Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 1986

Born in Samrala, Ludhiana, India on 18 February 1940. Educated at Arya High School, Ludhiana, Punjab 1948-55; Panjab University, B.Sc. (Hons) 1959; M.Sc. (Hons) 1962; and Ph.D. 1968; Post Doctorate in Forestry, OxfordUniversity,1972-74.

Vice Chancellor, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan (H.P.), 2009 to date.

Research Assistant 1963-68 and Lecturer Botany 1968-75, Panjab University, Chandigarh; Senior Tree Breeder 1975-81, Solan Campus (HPAU, Palampur); Professor Forestry 1981-89; Director Extension Education 1989-98, and Vice Chancellor, HPAU, Palampur, 1998-2001; Senior Scientific Advisor Biotechnology 2001-04, H.P. Govt.; President, Shoolini Institute of Life Science and Business Management (SILB), Solan,2004-09.

Awards/Honours: Indian Society of Tree Scientists Seth Memorial ISGPB Fellow Directory Award, 1992; Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001, Indian Society of Tree Scientists; Shikhsha Ratan Award for Technical Education, AITMA, 2012; National Education Excellence Award, ASSOCHAM, 2013; Distinguished Citizen of Solan Award, 2015.

Fellow: Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding; International Society of Tropical Foresters, USA; Founder Secretary, Indian Society of Tree Scientists.

Research Areas: Forest Genetics, Agroforestry, Biotechnology

Address: Vice-Chancellor, Shoolini Univesity of Biotechnology and, Management Sciences, Post Box No. 9, Head Post Office, The Mall, Solan 173212, H.P.; Saroj Villa, Officers Colony, Kotla Nala, Rajgarh Road, Solan 173212, H.P.; [Tel: Off. (01792) 308000, 226774; Res. (01792) 221340; Cell: 09816064182; Fax: (01792) 308000; Email:;]