Dr. Prem Nath

Born in Dinapore, India on 12 November 1937. Educated at Baldeva English High School, Dinapore, 1944-52; H.D. Jain College, Arrah, 1952-55; Bihar Agricultural College, Sabour, 1955-58; B.Sc. (Agriculture) 1958; Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA, 1959-62; M.S; Ph.D. 1962.

Chairman, Dr. Prem Nath Agricultural Science Foundation (PNASF), Bangalore 2000 to date; Chairperson, Vegetable Science International Network (VEGINET), Bangalore 2009 to date; Chairman, South East Asia Vegetables (SEAVEG) Coordination Committee, Bangkok, Thailand 2013 to date.

Assistant Professor of Horticulture, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1962-64; Head, Dept. of Horticulture, College of Agriculture, University of Udaipur, 1964-69; Senior Geneticist and Head of Division of Vegetable Crops, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessaraghatta, 1969-76; FAO Vegetable Specialist, Nigeria, 1976-79; FAO Project Manager, Nigerian Institute for Horticultural Research, Nigeria, 1979-83; FAO Project Manager, National Centre for Horticultural Research & Development, Saudi Arabia, 1983-86; FAO Chief Technical Adviser, National Agricultural Research Authority, Yemen Arab Republic, 1986-90; FAO Chief, Asia and Pacific, Middle and Near East, North Africa and Europe Services, Agricultural Operations Division, Rome, 1990-94; Special Adviser for Food Security to the Director General, FAO, Rome, 1994-96; FAO Resident Representative, Myanmar, 1996-98; Assistant Director General and Regional Representative, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, 1998-99.

Awards/Honours: EGAI, Mumbai, Rashtriya Sanman Award, 2006; NEHRDO, Mumbai, Rashtriya Shiksha Ratna Award, 2007; FFI, New Delhi, Bharat Excellence Award, 2011; FFI, New Delhi, Adhunik Prasati Award, 2012; FFI Indian Excellence Award for Education, 2013; GBF, New Delhi, Global Excellence Award, 2013; GEPRA, Chennai, Bharat Ratna Mother Teresa Gold Medal Award, 2014.

Fellow: Royal Horticultural Society, London; Indian Society of Vegetable Science; Indian Academy of Horticultural Sciences;

Research Areas: Horticulture, Vegetable Crops Breeding, Genetic Resources, Seed Production, Agriculture Development, Food and Nutrition Security

Address: Chairman, Dr. P.N. Agricultural Science Foundation (PNASF), No. 9, 'Prem Sheel', 1st Cross, 1st Main, 1st Block, Rajmahal Vilas Extension, 2nd Stage, Bengaluru 560094, Karnataka; [Tel: Off. (080) 23415188; Fax: (080) 23511555 (Telefax); Email: pnasfoundation@gmail.com]