Dr. Chaman Lal Sethi, Former Head and Professor, Division of Nematology, IARI, New Delhi, born on 2nd April 1929. He served as Professor of Nematology during the period 1978-81 and Head during the year 1981-84. He retired from the Division in April, 1989. He was one of the founder members of the Division of Nematology established in December, 1966 at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and hold many responsibilities at the Division as well as in the Institute. He has also contributed significantly in formation and establishment of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP - Nematodes). Dr. Sethi was an able administrator and excellent teacher. His teaching ability and power of explaination made the students confident over the years working in Nematology. He was very popular among the students because of his extraordinary qualities. He has guided more than a dozen students in MSc and PhD and published more than hundred research papers in National and International journals of repute. He visited USA as a part of eminent Indian Nematologists under International Meloidogyne Project. He has served the Nematological Society of India in the capacity of President, General Secretary and member of Editorial Board. For his extra ordinary contribution in the Discipline of Nematology, he was declared as Honorary Fellow of the Nematological Society of India. He also served the Indian Phytopathological Society in the capacity of Chief Editor.
Dr. Sethi passed away on 20th November, 2009.