Prof. Bishwanath Chakraborty
Fellow, Elected 2016

Born in Laheriasarai, Bihar, India on 12 July 1955. Educated at M.L.Academy, Laheriasarai, 1966-71; C.M.College, Darbhanga, 1972-74, Ballygunge Science College, Calcutta University, Kolkata, 1974-76; B.Sc.(Hons),1974; M.Sc.(Botany) specializing in Mycology and Plant Pathology, 1976; Ph.D.1982

Professor, Department of Botany, University of North Bengal, Siliguri, 1998 to date.

Lecturer in Botany, St. Joseph's College, Darjeeling, 1982-84, Lecturer in Botany, Department of Botany, 1984-95, Reader in Botany 1995-98; Head, Department of Botany, 1998-2000 and 2014-15; Dean, Faculty of Science, 2005-2009 and Professor, University of North Bengal, 1998 to date. Deputy Coordinator, SAP-DRS-I, 2002-2007; Director, Centre for Development Studies, NBU, 2005-2009; Vice Chairman, Centre for Floriculture and Agrobusiness Management, NBU, 2005-2009; Programme Coordinator, SAP-DRS-II, 2007-2012.Zonal President (Eastern Chapter), Indian Phytopathological Society, 1996; Zonal Councillor (East Zone), 2009, Vice President, 2010, President-2012, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology. Vice President, Crop Protection Federation, 2012-16; Councillor, International Society of Plant Pathology, 2013-18; Chairman, Regional Research Advisory Committee, Regional Sericultural Research Station, Kalimpong, Central Silk Board, Govt. of India, 2013-17; Vice President, Indian Mycological Society, 2016-2019; President, Indian Phytopathological Society, 2016

Awards/Honours: DBT Long term Overseas Biotechnology Award, 1989-91; Dr.R. L. Narasimha Swamy Memorial Award, 1998; Prof. K. P. V. Menon award, 2003; Guman Verma Memorial Award, 2004, 2008,2010; Researcher Award, 2004; Ram Sakhi Devi Award, 2005; P. P. Singhal Memorial Pesticides India Award, 2005, 2010, 2012,2014; Prof. K.S. Bilgrami Award, 2007, 2010, 2014,2016; Prof. K. Natarajan Endowment Lecture Award,2010; Prof. M.J.Narasimhan Medal, 2011; Dastur Memorial Lecture Award, 2011; P.R.Varma Award, 2013, 2016; Prof. R.P.Purkayastha Memorial Lecture Award, 2014; N.Prasad Memorial Lecture Award, 2014; Prof. A.K.Sinha Memorial Lecture Award, 2016; Prof. S.N.Banerjee Memorial Lecture Award, 2016; Prof. V.P.Bhide Memorial Lecture Award, 2016

Fellow: Royal Society of Chemistry, London; West Bengal Academy of Science; Indian Society of Plantation Crop; Indian Phytopathological Society; Mycological Society of India; International Society for Conservation of Natural Resources; Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology; Indian Mycological Society.

Research Areas: Molecular Plant Immunity, Microbial Biotechnology, Harnessing beneficial microbial resources for crop improvement

Address: Professor, Immuno-Phytopathology Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of North Bengal, P.O. - NBU, Siliguri 734013, W.B.; Upohar Condoville, Flat - 1001, Tower - 05, 2052 Chak Garia, Kolkata 700094, W.B.; [Tel: Off. (0353) 2776337; Cell: 09800266298, 09434715402; Fax: (0353) 2699001; Email:]