Nominations for Fellowship 2022
Fellows Elected 2021
Section I - Crop Sciences
Section II - Horticulture Sciences
Section III - Animal Sciences
Section IV - Fisheries Sciences
Section V - Natural Resource Management
Section VI - Plant Protection
Section VII - Agricultural Engineering and Technology
Section VIII - Social Sciences
Section IX - Frontier Sciences (Discontinued)
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Fellows Elected for 2021

Dr. Rakesh Chandra Agrawal (b 1 Jun, 1963) Deputy Director General (Agricultural Education), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi

Dr. Rakesh Chandra Agrawal is a leading Statistician and Biodiversity Informatics Expert of international repute. He has demonstrated leadership in the field of plant genetic resources (PGR) information documentation and dissemination, which resulted in creation of National Information Network of PGR in India (NISM). He initiated many processes in Plant Protection Variety & Farmers’ Rights Authority for the benefit of the farmers, which resulted in recognition of more than 100 farmers and motivated others for submitting thousands of applications for seeking IPR on their varieties. Dr. Agrawal is the recipient of the first prestigious Dr. B.R. Barwale National Award for the Excellence in Plant Genetic Resources and Life Time Achievement Award for Community Mobilization for Sustainable Development.

Dr. Dipak Ranjan Biswas (b 15 Apr, 1962) Principal Scientist, Division  of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Biswas developed basic and applied nutrient management strategies as a viable option to improve soil fertility and fertilizer use, nutrient transformation, nutrient cycling for sustainable crop production and maintaining soil health under different crops and cropping systems. He synthesized a novel product of polymer coated controlled release formulation as promising slow release P-fertilizer for improving P use efficiency by crops. He developed a technology to solubilize insoluble K-minerals (waste mica) by K-solubilizing bacteria into plant available pools and used efficiently as potential K-fertilizer for wide-scale adoption. His significant contributions towards development of low-cost technology to prepare P and K enriched compost and value added organic manures could substitute 50% NPK fertilizers leading to crucial decision support to enhance crop production for efficient management of natural resources. He also assessed the impacts of long-term conservation agriculture practices on soil carbon accumulation and sequestration rates and appraised the oxidative stability and sequestration of SOC within soil aggregates.

Dr. Indrajeet Chaubey (b 1 Jul, 1969) Dean and Director, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural, Resources, University of Connecticut, USA

Dr Chaubey, an internationally recognized scientist, has made valuable contributions to improve water quality and watershed management by integrating research, teaching and public services. He has lead efforts nationally and internationally in quantifying how land use change due to recent demand for biofuel production, agricultural intensification and urbanization, will impact water availability, water quality and ecosystem services. His research has benefitted the modelling community by developing improved methods for model calibration and uncertainty analysis. He has been a leader in developing and strengthening collaboration with multiple institutions with an overall goal to improve agricultural and food production, environmental sustainability, human resource and economic development. He is a Fellow of ASABE, Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (AABAE) and ISAE and has received many awards for his outstanding contributions.

Dr. S. Gopala Krishnan (b 12 Aug, 1976) Principal Scientist (Plant Breeding), Division of Genetics, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Gopala Krishnan has made significant contributions towards basic and applied research in rice genetics and molecular breeding through development and release of nine rice varieties including six Basmati rice varieties, improved Pusa Basmati 1 (Improved PB1), PB 1509, PB 1609, PB 1637, PB 1728 and PB1718. These varieties account for 22.78% of total Basmati rice breeder seed indent and a revenue of 1.31 crores through commercialization. He has developed high-throughput screening protocols in rice and identified sources of Bakanae resistance, mapped QTLs governing bakanae resistance and grain quality, validated co-dominant marker for Pi9 (blast resistance).

Dr. Sanjeev Gupta (b 16 Nov, 1964) Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project (MULLaRP), ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, U.P.

Dr. Sanjeev Gupta has been involved in developing innovative crop varieties and useful information leading to advancement of genetics and breeding for the past 28 years. A total of 10 high yielding and most popular varieties of different crops were developed, five of which occupy top position based on area coverage. Wide hybridization tool has been extensively resorted to breed innovative plant types having better photo-thermo insensitivity in mungbean and urdbean. The impact of these verieties specially in revolutionizing the mungbean cultivation in newer niches in rabi/summer/spring is phenomenal. These efforts led to increase in area under mungbean in newer niches from 6.0 lakh ha to 10.0 lakh ha within last seven years.

Dr. Vijai Kumar Gupta (b 19 Nov, 1981) Associate Professor (Biochemistry), AgroBioSciences (AgBS) and Chemical & Biochemica Sciences (CBS) Department, Mohammed VI Polytechnic, University, Morocco

Dr. Vijai Kumar Gupta has made significant contributions in the area of bioactive natural products, microbial biotechnology, and glyco-biotechnology of microbe plant interactions. He has characterized the functional capacity of microbial enzymes/ proteins/ peptiabiotics/ glycans, and volatile compounds. He also elucidated the biotechnological potential of glycome-secretome interactions. Dr Gupta has been interacting with scientists in several institutions in India. He is the editor of Microbiome BMC and Biotechnology Advances as well as Secretary of European Mycological Association. He has been elected Fellow of nine societies, including Academy of Microbiogical Association, India and Linean Society, UK.

Dr. Firoz Hossain (b 11 Oct, 1975) Senior Scientist and Programme Leader (Maize), Division of Genetics, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Firoz Hossain has developed several nutritionally enriched maize hybrids, the most important being India's first multinutrient-rich maize genotype, 'Pusa Vivek QPM Improved' combining high quality protein with provitamin-A. In addition, he has also developed and got released three QPM hybrids, 'Pusa HM4 Improved', 'Pusa HM8 Improved and 'Pusa HM9 Improved' and a sweet corn hybrid, 'Pusa Super Sweet Corn-1. Dr. Hossain has combined opaque 2 and opaque 16 gene (s) for enhancing lysine and tryptophan levels, which further boosts the quality of maize endosperm protein. The closely linked markers for shrunken2 and sugary1 indentified by him are being routinely used by sweet corn breeders.

Dr. Dilip Jain (b 26 Sep, 1961) Head and Principal Scientist (AS & PE), Division of Agricultural Engineering and Renewal Energy, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Dr. Dilip Jain has done commendable work on solar thermal engineering used for agriculture and modelling in food processing. He propounded complex theoretical concepts of heating and cooling in green houses and proved their utility in different agro-climatic zones for growing of fruits, vegetables and floriculture, crops drying and aquaculture. Dr Jain pioneered the idea of solar crop dryers with energy storage and developed a solar dryer with thermal-energy-storage using phase-change -material for extending solar drying operation after sunset hours He developed, commercialized and launched a green chilli puree and powder which added new concept in spice industry. Based on his basic research on fish cooling and drying, he designed and developed a mobile cool chamber on cycle rickshaw for cooling, storage, transport and marketing of fish.

Dr. Sudisha Jogaiah (b 29 Sep, 1974) Assistant Professor and Co-ordinator, Plant Healthcare and Diagnostic Center, PG Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, Karnatak University, Dharwad, Karnataka

Dr. S. Jogaiah made significant contributions in understanding the molecular mechanisms of rhizosphere fungi mediated/induced systemic resistance (ISR) underlying SA/JA/ET cross talk, and developed biocontrol strategies for tomato and other vegetable crops. The formulation developed with a locally effective Trichoderma isolate has become popular with the farmers in Dharwad region. Dr. Jogaiah is also involved in the development of bio-priming for disease management, and deposited two ISSR sequences of pearl millet downy mildew in NCBI. He has also identified an actinomycete producing proteolytic enzyme associated with the induction of resistance to pearl millet to downy mildew. He has established Plant Health Care Centre at Karnataka University, Dharwad, which is helping the farmers in disease management of important crops grown in this region.

Dr. Pandian Krishnan (b 26 Jul, 1973) Principal Scientist, Division of Research Systems Management, ICAR-National Academy for Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, Telangana

Dr. Krishnan has worked extensively in the area of coastal zone management. He coordinated a national study for mapping coastal ecosystems and sensitivity thresholds along the Indian coast including the Islands, which has been integrated by Government of India in regulatory and management frameworks. He also contributed in building the coastal and marine biodiversity integration network database with futuristic features. He developed sea surface height based augmented PFZ advisories for fishermen. He also developed sustainable fisheries development plan for Lakshadweep, which has been notified by Government of India.

Dr. Prameela Krishnan (b 24 May, 1967) Head, Division of Agricultural Physics, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. P. Krishnan has made pioneering contributions in digital agriculture, towards exploring crop simulation models for their multifaceted abilities as Decision Support Systems. She assessed the impact of climate change on crop production and identified the limitations on rice yield imposed by high CO2 and temperature stress using crop simulation modelling; and reported significant role of adjusting planting date and developing cultivars with less spikelet sterility under high temperature stress as the best adaptation strategies to combat global warming. She demonstrated the successful application of crop simulation models to manage moisture, temperature and nutrient stress, which saved time and cost of conducting rigorous experimentations at different multi-locations. A web based crop simulation model was developed using InfoCrop - wheat that could simulate the crop management strategies, stress effects like moisture, temperature, CO2 and nitrogen stress on wheat.

Dr. Devendra Ram Malaviya (b 1 Jul, 1958) Head & Principal Scientist, Crop Improvement Division, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, U.P.

Dr. D.R. Malaviya has contributed towards forage crop improvement and seed technology. Interspecific hybrid through embryo rescue in Trifolium, guinea grass ploidy series and partitioning apomixis components are the first report. He has developed varieties of Berseem, guinea grass and Penniselum interspecific hybrid. Novel genetic stocks of Berseem, guinea grass and pearl millet are significant for strategic research. He has to his credit the salt/shade tolerant lines of different grasses, Berseem and Oat. Interspecific transfer of desirable genes in Trifolium, maize, Penniselum and Lens; partitioning of apomixis components in Penniselum and Panicum; Hybridization-supplemented Apomixis-components Partitioning Approach; species relationship; sexual lines of grasses and forage PGR activities have been his focused area of research.

Dr. Suseela Mathew (b 7 Apr, 1962) Principal Scientist & Head, Biochemistry & Nutrition, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin, Kerala

Dr. Suseela Mathew has contributed significantly in the areas of nutritional biochemistry, marine biomolecules and biomaterial sciences. She is involved in elucidating the mechanisms of action of marine biomolecules as potential therapeutic drugs against diseases and disorders associated with aging and developed/ commercialized many high value products like collagen-­chitosan membrane, iron-­calcium enriched fish soup powder for combating malnutrition, seaweed nutri-drink, squalene, oyster peptide extract, collage peptide, etc., as food supplements and nutraceuticals.

Dr. Vinay Kumar Mishra (b 3 Apr, 1963) Principal Scientist & Head, ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Regional Research Station, Dilkusha, Lucknow, U.P.

Dr. Vinay Kumar Mishra has been the team leader for development of protocol for sodic land reclamation, use of industrial wastes as alternate source of gypsum, resource conservation practices, land modification for harnessing the production potential of water logged sodic soil, under climate resilient agriculture. He made significant contribution in development of integrated nutrient management for calcareous soil and consortia of salt tolerant microbial isolates cultured in a patented media (CSR-BIO) for increasing plant tolerance to sodicity. He has developed micro rain water harvesting structure (Jalkund) for hilly ecosystem of north eastern region and underground taming/transfer of floods for irrigation (UTFI) technology in dark zone areas and played an important role in development of salt tolerant rice and wheat varieties.

Dr. Abhijit Mitra (b 12 Nov, 1965) Director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Mexziphema, Dimapur, Nagaland

Dr. Abhijit Mitra an innovative researcher and an excellent teacher. He gave a better understanding of the genetic mechanisms underlying the expression of complex phenotypes, namely maternal recognition of pregnancy, host’s genetic resistance and RNAi strategy for higher muscle growth. His significant contribution is in developing a novel and first-ever protocol of sperm/testes-mediated gene transfer for producing transgenic goat, which has received good peer recognition for its potential applications in future livestock improvement programmes.

Dr. Manoranjan Mohanty (b 18 Mar, 1972) Principal Scientist, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, M.P.

Dr. Mohanty simulated N release from the complex Indian farmyard manure using APSIM model which is of great importance in simulating nutrient dynamics in crops and cropping systems for integrated nutrient management and as well as for organic farming. He has developed a new methodology and software (SQI CAL) for soil quality index for rice-wheat cropping system considering the importance of zero-tillage and residue application on soil quality. Dr. Mohanty standardized tillage and crop residue management practices for improving water storage and transmission characteristics, soil quality and productivity of Vertisols. He developed enriched Phospho-Sulpho-Nitro compost technology for sustaining productivity and soil health. He also developed farmers’ participatory integrated nutrient management technology using a novel concept of Mother - Baby Trial approach to enhance the productivity of soybean-wheat system under balanced and integrated nutrient management on black soils of Madhya Pradesh

Dr. Pulok Kumar Mukherjee (b 12 Dec, 1968) Director, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, A National Institute under DBT, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, Takyelpat, Imphal, Manipur

Dr. PK Mukherjee has made significant contributions for understanding metabolomic approaches for quality evaluation of Indian medicinal and aromatic plants (IMAPs), pharmaco-vigilance, safety surveillance, and risk assessment. Dr. Mukherjee has studied chemo-profiling of medicinal plants for quality evaluation and their exploration for Alzheimer’s disease based on Acetyl cholinesterase inhibition, anti-HSV and anti-HIV potential. He has transferred the technologies to several industries and the products have been marketed. He has made significant contributions in the area of Ethnopharmacology.

Dr. Ravendra Naidu (b 26 May, 1954) CEO and Managing Director, CRC CARE and Global Innovation Chair &, Faculty of Sciences, The University of, Newcastle (UON), Uniiversity Drive, Australia

Dr. Naidu is a world leader in soil and environmental science and remediation of contaminated land. His pioneering innovative technologies have been extensively demonstrated in India and Bangladesh for arsenic and cadmium contaminated sites. Developed organic and metal contaminant bioavailability standard operating procedures that have been adopted as a National Measure in Australia. His scientific leadership has changed the way governments and industry deal with agricultural and industrial pollution, leading to widespread adoption of risk-based management of impoverished agricultural and contaminated land. He has established a critical mass of resources and human capital in Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, Global Contamination Assessment and Remediation Alliance, Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils, Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (the University of Newcastle) and these centres have produced 130 PhD and also provided training to 4,000 environmental managers.

Dr. Manjanath Krishnappa Naik (b 1 Jul, 1961) Vice Chancellor, University  of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Navile, Shivamogga, Karnataka

Dr. M. K. Naik has made significant contributions in identification of fluorescent strains of Pseudomonas possessing antibiotic genes, 2,4 DAPG, phenazine, pyrrolnitrin, pyoluteorin and pyoverdine. He has demonstrated the potential of PGPR strains as critical inputs on over 18,000 ha in the farmers’ fields, and of Azotobacter species for biodegradation of pesticides; and identified three new races of Fusarium udum infecting pigeon pea and two new races of F. solani infecting chilli. He identified structural and functional genes for biosynthesis of aflatoxin and contributed to the development and release of rice varieties KPR-1 - moderately resistant to blast and tolerant to stem borer and BPH; KHP-13 - moderately resistant to blast disease, processing tomato variety PTR-6 - resistant to early blight and leaf curl, and chili varieties, KDC-1 and Bhagyalaxmi - resistant to anthracnose. He also contributed for the development of e-SAP - a novel ICT based expert system for real time diagnosis, which has been adopted in >1.0 lakh ha in 24 crops of Karnataka.

Dr. B. Maheswarappa Naveena (b 21 Jun, 1974) Principal Scientist, ICAR-National Research Centre on Meat, Chengicherla, Hyderabad, Telangana

Dr. Naveena B. Maheswarappa has contributed significantly in the area of proteomic tools for understanding muscle food quality, lipid-protein interaction and identified protein biomarkers for meat colour and texture. He has developed proteomic-based technology for authentication of meat in mixes up to 0.5% level as an alternative to DNA-based techniques. Dr. Naveena has collaborated with five industries for development, validation and commercialization of many meat processing technologies besides ensuring more than 25 MoU’s with entrepreneurs for technical know-how of value-added meat products. He is involved in developing FSSAI standards for meat and poultry products and has also contributed for policy issues related to meat sector activities in the country.

Dr. C.M. Parihar (b 10 Oct, 1976) Senior Scientist, Division of Agronomy, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Parihar has pursued innovative and pioneering research on sustainable intensification of agriculture and management of natural resources through conservation agriculture (CA). His researches focused on the use of crop residue recycling for C-sequestration and thermal sensitivity of sequestered-C at elevated temperature along with GHGs emission from soil, which have been very useful in quantification of environmental footprints. Dr. Parihar validated the utility of the Nutrient Expert decision support tool to guide site-specific nutrient management (SSNM) and explored the potential of the various slow release N fertilizer sources in maize-based cropping systems under conservation agriculture, leading to enhanced nutrient, water and energy use efficiency. As a team member, Dr. Parihar has also contributed significantly to the development of six single cross maize hybrids. He has also been associated with the development and registration of two unique maize germplasm lines (DQL 1019 and DML 339) for charcoal rot resistance in QPM and normal genetic back grounds, respectively.

Dr. Hugh W. Pritchard (b 10 May, 1957) Principal Scientific Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, West Sussex, U.K.

Dr. Pritchard has done significantly advanced work on wild species, Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) and crop seed quality. He is an acknowledged world expert in his field, editing and reviewing hundreds of scientific papers, conducting four reviews of the GCIAR gene banks as a consultant for the Crop Trust, acting as special advisor to Technology Crops International, serving twice as a reviewer of gene bank science for the USDA, and undertaking governor’s role at the Writtle University College, U.K. He has also collaborated, through two recent EU projects (c. € 3 m each), with seed companies, including Syngenta and Limograin. His research-led teaching to hundreds of scientists in c. 30 countries has been supported by competitive grants from the Darwin initiative (x4) and the Newton Fund (Σ 0.8 m). He has participated regularly in training Indian Scientists in India on plant genetic resources utilization by modern tools and in collaboration with NBPGR.

Dr. Hifjur Raheman (b 4 May, 1962) Professor, Agricultural & Food Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, W.B.

Dr. Raheman has made significant contributions in research and development of agricultural machinery and production and use of biodiesel. A few of his notable achievements are use of tracks for improving tractive ability of power tiller; robotic arm for vegetable transplanter; development of sensor for detecting seed flow and choking of seed delivery tubes of seed drill; solar energy operated paddy thresher; electric reaper for cereal crops; production and utilisation of biodiesel from mixture of non-edible oils; and generation of biogas and electricity from jatropha seed cake.

Dr. Nagendra Rai (b 1 Mar, 1964) Principal Scientist, ICAR-Indian Insitute of Vegetable Research, P.B. No. 01, P.O. Jakhini, Shahanshahpur, Varanasi, U.P.

Dr. N. Rai has developed 08 varieties of tomato, 04 hybrids of brinjal, 04 of  French bean, 06 of Indian bean and of in cowpea. He identified promising lines of tomato resistant to root knot nematode, heat tolerance upto 40 0C, high lycopene content and DYMV tolerance. These varieties are commercialized and cultivated by the farmers of Chhattisgarh, Tamilnadu, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Punjab and Jharkhand. He has four books to his credit. He is Fellow of four societies including Horticulture Society of India. Dr. N. Rai is a recipient of Dr. Kirti Singh Life Time Achievement award, Dr. Harabhajan Singh Memorial Award and Young Scientist Award.

Dr. Mahender Singh Saharan (b 10 Jun, 1967) Principal Scientist, Division of Plant Pathology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Dr. M.S. Saharan has made significant contributions in the development of 14 disease-resistant varieties and 18 genetic stocks of wheat. He has also studied pathogenic and genetic variation of the pathogen, Tilletia indica isolates/monosporidial lines causing Karnal bunt of wheat. By evaluating > 50,000 wheat lines, multiple disease-resistant sources were identified. He has mapped HD 2189 / Agra Local population for leaf rust. Sequenced Tilletia indica and Bipolaris sorokiniana genomes, and deposited 37 sequences of wheat pathogens in NCBI. He has also studied genetics of resistance in linseed to powdery mildew, in guar to Alternaria blight, and in wheat to Karnal bunt and head scab. Dr. Saharan has developed prediction models for Alternaria blight of guar and powdery mildew of linseed, and management strategies for controlling wheat diseases.

Dr. Neelamraju Sarla (b 22 Apr, 1955) ICAR National Professor (Retired), ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad, Telangana

Dr. Sarla has made significant contributions to basic and applied areas of crop genetics and biotechnology especially functional genomics in rice using wild species, mutants and recombinant inbred lines to improve yield, quality and abiotic stress tolerance. Several quantitative trait loci, candidate genes and novel microRNAs were identified for complex traits such as yield, iron and zinc in grains and beat tolerance. Two varieties using wild species were released for high yield in normal (DRRDhan40) and coastal saline (ChinsurahNona2Gosaba6) areas. She developed innovative methods to overcome incompatibility among Brassica species and its wild relatives, germinate pigeon pea pollen in vitro and screen rice lines for tolerance to heat and low phosphorus in soil.

Dr. Ashish Kumar Singh (b 22 Apr, 1972) Principal Scientist & In-charge, Business Planning and Development Unit, Dairy Technology Division, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana

Dr. Ashish Kumar Singh has contributed significantly in the areas of dairy by-product utilization, technological development for composite dairy foods, process development for functional dairy foods and nutraceuticals. He is among the pioneer in initiating the research on non-thermal processes including HHP & PEF for preservation and quality improvement of milk and other dairy products. Dr. Ashish has developed an extension model for strengthening the dairy value chain by promoting the processing at the producer’s level. He is coordinating the entrepreneurship development programme and mentored more than 100 startups in establishing their business venture through technology transfer, consultancy, capacity building and business incubation. Dr. Ashish has developed and commercialized several technologies, and credited with linking the research to end users.

Dr. Brajesh Singh (b 16 Nov, 1970) Principal Scientist & Head, CPB & PHT Division, ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla, H.P.

Dr. B. Singh has developed low cost technology for small-scale entrepreneurship and commercialization of potato chips, and low sugar potatoes. Besides, he has also developed storage technologies for various potato products. He developed protocols for nutritional profiling of potatoes, including the estimation of chlorpropham residues, glycoalkaloids, and flavouring compounds etc. specially for potato sector market in the country. Dr. Singh is a recipient of Dr. J.C. Anand Memorial gold medal in post-harvest technology and associateship of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Dr. Dheer Singh (b 14 Jun, 1966) Head, Animal Biochemistry Division, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana

Dr. Dheer Singh, a distinguished biochemist and Fellow of the National Academy of Science India, has contributed significantly in the area of fundamental research addressing reproductive problems in buffalo. He has the credit of characterizing and elucidating regulation of buffalo Cyp 19A1 gene encoding a rate limiting enzyme P450arom involved in biosynthesis of one of most important hormones, estrogen (E2) essentially required for efficient female reproduction, performance. He developed methods like salivary fern pattern-based estrus detection, developed and patented primers for a PCR based detection of Ureaplasma diversum for screening the animals with sub-clinical uterine diseases and developed and patented a peptide based Luteinizing hormone antibody for developing an easy and affordable strip based nanobiosensor for ovulation prediction at farmers’ door for timely artificial insemination to improve conception.

Dr. Naveen Prakash Singh (b 15 Jul, 1970) Principal Scientist, ICAR-National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NIAP), New Delhi

Dr. Naveen P Singh's scientific research has largely concentrated on frontiers in agricultural economics research including agricultural marketing, price analysis, impact assessment and climate change adaptation. His research outputs have contributed to the evolution of several effective strategic plans and policies towards refining methodology for forecasting agricultural commodity prices, technology adoption and impact assessment, strengthening alternate MSP mechanism and strategies for doubling farmers' income. Further, his contributions are helping in developing farm practices and technologies suiting to different agro-ecologies and mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into developmental programmes.

Dr. Ram Kewal Singh (b 31 Mar, 1962) Assistant Director General (CC), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi

Dr. R.K. Singh has contributed significantly in the field of genetics, genomics & molecular breeding. He was instrumental in developing SSR markers linked to important traits in wide range of crops. He bred two KTI free soybean and three genetic stocks through MAS and developed mutants in black gram to enhance the yield potential. The KTI free lines have been commercialized for production of quality soya food products. He has also developed four sugarcane varieties which are very popular among the farmers. Likewise mapping of fertility restorer gene expedited hybrid breeding. For the first time ever, his efforts on development and utilization of novel functional SSR and conserved intron scanning markers in GWAS identified putative candidate gene(s) resistant to red rot in sugarcane.

Dr. Gavaravarapu Maruthi Subbarao (b 18 Feb, 1975) Scientist E (Communication), Group Leader, Communication & Extension, Extension & Training Division, ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, Telangana

Dr. G.M. Subbarao has widened the scope of the field of nutrition extension by pursuing research in nutrition and food safety communication, nutrition policy and advocacy for risk perceptions and risk communication. His research work critically evaluated the use of different methods and communication tools to promote nutrition in agricultural and rural community settings. Further, he is actively involved in development of Mobile App which can provide values of a large number of raw foods and recipes and Braille nutrition education materials for the benefit of the visually challenged people. His studies using Group Quizzes and Folk Media was featured as Great Education Material by the International Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour.

Dr. (Ms.) Subbaraya Uma (b 1 Jun, 1962) Director, ICAR-National Research Center for Banana, Trichy, Tamil Nadu

Dr. Uma has been instrumental in developing technology for conservation and commercialization of banana. She has developed DUS guidelines for banana for registration with PPV & FRA. She has also developed banana varieties, Kaveri and Sugandham. Her significant contribution to develop protocol for export quality of banana for transit of 35 days is well-recognized. She has received a numbers of award including Biodiversity conservation award, J.C. Bose memorial award, Dr. G.L. Chadha Memorial award, Dr. M.H. Marigowda National Award etc. She had been Chair of Banana Network for Pacific Asia.