Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Dr. B.S. Dhillon NBPGR, New Delhi

Dr. Joginder Singh Memorial Award (Biennial), 1999

Born in Doburji, Tarn Taran, Amritsar, India on 27 June 1947. Educated in Khalsa College Higher Secondary School, Amritsar, 1960-63; B.Sc., Khalsa College, Amritsar, 1963-67; M.Sc., Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, 1967-69; Ph.D., Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1969-74. Post-Doctoral Fellowship; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship, Germany 1976-78; Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellowship, Germany, 1988-89; AvH Europe Fellowship, UK, 1989; University of Hohenheim Fellowship, Germany, 1990.

Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, 2011 to date.

Asstt. Maize Breeder, 1974-79, Maize Breeder, 1979-87, Sr. Maize Breeder, 1988-95, and Director (Seeds), 1995-98, PAU, Ludhiana; Assoc. Scientist, CIMMYT, Mexico, 1993-94; Asst. Director General, ICAR, New Delhi, 1998-2000; Director, NBPGR, New Delhi, 2000-2005; Director of Research, PAU, 2005-2007; Director of Research, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, 2007; Scientist, Institute of Plant Breeding, Seed Science and Population Genetics, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, 2007-11.

Awards/Honours: IARI Gold Medal, 1974; ICAR Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial Prize; 1986-87; Punjab State Council for Science and Technology-Appreciation Certificate, 1990-93; Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding - Dr. Joginder Singh Memorial Prize, 1997-98; Om Prakash Bhasin Award, 2006; Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources - Dr. Harbhajan Singh Memorial Award, 2009-10; DST-J.C. Bose Fellowship, 2013; NAAS - Recognition Award, 2001-02; NAAS - B.P. Pal Memorial Award, 2013-14; Punjab Academy of Sciences - Life Time Achievement Award, 2016; CIMMYT-MAIZE Champion for Asia Award, 2018; Padam Shree, 2019.

Fellow: Indian National Science Academy; National Academy of Sciences, India; Punjab Academy of Sciences.

Research Areas: Plant breeding, quantitative genetics, plant genetic resources, IPR and biotechnology