Dr. Rajendra Singh Paroda

Born in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India on 28 August 1942. Ph.D., Indian Agric. Research Inst., New Delhi, 1964-68. Commonwealth Post-Doctorate Fellow, Univ. College of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK, 1968-70.

Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, 2002 to date.

Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi, India, 1985-87; Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR, 1987-92; Regional Plant Production and Protection Officer, FAO-RAPA, Bangkok, Thailand, 1992-94; Secretary, Department of Agric. Research and Education, GOI and Director General, Indian Council of Agric. Research, 1992-01; Chair, Global Forum on Agricultural Research (1998-2002); Head, CGIAR Program for Central Asia & Caucasus, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 2001-2007; Assistant Director General (Int. Coop.), ICARDA, 2007; Executive Secretary, Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), 1993-2014 and Chairman, Haryana Farmers' Commission, 2010-2014.

Awards/Honours: Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Prize, 1982-83; ICAR Team Research Award, 1983-84; Fedn. of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award, 1988; Om Prakash Bhasin Award, 1992; Asia Pacific Seed Assn. Award, 1995; FAO World Food Day Award, 1995; Padma Bhushan, Govt. of India, 1998; Gen. President, Indian Science Congress Association, 2000-2001; Dr. B.P. Pal Memorial Award, 2001-02; D.Sc. (h.c.), Ohio State Univ., I.A.R.I., and Agricultural Universities of Pantnagar, Kanpur, Jorhat, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Udaipur, Varanasi, Srinagar, Meerut, Bhubneshwar, Ludhiana, Dharwad, Jabalpur, Hyderabad, Sabour and Jobner; Gold Medal - Armenia (2006) and Vietnam (2012); Borlaug Award, 2006; Agriculture Today Lifetime Achievement Award 2008; 1st Dr. A.B. Joshi Memorial Award, 2012; Prof. Kannian Memorial Award, 2012; Krishi Siromani Samman by Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. 2013; Vaigyanik Drishtikon Society Samman 2013, the first U.S. Awasthi IFFCO Award and cash prize by Fertilizer Association of India (FAI) 2017; Ch. Amir Singh Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Society of Seed Technology 2019; Dr MS Swaminathan Award for environment protection by Rotary Club of Madras 2020.

Fellow: Indian National Science Academy; Indian Academy of Sciences; Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Third World Academy of Sciences; Academies of Agricultural Sciences of Armenia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Hon. Member of Crop Science Society of America and Agronomy Society of America, and Foreign Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

Research Areas: Genetics & plant breeding, cytogenetics, biometrical genetics, genetic resources

Address: Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, Avenue II, IARI Campus, New Delhi 110012; C-597, Sushant Lok - 1, Gurugram 122002, Haryana; Vill. P.O. Sardhana, District: Ajmer, Rajasthan; [Tel: Off. (011) 25843243 telefax; Res. (0124) 4089343; Cell: 9810191486; Email: raj.paroda@gmail.com; taasiari@gmail.com]

Founder Member Executive Council 5 Jun, 1990 to 30 Dec, 1991; Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 2001 to 31 Dec, 2004 and 1 Jan, 1992 to 31 Dec, 1996; Vice-President 1 Jan, 1996 to 31 Dec, 1996; President 1 Jan, 1997 to 31 Dec, 2000; Dr. B.P. Pal Memorial Award 2001-2002; Dr. A.B. Joshi Memorial Lecture Award 2019-2020