Nominations for Fellowship 2020
Fellows Elected 2019
Section I - Crop Sciences
Section II - Horticulture Sciences
Section III - Animal Sciences
Section IV - Fisheries Sciences
Section V - Natural Resource Management
Section VI - Plant Protection
Section VII - Agricultural Engineering and Technology
Section VIII - Social Sciences
Section IX - Frontier Sciences
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Fellows Elected 2019

Dr. (Ms) Rashmi Aggarwal (b 22 Aug, 1960) Head, Division of Plant Pathology, ICAR- Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Rashmi Aggarwal has made significant contributions in elucidating the etiology of wheat diseases. Identified novel toxin ‘Bipolaroxin’ and studied the interactions of cellular and molecular levels for the hemibiotrophism pathogen. She also identified and characterized a novel bio-control agent, Chaetomium globosum. The genome of pathotype of yellow rust fungus was completely sequenced by her along with many others for diagnostic features.

Dr. C. Anandharamakrishnan (b 10 May, 1973) Director, Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur, T.N.

Dr. Anandharamakrishnan has made distinguished contributions in the area of Food Engineering and Technology. Specific mention is made of micro and nano encapsulation of food bioactive compounds and computational modeling in food processing engineering. Dr. Anandharamakrishnan has contributed in scientific literatures with high impact factor and has numerous national and international patents to his credit. The ongoing research on ‘Engineering human stomach and small intestinal dynamic model system’ by Dr. Anandharamakrishnan will help a great deal in food science and technology research in the country.

Dr. Ravish Chatrath (b 18 Apr, 1957) Principal Scientist (Plant Breeding) & Principal Investigator (Crop Improvement), ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal, Haryana

Dr. Chatrath developed 16 wheat varieties with lead role in six varieties including India’s first biofortified wheat WB 2 having high zinc content. He has developed salt tolerant wheat variety KRL 19 and early maturing, heat tolerant varieties DBW 14, DBW 71, DBW 90 and DBW 173. The impact of his varieties is certified by breeder seed indent of 2683.55q during 2016-17, that covers an area of approximately 53,671 ha. He has initiated use of molecular markers in the applied wheat breeding program for developing rust resistant wheat.

Dr. Anup Das (b 18 Mar, 1974) Principal Scientist (Agronomy) & Head (I/C), Division of Crop Production, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya

Dr.  Das has done innovative research in the field of conservation agriculture (CA), organic farming, water saving techniques and climate resilient agriculture. He has developed in-situ resource conservation techniques both for rice and maize fallows for ensuring double cropping in hill eco-system. Multiple uses of harvested rain water, land-use and watershed based farming system models, modified system for rice intensification and raised & sunken bed land configurations for enhancing cropping intensity and water productivity are some of his most significant research contributions.

Dr. Basanta Kumar Das (b 20 Mar, 1966) Director, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata, W.B.

Dr.  Das has made significant contributions in the field of isolation, identification and molecular characterization of major bacterial pathogens of fish. His major products and formulations include CIFA-CURE for controlling bacterial and fungal diseases; a diagnostic kit for Tilapia Lake Virus and an oral antibacterial product. His works on molecular characterization of fish pathogens and vaccine development have wide applications in aquaculture industry. He has disseminated his major research outcomes amongst the stakeholders.

Dr. Tapas Kumar Das (b 3 Nov, 1964) Principal Scientist, Division of Agronomy, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr.  Das has done pioneering research on weed management and conservation agriculture. He has developed innovative management protocols for Phalaris minor, Cyperus rotundus and Parthenium. He has developed a novel triple Zero Till (ZT) system involving direct seeded rice with moong bean residue, wheat with rice residue, summer mungbean with wheat residue as a potential alternative to conventional rice-wheat system, which could be an adaptation-led mitigation to climate change. He has also developed a novel missing row sowing technique for wheat.

Dr. Mukesh Kumar Dhillon (b 20 Jul, 1972) Principal Scientist, Division of Entomology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Dhillon has immensely contributed in understanding the mechanism and inheritance of resistance to insect pests in number of crops. His contributions in population structure of stem borer, induction and genetics of diapauses, identification of diverse source of resistance has led to development of resistant CMS-based production of hybrids for management of shoot fly in sorghum. His contributions towards IPM techniques, evaluation of biosafety of GM-crops, development of double-zero variety of mustard are highly noteworthy as this will lay a foundation for testing the technologies in future.

Dr. Abdelbagi M. Ismail (b 1 May, 1958) Principal Scientist, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

The research contributions of Dr. Ismail have significantly advanced the understanding of molecular and physiological bases of tolerance of several abiotic stresses, including tolerance of flooding during germination, vegetative stage, and stagnant floods, and in developing phenotyping tools, markers and varieties. Further his work has contributed to cloning and characterization of SUB1, its subsequent introgression into NILs and their characterization. He discovered, cloned and patented a dehydrin gene associated with tolerance of cold temperature during germination in Cowpeas. He published over 190 articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Ismail has supervised students for Ph.D. and MSc degree.

Prof. Pawan Kumar Joshi (b 18 Jun, 1975) Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Prof. Joshi has made excellent contributions in the application of Remote Sensing and GIS for natural resource management, including forest/vegetation/LULC characterization and climate change. His landmark contribution is preparation of ever first Vegetation Cover Type database and the first model for Biome Mapping of India. He employed these works to assess biome boundary shifts under IPCC climate change scenarios. He is globally acknowledged for immense contributions to LULC dynamics and forest ecosystem studies.

Prof. Sunil Kumar Khare (b 4 Aug, 1960) Associate Dean (R&D) & Professor of Biochemistry, Enzyme and Microbial Biochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi

Prof. Khare’s research has been focused on microbial enzymes, their structural and molecular characterization, immobilization and application such as food detoxification removal of anti-nutritional factors from foods, bio-remediation of heavy metals (especially mercury) with simultaneous nano-particle synthesis from remediated metals. His current contributions are in deciphering molecular basis of nano-particles toxicity and developing ionic liquid based green process for one pot pre-treatment and fermentations of lignocellulosic biomass.

Dr. Akhilesh Chandra Kulshreshtha (b 23 Mar, 1946) Former Addl. Director General, Central Statistical Organisation, New Delhi

Dr. Kulshreshtha has made significant contributions towards the advancement of statistical sciences in both theory as well as practice. His research on statistical designing of agricultural experiments particularly in the areas of balanced and partially balanced incomplete block designs, balanced block designs with unequal replications, response surface designs and biological assays are globally recognized and cited. He has also made seminal contributions towards strengthening of National Statistical System in general and the system of National Accounts in particular. His contributions towards input-output transaction tables and methodology for advanced estimates of gross domestic products have made a significant impact towards the improvement of National Statistical System.

Dr. (Ms) Sushila Maan (b 23 Feb, 1969) Professor and Head, Department of Animal Biotechnology, College of Veterinary Sciences, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS), Hisar, Haryana

Dr. Sushila Mann has made significant contribution in the area of Blue Tongue Virus (BTV) including development of innovative next generation sequencing techniques and identification of seven new Orbivirus species. She has developed advanced molecular diagnostic systems for pathogens of livestock and wildlife importance, leading to isolation and identification of new BTV sero types for the first time in the country. The responsive molecular strategies of virus strain identified and developed by Dr. Mann would greatly improve the diagnosis and efficacy of the present vaccines to protect against risks posed by the changing compliment of viruses, leading to improved animal health and livelihood of livestock farmers in the country. She is the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Bio-CARE women scientists award by DBT.

Dr. (Ms) Kambham Madhavi Reddy (b 14 Aug, 1962) Principal Scientist, Division of Vegetable Crops, ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Dr. Madhavi Reddy developed four chili hybrids resistant to powdery mildew and chilli mosaic virus using the Cytoplasmic- Genic Male Sterile (CGMS) lines identified by her. She was also involved in evolving three commercially popular tomato hybrids with multiple disease resistance and four high yielding brinjal hybrids resistant to bacterial wilt. She is the recipient of ICAR outstanding inter-disciplinary team research award as team leader.

Dr. Devendra Tarachand Mourya (b 3 Jun, 1956) Director, National Institute of Virology, Pune, Maharashtra

Dr. Mourya has done extensive studies on vector borne diseases of public health importance in addition to vector biology, host pathogen relation and genomic analysis of some of the most important zoonotic diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis etc. Dr. Mourya has provided his expertise in developing state of the art BSL 3 and BSL 4 laboratories for addressing medical emergency of highly infectious vector borne diseases. Dr. Mourya and his team detected Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) category 4 virus for the first time in the country. He has to his credit the discovery of several novel viruses. His role in active surveillance and diagnosis of first four cases of Zika virus in the country is laudable.

Dr. Swarup Kumar Parida (b 26 May, 1979) Staff Scientist IV, National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi

Dr. Parida is instrumental in developing novel concepts on highly-informative novel genic and genomic microsatellite and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers for designing and database development in an array of crops (rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, barley, Brassica, sugarcane and chickpea). He utilized them for understanding genome structure and evolution, molecular diversity and domestication pattern, variety identification, construction of high-resolution genome maps, gene mapping and trait association analysis.

Dr. Debasis Pattanayak (b 6 Aug, 1967) Principal Scientist, ICAR-National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi

Dr. Pattanayak has made significant contribution towards development of non-coding RNAi based gene silencing technologies for potato improvement. These techniques have successfully been employed to develop cold chipping, dwarf and late blight resistant transgenic potatoes. The cold chipping lines developed by him accumulate low level of reducing sugars resulting in prevention of browning of chips made from cold stored potatoes. He also contributed in development of late blight tolerant symmetric inter specific potato somatic hybrids. He accomplished DNA finger printing based genotypic characterization and cultivar identification of Indian potato cultivars as well as advanced potato hybrids.

Dr. Tapan Jyoti Purakayastha (b 2 Mar, 1964) Pricipal Scientist, Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Purakayastha has developed protocol for ideal soil health card and decision support system for on-line assessment of soil health. While working on assessment of C‑sequestration potential in cropping system, he established that rice-potato-wheat system imparted higher stabilization SOC than the maize-potato-onion system. For the first time Brassica carinate cv. DLSC 1 had been identified by him as the most promising phytoextractor for Zn, Pb and Ni, while Brassica juncea cv, di-ammonium phosphate emerged promising for reducing the soil arsenic load by 34%.

Dr. Bakshi Ram (b 1 Jul, 1959) Director, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore, T.N.

Dr. Bakshi Ram has developed six early and four mid late maturing sugarcane varieties, that now occupy 16.62 lakh hectares (56.76%) in sub-tropical India (Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarkhand and Bihar). The variety, Co 0238 covered more than 14.75 lakh ha (50.36%) area in sub-tropical India and improved average cane yield from 10.8 t/ha (UP) to 13.8 t/ha (Bihar) and sugar recovery from 0.65% (Punjab) to 1.43% (UP). The increase in yield and sugar recovery translate to an additional income of ~Rs. 66.930 billion and ~Rs. 28.032 billion to farmers and sugar industries, respectively. Four Extant (Co 86249, Co 89029, Co 98014, Co 0124) and three New (Co 0118, Co 0237, Co 05011) Varieties have been registered with PPV&FRA, New Delhi. He has more than 270 publications to his credit.

Dr. Hosahalli Ramaswamy (b 13 Nov, 1950) Professor, Department of Food Science, Macdonald Campus, Canada

Dr. Ramaswamy is recognized internationally for his innovative and novel approaches to food process evaluation and optimization which have stimulated new research for the improvement of various food processing applications in conventional and novel forms (retort-pouch, agitation and aseptic processing, microwave, radio frequency and ohmic heating). He has established a state-of-the art high pressure processing facility at McGill and contributed internationally for ensuring food safety and enhance food quality retention. Dr. Ramaswamy has more than 20 prestigious awards including the Fellow of Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Ramaswamy has visited India every year to interact with institutions and introduced the FDA approved Better Process Control School in India. Dr. Ramaswamy has 375+ papers in high impact journals.

Dr. Dinabandhu Sahoo (b 9 Oct, 1961) Director, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable, Development, Imphal, Manipur

Dr. Sahoo has made significant contributions towards sustainable management and utilization of bioresoures. He has developed technologies for the use of algae as a feedstock for integrated production of food bioethanol and other valuable products. He is currently involved in study of different types of fermented food and bioresources utilization of North‑East India. He has also unraveled the biology of a number of economically important seaweeds which resulted in commercial cultivation of seaweed in India. He has also established a North East Microbial Repository.

Dr. Arun Kumar Singh (b 17 Nov, 1962) Principal Scientist & Head, ICAR-Research Complex for Eastern Region, Research Centre Ranchi, Ranchi, Jharkhand

Dr. Singh made significant contribution through development of several varieties / hybrids of solanaceous and cucurbitaceous vegetable crops. The bacterial wilt resistant F-1 hybrids of brinjal and tomato are popular and grown on commercial scale. These varieties are occupying a large area under cultivation especially in Eastern India that made substantial improvement in the income of the farmers. Dr. Singh also received several awards including the prestigious award of ICAR Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award.

Dr. Krishna Pratap Singh (b 7 Jan, 1972) Principal Scientist, AMD, ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal, M.P.

Dr. Singh has made pioneering contribution in development and commercialisation of equipment relating to production and primary processing of minor millets. Development and commercialization of Vivek thresher for threshing, pearling and dehulling of millets has made good impact already, sold over 2400 units worth more than 300 lakhs rupees. He has also contributed significantly in development of numerous tools and machinery for pre and post-production mechanisation of millets and other crops in the country. Dr. Singh has significant number of quality publications and has been bestowed with numerous honours and awards for his contributions.

Dr. Kunwar Harendra Singh (b 12 Feb, 1968) Principal Scientist (Genetics & Plant Breeding), ICAR-Directorate of Rapeseed Mustard Research, Sewar, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

The salient research achievements of Dr. Singh include development of hybrid mustard technology in Indian mustard (Brassica juncea L.). First mustard hybrid “NRCHB 506”, three Indian mustard varieties (NRCHB 101, Giriraj and NRCDR. 601) and enhancement of rapeseed-mustard germplasm through developing ten genetic stocks including six of B. juncea, two of B. carinata and one each of B. napus and B. campestris var. yellow sarson, formulation of guidelines and descriptor of 102 rapeseed-mustard varieties for the conduct of DUS test of four oilseed Brassica species have been special attainments. The variety NRCHB 101 has been the fourth highest indented variety with a share of 5.77% during 2015-16 and has become a vehicle for expansion of mustard production in non-traditional regions of north eastern and southern states.

Dr. (Ms.) Neera Singh (b 12 Aug, 1965) Principal Scientist, Division of Agricultural Chemicals, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Neera Singh has evaluated role of management practices like compost, biochar and fly ash amendment in minimizing downward mobility of pesticides in agricultural soils and suggesting their possible role in preventing pesticide leaching. Low cost adsorbents like pyrolyzed materials from agro-wastes & fly ash can be used as low cost adsorbents for pesticide removal from water. Dr. Neera has also worked on environment friendly phytoremediation and biological degradation strategies to mitigate pesticides in environmental components using plants and microorganisms.

Dr. Ranjay Kumar Singh (b 20 Apr, 1974) Principal Scientist (Agricultural Extension), Division of Technology Evaluation and Transfer, ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana

Dr. Singh has made significant contributions for understanding the livelihoods of marginal communities and proposing more practical frameworks to uplift these people. His praise worthy contributions include mobilising communities to improve the sustainable management of biodiversity, prior informed consent method to safeguard the IPR of bioculturage knowledge and evolving approaches of adaptation to mitigate climate change effects on marginalised populations. Added to these achievements, he has to his credit many prestigious awards and honours.

Dr. Raman Meenakshi Sundaram (b 23 Aug, 1972) Principal Scientist (Biotechnology), Crop Improvement Section, ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad, Telangana

Dr. Sundaram has significantly contributed towards development and application of molecular markers for improvement of several agronomically important traits in rice. He has developed a high-yielding, bacterial blight resistant, fine-grain type rice variety possessing low glycemic index, named improved Samba Mahsuri, possessing three major BB resistance genes, xa21, xa13 and xa5 through marker-assisted selection (MAS). The new variety is being enthusiastically cultivated by farmers in several Indian states in an area of ~1,30,000 ha. The genes and molecular markers identified by Dr. Sundaram are widely used by various rice researchers across the world and the breeding lines developed by him are being used by different Indian rice research groups as donors for various traits. Dr. Sundaram has published more than 125 high impact research articles in international and national journals or repute and has authored / co-authored many books/book chapters, technical bulletins and popular articles.

Dr. Priyabrat Swain (b 18 Sep, 1965) Pricipal Scientist & ICAR National Fellow, ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Dr. Swain has contributed significantly in development of five disease diagnostic kits; preparation of over a dozen of nanomaterials for use as nanonutrients and nanocoatings on aquaculture gadgets and antimicrobial water remediation; and development of a commercial formulation, Immunoboost-C for improving maternal immunity and immunomodulation of fishes thereby improving brood fish health and 30% increase in carp seed production; development of a live attenuated vaccine for Aeromoniasis in fishes.  He has also identified a male specific protein marker for rohu for offseason identification/segregation of male fish in non-breeding seasons. Besides publication of large number of scientific research papers he also possesses three patents. He has been a recipient of Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award of ICAR besides several other awards and honours.

Dr. Bhupendra Nath Tripathi (b 22 Jul, 1962) Director, National Research Centre on Equines, Hisar, Haryana

Dr. Tripathi has made outstanding contribution in the area of para-tuberculosis in animals with regard to host-pathogen interaction, cellular pathology, development of homologous experimental models and highly specific serological and molecular diagnostics. His work on experimental pathogensis of para-tuberculosis has added new dimension on pathogenesis and diagnosis. He has for the first time discovered that the salmonella pathogenicity island 2 is required by serotype Dublin for the induction of both systemic and enteric salmonellosis in calves. His recent work on the development of models for understanding equine influenza pathogenesis, functional genomics and testing the protective efficacy of vaccine candidates has been globally appreciated. His studies based on analysis of Genome wide codon usage patterns of equine influenza viruses provided explanation of extinction of H7N7 viruses and improved understanding of factors involved in viral adaptation, evolution and their fitness towards their host.

Dr. Amrish Kumar Tyagi (b 13 May, 1963) Head and Principal Scientist, Animal Nutrition Division, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana

Dr. Tyagi has made significant contribution in the area of animal feeding and management. His work on Ration Balancing Program, strategically supplementing the limiting nutrients at farm-gate level has helped in enhancing the income of the livestock farmers substantially. The technology of anionic mineral mixture for supplementing to dairy cattle has been widely acclaimed and has been commercialized to many feed industries. His work on value addition of animal produce through feeding strategies has helped in enhancement of conjugated linoleic acid in goat and buffalo milk which is important for human health benefits. He has also done exclusive work on detoxifying glucosinolates in mustard cake for feeding animal.

Dr. Sudesh Kumar Yadav (b 2 Jan, 1976) Scientist-F, Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali, Punjab

Dr. Yadav has significantly contributed in the area of plant metabolic engineering and nanobiology for crop improvement and production of value added molecules. He has developed low caffeine Kangra jat tea through silencing of caffeine synthase gene. He has proved that three genes CsF3H, CsDFR and CsANR from tea play important role in yield enhancement and stress tolerance. He has provided first evidence of epigenetic regulation of flavonoid biosynthesis and antioxidant pathway during salinity stress. Dr. Yadav has published 120 research papers, 11 patents and developed 5 technologies so far.