Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Fellow, Elected 2013

Born in Harsi, Himachal Pradesh, India on 23 January 1963. Educated at Govt. High School, Harsi, 1968-76; GHS, Sari Molag, 1977-78; BR College Agra, B.Sc. Agri. (Hons.), 1983; HPKV, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh; M.Sc. 1986; Ph.D. 1989; PG Dip. (HRD), 1998; PG Dip. (Env. Sci.), 2001; SCAU, China, Post Doctorate, 2003.

Head, Division of Germplasm Evalution, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Pusa Campus, New Delhi, 2014 to date.

Research Associate, HPKV, Palampur, 1987, 1989-90; Scientist Fellow, CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, 1990-91; Scientist, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources New Delhi, 1991-93; Senior Scientist & Principal Scientist, NBPGR Regional Station Shimla, 1994-2014.

Awards/Honours: ICAR-MS Swamninathan Award for Outstanding Research on Hill Agriculture, 2015; Dr. R.B. Ekbote Prize for Otstnding Research in Plant Breeding; IIFS Bharat Jyoti Award, 2013; Best Citizen Award, 2013; SAGES Recognition Award, 2012; PDF Fellowship, MHRD, 2003; ICAR-NARC Visiting Scientist, 2000; ICAR-UNDP Fellowship,1984. Member, HP State Biodiversity Board, 2008 to date; Member, Research Advisory Group, HFRI (ICFRE), 2009 to date; Member, Advisory Group, Indian Himalayas Climate Change Adaptation Programme, 2012 to date.

Fellow: Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding; Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources; Society for Advancement of Human and Nature; Shimla Amateur Garden and Environment Society

Research Areas: Plant Genetic Resources Management; On-farm Conservation; Climate Change

Address: Head, Division of Germplasm Evaluation, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Pusa Campus, New Delhi 110012; EA 125, Inderpuri, New Delhi 110012; [Tel: Off. (011) 25848074; Cell: 09540534697, 09418104185; Fax: (011) 25842495; Email:;;]