Prof. Ram Badan Singh

Born in Budhanpur, Ghazipur, U.P., India on 20 July 1940. Educated at Udai Pratap College, Varanasi, 1954-56; Govt. Agriculture College, CS Azad University of Agri. & Tech., Kanpur, 1956-60; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., USA, 1961-64; B.Sc. 1958; M.Sc. 1960; Ph.D. 1964.

Economic Botanist (Cotton) and Associate Professor of Plant Breeding, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, 1964-69; Prof. and Head, Dept. of Genetics and Plant Breeding, and Dean Faculty of Agri., Meerut University, Meerut, 1969-72; Prof. and Head, Dept. of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 1972-79 and Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, 1977-79, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Regional Officer, Southeast Asia, International Board for Plant Genetic Resources (IBPGR), 1979-82, and Regional Plant Production and Protection Officer for Asia and the Pacific, 1982-91, FAO of the United Nations, FAO, RAPA, Bangkok; Senior Officer, Res. and Tech. Dev., FAO, Rome, 1991-94; Director and Vice-Chancellor, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1995-99; Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, Govt. of India, New Delhi, 1999-2000; Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, FAO, RAPA, Bangkok, 2000-02; Member, National Commission on Farmers, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, New Delhi, 2004-06; Advisor and Distinguished Professor, IFFCO Foundation, New Delhi, 2007-11; Chancellor, Central Agricultural University, Imphal, 2012-17.

Awards/Honours: Padma Bhushan, 2003; International Board for Plant Genetic Resources medal, 1984; Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Award, 1987; Vigyan Gaurav Samman, 2001; D.Sc. (h.c.), ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (Deemed University), 2021, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, 2017, Orissa Univ. of Agri. & Tech. 2011, V.B.S. Purvanchal Univ., 2006, Maharana Pratap Univ. of Agri. & Tech., 2004, N.D. Univ. of Agri. & Tech., 2003, Tamil Nadu Univ. of Agri. & Tech. 2001, C.S. Azad Univ. of Agri. & Tech., 1997, Banaras Hindu Univ., 1994, and G.B. Pant Univ. of Agri. & Tech., 1991; Bharatiya Paramparagat Vigyan Puraskar, 2006; Dr. Zhu Shoumin International College of Nutrition Award, 2007; Distinguished Alumnus Award, B.H.U., 2007; Distinguished Alumnus Award, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA, 2013; Mahindra and Mahindra Lifetime Achievement Award - Krishi Shiromani Samman, 2015; Dr. V. Kurien Memorial Lecture Award, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA, 2015; Dr. D. Sundaresan Memorial Oration Award, NDRI, Karnal, 2016.

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India

Research Areas: plant genetics, crop improvement, plant biotechnology, policies for agriculture, farmers and agricultural research and education for development

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Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 2014 to 31 Dec, 2016; President 1 Jan, 2011 to 31 Dec, 2013; Foreign Secretary 1 Jan, 2010 to 31 Dec, 2010; Foreign Secretary 1 Jan, 1998 to 31 Dec, 2000; Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 1996 to 31 Dec, 1997; Dr. B.P. Pal Memorial Award 2017-2018; Dr. A.B. Joshi Memorial Lecture Award 2013-2014