Dr. Manoj Kumar Dhar

Born in Kashmir, India on 17 November, 1964. M. Sc., University of Kashmir, 1984-86; M. Phil., University of Jammu, 1987-88; Ph.D., University of Jammu, 1988-1992.

Director, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad. Member, Technology Development Board Govt. of India (2022 – continuing). Served as Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu (2018-2022); Vice Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu, additional charge (2020-2021).

Inaugural Director, School of Biotechnology, 2008-2016, Founder Head, Department of Biotechnology, 2000-02, 2004-2008, Registrar, University of Jammu 2013-2015; Controller of Examinations, 2012-2013; Coordinator, a) Biotechnology Program (DBT, GOI funded) 2000-02, 2004 to 2016; b) Biochemistry Programme, c) Microbiology programme, d) Bioinformatics Centre (DBT, GOI funded), e) UGC-SAP, DST-FIST, f) PG Diploma in Bioinformatics-UGC Innovative Program.

Awards/Honours: Distinguished Scientist Award by Society for Plant Research; Ekbote prize by Maharastra Association for Cultivation of Science; Prof. A. K. Sharma Memorial Lecture Award by the Indian Botanical Society (2020); Prof. A. Abraham Endowment Lecture Award by Kerala Academy of Sciences; Prof. Hira Lal Chakravorty Award by the Indian Science Congress Association 2005; INSA Young Scientist Award Medal 1996; BOYSCAST Fellowship (DST, GOI) availed at Kansas State University, USA 1998-1999; Prof. P. N. Mehra Memorial Award 2004; Prof. Y. S. Murty Gold Medal by the Indian Botanical Society 2002; Young Scientist Award by J&K State, Department of Science and Technology 1995; ISCA Young Scientist Award 1994; Certificate of Merit and Cash Award by Indian Botanical Society 1989; Gold Medal and Certificate of Distinction by the University of Kashmir 1986; Biotechnology Overseas Associateship (DBT, GOI) availed at Penn State University, USA 2006; Biotechnology National Associateship (DBT, GOI) availed at National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, 1995; Junior and Senior Research Fellowships University Grants Commission, 1987- 1991; Qualified Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Examination 1991; NET (UGC & ICAR).

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad

Research Areas: Plant Genomics, Molecular Cytogenetics, Metabolomics

Address: Director, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR-HRDC, Sector 19, Kamla Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad 201002, U.P.; [Tel: Cell: 926660847, 9266600947; Fax: (0191) 2456534; Email: md.jusbt@gmail.com; director@acsir.res.in]