Dr. Arvind Kumar

Born at Subhanpur, Sheikhpura, Bihar, India on 21 September, 1966. Educated at Sainik School Rewa, Madhya Pradesh 1977-84; Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (IGKV), B.Sc. (Ag) 1987, M.Sc. 1992; IGKV and ICGEB, New Delhi, Ph.D. 2002.

Deputy Director General-Research, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Telangana, India, 2020-2023; Director, International Rice Research Institute South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC), Varanasi, India, 2018-2020; Interim Platform Leader, IRRI Plant Breeding and genetics Platform 2017-2018; Senior Plant Breeder, Rainfed Lowland, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines, 2010-2018.

Plant Breeder, Drought and Aerobic Rice, IRRI, Philippines, 2007-2009; Principal Scientist, Senior Scientist, Scientist, Research Associate Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Raipur 1992-2013; on lien to IRRI from 2007-2013; member, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Task Force on Agricultural Biotechnology, Government of India, 2014 to date.

Awards/Honours: Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award 2014 for outstanding research in agricultural sciences; Government of Nepal recognition award 2016 for contribution to Nepal Agriculture; Best Scientist Award, Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur, 2002; Young Scientist Award, Madhya Pradesh Council of Science & Technology (MPCOST), 1996-97.

Fellow: Indian National Science Academy (INSA), 2024; Life member, Society for Advancement of Rice Research

Research Areas: Genetics and Plant Breeding, breeding for dry direct seeded rice, breeding for drought tolerance in rice, QTLs identification for grain yield under drought, QTLs for traits enhancing rice adaptability to dry direct seeded situation, haplotype breeding

Address: Flat 306, PNR Residence, Near Karachi Bakery, Kukatpally, Hyderabad 500072, Telangana; [Tel: Cell: 8008883838; Fax: (040) 30713074; Email: akumarssr@gmail.com]