Dr. T.S. Thind (Tarlochan Singh Thind) was borne on 10th July, 1952 in village Said Pur, District Kapurthala, Punjab from where he obtained his school education. He did B.Sc. from Govt. College, Chandigarh in 1972. He received M.Sc. (Botany) in 1974 and Ph.D (Botany) in 1977 from Saugar University, Sagar (M.P.). He joined as Research Associate in 1977 and subsequently Asstt. Plant Pathologist in 1978 in Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He became Plant Pathologist in 1988 and was elevated to the post of Senior Plant Pathologist in 1996. Dr. Thind served as Professor and Head, Department of Plant Pathology, PAU, Ludhiana from January, 2001 till February, 2012. After this he became Additional Director of Research in PAU in March, 2012.
Dr. Thind is specialized in rational and need-based use of fungicides in plant disease control. He attended FAO sponsored international training course on fungicide resistance in Malaysia in 1984. He was awarded French Govt. Fellowship for Post-Doctoral research at INRA, Bordeaux, France from 1985-1987. He was a visiting scientist in the same institute in 1991-92 and worked on epidemiology and resistance development in grape powdery mildew to EBI fungicides. He was awarded ‘Le Grand Conseil Bordeaux’ Medal in 1992 for the research work done on fungicide resistance in France.
He handled several research projects as Principal Investigator funded by ICAR, DST, UNDP and Indo-French Centre for Advanced Research on epidemiology and management of fungal disease in vegetables and fruit crops through need-based use of fungicides. Dr. Thind did pioneere work on fungicide resistance in plant pathogens in India and has reported several cases of fungicide resistance development for the first time in India and worked out its management strategies. He is National Advisor for the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (India Chapter). He has served as FAO Consultant in Cape Verde (W. Africa) in 1992. He was awarded ‘Fulbright Fellowship’ in 2001 for visiting University of California, Davis, USA in 2001 and 2005. He won ‘Pesticides India Award’ twice by Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, ‘Prof. M.J. Narasimhan Commendation Medal’ and ‘Prof. M.S. Pavgi Memorial Award’ by Indian Phytopathological Society.
Dr. Thind is a Member of Chemical Control Committee of International Society of Plant Pathology since 1998 and is Associate Editor of Pest Management Science, UK, since 2003. He is Fellow of Indian Phytopathological Society, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology and Indian Society of Plant Pathologists. He was elected President of Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology (2007), Indian Phytopathological Siciety (2011) and Indian Society of Plant Pathologists (2011). He was nominated Editor-in-Chief of Indian Society of Plant Pathologists.
Dr. Thind has published more than 140 research papers in leading journals, 6 books and 3 technical bulletins. He has attended several international conferences of plant pathology in Australia, England, New Zealand, Israel, France, Germany, Italy and Malaysia. He guided several M,Sc. and Ph.D students in plant pathology.
Dr. Thind superannuated from the university service in July, 2012. He was awarded Scientist Emeritus by ICAR which he joined in August, 2012 after retirement in the Department of Plant Pathology, PAU, Ludhiana.