Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding



Fellow, Elected 2005

Born in Bawwa, Rewari, India on 16 May 1963. Educated at Bawwa, Sehore 1970-79; Dayanand College, Hisar 1980; Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, 1980-89; B.Sc. 1984; M.Sc. 1986; Ph.D. 1989.

Director, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, 2015 to date.

Scientist, 1989-96, NAARM, Directorate of Oilseeds Research, CAZRI; Associate Professor/Senior Scientist, RAU, CAZRI, 1996-2004; Principal Scientist, 2004-2010, CAZRI; Visiting Scientist, ICRISAT, 1994, 1996, 2004; Project Coordinator (Pearl Millet), All India Coordinated Pearl Millet Improvement Project (ICAR), Mandor, Jodhpur, 2010-12; Director, Indian Institute of Maize Research, Pusa Campus, New Delhi 2012-15.

Awards/Honours: HAU Merit Fellowship 1980-89; DBT Overseas Fellowship (2006-07); INSA-Royal Society Inter-Academy Fellowship 2002; ICRISAT Visiting Scientist Award 1994, 1996, 2004.

Fellow: Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding

Research Areas: Crop breeding, drought tolerance, seed production

Address: Director, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur 342003, Rajasthan; [Tel: Off. (0291) 2786584; Cell: 09413931805; Fax: (0291) 2788706; Email:;]