Administrative officers


Mr.Sewa Singh, I.F.S.,
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests &
Director

Mr.Sewa Singh has been the Director of the Advanced Institute for Wildlife Conservation, Vandalur in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department since 5th February 2022. He belongs to 1992 batch of Indian Forest Service of TamilNadu cadre

He is a M.Sc., Physics Gold Medallist from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in “Carbon Sequestration in Mangrove Ecosystems” at Annamalai University, Chidambaram.

He has worked in forestry, wildlife, and resource management for over three decades. During his tenure, he implemented numerous progressive changes in the state forest department. His other interests include conservation education and the human aspect of wildlife conservation.


Dr.R.Kanchana, I.F.S.,
Deputy Director (Administration & Technical)

Dr.R.Kanchana has been the Deputy Director (Administration & Technical) of the Advanced Institute for Wildlife Conservation, Vandalur in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department since 23rd August 2021. She belongs to 2010 batch of Indian Forest Service of TamilNadu cadre.

She has done her B.V.Sc., in Madras Veterinary College and M.V.Sc., in Veterinary Anatomy in Govind Ballabh Pant Agricultural University and Technology (GBPUAT), Pantnagar, Uttrakand. She served as Assistant Professor in Dept of Veterinary Anatomy at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Veterinary Education and Research, Puducherry before entering the Forest Department.

She earlier served as Deputy Director of Ambasamudram division and KMTR and District Forest Officer of Namakkal.

Dr. D. Vasantha kumari
Veterinary Assistant Surgeon

M.V.Sc. Veterinary and Animal husbandry extension, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai

Co-ordinator of research unit


Dr. Pradeep Anbazhagan
Veterinary Assistant Surgeon

B.V.Sc. and PGD ( Wildlife Disease Management), Madras Veterinary College, Chennai

Co-ordinator of research unit


R.K.Nivedhitha
JRF Morphometry Lab

PG in Environmental Sciences from PSG College of Arts and Sciences Coimbatore.


Evangeline D
Junior Research Fellow (Morphometric Lab)

M.Sc Wildlife Biology AVC College Mayiladuthurai

Ph.D Zoology (Board field Entomology) Queen Mary's College Chennai


Sureshgopi D
Junior Research Fellow (DNA Forensic Lab)

P.G Diploma in Integrative Animal Taxonomy, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata

Specialisation: Animal Genomics, Wildlife DNA forensics

M.Sc Life Sciences,Central University of Punjab


Subhashree G
Junior Research Fellow (DNA Forensic Lab)

M.Sc Biomedical Genetics, Dr. ALM PG Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Taramani Chennai





M. Prema
Laboratory Assistant

B.Sc. Zoology

Assistant at Morphometry lab - Centre for Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Animal care lab – Centre for Animal Care Sciences


B.Divya Bharathi
Laboratory Assistant

M.Sc Bio-Technology

Assistant at DNA lab - Centre for wildlife Forensic Sciences