh, Scientist-G, Forest Pathology Division
Forest Research Institute, P.O.- New Forest, Dehradun-248006, Uttarakhand, INDIA
Phone: 091-135-2756085(O);091-135-2771937(R); FAX- 091-135-2756865; Mobile 975810148
E mail: nirmalharsh57@gmail.com; harshnsk@icfre.org

ICFRE as Scientist

Directorate of Extension, Indian Council

March 1999 - October 2000

of Forestry Research & Education, Dehradun working on the formulation of extension strategy and extension activities of ICFRE as Scientist - 'SE'.


Tropical Forest Research Institute

January 1997 - February 1999


Tropical Forest Research Institute

January 1992 - December 1996


Tropical Forest Research Institute

March 1987 - December 1991

Working for identification and management of diseases of forest plants; wood decay fungi; biological control of nursery diseases

Research Officer

Disease-Insect Survey Unit, Regional Forest Research Centre

February 1984 - February 1987

Jabalpur working on the aspects of Forest pathology as Research Officer.

Research Associate

Vivekanand Laboratory for Hill Agriculture, I. C. A. R

June 1983 - January 1984

Almora on millet pathology and mushroom cultivation as Research Associate.

Research Scholar

D. S. B

October 1978 - May 1983

Constituent College, Kumaun University, Naini Tal working on the aspects of wood-decay, higher fungi and mushroom cultivation as Research Scholar.


Health assessment and treatment of trees at Ta Prohm temple (4th Enclosure), Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm temple located in Siem Reap of Cambodia is unique for the ruins of the magnificent historical past of archaeological significance intermingled with the tree flora which receives thousands of international tourists throughout the year. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is doing a project entitled “Conservation and Restoration of Ta Prohm Temple (Cambodia) Project” under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme of Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India. The aims and objectives of the project include physical protection of the existing built and natural heritage, and environmental and ecological protection of the natural and manmade structure with overall conservation plan.
The experts of UNESCO’s International Coordinating Committee (ICC) for Safeguarding and Development of Historical Site of Angkor realized that Ta Prohm was particularly challenging for saving the monument along with its trees. This has led the ASI to engage Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun to work for the conservation of trees at this World Heritage site. The studies and efforts for conservation of trees were taken up by FRI in association with ASI since 2006. The objectives of the projects were to assess the deterioration, damage and health of the trees and to work out their treatment besides capacity building of the local stakeholders. Prescriptions for each and every tree for conservation were drawn after detailed field studies. Trees have recovered with the interventions and treatment suggested and carried out by FRI. This type of heritage tree conservation work has been done for the first time and a book "Conservation of trees at Ta Prohm temple, Cambodia" has been published from this project.

Qualifications & Certifications


Kumaun University, Naini Tal, India

Botany, Zoology, Chemistry

Kumaun University

American Biographical Institute Inc

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