Dr. Daljit Singh Virk

Born in Tapiala, Amritsar, India on 25 August 1944. Educated at Govt. High School, Lopoke (Amritsar) 1955-60; B.Sc. 1964, Khalsa College, Amritsar; M.Sc. 1966, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (PAU) 1964-66; Ph.D. 1976, University of Birmingham, Birmingham 1973-1976; D.Sc. 1991, University of Birmingham, Birmingham.

Retired Professor from Punjab Agricultural Univerisy, Ludhiana; International Coordinator (DFID PSP Projects) and Senior Research Fellow, School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales, UK, 1995 to 2009; Honorary Sr Res Fellow Bangor University, 2018 to date; Professor Mekelle University Ethiopia, 2017; Adjunct Professor Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh, India, 2013 to date; Director Research PBS International, Scarborough, UK 2014 to date. Consultant on international organisations such as IAEA, Irish Aid, Bill Melinda Gate Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, AGRA, DFID etc., to several countries in Africa and South Asia, 1995 to 2019. Lecturer in Agricultural Botany, Khalsa College, Amritsar, 1966-70; Assistant Professor, Plant Breeding, PAU, 1970-78; Research Fellow in Genetics, University of Birmingham, UK, 1976-78; Associate Professor, Genetics, 1978-80 PAU; Millet Breeder & Head of Millet Section, 1980-88; Professor, Plant Breeding (Senior Millet Breeder and Head of Millet Section), 1988-00.

Awards/Honours: National Merit Scholarship, Govt. of India 1964-66; Commonwealth Scholarship for UK 1973-76 at Birmingham University; Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 at Birmingham University; Prof. M.J. Narasimahan Academic Merit Award, 1982; Best Paper Award 1993; Appreciation Certificate by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh 1994; OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) award by the Queen of UK 2019 for services to poverty reduction and education; Impact and Innovation Award Bangor University, UK 2015; Several honors from PAU Ludhiana, national and international public awards and honors for services to science and society including 10 in 2019, e.g. honor by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle Ludhiana and UNESCO 2019, Jathedar Sri Akaal Takhat Sahib, Amritsar 2019. Editor Crop Improvement 1987-93; On Editorial Board of J. Crop Improvement Haworth Press 2004 to date; On Editorial Board of ISRN Agronomy J. 2011 to date; Section Editor Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., India, Sect. B Biol. Sci. 2017 to 2021.

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India (FNA); Indian National Science Academy (FNASc); Crop Improvement Society of India; Chartered Biologist and Fellow Royal Society of Biology (CBiol, FRSB), London; Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding.

Research Areas: Plant breeding & genetics, crop breeding for drought tolerance, biometrical genetics, marker-assisted selection, client-oriented plant breeding

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