Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2021

Born at Talai, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh (India) on 29th Nov., 1972 Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj got educated at Govt. Sr Sec School, Talai,Primary, 1978-1983; Govt. High School, Namhol, Matric, 1987-88; Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Bilaspur, 10+2, 1989-90; Dr. YS Parmar University of Horti. & Forestry, Solan, B.Sc (Horti.), M.Sc. (Vegetable Science) &Ph.D (Vegetable Science), 1990-1999.

Dr. Vinay started his professional career as Scientist with ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla on 22.11.1999 and presently working as Principal Scientist, Division of Crop Improvement and Seed Technology in the same institute till date.

Awards/ Honours: AwardedDr. S. Ramanujam Award (2012-15) for Outstanding Research and Leadership & Best worker award (2017) by ICAR-CPRI, Shimla. He has been Awarded Fellow of major professional societies viz., Indian Academy of Horticultural Sciences (IAHS), Indian Potato Association (IPA) & Indian Society of Vegetable Sciences (ISVS). He got best paper/ poster awards (17) by various professional societies.

Research Areas: Potato conventional and molecular breeding; Biotic stress breeding; MAS.

Major research contribution: Developed 17 potato varieties. Registered 15 elite potato genetic stocks with ICAR-NBPGR, N. Delhi. Published 87 research papers in high NAAS rated journals and total publications >200 covering wide subject areas. Organized national & international trainings (14) as co-ordinator/ convener. Handled >25 projects as PI & Co-PI. Handling collaborative project (Rs. 2.06 crores) on GENOME EDITINGfunded by ICAR-NASF as Consortia Principal Investigator (CoPI). Handling extra-mural project (Rs. 35 Lakhs) on GENOME-WIDE MAPPINGfunded by SERB (DST) as PI, besides handling the ICAR-BMGF funded project (Rs. 2.00 crores) for improving the genetic gain in Indian staple crops (Potato) as PI

He established linkages with >30 public and private institutions for commercialization of ICAR-CPRI technologies and generated revenue of about Rs >3.0 crore as Incharge. ITMU Cell. He got international exposures in Germany, China, Indonesia, Peru, Bangladesh, Canada etc.

The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding feels proud to bestow on Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj the Fellowship of the Society for his outstanding contributions in Potato Genetics and Breeding.