Dr. O.P. Dutta

Born in Srinagar, J&K, India on 2 January 1941, Completed P.P.Ag., 1962, University of Rajasthan; B.Sc, Ag. 1966, M.Sc.Ag., 1968, University of Udaipur; PhD. Hort., 1981, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.

SRA,1968-72, Jr.Veg. Breeder, 1972-75, Scientist-S1, 1975-76, Scientist S2, 1976-82, Scientist- S3,1982-86, Principal Scientist- 1986-2001, Head, Div. of Veg.Crops-IIHR, Bangalore, 1982-84, 1984-86, 1986-88, 1992-94, 1994-1999, 1999-2001; Director (R&D) Namdhari Seeds Pvt. Ltd.Bangalore-2002-2014, Advanced training in Heterosis, Hybrid Seed Production, Seed Conditioning, and Seed Management at Cornell University, Ithaca; Washington University, Pullman; and the University of California, Davis Campus, California,-July-Sept., 1985; FAO Technical Consultant for Regional Cooperation for Vegetable Research and Development in Bangladesh, China, DPR Korea, Thailand, Pakistan, and Nepal,1994; Team leader in Planing Vegetable Breeding and Production Activities under the SAVARNET Programm organised by AVRDC/ADB in Nepal-1996, and Srilanka-1997; FAO VegetableSeed Production and Variety maintenance Expert, Bangladesh-1997-1999; Chief Coordinator- FAO Project TCP/BGD/7825, Emergency Supply of Veg. Seeds to flood-affected farmers of Bangladesh, Sept.19998-Jan.1999; Chief Coordinator- FAO Technical Project(FAO/TFA-00/IND-003/2001) for Hybrid Seed Production in Vegetable Crops by Physically Handicapped and Destitute Children 2002-2005, Bangalore India; Member-QRT, AICRP(veg. Crops)-2002, Member-Sectional Committee (Horticulture Sciences) NAAS, 2006,2007,2008; Member -Taskforce for Validation of DUS Test Guidelines for Chilli, Sweet pepper, and Paprika-2004; Chairman-Task Force of DUS guidelines on Okra constituted by PPV&FR Authority-19/12/2018. Member -Research Advisory Committee(RAC) of IIVR-Varanasi-2014-2017; PNASF-Senior Technical Advisor-2002-2016, PNASF-Senior Scientific Councillor-2017 to date.

Awards/Honours: UAS Gold Medal for General Merit, 1981; PNASF-ICAR Gold Medal for Life Time Achievements, 2001-02, IIHR, Bangalore; PNASF-International Gold Medal for Outstanding Research in Vegetable Improvement, ICV-2002, Bangalore; Outstanding Scientific Programme Leader in Horticulture (Siver Plaque of Honour)-ICH 2009, Bangalore; International Award for Outstanding Contribution in Vegetable Research and Development, SEAVEG-2014, Bangkok; Global Okra Recognition Award for significant contribution to Okra improvement during Global Okra Roundtable at NASC complex, New Delhi on Oct.2022.Felicitation for the contribution to the field of vegetable research during the 28th group meeting of the All India Coordinated Research Project(veg. Crops). 2010, IIHR Bangalore, Felicitation for meritorious contributions in Okra improvement during Brain Storming Session on Okra organised by ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi,28th Sept.,2013, Felicitation during the 57th Foundation Day celebration of ICAR-IIHR on 5th Sept.2023, for the invaluable contributions in the field of vegetable crop improvements at ICAR-IIHR.

Fellow: Indian Society of Vegetable Science, 1998

Research Areas: Vegetable Breeding/Hybrid Seed Production in Vegetable Crops

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