Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 1975

Born in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India on 28 August 1942. Ph.D., Indian Agric. Research Inst., New Delhi, 1964-68. Commonwealth Post-Doctorate Fellow, Univ. College of Wales, Aberystwyth ,UK , 1968 - 70 .

Executive Secretary, Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), 1993 to date; Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, 2002 to date and Chairman, Haryana Farmers' Commission, 2010 to date. Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi, India, 1985-87; Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR, 1987-92; Regional Plant Production and Protection Officer, FAO-RAPA, Bangkok, Thailand, 1992-94; Secretary, Department of Agric. Research and Education, GOI and Director General, Indian Council of Agric. Research, 1992-01; Chair, Global Forum on Agricultural Research (1998-2002); Head, CGIAR Program for Central Asia & Caucasus, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 2001-2007; Assistant Director General (Int. Coop.), ICARDA, 2007.

Awards/Honours: Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Prize, 1982-83; ICAR Team Research Award, 1983-84; Fedn. of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award, 1988; Om Prakash Bhasin Award, 1992; Asia Pacific Seed Assn. Award, 1995; FAO World Food Day Award, 1995; Padma Bhushan, Govt. of India, 1998; Gen. President, Indian Science Congress Association, 2000-2001; D.Sc. (h.c.), Ohio State Univ., I.A.R.I., and Agricultural Universities of Pantnagar, Kanpur, Jorhat, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Udaipur, Varanasi, Srinagar, Meerut, Bhubneshwar,
Ludhiana and Dharwad; Gold Medal 2006, Armenia; Borlaug Award, 2006; Agriculture Today Lifetime Achievement Award 2008; 1st Dr. A.B. Joshi Memorial Award, 2012; Prof. Kannian Memorial Award, 2012; Gold Medal from Govvernment of Vietnam, 2012; Krishi Siromani Samman by Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. 2013.
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Fellow: Indian National Science Academy; Indian Academy of Sciences; Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Third World Academy of Sciences; Academies of Agricultural Sciences of Armenia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Hon. Member of Crop Science Society of America and Agronomy Society of America.

Research Areas: Genetics & plant breeding, cytogenetics, biometrical genetics, genetic resources management

Address: Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, Avenue II, IARI Campus, New Delhi 110012; C-597, Sushant Lok - 1, Gurgaon 122002, Haryana; Vill. & P.O. Sardhana, District: Ajmer, Rajasthan; [Tel: Off. (011) 65437870; Res. (0124) 2577486; Cell: 09810191486; Fax: (011) 25843243; Email:;]