Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2004

Born in Kharibil, Cuttack, India on 20 April 1962. Educated at Laxmi Narayan High School, Eranch, Cuttack, 1972-78; Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, 1978-80; Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, 1980-85, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1985-91; B.Sc. 1985; M.Sc. 1987; Ph.D. 1992.

Secretary to Government of India, Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE) and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, 2016 to date.

Scientist, 1992-99, Senior Scientist, 1999-2005, and Principal Scientist, 2005-12, National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi; Director, Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha, 2012-15; Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 2015-16.

Awards/Honours: INSA Young Scientist Award, 1994; INSA Prof. L.S.S. Kumar Memorial Award, 1994; NAAS-Tata Young Scientist Award, 2001; IARI B. P. Pal Memorial Award, 2002; DBT National Bioscience Award, 2003-04; NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award 2007; Indian Science Congress Platinum Jubilee Lecture 2014; Indian Genetics Congress Lifetime Achievement Award 2014; Associate Editor, BMC Genetics, 2011 to date; Associate Editor, Journal of Genetics, 2012-14.

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

Research Areas: Molecular genetics and genomics.

Address: Secretary, DARE & Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi 110001; [Tel: Off. (011) 23382629, 23386711, Cell: 7840000542, 9868872890; Fax: (011) 23384773; Email:;]

Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 2016; Recognition Award, 2013-2014