Dr. Hari Chand Sharma

Born in Behra, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, 15 June 1954; Educated at Govt. Senior Secondary School, Bharari, Bilaspur. B.Sc. Ag. 1974 and M.Sc. 1976 - College of Agriculture, YSPUH&F, Solan. Ph.D. 1979 - Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi.

Former Vice Chancellor, YSP University of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni, Solan, HP.

Principal Scientist - Entomology, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India, 2001 - to date. Senior Scientist (1994-2001), Scientist II (1986-1993), and Scientist I (1979-1985) at ICRISAT. Scientist SI, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, India (1979). Visiting Scientist, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA (1986/87), and Department of Primary Industries, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia (1996).

Awards/Honours: Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Gold Medal (B.Sc. Ag. 1974), MM Meakins Gold Medal (M.Sc. Ag. 1976); Archana Gold Medal - Academy of Environmental Biology, 2000; Millennium Science Award - ICRISAT, 2001; CGIAR Excellence in Science Award, 2001; Prof. T.N. Ananthakrishnan Foundation Award, 2002; Dr D Bap Reddy Award in IPM, 2000, Plant Protection Association of India; King Baudouin Award, 2002, Chickpea Research Teams of ICRISAT and ICARDA - CGIAR; Doreen Mashler Award - Chickpea/Sorghum Research Teams - ICRISAT, 2002 and 2004; Lifetime Achievement Award - Academy of Environmental Biology, 2005; Hari Om Trust Award - ICAR, 2007; The International Plant Protection Award of Distinction - International Association of Plant Protection Sciences, 2007; Bharat Jyoti Award, India International Friendship Society, 2014.

President, Council of the International Congresses of Entomology, 2008-2016; Member, Governing Board, International Association of Plant Protection Sciences, 2008 - 2016; Member, AHTEG Committee of Convention on Biological Diversity - UNEP; Member, Central Silk Board. Member, Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation, DBT, and Environment Risk Assessment Committee, Ministry of Environment & Forests; Chairman, Organizing Committee, International Plant Protection Congress, 2019.

Fellow: Entomological Society of India; Academy of Entomological Sciences of India; Academy of Environmental Biology; Plant Protection Association of India; Crop Improvement Society of India; Entomological Society of America.

Research Areas: Insect biology and population dynamics, host-plant resistance, transgenic crops in IPM, biosafety of GMOs to non-target organisms, marker assisted selection, climate change effects on plant protection, and IPM for sustainable crop production

Address: MVC 236, Omaxe Mulberry Villas, Mullanpur, New Chandigarh 140901, Punjab; [Tel: Cell: 7807803661; Email: HCsh19@gmail.com]