Dr. Paramvir Singh Ahuja

DG, CSIR and Director, IHBT

Detailed CV could be sought from the Directorate

Dr. Paramvir Singh Ahuja born on 19th December, 1952, has an excellent academic record with B.Sc.and M.Sc. in (Agri) from PAU, Ludhiana and thereafter a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham as a Commonwealth Scholar during 1983. He has been a national scholarship holder throughout . He was a Post-Doctororal NSERC Fellow at McGill University at Montreal, Canada and has been a Visiting Scientist to the Ohio State University, Columbus USA. During his Ph.D. he has also worked at the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge, UK and Nuclear Research Institute at Julich in Germany. He is a Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) and the Indian National Science Academy(FNA)besides other professional bodies pertaining to his area of specialization. He has several prestigious national awards to his credit and has delivered reputed societal memorial lectures. He is widely travelled and well exposed to most parts of the world. In his career, he has risen to the level of coordinating Director of CSIR, functioning from the office of DGCSIR New Delhi and as Chairman of the Recruitment and Assessment Board of CSIR. He has taken over charge of the the post of DG, CSIR.

Initially he was the Head, Department of Plant Tissue Culture at CIMAP Lucknow wherein his Department became a Centre of Excellence. Thereafter, he joined as Head, Plant Biotechnology and Biodiversity Conservation Division, CSIR Complex, Palampur now known as IHBT. He took over as the Director of the Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT) on 13th April, 1998 and is on this position since then. During the year 2008-09 he also had additional charge as Director, CIMAP Lucknow. He has also been a scientific mentor to NBRI for sometime. He has been a member of Research Councils/ Scientific Advisory Committees/Management Councils of several prestigious institutions of the country. He has taken part as a member of Task Forces and has been on committees of Govt. of India. He has been a member of Editorial Board of many national journals. He is a Life Member of more than 15 professional bodies. He has guided 16 Ph.D. students and several M.Tech/M.Sc. studies. He has more than 200 Research Publications/Reviews and has delivered innumerableAcademy invited lectures. He has edited two Lab Manuals and several books. He has over 20 patents and some of these are commercialized. His early contribution are in the improvement of wheat and forage legumes wherein his work resulted in release of a salt resistant wheat variety. He has made a commendable contribution in the area of conservation and improvement of Medicinal and Aromatic plants.

He at an early stage was instrumental in the release of a salt tolerant wheat variety when in CSSRI at Karnal. He has played a leadership role in release of the first somaclonal variety in India in the aromatic grass Cymbopogon winterianus popularly known as CIMAP BIO-13. His work on reproductive biology, tissue culture of MAPS led to the development of gene bank at CIMAP. He has provided leadership for the production of several somatic hybrids in Tropane Alkaloids and has been a pioneer on the work on hairy root production and secondary metabolites. His contribution on characterization of the Indian Tea germplasm and his research on tea, rose and potato transgenics, is a landmark achievement that is globally acknowledged. His role in bioprospection of novel plants, genes from high altitudes and their validation and translation to adoption by the industry is noteworthy. He has played a pivotal role in introducing stevia and several other medicinal plants as commercial crops thereby promoting diversified agriculture which is a necessity. He has made significant contribution in extending rural technologies to remoteest tribal locations in Himalayas. He has more than 20 patents and many of them are licensed. He is acknowledged as an inspiring institution builder who has raised IHBT from a scratch to an institute of International reckoning. He has an exemplary record in administrative capacity as a leader in science and academics.

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