Nominations for Fellowship 2019
Fellows Elected 2018
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 2018

Dr. Purushothaman Chirakkuzhyil Abhilash (b 20 May, 1978) Assistant Professor, Institute of Environment & Sustinable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P.

Dr. Abhilash has developed simplified analytical methods for the biomonitoring of pesticide residue in plant and soils, and also guidelines for their safe use and minimizing pesticide pollution. He developed suitable models for using marginal and degraded lands in the country for biomass and bioenergy production and on nanoencapsulation of pesticides.

Dr. Dharam Pal Abrol (b 6 Feb, 1959) Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Chatha, Jammu, J & K

Dr. Abrol has immensely contributed in the area of insect pollination of crops, conservation of natural wild pollinators and efficient management of honeybee diseases and their enemies. He has also contributed in pest management of several crops. His research contributions have been recognized by several academic societies at the national level. Dr. Abrol has authored 14 books, published over 200 original research papers and is recipient of Young Scientist awards of DST and INSA.

Dr. Suresh Chandra Babu (b 9 May, 1961) Senior Research Fellow and, Head of Capacity Strengthening, DGO, IFPRI, Washington DC, USA

Dr. Babu has made notable contributions to the theory and applications of economic principles to solving agricultural policy problems in India and several other developing countries. His research on the impact of school feeding programmes, economics of soil fertility, food and nutrition security monitoring, bio-fortification and market integration have provided valuable inputs to policy makers. Dr. Babu has contributed immensely in capacity building of young social scientists in policy analysis.

Dr. Subhash Chander Bhardwaj (b 12 May, 1960) Principal Scientist and In-charge, ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat & Barley Research, Regional Station, Flowerdale, Shimla, H.P.

Dr. Bhardwaj has made significant contribution in wheat pathology. He has been associated with development of four wheat varieties released for North-West/East Plains Zone, registered 35 diverse rust resistant genetic stocks of wheat and detected more than 55 new pathotypes of Puccinia species on wheat and barley. He has identified two recessive genes in Agra local and studied genetics of rust resistance of 30 wheat lines. He has sequenced 100 mb genome of Puccinia triticina and P. striiformis. He has around 150 research publications to his credit and has been a visiting scientist to Bread Wheat Programme of CIMMYT, Mexico.

Dr. Kajal Chakraborty (b 24 Dec, 1973) Senior Scientist, Marine Biotechnology Division, ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin, Kerala

Dr. Chakraborty has made significant contributions in extraction of bioactive molecules from marine organisms for development of value added products and symbotic microorganisms as therapeutic agents, dietary supplement and for health management. He has played a significant role in developing and commercialisation of neutraceutical products viz. green mussel extract, algal extract and anti diabetic from sea weeds as alternatives to synthetic drugs. The commercialisation of the products can increase the demand for green mussels and sea weeds. His work on fish nutrition, polyunsaturated fatty acid chemistry and nutritional biochemistry will significantly contribute towards mariculture and human health.

Dr. Siba Prasad Datta (b 2 Mar, 1963) Principal Scientist, Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Datta has developed a protocol for risk assessment of metal-contaminated soil by integrating the solubility of metals and their transference to human food chain. He developed a portable, low-cost digital Pusa Soil Test Fertilizer Recommendation Meter that brings soil testing at the farmers doorstep and also formulated novel micronutrient fertilizer products Zn and B-loaded nano-clay polymer composities. For the first time he developed a sequential fraction scheme for soil B compatible with colorimetry.

Dr. Raghavan Dinesh (b 21 Apr, 1965) Principal Scientist, ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Marikunnu PO, Kozhikode, Kerala

Dr. Dinesh has made significant contributions on plant-microbe interaction and their influence on nutrient cycling and nutrient use efficiency in soils under perennial horticultural crops. He developed micronutrient and PGPR formulations for black pepper, ginger, turmeric and cardamom. These formulations have enhanced yields by 20-25 % and have been licensed to many private agencies for large scale production. He has also developed a smart and novel delivery system for agriculturally important microbes through encapsulation.

Dr. Nawal Kishore Dubey (b 1 Jul, 1957) Professor, Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P.

Dr. Dubey has significantly contributed in the area of post-harvest entomology. He has proposed for the first time the strategy on application of volatiles from higher plants (essential oil formulations) as fumigants in storage containers. Some chemically characterized novel synergistic formulations of essential oils have been developed proven efficacy in food systems in storage containers as plant based preservatives and shelf life enhancers. These formulations have the potential to serve as safer alternatives to synthetic pesticides. He is Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (FNASc) and has been awarded fellowships under Exchange of Scientists Programme.

Dr. Govindjee (b 24 Oct, 1933) Former Professor, Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA

Dr. Govindjee is a world authority on Photosynthesis. He is a pioneer in the use of chlorophyll a fluorescence in understanding the physiology and biochemistry of plants and algae. His major discoveries are on the very primary events in photosynthesis, on the evolution of the Z-scheme of photosynthesis, on the theory of the origin of thermo-luminescence (afterglow), on the relationship of chlorophyll a fluorescence transient to specific reactions of photosynthesis, and, most importantly, on the discovery of the unique role of “bicarbonate” in the “Z”-scheme of photosynthesis, and on ways to increase biomass and bio-productivity. Dr. Govindjee has published more than 350 widely-cited research papers, is a coauthor of a major and highly acclaimed book “Photosynthesis”, and has coedited 5 major books on various aspects of Photosynthesis.

Dr. Andreas Graner (b 5 Oct, 1957) Execuitve Director, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Germany

Dr. Graner is a pioneer in barley genomics, his firsts include development of RFLP maps, large scale ESTs and EST-derived SSR and SNP markers and arrays as well as mapping of various traits. Pursuing genome wide association studies in barley, his team has recently decoded inflorescence patterning and genetic architecture of plant stature. He was recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters in 2015. A leader in ex situ conservation management and in Triticeae Genomics with partners in 30 different countries, Prof. Graner has played an important role both in advancing agricultural science research in India as well as development of world class human resources from India, training / employing 57 Indian scientists / PhD Students / graduate students at IPK, Germany, between 2012 and 2016.

Dr. (Ms) Seema Jaggi (b 11 Sep, 1965) Principal Scientist, Division of Design Experiments, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Jaggi is actively involved in research, teaching, training, guidance and advisory services in Agricultural Statistics. She has made significant contributions in the areas of designs of experiments, informatics and statistical genomics. Her major contributions are in developing designs and analytical methodologies for agroforestry experiments, diallel cross experiments, test vs control treatment comparisons for varietal trials, estimating direct and neighbour effects of treatments in neighbour designs, crossover trials, factorial experiments and response surface designs. She has also developed web solutions/online software for generation of many designs which are being used worldwide by the users.

Dr. P.D. Kamala Jayanthi (b 16 Jul, 1968) ICAR National Fellow, Division of Entomology & Nematology, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore, Karnataka

Dr. Kamal Jayanthi working on recognition and specificity in insect-plant interactions made significant contributions in the identification of pheromones for use in insect traps resulting in the development of cost effective and eco-friendly pheromone traps for monitoring fruit flies. Her research also led to formulation of kairomone blends for enhancing fertile egg laying capacity of silkmoths. Based on the role of phyto-semiochemicals in insect-plant relationships, their use for strengthening IPM practices for managing horticultural pests has become possible. She has the credit of having been elected to Fellow of Royal Entomological Society in 2016, besides several national awards.

Dr. Samit Kumar Nandi (b 2 Jan, 1967) Professor, Department of Veterinary Surgery & Radiology, West Bengal Univerfsity of Animal & Fishery Sciences, Kolkata, W.B.

Dr. Nandi has contributed significantly in the area of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology. His work in orthopaedic biomaterials, marine mollusc biomolecules as osteogenic inhibitor and novel immunostimulator/ immunomodulator, and local antibiotic delivery systems for the treatment of osteomyelitis in animal model will have immense impact in complicated animal and human orthopaedic patients. He also developed orthopaedic biomaterials and cements, marine-based biomaterials, dental implants, and autologous bone marrow grafting. His contributions will have tremendous impact in orthopaedic surgical interventions not only in animals but in humans as well.

Dr. Girdhar Kumar Pandey (b 15 Feb, 1972) Professor, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi

Dr. Pandey has contributed immensely in the area of signal transduction in relation to abiotic stresses in plants. Some of his major contributions include identification and functional characterization of phosphatase gene family in Arabidopsis and rice, and identification of novel calcium transport elements and development of transcriptomic database in relation to calcium and potassium deficiency in rice, leading to development of technology for salt and drought stress resistance in crop plants. He has several US patents to his credit.

Dr. Sudhakar Pandey (b 4 Jan, 1969) Principal Scientist, ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi, U.P.

Dr. Pandey made significant contributions in the improvement of cucurbitaceous vegetables viz. Musk Melon, Ash Gourd, Ridge Gourd and developed seven varieties. He also developed a downy mildew resistant genetic stock B-159 of snap melon and a carotenoid rich SA-90 of Pumpkin. Dr. Pandey also published several research papers in high impact factor research journals and his contribution has been well recognized.

Dr. Ranjit Kumar Paul (b 25 Apr, 1982) Scientist (Agricultural Statistics), ICAR-IASRI, New Delhi

Dr. Paul has significant contributions in the area of statistical modelling. He has successfully implemented the technique of wavelet analysis for detection of trend as well as for investigating the local and global variation in climate with respect to different scales. He has major contribution in modelling price volatility both theoretically and empirically. Dr. Paul has developed some hybrid forecasting models for forecasting volatile agricultural commodity prices and showed their superiority over traditional forecasting models. Besides recipient of young scientist awards from two professional societies, he also received NAAS Young Scientist Award.

Dr. Sharat Kumar Pradhan (b 6 Jan, 1967) Principal Scientist, Crop Improvement Division, ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha

Dr. Pradhan has developed a series of outstanding rice varieties for veritable agro-ecologies of the country. His top 10 varieties include 5 for irrigated, 4 for lowland and 1 for upland settings, annually adding over Rs. 150 crore to the rice economy. Breeder seed production of these varieties has swelled to over 10 tonnes per year. Dr. Pradhan’s strategic research has contributed significantly to the development of cold and high temperature tolerant rice genotypes and creation of durable bacterial blight resistant donor parents.

Dr. Navin Kumar Rastogi (b 16 Mar, 1968) Senior Principal Scientist, Department of Food Engineering, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, Karnataka

Dr. Rastogi has contributed toward the application of Chemical Engineering principles for process and product development in the area of Food Technology. His contributions specifically relate to process and product development such as virgin coconut oil, spray dried coconut milk powder, beverage from tender coconut and coconut spread from coconut. He has done pioneering research in the area of non-thermal techniques. His work has been duly recognized by professional bodies.

Dr. Avverahally Thammanna Sadashiva (b 20 Jun, 1957) Principal Scientist & Head, Division of Vegetable Crops, ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, Katnataka

Dr. Sadashiva has made significant contributions in the improvement of solanaceous vegetables viz. Tomato, Brinjal and Chilli. Triple disease resistant tomato variety Arka Rakshak developed by him is extremely popular and is occupying large area under cultivation in South India that made the significant improvement of livelihood security of farmers.

Dr. Sakuru Venkata Sai Prasad (b 21 Jun, 1967) Principal Scientist & Head, ICAR-IARI Regional Station, Indore, M.P.

Dr. Sai Prasad has played leading role in developing four improved durum wheat varieties –Poshan, Pusa Mangal, Pusa Anmol, and Pusa Tejas, reviving the durum wheat economy in Central India. Towards augmenting our nutritional security, his variety Poshan was included in Nutri-Farm Scheme of GOI. Further, he was associated with the development of sixteen other improved wheat varieties. Through several national and international competitive research grants, Dr. Sai Prasad has identified and pyramided rust resistance genes both in durum and bread wheats.

Dr. Joseph Selvin (b 3 Feb, 1972) Associate Professor and Coordinator, Department of Microbiology, Pondicherry University (Central University), Puducherry

Dr. Selvin has carried out pioneering research on the exploitation of bioactive molecules for aquatic animal health management. Vibrio pathogens of shrimp have been addressed by an antivibrio therapeutic obtained from the marine sponge-associated bacteria and has been commercialized as a shrimp feed ‘Falkoshrimp’. He is the first to have studied biosurfactants and poly- hydroxyl butyrate, their biosynthesis and degradation intermediates produced by marine bacteria associated with sponges. He also developed a selective media “the marine sponge agar” for cultivating these hard-to-grow marine sponge- associated bacteria that are endosymbionts and used the functional metagenomic approach to exploit bioactives and defense molecules. The development of the Vibrio bioluminescence reporter assay is noteworthy as the technology finds application in pollution studies where the luminescence decreases in the presence of metal pollutants such as lead, zinc, copper and mercury in the water.

Dr. Rajan Sharma (b 1 Aug, 1970) Principal Scientist, Dairy Chemistry Division, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana

Dr. Sharma has contributed significantly in the area of milk quality and analytical dairy chemistry. He has developed simple and rapid methods for ascertaining the quality of milk viz., detection of detergents in milk, strip based tests for detection of common adulterants such as neutralizers, urea, glucose, hydrogen peroxide and maltodextrin. Most of the technologies have been commercialized. His contribution on detection of various analytes in milk like aflatoxins and betacasomorphin-7 using aptamer as ligand is a pioneering work. He has also won several prestigious awards.

Dr. Brij Bhuwan Singh (b 25 Jan, 1955) Former ADG, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi

Dr. Singh had developed 14 improved widely-adopted varieties of different pulse crops and registered 13 novel genetic stocks. Leading a NFSM project, he helped magnify the breeder seed production of pulses in the country from 7000 q in 2005-06 to 14600 q in 2008‑09. He had used wide hybridization tool to breed innovative plant types having better photo-thermo insensitivity traits in mungbean and urdbean, including mungbean variety IPM205-7, maturing just in 52-55 days with yield potential of 1.0-1.2 tonnes/ha, released for the first time for rice-wheat and rice-rice systems, which, alongwith IPM 02-3 and IPM2-14, has boosted mungbean cultivation in newer niches.

Dr. Putan Singh (b 31 Oct, 1960) Principal Scientist, Animal Nutrition Division, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly, U.P.

Dr. Singh has contributed significantly in the field of Animal Nutrition. He has developed and commercialized cold processing technology for the preparation of urea-molasses-mineral block, feed block making machine, thresher-cum-straw treatment machine and tractor driven portable feed block maker. These technologies improved the utilization of crop residues and non-conventional feeds as complete feeds for livestock enhancing the productivity and profitability of livestock farmers.

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Singh (b 1 Jul, 1961) Senior Scientist - II / Senior Rice Breeder, Plant Breeding Genetics and Biotechnology, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

Dr. Singh has pioneered the development and release of first ever salt tolerant rice variety CSR10, followed by 5 more, occupying maximum salt-affected rice  area in India, as also the first ever sodicity tolerant Basmati CSR30. He leads IRRI’s world salinity breeding program and has facilitated the development of salt-tolerant varieties in Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh, besides in India. Leading development of multiple stress tolerant rice varieties using MAS, Dr. Singh has developed permanent mapping populations for salinity stress, Zn deficiency, and Fe toxicity, and has standardized screening protocols for salinity, sodicity, and iron-toxicity tolerance.

Dr. Ram Ran Bijoy Singh (b 5 Jan, 1960) Joint Director (Academic) & Director, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana

Dr. Singh has contributed significantly in the area of developing industrially adaptable processes for the manufacture of long-life traditional Indian Dairy products by using innovative technological interventions. He has also developed processes for harnessing high value milk bioactives and manufacture of functional foods. Some of the technologies developed by him have been commercialized. He has three patents and has received several awards.

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh (b 13 Oct, 1966) Head, Division on Fruits & Horticultural Technology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Singh made outstanding contribution in the improvement of fruit crops. Early maturing grape varieties developed by him are very popular among the growers. Similarly, techniques and protocol of in-vitro screening for salinity and disease tolerance in grapes and citrus developed by him are extremely useful for development of varieties combating the abiotic and biotic stresses. Dr. Singh also published several research papers and his contribution has been well recognized.

Dr. Vinod Kumar Singh (b 1 Oct, 1972) Head, Division of Agronomy, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Singh has made significant contribution on soil health appraisal and restoration involving geo-spatial fertility delineation, Site Specific Nutrient Management (SSNM) and inclusion of legumes in cropping systems. His cited research on SSNM has a great significance on addressal of multi-nutrient deficiencies, enhancing nutrient use efficiency and improving yield and profits under different cropping systems. He standardized diversification of rice-wheat through inclusion of cowpea and/or short duration pigeonpea and established greater role of legumes in reducing sub-surface compaction, enhancing organic matter accumulation and minimizing NO3-N leaching.

Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari (b 1 Jan, 1955) Professor and Head, Agricultural and Food Engineering Department and, Rural Development Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (W.B.)

Prof. Tewari has contributed significantly in farm machine design, Ergonomics & Human Engineering and Precision Agriculture. He has developed designs of number of farm machines such as IIT Puddler, Cono Weeder, Drum Seeder, Integrated Anthropometer, agri mower etc. These machines have been patented and successfully commercialized. He has guided a large number of Ph.D and M.Tech students. He has been duly honoured by professional bodies.

Prof. Indu Shekhar Thakur (b 24 Feb, 1956) Professor & Former Dean, School lof Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Prof. Thakur has made significant contribution on bioremediation, bioconversion and detoxication of natural and organic compounds in industrial effluent, municipal waste, agricultural waste and sequestration of carbondioxide by carboxylating enzymes for biofuels and biochemicals production by biorefinery processes and surfactants having insecticidal properties.

Dr. Vinod (b 22 Oct, 1962) Principal Scientist & Professor, Division of Genetics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Vinod is the discoverer of apical lethality genes in wheat, apd1 and apd2, helping in understanding the death of plants in many crosses. A new fertility restoration gene for T. timopheevii cytoplasm, Rf8 discovered by him, is used in hybrid wheat project. Robust molecular markers for wheat rust resistance genes as well as 25 cpSSR primers are credited to him. Using molecular markers for both background and foreground selection, he has transferred multiple rust resistance genes in elite wheat varieties such as HD2967, HD2733 and HD2932. Dr. Vinod has developed 13 wheat varieties, which have been released for different agro-ecological conditions of India, including WR544, the only variety recommended for very late (upto mid January) sowing.

Dr. Chinnusamy Viswanathan (b 4 Jun, 1969) Plant Physiology, Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Plant Physiology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Viswanathan has made brilliant contributions to discovery and elucidation of abiiotic stress signaling pathways. His discovery of “Inducer of CBF Expressive 1 (ICE1)” and contributions to the elucidation of the “ABA signaling pathway” have paved novel ways of improving crop yield under stress using orthogonal receptors and novel chemicals that mimic ABA. He has contributed to decipher novel proteins involved in miRNA biogenesis pathway, and proposed a method to engineer expression of a sub-set of miRNAs. He has also contributed to the identification of useful promoters, genes and traits for improvement of abiotic stress tolerance of crops.