About our founder


Our founder, V Selvarajan started his social & environmental activities even as he was pursuing his studies in Bishop Heber College Tiruchirapalli way back in 1973. As a student, he bagged Rotary International’s Youth Merit award from USA for organizing village adoption project, health check-up camps, anti-dowry campaign, Energy conservation and traffic regulation drives. He attributes his love for birds as his first step towards Nature conservation and environmental commitment. Today he fondly quotes his Prof. Daniel Wesley (Zoology) as the person who created interest in study of migratory birds during his college days. In 1975 he joined Wildlife conservation Society [WILCOS] Trichy and actively involved in bird watching and wildlife conservation projects.

Joining the Banking career in 1976 has changed the direction of his life and being a bank employee, his urge for social commitment dragged him towards trade union movement. Nevertheless his love for nature and birds never diminished, though frequent transfers in banking career deterred his involvement in social activities. It is only in 1988 when he was posted to Erode, he met Mr G Paramasivan, a post graduate teacher in Botany, (presently the Head of the Sengunthar Boys Higher Sec. School Erode, as a customer of the Bank. The new acquaintance has again brought him back to the environmental activities. Elected as President of Erode Environmental Society, he started working for environment again with renewed spirit. During his tenure as President, he orgainsed rallies and street plays to highlight environmental issues. He was instrumental in check-listing the birds in Erode District and identifying a lake near Erode as Birding spot which was later on declared as Vellode Bird Sanctuary by Forest department. He founded Institute of Nature Studies to carry out research projects.

Again he had to relocate him in Delhi, thanks to his Banking career. In Delhi, he started working as voluntary advisor for DTEA Senior Sec School, managed by Tamils in Delhi an inspired the students to start an eco club by name Jungle Venture. The time for forming an NGO arose in 2002 when a few like minded persons came together with him to give birth to Green Circle, a registered association to initiate environmental activities in Delhi. Sooner than later, he realized that forming an NGO is not enough to create awareness in a busy metropolis where people do not spare time for social activities. With great difficulties and financial constraints, he started working for the cause, sparing some funds from his own earnings and donations from well wishers and friends. The work initiated by him in creating environmental awareness among the children of a residential colony attracted media. He identified a lake amidst concrete jungle of Delhi which is a safe winter home for the migratory birds from far off places of central Asia. He check-listed the birds in the lake and highlighted the problems faced by the lake. This has attracted the attention of the authorities. He could create interest among school children to sort out the problems of the water body. “But thanks to Bureaucracy’s reluctance” he laments, “Sanjay Lake’s environment has become worse, thus threatening the migratory ducks to visit forever”. A relentless environmental activist, he still tries to spare more time as he has taken voluntary retirement from his promising career in pursuit of his social concern – the environment. His desire is to take in charge, a big stretch of wasteland and convert the same as greenery in the remaining part of his life.


1973 – Joined B.Sc. Zoology course in Bishop Heber College Tiruchirapalli
1974 – Won awards for nature quiz, oratorical contests conducted by Biological Society
1975 – Secretary of Biological Society, organized seminars and lectures
1975 – Joined his first social network in Nature – Wildlife Conservation Society Tiruchirapalli
1988 – Associated himself with Conducted Nature camp
1989 – Organised and participated in jungle trekking expeditions
1990 – Elected as President, Environmental Society Erode
1990 – Trainer of Students in leadership and Environmental awareness programmes
1991 – Check listed the birds in Erode District, Tamil Nadu
1991 – Conducted teacher training programme for environmental awareness & activities
1992 – Founder Secretary of Institute of Nature Studies Erode
1992 – Organized cycle rallies and street plays as part of water conservation awareness programmes
1992 – Wrote on “bio diversity” “Bisnoi Movement in Rajasthan” “Narmata Bachao Andolan”
1993 – Published story in a Tamil daily entitled “Ozone layer”
1993 – Conceptualized a short video film on Ever Green forest entitled Life in Shola forest
1993 – Instrumental in declaring a Bird Sanctuary near Vellode Erode District Tamilnadu
1996 – Participated in Tiger Count in Indira Gandhi Bio Sphere Reserve
1997 – Adviser of Jungle venture Eco Club DTEA S.S. School Delhi
1997 – Conducted Bird watching trips for students in Delhi
1998 – Quiz master for inter school nature and environment quiz which was telecast in TV
1998 – Designed & distributed stickers, handouts and greeting cards on environmental themes
1999 – Organised a cycle rally & street play involving students on environmental themes
1999 – Organised National Environmental Awareness Campaign (of MOEF) for DTEA School
2001 – Published a number of articles on environmental issues in Tamil magazines
2002 – Founder Secretary Green Circle Delhi (an environmental NGO)
2003 – Conducted Birds Mela , an innovative project to welcome migratory birds in Sanjay Lake
2003 – Organised a painting competition for children about nature and environment
2004 – Conducted a survey and prepared a check-list of birds at Sanjay Lake East Delhi
2005 – Nature camp for Children and residents of Mayur vihar
2005- Organised a Waste to Wealth exhibition
2005 -Article on MIGRATORY BIRDS vis-à-vis BIRD FLU in Vadakku Vaasal, a Tamil monthly from Delhi
2006 – Made a presentation at Tamil Sangam on Environmental Issues in Delhi
2006 – Nature themes poster making competition for Resident welfare association children
2006 – Presentation made to Education ministry to draw the attention to the Sanjay Lake problems
2007 – One day ECO Leadership workshop – Laxmi bai DTEA inter school
2008 – Article on Tiger Conservation in Vadakku Vaasal, a Tamil monthly from Delhi
2009 – Article on Birds migration in Vadakku Vaasal, a Tamil monthly from Delhi
2010 – A research article on BT BRINJAL in Vadakku Vaasal, a Tamil monthly from Delhi
2011- A research article on E-WASTE in Vadakku Vaasal, a Tamil monthly from Delhi
2012- Launched Sparrow Count Project in Delhi