Dr. Shyam Kumar Sharma

Born at Kohala in Kangra (HP) on 2 March 1951. Educated at Govt. Senior Secondary School, Nadaun, 1964-67; College of Agriculture, Palampur, 1967-71; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1971-77. B.Sc. 1971; M.Sc. 1973; Ph.D. 1977; Commonwealth Post-doctoral Fellowship, 1982; Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship, 1993; European Union Marie Curie Fellowship, 1994.

Honorary Professor CSK HPKV, Palampur, 2018 to date.

Scientist-I, Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla, 1977-80; Asstt. Professor, 1980-82, Assoc. Prof. 1982-90, Professor (Genetics), 1990-2002, Programme Director, Advanced Centre of Hill Bio-resources & Biotechnology, 2002-2005 and Dean, College of Basic Sciences, 2003-06, CSK HPKV, Palampur; Director, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi, 2006-10; Vice-Chancellor, CSK HPKV, Palampur, 2010-13; CSIR-Emeritus Scientist, CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, 2013-18.

Awards/Honours: Indian National Science Academy-Royal Society International Collaborative Award, 2002; Himachal Kesri Award, 2004; Rashtriya Udyog Rattan Award, 2009. Vice-President, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 2009-10; Member, International Steering Committee of Global Information System on Germplasm, Bioversity International, Rome, 2008-12; Chair - South Asia Network in Plant Genetic Resources, 2006-09; Chairman, Project Steering Committee, Capacity Building and Regional Collaboration for Enhancing the Conservation and Sustainable use of Plant Genetic Resources in Asia, FAO-Bangkok, Thailand, 2009-11; Member, Board of Asia Network Research Resource Centres (ANRRC), Seoul, South Korea, 2009 to date; Co-ordinating Lead Author, IPBES Regional Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Asia and Pacific, 2015-18. Chair, Technical Advisory Committee, UN Environment GEF Project, Bioversity Inernational-India Office, New Delhi 2018-22.

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences India; Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding; Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources

Research Areas: Plant biotechnology; genetics and crop improvement, plant genetic resource management

Address: Shanti Kunj, Ghuggar Tanda, Palampur 176061, H.P.; [Tel: Cell: 9418009521; Email: skspbg@yahoo.co.in]