Dr. Jagdish Kumar

Born in Nalag, India on 1 March 1946. Educated at Government Middle School, Namhol, 1953-60; Govt. High School, Jukhala, 1960-62; Himachal Agricultural College, Solan, 1962-67, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1967-69; University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada 1969-73.

Vice President, Research & Development, Ruchi Hi-Rich Seeds Pvt. Ltd., Indore, M.P.

Teaching Assistant University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada 1971-73; Assistant Professor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, 1973-77; Principal Chickpea Breeder and Molecular Biologist ICRISAT, Patancheru 1977-2005; Pulses Specialist, Winrock International (United States Aid for International Development), Ishurdi, Bangladesh 1980 and 1984-85; Pulses Breeder, Agrodev Canada (Canadian International Development Agency), Dhaka, Bangladesh 1991-94; Chickpea Breeder, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Agriculture Environmental Renewal Canada, Delhi, and Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, 2001-04. Principal Soybean Breeder and Leader Soyfood Program, Sevita International Corporation, Inkerman, Ontario, Canada, 2004-16 and Vice President Research & Development, India-Canada Joint Venture on Soybean Improvement: Ruchi High-Rich Seeds Pvt Ltd, Indore, M P.

Awards/Honours: Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Gold Medal, Himachal Agricultural College 1967, Crop Improvement Award, 1991, Jenna Reddy Venkat Reddy Gold Medal. Andhra Pradesh, 2001, International Research Award of the North American Pulse Improvement Association 2001, Millennium Best Scientist Award, ICRISAT 2001, Banagladesh-ICRISAT Cooperation Award 2002, CGIAR-World Bank King Baudouin Award 2002, Member Scientific Advisory Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada 2013, Commemorative Citation Golden Jubilee Celebration Genetics Society of India, 2018 and Independent Member All India Soybean Variety Release Committee, 2019, 2020.

Fellow: Indian Society of Genetics; Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development.

Research Areas: Plant genetics, breeding, molecular biology, soybean nutraceuticals, science management

Address: Vice President, Research & Development, Ruchi Hi-Rich Seeds Pvt. Ltd., 101, The Horizon, 1st Floor, 11/5 South Tukoganj, Nath Mandir Road, Indore 452001, M.P.; [Tel: Off. (0731) 4767982; Cell: 7225015188; Email: jagdishkumar46@gmail.com; Jagdish_kumar@hirichseeds.com]