Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 1972

Born in Kaleke, Faridkot, India, on 1 September 1930. Educated at Khalsa College, Amritsar, B.Sc. 1949; Punjab Univ., M.Sc. 1951; Univ. of California, Riverside, USA, Ph.D., 1966. Chairman, Akal Academies, Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh, India. Prof. and Head, Dept. of Plant Breeding, 1968-79, Dean, College of Agric, 1979-83, Dir. of Research, 1983-87, Dir., Extension Education, 1987-89 and Vice-Chancellor, 1990-93 Punjab Agric. Univ., Ludhiana; Member, Board of Trustees, CIMMYT, Mexico, 1987-93.

Awards/Honours: Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial Prize, 1976; PAU Cash Prize, 1978; ICAR Team Research Award, 1980; FICCI Award, 1985; Great Son of the Soil, All India Conf. of Intellectuals, 1991; Padma
B h u s h a n , 1 9 9 2 .

Fellow: Indian National Science Academy; Founding Fellow, Third Wor ld Academy of S c i enc e s . 

Research Areas: Development of disease resistant and high yielding varieties of wheat (bread wheat, durum wheat, triticale), linseed and sesame; development of high yielding and disease resistant hybrids of pearl millet; collection, evaluation and utilization of germplasm of wheat and related species; genomic relationships in Linum species

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