Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 1995

Born in Urmar, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India on 28 March 1933. Educated at Govt. High School, Tanda-Urmar (Hoshiarpur), 1942-48; DAV College, Jalandhar, 1948-52; Birla Science College, Pilani, 1953-55; Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, North Dakota State University, Fargo, USA, 1967-71; B.Sc. 1952; M.Sc. 1955; Ph.D. 1971.

Assistant Professor, 1974-76, Geneticist, 1976-80 and ICAR National Fellow (Professorial Chair), 1980-88, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; Assistant Director General (Food Legumes), ICAR, 1989-92; Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), ICAR, 1992-93; National Coordinator, FAO/UNDP Project on Grain Legumes and Coarse Grains in Asia, 1990-93; FAO Projects for R&D of Grain Legumes for Bhutan and LAO PDR, 2001-02; Lead Consultant (Grain Legume Production), FAO, Myanmar, 2002-04; Chairman, Research Advisory Committee of Indian Institute of Pulses Research 1999-2002; Chairman, Quinquennial Review Team (QRT), All India Wheat Improvement Project 1996; Chairman QRT, All India Small Millets Improvement Project, 2002.

Awards/Honours: Rockefeller Foundation Award, 1967-71; Sukumar Basu Memorial Award, 1986; Indian Society of Pulses Research & Development, Gold Medal, 2001.

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

Research Areas: Crop genetics and breeding (food legumes and cereals)