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Dr. Purnima Rupal

Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA)

Dr. Purnima Rupal assumed the post of Director, Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) on 11 Dec 2018.

Prior to this assignment, she served as Counsellor, Science & Technology at the Embassy of India, Tokyo, Japan, for three years. During her tenure in Japan, she contributed significantly towards enhancing the bilateral ST&I, space and nuclear cooperation, academic exchanges and healthcare cooperation between the two countries.

Dr. Rupal has been associated with the International S&T Affairs Directorate of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, one of India's largest public R&D organization for over 20 years and was responsible for planning, management & coordination of bilateral & multilateral science, technology & innovation cooperation programmes.

Dr. Rupal has been actively associated with Indo-French S&T bilateral collaboration besides, CSIR's programmes with other European and Asian countries. She played a major role in shaping India-EU joint S&T relationship between CSIR & its European partners. She has been actively involved in formulating policy issues with respect to international benchmarking and enhancing visibility of CSIR globally. Dr. Rupal was also closely associated with capacity building exercises of the CSIR.

Dr. Rupal is known for high degree of competence, analytical & problem solving abilities, networking and strong negotiation skills. She has represented CSIR at several high level S&T meetings.

Dr. Purnima Rupal trained to be a biochemist obtaining her Ph.D in Biochemistry from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India & Dr. Rupal also honed her skills in popular science writing and has authored books, articles in newspapers and magazines and edited books devoted to science dissemination.

She's fond of travelling, listening to Indian music and exploring new technologies.