Dr. Kolluru Venkata Butchi Ramalinga Tilak
Fellow, Elected 1991

Born in Berhampur, Ganjam District, Orissa, India on 26 September 1941. Educated at S.V.High School, Peddapuram, Andhra Pradesh, 1955-56; P.R.Govt. College, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, 1956-60; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1960-62; Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 1962-66; B.Sc. 1960; M.Sc., 1962; Ph.D. 1966; Post-Doctoral Research in Germany (1966-68; 1980-81, 1986); USA (1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991).

Emeritus Scientist, Dept. of Botany, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana 2013 to date.

Scientific Pool Officer, CSIR; Associate Professor & Soil Microbiologist, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture &Technology, Pantnagar, U.P., 1969-76; Senior Microbiologist & Principal Scientist, 1976-2001, Division of Microbiology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; Project Coordinator, Biological Nitrogen Fixation ICAR, 1987-89; Coordinator of Indo-US Science & Technology Initiative Senior Scientific Panel on Biological Nitrogen Fixation and Biofertilizers 1984-91; Professor of Microbiology 1992; Project Director, National Centre of Conservation & Utilization of Blue-Green Algae, 1992-94 and Head, Division of Microbiology 1989-91 & 1993-2001, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; Emeritus Scientist, CSIR, 2002-07; Principal Investigator, UGC Major Research Project, 2007-2009, Osmania University, Hyderabad; NASI-Senior Scientist, Platinum Jubilee Fellowship, Osmania University, Hyderabad, 2009-2013.

Awards/Honours: Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation Fellow, Germany (1980-81, 1986); Prof. S.R. Vyas Memorial Award, Association of Microbiologists of India, 1996; IARI Best Teacher Award, 2000; Late Prof. Uma Kant Sinha Memorial Award, Indian Botanical Society, 2004; AMI Platinum Jubilee "Life Time Achievement Award" in Microbiology, 2013; Life Time Achievement Award, PGPR Society, 2014; Life Time Achievement Award in Life Sciences at 3rd Global Sustainable Biotech Congress held at North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, 2014; Dr. M.V. Shantaram Memorial Lecture Award, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad, Telangana, 2014. General Secretary, 1990-92 & President, Association of Microbiologist's of India, 1997; Steering Committee Member, TDDP, DBT; PAC, SERC, DST; Resource Expert, NBAIM, Mau, 2005-11; Member, QRT, ICAR,IISS, Bhopal and Chairman, QRT, (NBAIM), 2012-13; Member, SRC, NRCS, Indore, 2011-15; Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Indian Botanical Society, 2004-2009.

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India; National Academy of Biological Sciences, India; Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences; Indian Botanical Society; Association of Microbiologist's of India

Research Areas: Soil (Agricultural Microbiology), Biofertilizers, Biopesticides, Soil-plant-microbe interactions, Microbial biotechnology, Organic Farming, PGPR's

Address: Emeritus Scientist, Department of Botany, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana; D-111 & 112, May Flower Park, Mallapur, Nacharam, Hyderabad 500076, Telangana; [Tel: Res. (040) 27173715, Cell: 09885023138; Email: tilakkvbr@yahoo.com; tilakkvbr@gmail.com]

Dr. K.C. Mehta Memorial Award, 2009-2010