Dr. Jatinder Kumar Dandona

Born in Gurgaon, Haryana, India on 23 July 1956. Educated at S.D. High School, Ambala Cantt, 1966-71; S.D. College, Ambala Cantt, 1971-1975; GBPUAT, Pantnagar, 1975-1983; M.Sc.1977, Ph.D. 1983; Post-doctoral Fellow, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, 1993-1996.

Vice-Chancellor, Graphic Era Hill Unibversity, Dehradun, 2021 to date.

Junior Research Officer/Asstt. Professor, (1984-1986), College of Forestry & Hill Agriculture, Hill Campus, G.B.Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Ranichauri (Distt. Tehri) Uttarakhand; Senior Research Officer/Associate, Hill Campus, GBPUAT, Ranichauri, Professor, 1996-2007, Hill Campus, GBPUAT, Ranichauri; Professor & Head, 2007-12; Director, Centre of Advanced Faculty Training in Plant Pathology, 2007-12; Director Research on deputation (Jan-June, 2007) at the newly created University of Horticulture & Forestry, Ranichauri; Dean (2011 to 2016 and 2017 to 2020), College of Agriculture, GBPUAT, Pantnagar; Registrar (2010-2012, 2014 to 2016, 2020-2021), GBPUAT, Pantnagar; Vice-Chancellor (2016-2017), GBPUAT, Pantnagar; Visiting Scientist, IRRI, Philippines, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and Cornell University, USA, 1999, 2000.

Awards/Honours: Prof. M.J. Narasinhan Academic Merit Award of Indian Phytopathological Society, 1985; Jawahar Lal Nehru Award of the ICAR, 1986; Pesticide India Award of Society of Mycology & Plant Pathology, 1987 & 2006; The Rockefeller Foundation (USA) Biotechnology Career Fellow, 1998; UTTRAKHAND RATTAN Award, 2007; Member, Research Advisory Committee, VPKAS, Almora, 2008-11, Indian Institute of Cotton Research, Nagpur, 2008-11 and Indian Institute of Temperate Horticulture, Srinagar, 2010-13, Indian Institute of Oilseed Research, 2016-18; Vice President, Indian Society of Plant Pathologists (2009-11); Plant Pathology Leadership Award of Indian Phytopathological Society, 2012; Chairman, Advisory Committee of the National Fund for Basic Strategic and Frontier Application Research in Agriculture "Relationship between Sclerotium rolfsii, Rhizoctonia solani, the soil and climatic variables in three major cropping system in the country and identification of markers for resistance to Sclerotium rolfsii", 2013-2018; Member and Convener, Fifth Deans' Committee on "Higher Agricultural Education in India", 2014; Member, ICAR's expert committee to work out the Minimum Standards of Higher Agricultural Education (MSHAE), 2014; Member, Research Advisory Committee, ICAR-Indian Institute of Oilseed Research, Hyderabad, 2016-19; `K.C.Mehta and Manoranjan Mitra Award' of Indian Phytopathological Society, 2015; Fellow, Confederation of Horticulture Associations of India (CHAI), 2019; Trustee, Asian Agri-History Foundation, 2019; Dr. T.S.Thind Life-Time Achievement Award of Indian Society of Plant Pathologists (ISPP), 2019; Conferment of Life-Time Recognition Award of Confederation of Horticulture Associations of India (CHAI), 2020; Uttarakhand Rattan Shri Award 2022.

Research Areas: Pathogen population characterization and population genetics, biological control of biotic and abiotic stresses, and plant disease management on small farms

Address: Vice-Chancellor, Graphic Era Hill University, Society Area, Clement Town, Dehradun, Uttarakhand; I/3/5, Phool Bagh, GBPUAT, Pantnagar 263145, Uttarakhand; [Tel: Off. (0135) 2645996, Cell: 7500241401; Email: vc@gehu.ac.in; jkumar56@gmail.com]