Dr. Surinder Mohan Virmani
Fellow, Elected 1993

Born in Bannu, India on 28 January 1938. Educated at Government High School, Ludhiana, Punjab, 1951-54; Agricultural College Ludhiana, Punjab, 1954-61; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 1961-64; National Institute of Agronomy, Paris, France 1964-65; B.Sc. 1958; M.Sc. 1960; Ph.D. 1964; Post-Doctorate 1965.

Advisor, Indian Resources Information and Management Technologies Ltd. (INRIMT), Hyderabad, 2006 to date.

Professor of Soil Science and Chief Scientist [Dryland Agriculture] Haryana Agricultural University 1971-75; Visiting Scientist, Canadian Department of Agriculture 1973; Visiting Research Fellow, Farming Systems Research Program, 1975-76, Principal Scientist (Agro-climatology) Farming Systems Research Program, 1977-81, and Leader, Farming Systems Research Program, 1981-85 International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Patancheru, A.P. India, Visiting Professor, Evapotranspiration Laboratory, Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas, USA, 1984-85; Principal Agro-climatologist, Natural Resources Management Program, 1986-91, and Team Leader, Agronomy, 1991-98 ICRISAT; Coordinator, ADB-assisted Asian Watersheds Research Program 1999-2001.

Awards/Honours: Lifetime Service Achievement Award, Soil and Water Conservation Society, India; ICRISAT Dedicated Research Service Awards, 1986 and 1996; Chairman, Commission VI, International Union of Soil Sciences, 1994-1998; Member, American Society of Agronomy; National Geographical Society, USA.

Fellow: Indian Society of Soil Science; National Academy of Sciences, India.

Research Areas: Natural resource management, rainfed-dryland agriculture; agro-climatology; sustainable agriculture

Address: Advisor, Indian Resources Information and Management Technologies Ltd. (INRIMT), Hitech City, Hyderabad 500033, Telangana; House # 811 A, Road #41, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500033, Telangana; [Tel: Res. (040) 23547152; Email: virmanism1938@gmail.com]

Foreign Secretary 1 Jan, 2013 to 31 Dec, 2015; Foreign Secretary (casual vacancy), 1 Jan, 2011 to 31 Dec 2012; Foreign Secretary 1 Jan, 2004 to 31 Dec, 2006; Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 2003 to 31 Dec, 2003; Member, Executive Council (Casual Vacancy) 15 Jan, 2002 to 31 Dec, 2002