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Senior Scientific Councilors

Dr. V. L. Chopra, New Delhi, India

Born in Adhwal, India on August 9, 1936. Educated at Ramjas School, Delhi, 1947-51; Hindu College, Delhi 1952; Central College of Agriculture, Delhi, 1952-55; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1955-57; Institute of Genetics, Edinburg, Scotland, UK, 1964-67; B.Sc. 1955; Assoc. IARI, 1957; Ph.D. 1967.

Prof. of Genetics, 1970-84, and Head, Division of Genetics, 1977-80, IARI, New Delhi; Director, National Biotechnology Centre, New Delhi, 1985-90; Chief Technical Adviser, FAO, Vietnam, 1990-91; Director General, ICAR & Secretary to Government of India, 1992-94; National Professor B.P. Pal Chair, National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi, 1994-2002; Member, Planning commission, Government of India, New Delhi, 2004-09.

Awards/Honors: Borlaug Award, 1983; Padma Bhushan, 1985; FICCI Award, 1986; Watumull Foundation, USA Honor Summus Medal, 1987; O.P. Bhasin Award, 1987; Food Day Award, 1993; ISCA Birbal Sahni Birth Centenary Award, 1997; INSA Silver Jubilee Commemoration Medal, 1991; INSA Aryabhat Medal, 2001.

Fellow: Indian National Academy; National Academy of Sciences, India; Indian Academy of Science; European Academy of Arts, Science and Humanity; Third World Academy of Sciences.

Research Areas: Plant Biotechnology, crop genetics and breeding.
Dr. Kirti Singh, New Delhi, India

Born in Jaunpur, India on May 26, 1934. Educated at Central Hindu School, Varanasi 1948-50; Government Agricultural College, Kanpur 1951-55; University of Florida, USA, 1958-62; B.Sc. 1955; M.S. 1960; Ph.D. 1962.

Chairman, World Noni Research Foundation; Scientists Pool Officer 1962-63; Vegetable Specialist, Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar 1963-65; Associate Professor/Vegetable Botanist, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana/Hisar, 1965-70; Professor and Head, Department of Vegetable Crops, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, 1970-77; Dean of Agriculture, Narendra Deva University of Agricultural and Technology, Faizabad (UP); Vice-Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palmpur, 1989-93, Vice-chancellor, Indira-Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur 1993-95; Member, 1995-98 and Chairman, 1998-99, Agricultural Science Recruitment Board; Advisor, Government of Nepal Establishment of Agricultural University, 1995; FAO Consultant in Cambodia 1999.

Awards/Honors: Leonard Vaughan Award of Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 1961; Hort. Society of India Gold Medal 1993; D.Sc. (h.c.) TNAU, 2000; PNASF Gold Medal 2002; Purvanchal Rathna Award, 2003; Senior Vice-President, Hort. Society of India; HIS Shiv Shakti Life Time Achievement Award, 2007; World Wellness Open University Life Time Achievement Award, 2008.

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India; Indian Potato Association; Indian Society of Vegetable Science; Horticultural Society of India; National Academy of Biological Science.

Research Area: Vegetable Science.

Dr. S. Bisalaiah, Bangalore, India


Born in Maddur Village, Chamarajnagar District, Karnataka, India on February 15, 1938. Educated at Masters degree in Economics, University of Mysore, 1961; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1975.

Assistant Professor/Associate Professor and Professor, University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore; Registrar and Vice-Chancellor, UAS, Bangalore; Coordinator, Project Planning and Monitoring Cell, UAS, Bangalore; Visiting Professor, Planning Commission chair, University of Mysore; Member, Academic and Administrative Audit Committee, Bangalore University; Member, Karnataka State Science and Technology Academy; Chairman, Karnataka Agriculture Price Commission; Chairman, B.M.S. college pf Engineering and B.M.S. College for Women; Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, World Bank Forestry Project, Nigeria; Thrice Consultant to F.A.O. (Rome), U.N. Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, Bangkok; Once Consultant to World Bank, and F.A.O.; Once Consultant to Asian Development Bank.

Dr. R. Dwarakinath, Bangalore, India


Born in Doddaganjur, Chintamani Taluk, Karnataka on September 9, 1926. B.Sc. Agri Mysore University, 1949; M.S.-Extension Education, University of Tennessee, USA, 1960; Ph.D. – Extension Education, Cornell University, USA, 1973.

Soil Survey Officer, Bhadra Reservoir Project, Shimoga, 1949-1950; District Agriculture Officer (Probationer), State Dept of Agriculture, 1950-52; Extension Keyman, Pilot Extension Project; (Ford Foundation) Malavalli, Mandya dist, then Project Executive Officer, NES Project, Malavlli, 1952-1956; Principal, Pilot Training Centre, (Ford Foundation) Mandya, 1956-1958; Asst. Prof. of Agronomy-Extension, Agricultural College, Bangalore, 1958-60; Director of In-service Training, Govt. of Karnataka. 1960-64; Principal, Orientation and Study Centre, Hyderabad, GOI, 1964-65; 1965 to 1973 Director of Extension, University of Agricultural Sciences, Karnataka, 1965-73; Director of Agriculture, Govt. of Karnataka, 1973-79; Vice-chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Karnataka; 1979-81; Chief Technical Adviser, FAO, Indonesia, 1981-87;

Tasks and Assignments :Resource person to the Danida Appraisal Mission on Farm Women Extension programme in Madhya Pradesh, 1990; Team Leader of Danida study group to identify training needs of the project staff of MAPWA – Madhya Pradesh Women in Agriculture, 1991; Member, State Planning Board, Karnataka, 1992-99; 1995 - Member, Bio-diversity Conservation Group, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science under the project of the Karnataka Council for Science and Technology, 1995; Chairman, Fifth Research Review Committee, Indian Coffee Board, 1996; Member, Research Council, Central Silk Board, India 1997-2011; Resource Person, WYTEP (Danida), Karnataka, 1998; Resource Person, MAPWA (Danida) Madhya Pradesh, 1998; Chairman, Karnataka Agriculture Commission, 2000; Chairman, AME Foundation, Bangalore, 2002 -to date.

Awards/Honours: Rajyothsava Award, Karnataka; National Extension Award, Indian Society of Extension Education; “Sir M. Visvesvaraya Senior Scientist State Award" October 2004; “Lifetime Achievements Award” by Indian Society of Extension Education, January 2005; 2008 “Lifetime Achievement Award” by International Society of Extension Education, Sep’ 2008.

Dr. G. K. Veeresh, Bangalore, India


Born on April 4, 1934. Educated at B.Sc. (Agri), Mysore University, 1957; M. Sc.(Agri), IARI, New Delhi, 1960; Ph.D., UAS, Bangalore, 1973; Postgraduate Fellow at Rothemsted Experimental Station, U.K. and Oregon State University, Corvallis. USA, 1975.

Lecturer, Agricultural College, Hebbal, Bangalore, 1961-1967; Assistant Professor, UAS, Bangalore, 1967-1975; Professor, Department of Entomology, UAS, Bangalore, 1975-1982; Senior Professor, Department of Entomology, UAS, Bangalore, 1982-1986; Head, Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, UAS, Bangalore, 1986-1994; Special Officer for establishment of new Colleges under UAS, Bangalore, 1988-1993; Director of Instruction (Agri), UAS, Bangalore, 1988-1993; Dean, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, 1993-1994; ICAR Emeritus Scientist at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, 1994-1995; Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Head, University Administration, University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, 1995-1998; Member, National Agriculture Technology Project-Coastal system, 1998-2000; Member, R.P.C., NATP, New Delhi, 2000; Member, Karnataka Agricultural Commission; Chairman, High Power Committee on Farmers Suicide, Government of Karnataka, 2001-2002; Chairman, Minimission on organic farming, GOK, 2004.

President, Association for Promotion of Organic Farming 2000 to date.

ICAR Scientific Panel Entomology, 1978-79; ICAR Quinquenmial Review Team on Tobacco, 1981-82; Karnataka Forest Advisory Board, 1984-85; ICAR Scientific Panel Education, 1986-88; Central Insecticide Board, Carbamate Group, 1988; Tea Research Association of India- Scientific Advisory Board, 1988-90; R&D Advisory Committee, Rallis India Limited, 1990-92; Scientific Advisory Committee, Ministry of Commerce (Plantation), Government of India, 1991; National Research Council (U.S.A), Committee on Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Co-operative Research Programme- Washington, 1991-92; R & D Advisory Committee, EID Parry (India), 1993-94; ICAR Quinquennial Review Team. Central Plantation Crops Research Institute and AICRP on Palms, 1993-94; ICAR Dean’s Committee for developing curriculum for Agriculture, 1993-94; Rajiv Gandhi Foundation on Biocontrol, 1994; ICAR Quinquennial Review Team National Centre for Integrated Pest Management Directorate, 1994-95; Member, Assessment Committee of Central Coffee Research Institute on Pest and Diseases, 1994-95; ASRB (ICAR): Nominated to act as Chairman on the Departmental Promotion Committee in the discipline of Entomology for two years, 1995-96; Chairman, ICAR Quinquennial Review Team on AICRP Biological control, 1998-99; Director, Board of Directors, Nagarjuna Agriculture Research & Development Institute, 1998-2000; Chairman, Review of Oak Tassar Silk – Central Sericulture Board, 2000; Member, Monitoring and Evaluation of World Bank Project – NATP –IPM, 2001-03; Founder Member International Partners for Sustainable Agriculture (IPSA) Washington, 1998; Chairman, International Union for Biological Sciences – Commission on Social Insects, 1986-90; Vice-Chairman, International Soil Science Society Commission-D-Soil Zoology, 1984-88; President, Indian Society of Soil Biology and Ecology, 1976-90; President, International Union for Study of Social Insects – Indian Chapter, 1990; President, Alumni Association, UAS, Bangalore, 1990; President, Association for Promotion of Organic Farming (Rg), 1996; President, Arboriculture Association of India (Rg), 2000 to date

Dr. M. Mahadevappa, Bangalore, India


Born in Madapura, Karnataka, India on August 4, 1937. Educated at Government Primary School, Madapura, 1948; Government Boys Middle School, Chamarajanagar, 1952; Municipal High School, Chamarajanagar, 1955; Sharada Vilas College, Mysore, 1957; B.Sc., Agricultural College, Bangalore, 1960; M. Sc. And Ph.D., Agricultural College, Coimbatore, 1960 and 1965.

Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Seed Instruction, 1993-94; Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, 1994-2000; Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi, 2001-02. Director, JSS Rural Development Foundation, Ramanuja Road, Mysore, to date.

Awards/Honours: KKM Award, 1972; Hooker Award, 1981; Karnataka Government Rajyothsava Award, 1984, 1984; Nagamma Dattathreya Award, 1989; Sir Chotu Ram Award, 1996; Basava guru Karunya Award-Ilkal, 1996; Bharat Ratna Sir. M. Vishweshwarayyya Memorial Award, 1999; Padma Shri, 2005; Lifetime Achievement Award, Agriculture Leadrship Award, 2009.

Fellow: National Academy Of Sericulture Sciences; National Academy of Biological Sciences; Indian Society of Genetic and Plant Breeding; Indian Society of Seed Technologists; Indian Science Writer’s Association.

Research Areas: Genetics, Plant Breeding, Seed Technology, Parthenium Weed Control.

Dr. P.G. Chengappa, Bangalore, India


Born in Kodagu district, Karnataka, India on February 11, 1952. Educated at B.Sc. (Agri.), Agriculture College Dharwad, 1973; M.Sc. Agricultural Economics, UAS, Bangalore, 1976; Ph. D., Agricultural Economics, IARI, New Delhi, 1990.

Capacities of Director of Instruction (Agri.), UAS, Bangalore; Registrar and Director of Student Welfare, UAS, Bangalore; Professor and Head of Agricultural Marketing, UAS, Bangalore; Director of Instruction (Agri.), UAS, Bangalore; Vice-chancellor, UAS, Bangalore; Professor, UAS, Bangalore

Research Assistant at the Dry land Agricultural Research Project of the UAS; Agricultural Economist, Indian Coffee Board; Associate Professor of Agricultural Marketing, Associate Professor, UAS, 1980; Professor and Head Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, 1983; Socio Economist, Interjiatipnai, Plant Genetics Research Institute.

Agricultural Economist, CGIAR; Visiting Scientist, IRRI, Manila, University of Reading, College pf Wales Aberystwyth, United Kingdom; Vice-President, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics; Vice-President, Agricultural Economics Research Association, New Delhi; National Professor, ICAR, 2007

Visiting Scientist, International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad (1995); Consultant at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Manila (2001); Facilitator, DSE, Feldafing, Germany to an international training course on Agricultural Marketing (1997); Socio Economist, IPGRI South Asia Office, New Delhi, 2002-03; Consultant, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington (2005-06).

Instrumental in UAS receiving the ICAR's Sardar Patel best Agricultural University award.

Prof. R.S. Deshpande, Bangalore, India

Born in India. Educated at B.Sc. (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry); M.A. (Economics, Econometrics, Mathematical Economics); Ph.D. (Economics) Marathawada University, Aurangabad (1967-73).

Currently he is Director of Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.

Member, Editorial Board, Indian Development Review, New Delhi, 2008; Member, Management Council of Bombay School of Economics, Mumbai University, Mumbai, 2007-08; Member Editorial Board, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Mumbai, 2001-2007; Member, Academic Council and Trustee, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi 2006 onwards; Member, Management Committee, National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Planning, 2005 onwards; Chairman of the session on Liberalisation, Domestic Price Agricultural Growth, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, 2004; Member, Editorial Board, Agricultural Economics Research Review, New Delhi, 2001-03; ICAR Nominee, Research Advisory Council, Central Plantation Research Institute, Kasargod. 2004; Managing Editor, Journal Social and Economic Development, ISEC, Bangalore. 2005-06; UGC Nominated Expert on Special Assistance Programme of Shivaji University, Kolhapur 2000-2005; UGC Nominated Expert on Special Assistance Programme of Kerala University, Trivandrum, 2000-2005; Vice President, Indian Society of Labour Economics, New Delhi. 2001

Vice-Chairman, WTO Cell, Government of Karnataka, 2008; Convener Expert Group for Preparing Manual for Comprehensive District Agricultural Plan, Planning Commission, Government of India, 2007-08; Member, Sub-Committee on Stagnation in Productivity of major crops in India of the National Development Council Government of India (Chairman: Hon. Shri. Navin Patnaik) 2007; Member, Research Advisory Committee of National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NCAEPR), New Delhi, 2007-08; Member, Research Advisory Committee of Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi, 2007-08; Member, Research Advisory Committee of Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute, Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textile, Government of India, Mysore, 2007-10; Chairman, Drafting Committee on Karnataka’s Agricultural Policy, 2006; Chairman, Expert group on Revising the Farm Management Scheme, Government of Karnataka, 2005-06; Member, Mini Mission on Agricultural Marketing, Credit and Food Processing, Govt of Karnataka, Bangalore, 2004; Member, Agricultural Prices Commission, Govt of Karnataka, Bangalore, 2004-2006 onwards; Member, Expert Committee for Investigating into the Causes of Suicides by Farmers’, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore. Oct 2001 to April 2002; Member, Expert Committee on Preparedness for WTO and its Impact on Agriculture, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, New Delhi, 2002- onwards; Expert member of the Working Group 59th Round National Sample Survey Organisation, New Delhi 2002-2003; Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Report of the WTO Cell 2001; Member, Minimum Wages Committee, Govt of Karnataka, Bangalore, 2001-02.

Area of Specialization: Agricultural Development Policy; International Trade in Agriculture and WTO ; Agricultural Production and Resource Economics; Watershed Management and Irrigation; Econometrics & Applied Statistics

Dr. Vishnu Swarup, New Delhi, India

Born on July 30, 1925. Educated at Wesley High School, Azamgarh, U.P., 1940; Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Naini, Allahabad, Intermediate in Agriculture 1940-42; Government Agriculture college, Kanpur, B.Sc. 1944 and M.Sc. 1946; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Assoc. IARI 1948; Kansas State University, USA, M.S. 1954 and Ph.D. 1955.

Vegetable Breeding Assistant, 1948-53, and Assistant Oilseed Specialist, , Department of Agriculture, U.P. 1953-54; Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Botany, 1953-55; Assistant Instructor, Department of Agronomy, 1955-56; Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Assistant Geneticist, 1956-58; Assistant Professor, 1958-59; Division of Botany, Vegetable Specialist, 1959-62; Geneticist (Floriculture), 1962-68; Senior Geneticist (Floriculture), 1969-70; Division of Horticulture, Chief Vegetable specialist, 1970-71; Project co-Coordinator, 1971-82; Division of Vegetable Crops and Floriculture, IARI, New Delhi; FAO Vegetable Expert in Nigeria, Consultant in the Philippines and Zimbabwe and Consultant of the Commonwealth Secretariat in the South Africa Development Community (SADC) Countries; Visiting Scientist in Bulgaria and Hungary.

Awards/Honours: Delhi Agri-Horticultural Society Dayawati Vira Medal, 1988; HIS Golden Jubilee Award, 1993; Dr. M.H. Marigowda Memorial National Award, 1998; All India Kitchen Garden Association Gold Medal Award; PNASF Gold Medal for life-time-achievement in vegetable research and development in India, 2002.

Dr. Anupam Varma, New Delhi, India

Born in Delhi, India on July 23, 1940. Educated at Agarwal Intermediate College, Allahabad 1953-57; Allahabad University 1957-61; Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, U.K. 1964-67; B.Sc. 1959; M.Sc. 1961; Ph.D. 1967.

INSA Senior Scientist, Advanced Centre for Plant virology, IARI, 2005 to date.

FAO Applied Plant Virologist FAO, Nigeria 1979-81; Professor of Virology, 1984-86; Professor of Plant Pathology, 1986-88, Head Division of Plant Pathology, 1988-95; Dean, 1995-2000; and ICAR National Professor, AdvancedCentre for Plant Virology, 200-2005; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. Chair, International Council For Science Regional Committee for Asia and Pacific, 2006-08.

Awards/Honours: FAO/IASS World food Day Award, 1985; VASVIK Award, 1989; O.P. Bhasin Award, 1992; James Wallace Award, Int. Or. Citrus Virol., 1999; NASI R.N. Tandon Award, 2000; INSA T.S. Sadasivan Award, 2002; ISCA Millennium Plaque of Honour Award 2006; IVS K.S. Bhargava Award 2007; PNASF Gold Medal Award, 2009.

Fellow: Indian National Science Academy; National Academy of Sciences; Indian Phytopath. Soc.; Indian Virol. Soc.

Research Areas:
Plant Virology, Plant Pathology, Plant Biotechnology, Crop Protection.

Prof. U.V. Sulladmath, Bangalore, India

Born in Dharwad, India on August 5, 1925. Educated at B.Sc. (Agri.) Hons. Bombay University, 1948; M.Sc. (Agri.), Horticulture, Karnataka University, 1958; M.S. (Tenn) Horticulture, University of Tennessee, USA, 1961; Ph. D., Indian Agri. Research Institute, New Delhi, 1971.

Teaching, Research and Extension in Horticulture in the State Departments of Horticulture/Agriculture and the University of Agricultural Sciences, (1948 to 1985); Professor & Head, Division of Horticulture, University of Agri. Sciences, Bangalore, (1971 to 1985); Assistant Coordinator of the U.N.D.P. Centre of Advanced Studies in Tropical Horticulture in the University of Agri. Sciences, (1979 to 1986); Emeritus Scientist of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, (1985 to 1989).

Member / Executive Councillor ‘of 8 professional societies / organizations; Member of the ICAR Scientific Panel for Fruits, Plantation Crops and Medicinal Plants since (1981 to 1993); Member of Boards of Studies in Horticulture / Agriculture of several Agricultural Universities; Expert member of Selection Committees of several Agricultural Universities and Agricultural Scientists’ Recruitment Board; External examiner for Post-Graduate students of several Agri. Universities.

Worked as Project Director with Indian Horticulture Consultancy Service, Bangalore for one year and a half ; Worked as Project Co-ordinator, Export Oriented Project for Flowers and Vegetables. All India Scheduled Castes Development Co-operative Society Limited, Bangalore, from January 1990 to December 1991; Prepared several reports/project proposals for State Government and private organizations; Consultant / Advisor, Centre for Technology Development, Bangalore from April 1991. to date.

Dr. C.P.A. Iyer, Bangalore, India

Born in Kerala State, India. Educated at B.Sc.(Hons.), Agriculture, University of Delhi, 1958; M. Sc. and Ph.D. Degree in Horticulture I.A.R.I., New Delhi. Ph. D., Institute of Horticultural Plant Breeding, Wageningen, The Netherlands, in 1965.

Geneticist(Fruits), Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore, 1968; Head, Division of Fruit Crops at the same Institute; ICAR All India Project Coordinator for fruits and coordinated research project on fruits on an all India basis. Subsequently appointed Director, Central Institute of Horticulture, Lucknow, India.

Evolved many hybrid varieties in mango, guava and papaya. Dr. Iyer was invited by the CSIRO, Australia to take up the prestigious McMaster Fellowship to organize the Australian National Mango Breeding Project which he successfully carried out in 1994. Dr. Iyer has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals. Has guided many students for their M. Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees. Board of Examiners in many Universities in India and abroad.

FAO Horticulturist of FAO, UNDP/FAO Mango project, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Keynote speaker and Chairman of many sessions during International Mango Symposium held in India, Australia ,Israel and Brazil.

Continues to take active part in international consultancy, writing books, giving lectures and attending symposia.


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