Dr. Jagdish Kumar
Foreign Fellow, Elected 2003

Born in Nalag, India on 1 March 1946. Educated at Government Middle School, Namhol, 1953-60; Govt. High School, Jukhala, 1960-62; Himachal Agricultural College, Solan, 1962-67, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1967-69; University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada 1969-73.

Vice President, Research & Development, Ruchi Hi-Rich Seeds Pvt. Ltd., Indore.

Teaching Assistant University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 1971-73; Assistant Professor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, 1973-77; Principal Chickpea Breeder and Molecular Biologist ICRISAT, Patancheru 1977-2005; Pulses Specialist, Winrock International (USAID), Ishurdi, Bangladesh 1984-85; Pulses Breeder, Agrodev Canada (CIDA), Dhaka, Bangladesh 1991-94; Chickpea Breeder and Molecular Biologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Agriculture Environmental Renewal Canada, Delhi, Ontario and Kemptville, Ontario, 2001-2004. Principal Soybean Breeder and Leader Soyfood Program, Sevita International Corporation, Inkerman, Ontario, Canada, 2004 to 2016 and Leader, India-Canada Joint Venture on Soybean Improvement: Ruchi High-Rich Seeds Limited, Indore, M P, India.

Awards/Honours: Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Gold Medal, 1967, Crop Improvement Award, 1991, Jenna Reddy Venkat Reddy Award 2001, International Research Award of the North American Pulse Improvement Association 2001, Millennium Best Scientist Award, ICRISAT 2001, Banagladesh-ICRISAT Cooperation Award 2002, CGIAR-World Bank King Baudouin Award 2002, and Member Scientific Advisory Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada 2013.

Fellow: Indian Society of Genetics; Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development.

Research Areas: Plant genetics, breeding, molecular biology, soybean nutraceuticals, science management

Address: Vice President, Research & Development, Ruchi Hi-Rich Seeds Pvt. Ltd., 101, The Horizon, 1st Floor, 11/5 South Tukoganj, Nath Mandir Road, Indore 452001, M.P.; [Tel: (0731) 4767982; Cell: 7225015188; Email: jagdishkumar46@gmail.com; Jagdish_kumar@hirichseeds.com]