Prof. Siddapura Ramachandrappa Niranjana
Fellow, Elected 2012

Born in Bahddurghatta, Chitradurga (District), Karnataka, India on 20 July 1959. Educated at Government Science College, Chitradurga B.Sc.1984; MSc.1986; M. Phil. 1987; Ph.D. 1994 from University of Mysore; Diploma in Seed Pathology 1998 at DGISP, Denmark.

Vice-Chancellor, Gulbarga University, Kalburgi, Karnataka, 2015 to date.

Coordinator-Monitoring Institution of Excellence for "Biodiversity and Bioprospecting of Sustainable Development" University of Mysore; Principal investigator DST, DBT, UGC, Projects; and Coordinator for DST-FIST, and DANIDA Seed Pathology Training Programme, UGC-DSA Programme; Professor of Biotechnology, Department of Studies in Biotechnology, University of Mysore, 2003-15. Visiting Scientist, DGISP, Denmark, Cooperative Programme Leader for Bangladesh Agriculture University, Bangladesh, China Agriculture University, Beijing, China, Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Kathmandu, Nepal, Sokoine Agriculture University, Tanzania, Vietnam Agriculture University, Vietnam. Chairman DOS in Biotechnology (2007-2009), University of Mysore; Member, UGC Expert Committee for Special Assistance Programme; Subject Expert Committee UGC PG Diploma and Interdisciplinary Courses in Universities; UGC Expert for the affiliation of Private University; NAAC member for the affiliation for Universities; BOA/BOS, selection committees; UOM vision group.

Awards/Honours: Sir. C.V. Raman Young Scientist Award, 2009; K.P.V. Menon Best Paper Award, 2009; P.R. Verma Award, 2008; P.P. Singhal Memorial Pesticide India Award 2007; V.P. Bhide Memorial Award Lecture 2004. Vice President, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology 2004; President, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology 2011; South Zone President IPS-2007; Joint Secretary, Society for Promotion and Innovation of Biopesticide, 2008 to date; Organizing Secretary, Asian Congress of Mycology and Plant pathology 2002; South Zone Conference Indian Phytopathological Society, 2007; National Conference on Mycology and Plant Pathology 2008; Organiser, APSA sponsored Seed Health Training, 2009.

Fellow: National Academy of Biological Sciences; Danish Institute of Seed Pathology, 2008; Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, 2006.

Research Areas: Molecular Plant pathology; Biotechnology; Seed Science and Technology; Biological control

Address: Vice-Chancellor, Gulbarga University, "Janan Ganga", Kalaburagi 585106, Karnataka; #122, 21st Cross, Vijaya Nagara III Stage, Mysore 570017, Karnataka; [Tel: Off. (08472) 263200, 263201; Cell: 8197077637; Fax: (08472) 263205; Email:;]

Recognition Award 2013-2014