Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 1984

Born in Patiala, India on 19 December 1952. Educated at Baldwin Boys High School and St. Joseph's College, Bangalore, 1963-70; Graduate and Postgraduation, College of Agriculture, PAU, Ludhiana, 1970-77; Ph.D., University of Not tingham, U.K, 1983 J.C. Bose National Fellow and

Adjunct Professor, Indian Insitute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, Punjab, 2015 to date.

Scientist S-1, ICAR, 1977-80; Scientist and Head, Plant Tissue Culture at CIMAP, Lucknow; Scientist F - Plant Biotechnology at CSIR Complex Palampur; Director, CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, 1998-2014; Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), 2014.

Awards/Honours: FIE Foundation Award for Bioresource Development; VASVIK Award, 2005; Street Memorial Lecture Award, 2006 of PTCA of India; Professor R.N.Tandon Memorial Lecture Award, 2006; S. Jaswant Singh Rai Memorial Lecture Award, 2007; Professor Pran Nath Mehra Memorial Award 2007; Birbal Sahni Medal 2009 by The Botanical Society of India; V. Puri Memorial Award of Indian Science Congress 2014; Birbal Sahni Centenary Award cum Birbal Savitri Sahni Foundation Honour, 2015; Nayudamma Memorial Lecture, 2015 CSIRCLRI Chennai; Convocation Address at NDUAT, Faizabad; Visishtha Saman by DAV College Managing Committee & Arya Pradeshik Pratinidhi Sabha. D.Sc. (h.c.) by Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University, Faizabad, 2014.

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India; Indian National Science Academy Research; Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding 

Areas: Plant biotechnology, Crop improvement and Conservation biology of high altitude plants.

Address: J.C. Bose National Fellow & Adjunct Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Sector 81, Knowledge City, P.O. Mauli, Mohali 140306, Punjab; [Tel: Res. (01742) 4010328, Cell: 9418030411; Email:;]