Dr. (Ms.) Govinda Kurup Hemaprabha

Born in Cheruthana, District Alappuzha, Kerala, on 5 July 1962. Educated at Kerala University, B.Sc. 1982, M.Sc. 1984 and Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Ph.D. 1997.

Director, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore 2022 to date.

Scientist, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore, 1986-1993, Scientist (Senior Scale), 1993-1998, Senior Scientist, 1998-2006, Principal Scientist, 2006-16; Head Incharge, Division of Crop Improvement; Director (Acting), 2021-22.

Awards/Honours: Prof. A. Abraham memorial gold Medal, 1984, Sir T.S. Venkatraman Award, 2016-17, Life Time Achievement Award by Society of Sugarcane Research and Development (SSRD), 2022, Noel Deerr Gold Medal Award, 1999 & 2016, STAI Silver Medal, 2014, Member of Task Force (Expert Committee), DBT, Crop Molecular Breeding, 2014-15, DBT Nominee, Institute Biosafety Meeting of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, 2006 to 2015, NET from University Grants Commission, 1984, JRF from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1985, Chief Editor, Journal of Sugarcane Research, 2011-15, Vice President, Society of Sugarcane Research and Development, Coimbatore, 2017-21.

Fellow: Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding, New Delhi; Society of Sugarcane Research and Development (SSRD); Society for Sugar Research & Promotion, Lucknow

Research Areas: Crop Science, Plant Breeding

Address: Director, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore 641007, Tamil Nadu; Directors' Residence, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute Campus, Coimbatore 641007, Tamil Nadu; [Tel: Off. (0422) 2476261; Cell: 9994994715; Fax: (0422) 2472923; Email: director.sbi@icar.gov.in; G.Hemaprabha@icar.gov.in; ghemaprabha1@gmail.com]