Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding



Fellow, Elected 1999

Born in Ghazipur (U.P.), India, on 30 June 1947. B.Sc. (Ag.) Gorakhpur University, 1967; M.Sc. (Ag.) 1969; Ph.D., 1973, Banaras Hindu University.

Vice-Chancellor, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 2015 to date.

Junior Plant Breeder, R.B.S. College, Agra, 1973-75; Scientist (S-1/S-2), Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, 1975-78; Plant Breeder-cum-Reader, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar 1978-81; Project Coordinator (Linseed) 1981-86, OSD (Technology Mission on Oilseeds) 1986-88, Assistant Director General (Seeds) 1988-94; Assistant Director General (Policy & Perspective Planning) 1994-97, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), 1997-2003 and Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education, GOI & DG, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, 2003-09; Member/Vice President, Board of Governors viz IRRI, ICRISAT, CIMMYT, Biodiversity Board, Rome, IIM, Benglauru, etc. varying between 2-7 years.

Awards/Honours: D.Sc. (h.c.) from 16 universities.

Fellow: A number of professional bodies

Research Areas: Genetics, plant breeding, seeds, management, policy and perspective planning

Address: Vice-Chancellor, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar 263145, Uttarakhand; Kalindi Kunj, N-8/180 A-B, Ganesh Dham Colony, Newada, P.O. Sunderpur, Varanasi 221005, U.P.; Delhi address: H-6, Pusa Apartments, Sector-15, Rohini, New Delhi 110085; [Tel: Off. (05944) 233333, 233500; Res. (05944) 233621; Cell: 9868630033, 09473199162; Fax: (05944) 233500; Email:;]