Born in Sakharkherda (Buldana), Maharashtra, India on 15 July 1946. Educated at MES High School, Mehkar (MS) 1959-61; College of Agriculture, Akola, 1961-65; College of Agriculture, Nagpur, 1965-67; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1968-1972. B.Sc (Agri.) 1965; M.Sc (Agri.) 1965; Ph.D, IARI, 1972. Post Doctoral, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, 1980-82; Re-visited 1986.
Currently, Adjunct Professor, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi; Chairman, Agri.Finance Corporation Mumbai; Member, African Biosafety Network Expertise, Burkina Faso, Executive Board Member, Internatinal Service for Acquisition Agri-Biotech Applications, USA, Board Member of DR PDKV AKOLA and SKAUST, Srinagar, J&K.
Professor and Head, Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani, 1976-1991 and 1993-1995; Associate Dean, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola, 1991-93; Associate Director, NARP, Aurangabad, 1995-97; Vice-Chancellor, MAU, Parbhani, 1997-2000; Director, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, 2000-2003; Agriculture Commissioner; Govt. of India, New Delhi; 2003-2004; Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi; 2004-2011.
Awards/Honours: Awards and Honours: Prof.M.J.Narasimhan Academic Award, 1074; V.P. Gokhale Award, 1998; Vasantrao Naik Krishi Award, 2002; Outstanding Team Research Award, 2003; Dr. B. Vishwanath Award, 2005; Life Time Acievement Awards, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015; Lekhiram Memorial Award, 2009; Doda Raghav Reddy Award, 2010; Leadership Award 2010; Amit Prabudh Manishi Award,; 2012; IPS Recognition Award, 2012; Sasya Suraksha Mahajani Award, 2012; Honoured with two civilian awards for social, cultural and scientific activities in the City of Nagpur; viz., Global Nagpur and Sarathi Awards. Sheti Sanman Puraskar by ABP MAZA Marathi Channel, 2016; Annasaheb Shinde Puraskar in 2017 for agri contribution. D.Sc. (Honoris Causa), Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa Samastipur (Bihar), 2009; OUAT, Bhubaneshwar(Orissa), 2010 and Assam Agricutultural University, Jorhat (Assam), 2010; President, Indian Society for Cotton Improvement, 2008 to date, and Founder President, South Asia Biotechnology Centre, New Delhi, President Indian Phytopathological Society, 1997-98; SMPP, Udaipur, 2006-09, Doctor's Krishi Academy, Lucknow, 2006-11; CRDA, Hissar, 2010-11, Chief Editor, IPS New Delhi, 2004-06.
Fellow: Maharashtra Academy of Sciences.; Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Research Areas: Plant Pathology -Epidemiology and Management of Crop Diseases, Human Resource Development, Cotton Improvement, Biotechmology
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