Dr. Jaswant S. Kanwar
Fellow, Elected 1991
Born in Kherakalmot, Hoshiarpur, Punjab on 10 December 1922. Educated at Primary and Middle School Kherakalmot, 1928-34 and Santokhgarh, 1934-36; Govt. High School, Garhshankar, 1940; F.Sc. (Agric.), Khalsa College, Amritsar; B.Sc. (Agric.), Punjab Agricultural College, Lyallpur, 1944; M.Sc. (Agric.) 1950, Punjab Univeristy; Ph.D., Adelaide, Australia 1953; Post Doctorate 1957-58, State Universitiy of California and of Ohio (USA).
Lecturer-cum-research Assistant, Punjab Agricultural College, Lyallpur, 1944-47 and Government Agricultural College, Ludhiana, 1947-50; Colombo Plan Research Fellow, Waite Agricultural Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia, 1950-53; Assistant Professor, 1953-55, Professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science, 1955-62, First Director of Research, and Dean, Agricultural College (Hisar) 1962-66, PAU Ludhiana; First Deputy Director General (Soil Agronomy, Water and Engineering), ICAR, 1966-73; First Deputy Director General, ICRISAT, 1973-88; worked as Advisor, Consultant, Member and Chairman, Committees of FAO, UNESCO, UNDP, World Bank, ADB, USAID at International level and also of ICAR and SAUs at national level in India.
Awards/Honours: Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial Award, 1967; Borlaug Award, 1977; International Fertilizer Development Century Club Award, 1983; International Society of Soil Science Honorary Membership Award, 1990; Platinum Jubilee Honour for Lifetime Achievement in Soil Science, 2009; Recognized Distinguished Service to Rainfed Farming by the Indian Society of Dryland Agriculture, 2010; Doctorate of Science, HAU, Dr. Y.S. Parmar University, Solan, 1988 and PAU, Ludhiana, 2012; Deputy Director General (Emeritus), ICRISAT; President, Indian Society of Soil Science, 1977-78; President, International Society of Soil Science, 1978-82.
Fellow: Indian National Science Academy, (Council Member), 1977-80
Research Areas: Soil science, soil fertility, dryland agriculture, crop production, and soil & water management
Address: 17 Krishi Nagar, ICRISAT Colony, Phase II, Hashmerpet Road, Secundrabad 500009, Telangana; [Tel: Res. (040) 27755104, Cell: 09396265204]
Vice-President 10 Mar, 1997 to 31 Dec, 1999; Member Executive Council 1 Oct, 1992 to 16 Feb, 1997; Dr. K. Ramiah Memorial Award, 1993-1994