Prof. Debi Prasad Ray

Born on Paralakhemundi, District Ganjam, Odisha on 15 August 1949. Educated at Ispat Vidyalaya, Rourkela, Odisha, 1962-1966; B.Sc. (Ag) OUAT Bhubaneswar, 1967-1971; M.Sc (Ag. Hort), Calcutta University, Kolkata, 1973-1975 and Ph.D. Calcutta University, Kolkata, 1981

Chancellor, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University (A Deemed to be University of UGC), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, March 2022 to date.

Asst. Professor, Horticulture, (1975-1981)- Calcutta University, Kolkata. Associate Professor, Horticulture, 1981-1989; Associate Director of Research, 1989-1997; Professor & Head, Department of Horticulture, 1997-2003; Dean Extension Education, 2002-2006, Registrar 2005-2006 and Vice-Chancellor, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, 2006-2012. Principal Advisor to Founder President of S‘O’A University, Bhubaneswar, January,2013 – February,2022.

Awards/Honours: Damaikya Bharat Gourav Satkar 2007, Madras Telugu Academy, Chennai; Kadali Puraskar 2009, NRC for Banana, ICAR; Dr. M.H. Marigowda National Award 2009-2010, UAS, Bangalore; Honoured with Col Commandant Rank by Ministry of Defence, Government of India, 2009; Think Odisha Leadership Award for Educational Institute of Excellence as a Vice-Chancellor of State Universities, 2010; Life Time Achievement in Vegetable Crops 2011, Indian Society of Vegetable Science, Varanasi; Life Time Contribution for Promotion of Agriculture Science 2011, Indian Science Congress, Orissa Chapter, Bhubaneswar; Shivashakti Life Time Achievement Award 2012, Horticulture Society of India, New Delhi; Amit Prabhudh Manishi Award, 2014, confederation of Horticulture Association of India (New Delhi), Senior Scientist Award 2016, Odisha Bigyan Academy, Govt. of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, recognition Award for Committed Contribution in the field of Vegetable Research & Education for 2019, Indian society of Vegetable Science, Varanasi.

Former President, Indian Society of Vegetable Science, Varanasi and Agriculture Society of India, Kolkata, Former Vice-President of Horticulture Society of India and Confederation for Horticulture Association of India, New Delhi. Former President, Odisha Horticulture Society, Acted as chairman of many National Committees of ICAR, DBT, DST & planning commission of GOI.

Fellow: Horticulture Society of India, New Delhi, 2005; National Academy of Biological Sciences, Chennai, 2007; AIPUB, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, 2007; Indian Society of vegetable Science, Varanasi, 2010; Confederation of Horticulture Association of India, New Delhi, 2012, Odisha Environment Society-2017.

Research Areas: Biodiversity Assessment and Enhancement of fruit & plantation crops; Orchard efficiency management of Tropical Fruit corps, Varietal and Nutritional improvement, Water management, Propagation techniques, High Density, Feeder root distribution and post-harvest management of tropical & subtropical fruits and vegetables.

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Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 2016 to 31 Dec, 2018