Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding



Fellow, Elected 1979

Born in Doburji, Tarn Taran, Amritsar, India on 27 June 1947. Educated at 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 Fellowships: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship, Germany 1976-78; Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellowship, Germany, 1988- 89; AvH Europe Fellowship, UK, 1989; Univ. 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; Dr Harbhajan Singh Memorial Award, 2009-10; DST J.C. Bose Fellowship, 2013.

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 bio technology

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