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Milestones

1905 :  Botany Division, Imperial Agricultural Research Institute

1946 :  Plant Introduction Section/Service, Botany Division, Imperial Agricultural Research Institute

1956 :  Plant Introduction and Exploration Organization Botany Division, Indian Agricultural Research Institute

1961 :  Plant Introduction Division, Indian Agricultural Research Institute

1974 :  Plant Introduction Division, Indian Agricultural Research Institute

1976 :  National Bureau of Plant Introduction

1976 :  National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources

  Indian Vavilov Dr. Harbhajan Singh (1914-1974) 

Dr. Harbhajan Singh was the most distinguished plant explorer, renowned as the “Indian Vavilov”. He imparted a distinct identity to the discipline Plant Genetic Resources in India. Dr. Singh introduced large germplasm of wheat and rice that contributed to the Green Revolution in India. He also introduced several new species such as soybean, sunflower, low chilling and temperate fruits (peaches, apples, West Indian cherry, Chinese gooseberry) and a wide range of ornamentals. He also made outstanding contributions in the field of vegetable breeding, Pusa Sawani cultivar of okra being the crowning example.

Born at Pusa, Bihar he received early education at Kharar and Amritsar. Dr. Singh post graduated in Botany from Agra University and then completed Diploma course of associateship in Economic Botany from Imperial Agricultural Research Institute (now Indian Agricultural Research Institute). He later joined Division of Botany, IARI as regular research staff. Later, he adorned the position of Head of Plant Introduction Division of IARI with great distinction, taught and guided many postgraduate students with an unusual blend of scientific and human qualities.

His contributions to the field he loved most have been multifarious. He organized a number of systematic explorations and evaluation programmes in India and abroad. Dr. Harbhajan Singh published over 130 research papers, bulletins, monographs and popular articles. He served as consultant to several organizations and represented the country in international fora. The President of India conferred on Dr. Singh the Padma Shri award in 1971. Punjab Agricultural University decorated him with the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris causa).

Dr. Harbhajan Singh believed and worked relentlessly with the firm conviction that example is better than percept. He was a human being par excellence. We feel greatly honoured by dedicating this volume to the memory of the person who was a pioneer in the field of plant genetic resources and was an outstanding plant breeder.

NBPGR Directors

  Mr. M.W. Hardas*#
  01.08.1976 - 26.01.1977
  Dr. K.L. Mehra
  27.01.1977 - 31.12.1983
  Dr. R.K. Arora*
  01.01.1984 - 28.02.1985
  Dr. R.S. Paroda
  01.03.1985 - 01.11.1987
  Dr. R.K. Arora*
  02.11.1987 - 01.01.1989
  Dr. R.S. Rana
  02.01.1989 - 18.09.1995
  Dr. K.P.S. Chandel*
  19.09.1995 - 30.04.1997
  Dr P.L. Gautam
  24.05.1997 - 13.04.2000
  Dr. G.D. Sharma*
  13.04.2000 - 10.09.2000
  Dr. B.S. Dhillon
  11.09.2000 - 27.07.2005
  Dr. J.L. Karihaloo*
  27.07.2005 - 31.01.2006
  Dr. A.K. Singh*
  01.02.2006 - 14.06.2006
  Dr. S.K. Sharma
  15.06.2006 - 05.02.2010
  Dr. D.C. Bhandari*
  05.02.2010 - 27.10.2010
  Dr. K.C. Bansal
  27.10.2010 - 26.04.2016
  Dr. S.C. Dubey*
  27.04.2016 - 10.08.2016
  Dr. Kuldeep Singh
  11.08.2016 - Continuing
Name
From
To
Mr. M.V. Hardas*# 01.08.1976 26.01.1977
Dr. K.L. Mehra 27.01.1977 31.12.1983
Dr. R.K. Arora* 01.01.1984 28.02.1985
Dr. R.S. Paroda 01.03.1985 01.11.1987
Dr. R.K. Arora* 02.11.1987 01.01.1989
Dr. R.S. Rana 02.01.1989 18.09.1995
Dr. K.P.S. Chandel* 19.09.1995 30.04.1997
Dr. P.L. Gautam 24.05.1997 13.04.2000
Dr. G.D. Sharma* 13.04.2000 10.09.2000
Dr. B.S. Dhillon 11.09.2000 27.07.2005
Dr. J.L.Karihaloo* 27.07.2005 31.01.2006
Dr. A.K.Singh* 01.02.2006 14.06.2006
Dr. S.K.Sharma 15.06.2006 05.02.2010
Dr. D.C. Bhandari* 05.02.2010 27.10.2010
Dr. K.C. Bansal 27.10.2010 26.04.2016
Dr. S.C. Dubey* 27.04.2016 10.08.2016
Dr. Kuldeep Singh 11.08.2016 Continuing

* Acting Director
# National Bureau of Plant Introduction
Last Updated : 26/08/2016