Born in Vavilala, Karimnagar district, A.P. India on 1 January 1945. Educated at different schools of Karimnagar Dist. A.P. 1950-1961; PUC 1961; University College of Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad; B.Sc. 1965, M.Sc. 1967, Ph.D. 1974; University of Mysore, Mysore, D.Sc. 1999. Post Doctoral Research at UK, USA, Germany (1977, 1989, 1990).
NASI Senior Scientist & Platinum Jobilee Fellow, Department of Botany, Osmania University, Hyderabad, 2013 to date.
Assistant Professor 1970-1980, Associate Professor 1980-1984, Professor 1984-2004, Vice-Principal 1992-1996, Chairman, Board of Studies in Botany 1995-1997, Head, Department of Botany 1998-2000, Principal 1996-1999, and Dean, 2001-2004, UGC & Dev. Affairs; Emeritus Scientist (CSIR), 2005-09; Principal Investigator, UGC Project, 2010-13.
Awards/Honours: Young Scientist Award, APAS, 1979; Best Teacher Award, Govt. of A.P., 1995; Dr. Birbal Sahni Medal, IBS, 2000; A.P. Scientist Award, APCOST, 2001; UGC Hari Om J.C. Bose Award, 2001; Platinum Jubilee Lecture Award, ISCA, 2006; Dr. Saligram Sinha Memorial Lecture Award, NASI, 2006; Dr. E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award, MoEF, 2006; Dr. Mundukar Memorial Lecture Award, IPS, 2007; Dr. N. Prasad Memorial Lecture Award, ISMPP, 2007; President, Botany Section 89th Indian Science Congress, 2002; President, Indian Phytopathological Society, 2002-2003; Member, Management Committee NBAIM, ICAR, New Delhi, 2007-2010; Chairman, Research Advisory and Monitoring Committee (BSI & ZSI) MoEF, New Delhi 2007-2009; President, Indian Botanical Society, 2007-2008; President, Mycological Society of India, 2008-2009; RAC Member, ARI, Pune, 2009-2012; RAC Member, National Center for Cell Culture, Pune, 2009-2012; Member, Academic Council, Central University of Gujarat, 2009-2012; Dr. Y.L. Nene Outstanding Plant Pathology Teacher Award, 2012, ISMPP; Life Time Achievement Award, 2012, MSI; Life Time Achievement Award, BHU, 2012; Member, RAC, MoES, 2012-15; DBT, Member Task Force, Biofertililzers & Biopesticides, 2013-15; Chairman, RAC, NBAIM, 2013-15; Member, DBT Fungal Networking Programme, 12th Plan; Prof. Banerjee Memorial Lecture Award, IMI, Kolkata University, 2014; Prof. Baruah Memorial Lecture Award, Gauhati University, 2014; UGC Nominee for CAS, Botany, Madras University; SAP, Botany, Dharwad University; SAP Botany, Punjab University; President Society for Basic and Applied Mycology, Jabalpur, M.P.; Indian Phytopathological Society, Recognition Award 2016; Life Time Achievement Award, Indian Botanical Society 2016.
Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India; Indian Phytopathological Society, Indian Botanical Society, A.P. Akademy of Sciences.
Research Areas: Mycology, Plant Pathology, Fungal Biotechnology and Microbiology
Address: NASI Senior Scientist and, Platinum Jubilee Fellow, Department of Botany, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana; 2-2-1144/23/1 (MCH 250), New Nallakunta, Hyderabad 500044, Telangana; [Tel: Off. (040) 27682244; Res. (040) 27562723; Cell: 09391164243; Fax: (040) 27090020; Email: email@example.com]