Prof. Y.S. Ahlawat (Yashvir Singh Ahlawat) was born on 10th October 1943. He dis his post graduate from Agra University (1966) started career as a post graduate teacher and then joined IARI Regional Station at Flowerdale, Shimla (1968) and in 1972 became Assistant Virus Pathologist at IARI, Regional station, Kalimpong and served the station as Head for nearly a decade. He joined the Division of Plant Pathology at IARI New Delhi in 1980 and continuing here giving leadership in Plant Virology research. His researches on virus diseases of citrus have made him an icon in the field of citrus virology globally. He has many maiden reports to his credit but of special mention are citrus yellow mosaic badnavirus and Indian citrus ringspot virus, which are new discoveries in the world. He has published more than 150 research papers in professional journals, has 16 book chapters and seven books to his credit. A popular teacher among PG students at IARI he has guided a number of students (Indian and foreign) for their Ph. D. and M.Sc. research work. As chairman of the Advisory committee he guided 10 Ph. D including 3 international students and 2 M.Sc. students. He is member of several scientific committees and in selection boards at various universities, CSIR, UPSC etc.
He has several awards to his credit viz., James M. and Adeline Wallace Research award (1998) by IOCV, University of California for the outstanding research in citriculture, Dr. H.D. Chapman award by the Indian Society on Citriculture, 1991 and ICAR appreciation certificate for conducting an excellent training course on “Detection of Plant pathogens” (1998). Besides he is member of a number of national and international professional societies. He served Indian Phytopathological Society as Jt. Secretary (1989-91) and President, Delhi zone. (1995). He was also Vice-President of Indian Society of Citriculture and also its Secretary General from 1995-97. He was consultant to the Royal Govt. of Bhutan for improving citriculture in Bhutan (2001-02).
Dr Ahlawat is widely travelled, representing the country both at National and International level. He was the Indian expert selected by IBPGR to USA to prepare FAO/IBPGR technical guidelines for the safe movement of citrus germplasm (1989). As FAO fellow he worked at university of California, Riverside and Instituto Biologico, Sao Paulo at Brazil. He was visiting scientist at INRA, Bordeaux, France in 1991and 1994. He chaired International Meeting in Australia and China. He was driving force in organizing 12th IOCV Conference at New Delhi in 1992 which brought India on the world map in Citrus virus research.