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Prakash Gole Papers

Identifier: MS-018

Content Description

The Collection is arranged into the following series:


Research Projects

Journals of Pune Ecological Society




Writings and Speeches

The accession includes correspondence in the form of typed and hand-written letters. The correspondence sub-series has been divided decade-wise; within each sub-series the letters are arranged chronologically.

Research Projects contains documents of different projects undertaken by Prakash Gole. The sub-series are arranged alphabetically, namely, Bar-headed goose, Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Birds of Northern Western Ghats, Black-necked Crane, Panshet Catchment Area, Phaltan, Sarus Cranes, Other Reports and Surveys by Pune Ecological Society. The first seven sub-series came as projects filed separately, and hence the original arrangement has been retained. Each sub-series consists of correspondence related to the project and includes reports, publications, papers, photographs, slides, etc.

Journals of Pune Ecological Society contains sixteen journals of Ecological Society from 1988-2012 arranged chronologically.

The administration series does not contain a sub-series. It includes agreements, feedback forms, activity reports, drafts of correspondence, course curriculums, worksheets, etc arranged chronologically.

Ephemera includes brochures and postcards received by Prakash Gole.

Photographs/Slides consist of sub-series personal and work. Personal material consists of photographs from his travels in India and in other countries along with his family. Whereas the work sub-series is related to his work trips. Both the sub-series are arranged alphabetically as the dates that the photographs or slides were taken couldn't be ascertained.

The final series on writings and speeches is divided into two sub-series : English and Marathi. The English sub-series is categories thematically for example : writings on biodiversity, and these have been arranged alphabetically. Marathi sub-series has been arranged chronologically, and the undated writings are arranged alphabetically.


  • Creation: 1980 - 2019

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital material from the Archives at NCBS is made available online for non-commercial research purposes. Permission for reproduction or distribution must be obtained in writing from the Archives at NCBS ( The Archives at NCBS makes no representation that it is the copyright owner in all of its collections. The user must obtain all necessary rights and clearances before the use of the material.

Biographical / Historical

Prakash Gole was an ornithologist and an environmentalist. Gole held a Master’s degree in Economics and worked for the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics for some time after graduation. He had also written a book on Indian history during the same period. In 1963, he started a group called Outward Bound Pioneers Club, where he started his work in environmental conservation and education.

His key contributions include establishing the Ecological Society in 1982, which runs a one-year diploma course in Sustainable Management of Natural Resources. Gole has also worked with ornithologist Salim Ali. A very rare bird, the Black-necked Crane, which was declared extinct from India by Salim Ali, was found by Gole in Arunachal Pradesh around the late 1980s. His work on Sarus Cranes, Siberian Cranes, and Wetland conservation is respected the world over. Gole was also interested in ecological restoration and ecological planning. He worked on the restoration project in the Panshet catchment area and on other ecological projects with the government of Maharashtra.


5 Linear Feet (10 Archival boxes)

Language of Materials



The intellectual arrangement strives to preserve the provenance and original order of the papers. Where an original order could not be found, the Archives have applied for an order, and folders within the sub-series are arranged usually in chronological or alphabetical order. See the Scope and Content section for details.

Physical Location

Archives at NCBS

Prakash Gole Papers
Parvathy V
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives at NCBS Repository

National Centre for Biological Sciences - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Bangalore Karnataka 560065 India
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