Prof. A. K Misra graduated (BVSc & AH) from Mathura Veterinary College in 1979 and obtained MVSc and PhD degrees in Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics in 1981 and 1996 with academic distinctions. Prof. Misra was awarded ‘University Silver Medal’ in BVSc & AH and ‘Chancellor’s Gold Medal’ as a topper of M.V.Sc. His PhD work on embryo biotechnology in buffalo was adjudged as the outstanding post-graduate research work, for which he received ‘Jawaharlal Nehru Award’ of the ICAR, New Delhi.
During his career, Prof. Misra worked in several capacities, mainly, Vice Chancellor, Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU), Nagpur; Vice Chancellor, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology (GBPUAT), Pantnagar; VCSG Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Agroforestry, Bharsar, Pauri Garhwal (additional charge); Director, Project Directorate on Cattle (ICAR), Meerut; Professor and Head, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar; General Manager (CEO) of Sabarmati Ashram Gaushala (SAG), a unit managed by the National Dairy Development Board, Anand.
Prof. Misra has been involved in the development of embryo transfer and frozen semen technology in cattle and buffalo. He did pioneering work in the field of embryo biotechnology, particularly in buffalo and produced the first buffalo calf by successful freezing of embryos, besides his involvement in the successful vitrification of immature buffalo oocytes for the first time. He also produced first buffalo calves through non-surgical and surgical embryo transfer, and successfully implemented ONBS project for the first time in India/Asia. Under the mission mode National Science and Technology Project on Embryo Transfer of the DBT, NDDB being the lead implementing agency, he established a network of Main ET Lab at SAG Bidaj, 4 Regional ET Labs at Nasik, Hessarghatta, Raibareli and Nekarikallu and 15 State ET Labs in different states of India and produced thousands of cattle calves and over 120 buffalo calves. Under this project he produced a record 11 calves following transfer of 15 embryos, in to 14 recipients (78.6% conception), which was widely acclaimed by the media and the Hon’ble Prime Minister.
When Prof. Misra joined Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU), the largest Veterinary and Animal Sciences University of India, in 2012, it was going through turmoil due to irregularities happened in recruitment process in the year 2008-09. A large number of pension cases of retired employees and payment of other dues were pending for various reasons for a period of 6 months to 5 years. Probation of more than 500 employees was pending since 2007-08. Positions of Deans, Directors, Associate Deans, Heads of the Departments and large number of Assistant Professors were lying vacant. With the assistance from the Govt. of Maharashtra all the dues of the employees were paid. Positions of Deans, Directors, Associate Deans, Heads of the Departments and large number of Assistant Professors were filled and promotions of the faculty under CAS pending for the Vth and VIth Pay Commission were awarded in a transparent manner and without any complaint.
He has been honoured with Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award for the biennium 2005-06 by the ICAR; Dr. P. Bhattacharya Award for the biennium 2013-14 by the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Jawaharlal Nehru Award 1997 by the ICAR; 25th Business School & Dewang Mehta National Education Award 2017; Lokmat National Education Leadership Award- 2014; CR Sane Oration Award-2010 (ISSAR); Prof. Nils Lagerlof Memorial Award 1993; CR Sane Oration Award-2015 (BVC); CLFMA Achievement Award in Dairy Nutrition – 2016; Nakul Award – 2013; Hari Ohm Ashram Prerit Shri Bhaikaka Inter-University Smarak Trust Award 2006-07; Commonwealth Bureau of Animal Health Prize -1980; Jawahar Lal Nehru Fund Award-1980.
He has also been awarded with the Fellowships of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences – 2015, National Academy of Veterinary Sciences – 1999, Indian Society for the Study of Animal Reproduction-2009 and Indian Society for the Advancement of Canine Practice -2013. Prof. Misra was the elected President of the Indian Society for the Study of Animal Reproduction during 2014-2016. He has visited many countries including USA, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Denmark, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, France, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan as Visiting Professor/ Invited/Sponsored Speaker/Chairman of the Session or other professional work.
He has been the, Chairman of the ‘Search Committee’ for the selection of Vice Chancellor of Nana Ji Deshmukh Veterinary University, Jabalpur (MP); Member of the ‘Search Committee’ for the selection of Vice Chancellor of Chhattisgarh Kamdhenu University, Durg (Chattisgarh); Member of the ‘Search Committee’ for the selection of Vice Chancellor of Kerala University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Pookode, (Kerala); Chairman of the Research Advisory Committees of the ICAR Institutes - Central Institute for Research on Cattle, Meerut (UP); Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly (UP); National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, (Nagaland); National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang (Arunachal Pradesh); Central Institute for Research on Goats, Mathura (UP); Chairman, Central Monitoring Unit (CMU), of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF), Govt. of India; Chairman of the Committee for the ‘Accreditation of Embryo Transfer Laboratories in the Country for production of embryos’, of DAHDF, Govt. of India; Member, Veterinary Council of India; Member of the Governing Body of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Society, New Delhi; Member of the Research Advisory Committees of the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, (Haryana); Member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hisar (Haryana); Member, “Task Force on Biotechnology Based Programmes for SC/ST Population” of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India; Member of the Management Committee of National Meat and Poultry Processing Board of Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India; Member of the Board of Management of different Universities (India Gandhi Agriculture University, Raipur; Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwavidyalaya Evam Go-Anusandhan Sansthan, Mathura; Chhattisgarh Kamdhenu University, Durg; Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bikaner; National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal), besides many other state and central committees.
As a sportsman, he represented Cricket and Hockey teams of the CSA University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur (UP) and was Captain of the Hockey Team of the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry Mathura.
D.Sc. (Honoris Causa)
FNAAS, FNADS, FNAVS, MNAS, FSS
Former Director, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal; Dean Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry and Director Resident Instructions & Dean Postgraduate Studies, SKUAST, Jammu, and Head, Department of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.
President, National Academy of Dairy Science; President Probiotic Association of India and President, Indian Society of Veterinary Pharmacology of Toxicology. Chairman, Indian Dairy Association (NZ); Member, Governing Board of “Agriculture Skill Council” of India; Member Governing Body of Punjab Livestock Development Board and Rajasthan Livestock Mission; Chairman, Sub-group of Planning Commission Advisory Committee on processing and value addition of milk and milk products; Chairman, FAD 19, Bureau of Indian Standard Committee. Member of Food and Agriculture Division Council, BIS, Govt. of India, Chairman of DBT Task Force on “Animal Biotechnology” and Founder Editor Indian Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology.
Distinguished fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, National Academy of Veterinary Sciences, National Academy of Dairy Sciences, Indian society of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology, Indian Association for Advancement of Veterinary Research, Society of Toxicology, Society of Environmental Sciences, Society of Sciences, International Society for Ecological Communications. Member of National Academy of Science and Member, Governing Board of National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, DBT, Govt. of India.
Former Secretary of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and President of Indian Agricultural University Vice Chancellors Association.
Recipient of several awards and honours including D.Sc. (Honoris Causa), International NOCIL Award, National Alarsin Award, ICAR Jawaharlal Nehru Award, DAAD Fellowship and Bhoomi Nirman Award. Conferred the “Life Time Achievement Award” by Society for Community Mobilization for Sustainable Development and also by CLFMA India. Recipient of the Chellappa Memorial Oration Award and Dr. Rao Memorial Oration Award. Also recipient of “Agriculture Leadership Award” and “Education Leadership Award”.
Dr. P.K. Chakrabarty (FNAAS)
Member (Plant Sciences)
Dr. Pranjib K. Chakrabarty (ARS) joined Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board as Member (Plant Sciences) on April 16, 2019. Before joining ASRB he served ICAR as Assistant Director General (Plant Protection & Biosafety) at Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi since Oct 7, 2013. He also held additional charges of ADG (Commercial Crops) from June 2015- Feb 2016, ADG (Oilseeds and Pulses) from August 2017- April 2019, Project Coordinator (Honey bees & Pollinators) from Oct 2017- March 2019 and PC (Nematodes) from Nov 2018- April 2019. Prior to joining HQ in Krishi Bhawan, he served the ICAR in various capacities as Scientist (Plant Pathology), Principal Scientist (Plant Biotechnology) and Head (Crop Improvement) working at the Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) Nagpur.
A First class academic throughout his career, Dr Chakrabarty conducted pioneering research on Molecular basis of plant-pathogen interaction and signal transduction of disease resistance for five years in the USA. He completed his post-doctoral research at the University of Florida, Gainesville and at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, USA. He visited 25 countries in Australia, Africa, Asia, Americas and Europe as visiting Scientist and also led Indian delegations in various International fora.
His key Research Achievements included a patent on ready-to-use PCR detection kit for detection of Xanthomonas malvacearum - a seed borne pathogen of cotton. He has developed molecular diagnostic tools for detection of all the major pathogens of cotton. He also developed CAPS Marker to differentiate Ramularia areola strains infecting diploid cotton from tetraploid cotton and a race 18-specific RFLP marker in Xanthomonas malvacearum. He has developed six gene constructs including 5 RNAi and a chitinase, (chi1) gene constructs for cotton transformation. Using them Dr Chakrabarty developed transgenic diploid cotton with enhanced expression of a unique class I chitinase gene showing delayed pathogenesis of foliar fungal pathogens of cotton and RNAi-mediated transgenic cotton tolerant to cotton leaf curl virus.
He is the recipient of a number of academic and professional awards and Fellowships. He has been the President of the Indian Society of Mycology & Plant Pathology, Udaipur consecutively for two terms from 2017-2019. He has been elected as the President of the Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi for 2019-2021. He is Fellow of a number of prestigious Professional Societies including, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences; Phytopathological Society of India, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology; Mycological Society of India, etc. He is also an adjunct faculty of the University of Florida, USA.
He has published 73 gene sequences in GenBank. He is also a lifetime member of 5 professional Societies and has published 76 research papers in National and international Journals of repute, written 18 book chapters and 53 conference papers. He has guided 12 MSc and PhD students.
In addition to serving ICAR for over three decades, he has served on several inter-ministerial and inter departmental bodies:
- • Chairman, Food and Agriculture Division (FAD 3), Bureau of Indian Standards, GOI;
- • Chairman, Tech. Committee on Monitoring pesticide Residues at National Level, MoA&FW; GOI
- • Chairman, sub-committee on crop grouping for harmonization of MRL; CIBRC; GOI
- • Chairman, RAC, IPFT, Gurgaon, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, GOI, 2017-20
- • Chairman, minor use of pesticides, DAC&FW, MoA&FW, GOI
- • Co-chairman, Technical Group, Tea Board, on Plant Protection Code, Min of Commerce GOI, 2016-2019
- • Member of Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee (CIB&RC), MoA&FW;
- • Member, CODEX Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF)
- • Member, CODEX Committee on Pesticides Residue (CCPR)
- • Member, Task force on Agricultural Biotechnology, DBT
- • Member, Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM), DBT, MoS&T; GOI
- • Expert, task force of DRDO; MEA, GOI
- • ICAR Nodal person, Biological Weapon Convention, MEA; GOI
- • Member, Executive Committee of the National Institute for Plant Health Management (DAC-NIPHM), MoA&FW, GOI.
- • Member, Executive Committee, BCKVV, Kalyani, West Bengal.
Dr. K.K. Singh
Member, ASRB (NRM Group)
Dr. KK Singh obtained his Master of Technology (Processing & Agril. Structures) degree from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana in 1985 and Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1997. Started his career as Assistant Professor at RAU, Pusa in August, 1984 and continued until May, 1985, thereafter, joined Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal as Scientist S-1 (ARS-1985) in May, 1986 and worked at different positions until April, 2007 before joining as Head, Food Grains & Oilseeds Processing Division at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering & Technology, Ludhiana. Before joining the post of the Director, ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal, Dr. Singh worked as Assistant Director General (Process Engineering) at ICAR HQ, New Delhi. Dr. Singh has made original contributions on the application of cryogenics in food processing for retention of aroma in spice grinding establishing an internationally recognized school of thought in CRYOGENIC GRINDING OF SPICES, an area little explored until now in India or abroad. He developed a commercial scale cryogenic grinder for spices, puffed potato cubes, a novel ready-to-eat product and designed a number of need based food processing machines like, small capacity dryer for fruits and vegetables, potato peeler and slicer, power operated peanut sheller, expanding pitch type fruit grader, potato pulper for extraction of starch, etc. Some of these machines have been helpful in reducing the drudgery and enhance efficiency of operations, and have been adopted by the small scale processors/farmers.
Dr. Singh has in his credit about 100 research publications in the journals of repute and he is co-author of a popular text book entitled ‘Unit Operations of Agricultural Processing’. He has been recipient of several prestigious awards and honours, such as Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award, Jawaharlal Nehru Award, Fellowships of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), Recognition Award of the NAAS, Fellowship of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, and best poster awards. He was awarded Post Doctoral Fellowship/Visiting Scientist in 2000 by the North Dakota State University, USA. He completed the management programme on ‘Leadership for the 21st Century’ organized by Harvard University, USA. He visited USA, Italy, Germany, Philippines, Thailand, China, Vietnam, and Combodia a number of times to lead the Indian Delegation and attend meetings of the Intrenational Organization for Standardization and United States Agencies, like Food and Agriculture Organization, Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), etc.
He served as Chairman, Agriculture & Food Processing Equipment Sectional Committee (FAD-20) and Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Sectional Committee (FAD-11) of BIS. He also served in a number of prestigious committees and boards as Member, like GB and AGM of ICAR, APEDA, Board of Management of PAU, Ludhiana, RSKVV, Gwalior, NIFTEM, Kundli, INST, Mohali, etc.