Dr. S.S. Chahal (Sarbjit Singh Chahal) was born on 6th April 1947. He obtained Doctorate from Punjab University, Chandigarh and joined as Assistant Plant Pathologist at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana in 1975. He became Professor in 1990 and rose to the position of Dean, Postgraduate Studies besides serving on a number of other key positions in PAU. He served as Director of Research, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Syndic, Senator, Chairman Postgraduate Education and Research Board, Member Finance Committee, Academic Council and Research Degree Board of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.
Prof. Chahal has distinguished himself for carrying out basic and applied research in the field of disease resistance, epidemiology, histopathology, risk analysis, disease cycle and management of several serious diseases of cereals and sunflower. He has contributed in development of three downy mildew resistant varieties, ergot resistant lines of pearl millet and establishing the mode of action of alky1 phosphonate fungicides against phycomycetous plant pathogens. He was Principal investigator of five externally funded research projects. He has been leader of “International Working Group of Karnal Bunt of Wheat” (ISTA). His 266 publications include research and review papers, books, book chapters manuals and popular articles besides editing 5 volumes of the journal Plant Disease Research.
Dr. Chahal is recipient of PAU Meritorious Teacher Award, winner of 4 important Awards viz. two time Prof. M.J. Narasimhan Merit Academic Award, Pesticides India Award and B.B. Mundakar Award. He has been conferred with the prestigious ISMPP Life Time Achievement Award-2012. He was visiting scientist, twice to the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and twice to Danish Government Institute of Seed Pathology (DGISP), Copenhagen, Denmark. He has served several journals as member of editorial board. He was member of 10 and fellow of 4 professional societies. Besides he is Honorary Fellow of Punjab Academy of Sciences and Indian Society of Plant Pathologists and mentor to 14 postgraduate students.
Prof. Chahal has been President of Indian Society of Plant Pathologists, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology and Indian Phytopathological Society; Chairman, Steering Committees of the Asian Congress of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Global Conference-II and 5th International Congress of Plant Pathology. Prof. Chahal has attended several national and International Conferences and is serving on a number of academic and advisory committees of UGC, ICAR, Indian and Foreign universities. He has also served as Chairman of recommending committee for opening of private Universities in Rajasthan and Member Board of Directors Rajasthan Knowledge Commission Ltd (RKCL). He was also Vice-Chancellor of Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur.