Dinesh C Sharma is award winning journalist and author with over 30 years’ experience of reporting on science, technology, innovation, medicine and environment related issues for national and international media outlets.
Currently, his columns appear in Mail Today, Indiatoday.in, Rediff.com, DNA and Metro India. In addition, he writes for The Lancet group of journals and other international publications. He is also a contributing author for the Ecological Society of America.
He is an invited speaker at conferences on media, science-society interface, information technology development, ICT for development and health policy issues, besides being guest faculty at leading media training centres. He has spoken at the Yale University, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Observer Research Foundation.
His journalism experience includes covering events like satellite launches, medical and scientific breakthroughs, scientific controversies like GM food and nuclear energy, climate change negotiations. In June 2008, had the privilege of becoming first Asian journalist to go to the Arctic to report on an ongoing international scientific expedition relating to climate change. He has covered several climate change conference, beginning with the UN Conference on Environment and Development at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992.
Some investigative reports done by Dinesh in recent years include expose of corruption in Medical Council of India (MCI), National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), industry nexus in the Food Standards and Safety Authority of India (FSSAI), patent frauds by GM researchers, plagiarism by science academies and defunct research bodies of ICAR and other research councils. All these issues were raised in the parliament and the Supreme Court and government action followed.
Deeply interested in journalism training and mentoring, Dinesh has had long association with the Press Institute of India while it was located in New Delhi. He has designed and taught an online course in Development Journalism at the Asian Center for Journalism, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
Awards and fellowships won by Dinesh include New India Fellowship (2006) instituted by the New India Foundation, Bangalore, National Award for Science Writing in Print Medium (2007) instituted by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and ACE Reporter’s Award (2003) given for coverage of cancer in Indian media by the European School of Oncology, Milan.
Past professional experience includes working for the Press Trust of India, Observer of Business and Politics, The Telegraph, Television Eighteen, India Today Group, CNET.com, Bangkok Post, Global Wireless, Environment Health Perspectives and Asia Business News.
Dinesh has a Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism from Osmania University.