Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2022

Born at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on the 21st May, 1965, Dr. S. Geetha, had her school education from Sri Ramakrishna Mutt Vivekananda Centenary Girls’ High School, Chennai (1976 to 1980) and Bentinck Higher Secondary School, Chennai (1980 -1982); She has completed her B.Sc. (Ag.) in 1986, M. Sc. (Ag.) in 1988) in Plant Breeding and Genetics and Ph. D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics in 1996 from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. S. Geetha started her professional career in 1989 as a junior rice breeder at Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute Aduthurai; Sugarcane breeder at Sugarcane Research Station, Sirugamani, (1994-2003); Rice breeder at Anbil Dharmalingam Agrl. College and Res. Inst Trichy in two spells in 2003 to 2010 and 2013 to 2017 respectively; worked in AICRP- MULLaRP, NPRC, Vamban; Professor and Head, NPRC, Vamban (2010-2013); Professor and Head, KVK, Vamban(2011-2012); Project Director for Farm Women Knowledge Centre, ADAC&RI, Trichy(2016-2017);  Dean Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Agriculture College (Affiliated to TNAU), (2017 -2019); Director for Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, TNAU (2019 to 2022) and continue to work as Professor and Head, Department of Pulses, TNAU, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.   Successfully completed 15 University research projects and 10 externally funded projects.

She was recipient several awards and honours which include ICAR junior fellowship (1986 – 1988); Ganga Naidu Medal (2006) for the best Sugarcane Research by MASU; N. Gopalakrishna Medal (1988) by AC&RI, Madurai; MASU Award for the best PG student (1988); Dr. Ramaiah Award for the best Ph. D. Student (1996); M. S. Swaminathan Award for the best Ph. D. thesis (1996); Second prize in “Doubling Farmers’ Income scheme” of TNAU from 2019-2021

Dr. S Geetha made a significant contribution in crop breeding and genetics She has developed 15 crop varieties including rice (5), sugarcane (3), black gram (5), cowpea (1) and groundnut (1); published 70 research articles in various peer reviewed journals, authoring five books, guided 15 post graduate students

The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding feels proud to bestow on Dr. S. Geetha, the fellowship of the society for her outstanding contribution in the field of Plant Breeding and Genetics