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Name: Prof. Rekha Chaudhury
Contact Number: 011-25848955
Address: National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources Pusa Campus, New Delhi – 110012, INDIA
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Postgraduate Education in PGR at NBPGR

The management of plant genetic resources has developed into an important technical, socio-economic and political concern over the past 50 years or so. With the ratification of the CBD in 1992, considerable awareness was raised about the importance of conserving biodiversity, its sustainable use and the need for equitable benefit-sharing arrangements. The need of trained manpower from many countries particularly from developing world was realized to carry out various bioresource management tasks. The value and use of wild and cultivated genetic resources for breeders and other researchers have now come of age. In India, the intake of first batch of postgraduate students in Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) discipline of Post-graduate School, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI, a deemed-to-be-University), New Delhi took place in 1997 at the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) for Master’s course. The Ph.D. courses in PGR started since 2004-05 academic session. So far, till 2009-10, a total of 43 M.Sc. and 13 Ph.D. degrees have been awarded in PGR discipline. The four major theme areas of postgraduate research have been: assessment of genetic diversity and population structure of crop landraces; species relationships and molecular phylogeny; seed conservation and related supportive research, and biotechnology and germplasm conservation.

Brief description of M.Sc. and Ph.D. courses in PGR

As in other disciplines of IARI, the M.Sc. and Ph.D. courses in PGR are being conducted in trimesters under course credit systems. The M.Sc. course is of two years duration divided into six trimesters. To complete the Ph.D. course a student normally takes 3-4 years. The Ph.D. course is also conducted under course credit system. There are a total of 22 courses designed for the PGR discipline. These include both regular courses and also advanced courses.  Both M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in PGR have research components as well. A M.Sc. student has to submit a thesis as partial fulfilment of the degree. For Ph.D. the research topic is more elaborate. For M.Sc. degree, the thesis is basically indicative of a students’ potentiality for conducting research whereas all Ph.D. students are supposed to write at least one two quality research papers in peer reviewed journal(s) before submitting their thesis for award of the degree.

System of Admission

(i) M.Sc. degree courses: The students are selected through an all India Entrance Test conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
(ii) Ph.D. degree courses: Admission is made by IARI through an all India Entrance Test conducted by the Institute.

Number of seats

There is scope for enrolment of four students for M.Sc. and five students for Ph.D. courses in PGR. In addition, there is scope for enrolment of one or two foreign student in each course.

Courses being offered  in PGR discipline*

Code

Name

L

P

PGR 500

Biodiversity and Plant Genetic Resources

2

0

PGR 501

Exploration and Germplasm Collecting

2

1

PGR 502

Germplasm Exchange and Plant Quarantine

3

2

PGR 503

Principles and Methods of Germplasm Conservation

2

1

PGR 504

Principles and Practices of Germplasm Regeneration and Evaluation

2

1

PGR 505

Biotechnology in Plant Genetic Resource Management

3

2

PGR 506

Economic Botany

2

1

PGR 507

Information Management in Plant Genetic Resources

2

1

PGR 508

Plant Taxonomy

2

1

PGR 509

Plant Biosecurity

2

0

PGR 691

Master’s Seminar

2

-

PGR 607/ GP607

Regulatory Mechanisms and Intellectual Property Rights

2

0

PGR 600

Advances in Exploration and Germplasm Collecting

2

1

PGR 601

Advances in Seed Physiology in Relation to Germplasm Conservation

2

1

PGR 602

In Vitro Conservation and Cryopreservation

2

2

PGR 603

In Situ conservation of Plant Biodiversity

2

1

PGR 604

Advances in Germplasm Evaluation and Utilization

2

1

PGR 605

Principles and Methods in Analyses of Molecular Diversity

2

2

PGR 606

Ecology and Biodiversity

2

1

PGR 506

Advanced Economic Botany

2

1

PGR 609

Advanced Plant Taxonomy

2

1

AGR 013

Economic Botany and Plant Genetic Resources

1

1

*A compulsory course PGS 503 (Intellectual property and its management in agriculture) for all Ph.D. students of PG School, IARI is also offered in PGR discipline

Priority areas in Postgraduate Research in PGR

The major priority areas for future postgraduate research in PGR discipline are as follows:
  • Assessment of diversity loss over time and space and approaches to measuring genetic erosion on-farm.
  • Identification of genetically important crop populations, and farming systems that are priorities for conservation in traditional production systems and investigating different options for “adding value” to these populations in a given social, economic and ecological context.
  • Development of molecular markers for economically important traits in plant genetic resources.
  • Characterization of germplasm for enhanced utilization using tools of comparative genomics.
  • Study of gene flow in indigenous crop plant-wild relatives complexes.
  • DNA bar-coding system for identification of wild relatives and molecular phylogeny of indigenous crop taxa.
  • Providing scientific basis for seed conservation strategies and for devising effective seed conservation protocols.
  • Strategies for exploitation of genomic resources for improved utilization of genetic resources.
  • Investigating molecular aspects of seed longevity.
  • Investigating seed storage behaviour as a prerequisite for storage strategy and factors responsible for recalcitrance in seeds.
  • Development of cost-effective in vitro conservation and cryopreservation protocols.

 

Major theme areas of post-graduate research

No. of thesis

Assessment of diversity in crop landrace populations and on-farm management of crop diversity

33

Species relationships and molecular phylogeny

2

Seed storage and related research

6

Biotechnological approaches for conservation of vegetatively propagated crop germplasm

7

List of students awarded degrees with chairperson – year wise

S.No. YEAR Student Name Chairperson Award/Distinction received, if any
M.Sc. Students
1. 1999 Anandhan, S. Dr. P.L. Gautam  
2. 2000 Yogesh K. Dwivedi Dr. J.L. Karihaloo  
3. 2000 M. Hema K. Reddy Dr. B.B. Mandal  
4. 2000 Parvin M. Kamble Dr. B.B. Singh  
5. 2000 M. Selvendran Dr. J.L. Karihaloo IARI Merit Medal
6. 2001 S.K. Tiwari Dr. J.L. Karihaloo  
7. 2001 Y. Amaravathi Dr. P.L. Gautam IARI Merit Medal
8. 2001 Priyadarshini Sanghamitra Dr. B.B. Mandal  
9. 2001 Dayanand Mandal Dr. S.S. Malik  
10. 2002 T. Chandrasekhar Dr. J.L. Karihaloo  
11. 2002 C. Palrasu Dr. Mahendra Singh  
12. 2002 S. Murugesan Dr. S.S. Malik  
13. 2003 Manjegowda, S.J. Dr. B.S. Dhillon  
14. 2003 D. Kumutha Dr. Mahendra Singh IARI Merit Medal
15. 2003 K. Lakshmi Dr. S.S. Malik  
16. 2004 Manjunatha, T. Dr. I.S. Bisht  
17. 2004 H. Mohan Dr. B.S. Dhillon IARI Merit Medal
18. 2004 Suma, A. Dr. A.K. Singh  
19. 2005 Sunaina Singh Dr. J.L. Karihaloo Award of BEST STUDENT OF THE YEAR
20. 2005 K. Venkatesan Dr. I.S. Bisht  
21. 2005 Santosh Kumar Dr. A.K. Singh  
22. 2006 R. Senthilkumaran Dr. I.S. Bisht  
23. 2006 Saravanan, M. Dr. K.V. Bhat  
24. 2006 Ashok K. Mahariya Dr. B.B. Mandal  
25. 2007 Avinash Pandey Dr. K.V. Bhat  
26. 2007 Ramya, P. Dr. K.V. Bhat IARI Merit Medal
27. 2007 Adhini S. Pazhany Dr. B.B. Mandal  
28. 2008 Fikirte, A. Dr. A.K. Singh  
29. 2008 Gopala  Sundararaj, S. Dr. R.K. Tyagi IARI Merit Medal
30. 2008 Vishal Singh Dr. Veena Gupta  
31. 2009 Santhoshkumar, G. Dr. Veena Gupta  
32. 2010 Sathiyamoorthy, G. Dr. I.S. Bisht  
33. 2010 Shephalika Amrapali Dr. R.P. Dua  
34. 2010 Ajit Uchoi Dr. S.K. Malik  
35. 2011 Rohini, M.R. Dr. S.K. Malik  
36. 2011 Subhash Chander Dr. Shashi Bhalla  
37. 2012 Kuldeep Tripathi Dr. (Mrs.) Shashi Bhalla  
38. 2012 Krishna Prakash Dr. (Mrs.) Anjula Pandey  
39. 2012 Gopal Singh Jatav Dr. (Mrs.) Rekha Chaudhury  
40 2013 Manish Kumar Mittal Dr. M. C. Yadav  
41 2013 Rahul Chandora Dr. M. Dutta  
42 2013 Vikash Chandra Tyagi Dr. (Mrs.)Rekha Chaudhury  
43 2014 Badal Singh Dr. Sunil Archak  
44 2014 Anil Patidar Dr. M.C. Yadav  
45 2014 Pavan K. Malav Dr. Anjula Pandey  
46 2014 Padmavati G. Gore Dr. (Mrs.) Shashi Bhalla IARI Merit Medal
47 2015 Sushil Kumar,C Dr. Sunil Archak  
48 2015 Jagdish Goyanka Dr. Anuradha Agrawal  
49 2015 Rakesh Kumar.B Dr. (Mrs.) G.J. Randhawa  
50 2015 Shailendra Solanki Dr. (Mrs.) Ambika Baldev G.  
Ph.D. Students
1. 2007 Nidhi Verma Dr. I.S. Bisht  
2. 2007 Shailesh Tiwari Dr. B.B. Mandal  
3. 2008 Santosh Kumar Dr. I.S. Bisht  
4. 2009 Manjunatha, T. Dr. I.S. Bisht  
5. 2009 Sunaina Singh Dr. K.V. Bhat IARI Merit Medal
6. 2010 Avinash Pandey Dr. I.S. Bisht  
7. 2010 Venkatesan, K. Dr. K.V. Bhat  
8. 2011 Ramya, P. Dr. K.V. Bhat  
9. 2011 Saravanan, M. Dr. K.V. Bhat  
10 2013 Logapriyan M. Dr. I.S. Bisht  
11 2013 Gayacharan Dr. I.S. Bisht  
12 2013 Santosh Kumar G. Dr. (Mrs.) Veena Gupta  
13 2014 Rajappa J.J. Dr. K.V. Bhat  
14 2015 Kuldeep Tripathi Dr. (Mrs.) Shashi Bhalla  

List of foreign students

S.No. Year Name of the foreign student Chairperson Country
M. Sc. Students
1. 2001 Dayanand Mandal Dr. S.S. Malik Nepal
2. 2008 Fikerte, A. Dr. A.K. Singh Ethiopia

List of Students’ publications

S.No. Author(s) Title of the article Name of the Journal Volume, Page Number, Year
1. Karihaloo, J.L., Y.K. Dwivedi, Sunil Archak and Ambika Baldev Gaikwad Analysis of genetic diversity of Indian mango cultivars using RAPD markers. Journal Hort. Sci. Biotech. 78: 285- 89, 2003
2. Bhat, K.V, Y. Amravati, P.L. Gautam and K.C. Velayudhan AFLP characterization and classification of Indian banana and plantation cultivars. Plant Genetic Resources Characterization & Utilization 2: 121-130, 2004
3. Venkatesan, K., I.S. Bisht, K.V. Bhat, K. Elayaraja and K.C. Muneem Morphological diversity in naked barley landraces from north-western Himalayas of India. Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources 18: 175-186, 2005.
4. Venkatesan, K., I.S. Bisht and K.V. Bhat Diversity in Himalayan hull-less (Hordeum vulgare L.) landraces using AFLP and STMS markers. Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources 19: 19-29, 2006.
5. Kumar, Santosh, J. Radhamani, Anirudh K. Singh and K.S. varaprasad Germination and seed storage behaviour in Pongamia pinnataL. Current Science 93:910-911, 2007.
6. Manjunatha, T., I.S. Bisht, K.V. Bhat and B.P. Singh Genetic diversity in barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp. Vulgare) landraces from Uttaranchal Himalaya of India. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 54: 55-65, 2007.
7. Singh, S., J.L. Karihaloo and A.B. Gaikwad DNA fingerprinting of some mango (Mangifera indica L.) cultivars using anchored-ISSR markers Journal Biochem. Biotech. 162: 113-117, 2007.
8. Verma, S., J.L. Karihaloo, S.K. Tiwari., A.K. Koul and R. Mangotra Genetic diversity inEremostanchys superba royle ex Benth. (Lamiaceae), an endangered Himalayan species, analyzed using RAPD markers. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 54: 221-229, 2007
9. Senthilkumaran, R.,  I.S. Bisht, K.V. Bhat and J.C. Rana Diversity in buckwheat (Fagopyrum spp.) landraces populations from north-western Indian Himalayas. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 55:297-302, 2008.
10. Verma, Nidhi,  I.S.Bisht, K.S. Negi and D.K.Hore Morphological diversity inPerilla frutescens (L.) Britt landraces from the Indian Himalayas. Pusa AgriScience,   31: 15-24, 2008.  
11 Nidhi Verma, M.K. Rana, K.S.Negi, Gunjeet Kumar, K.V.Bhatt, Y.J.Park and I.S.Bisht Assessment of genetic diversity in Indian Perilla frutescens (L.) Britton landraces using STMS markers. Indian Journal of Biotechnology 9:43-49, 2010.
12 Verma, Nidhi, M.K. Rana, Gunjeet Kumar, Aparajita Mohanty and I.S.Bisht Genetic diversity of Perilla frutescens (L.) Britton using RAPD markers. International Journal of Tropical Agriculture   2:  383-386, 2009.
13 Kumar, S., I.S. Bishtand K.V. Bhat and P.S. Mehta Diversity among different populations of a locally common rice landrace under static (ex situ) and dynamic (in situ) management from north-western Indian Himalayas. PusaAgriscience 32:1-10, 2010.  
14 Kumar, S., I.S. Bishtand K.V. Bhat Population structure of rice (Oryza sativa L.) landraces under farmer management. Annals of Applied Biology   156: 137-146, 2010.
15 Verma, Nidhi,  M.K. Rana, K.S.Negi, Gunjeet Kumar, K.V.Bhatt, Y.J.Park and I.S.Bisht Assessment of genetic diversity in Indian Perilla frutescens (L.) Britton landraces using STMS markers. Indian Journal of Biotechnology 9:43-49, 2010.
16 Kumar S, IS Bisht and KV Bhat  Population structure of rice (Oryza sativa L.) landraces under farmer management. Annals of Applied Biology 156: 137-146, 2010.
17 Kumar, S., A. Pandey, I. S. Bisht, K. V. Bhat and P. S. Mehta Diversity among different populations of a locally common rice (Oryza sativaL.) landrace from north-western Indian Himalayas. Plant Genetic Resources 8:151-158, 2010.
18 Sundarraj, S.G., A. Agrawal and R.K. Tyagi Encapsulation for in vitro short-term storage and exchange of ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) germplasm. Scientia Horticulturae 125: 761-776, 2010.
19 Manjunatha, T.,  I .S. Bisht and K. V Bhat Genetic structure of hull-less barley (Hordeum vulgare L. subsp. vulgare) landrace populations from North-western Indian Himalayas. Indian Journal of Biotechnology, 10: 25-32, 2011.
20 Pandey A, IS Bisht,  KV Bhat and PS Mehta Role of informal seed system in promoting landrace diversity and their on-farm conservation: a case study of rice in Indian Himalayas. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 58: 1213-1224, 2011.
21 Pandey A, I S Bisht, KV Bhat Population structure of rice (Oryza sativa) landraces from high altitude area of Indian Himalayas. Annals of Applied Biology 160: 16-24, 2012.

 

List of Professors

S.No Name Period
1 Dr. B. B. Singh 1997-98
2 Dr. B.B. Mandal 1998-2007
3 Dr. S.S. Malik January - July 2008
4 Dr. I.S. Bisht August 2008 – March, 2015
5 Dr. Rekha Chaudhury April 2015 Continuing

 

List of HODs (For the period 1997-2012)

S.No Name Period
1 Dr. P.L. Gautam August 1997- April 2000
2 Dr. G.D. Sharma (Officiating) May 2000 - August 2000
3 Dr. B.S. Dhillon September 2000- July 2005
4 Dr. J.L. Karihaloo (Officiating) August 2005 - January 2006
5 Dr. A.K. Singh (Officiating) February 2006 - May 2006
6 Dr. S.K. Sharma June 2006 - July 2010
7 Dr. D.C. Bhandari (Officiating) July 2010- October 2010
8 Dr. K.C. Bansal October 2010- continuing

 

List of the Faculty Members

S. No Name Designation Division/Unit
1 Dr. I.S. Bisht Principal Scientist OIC Technical Cell
2 Dr. Rekha Chaudhury Principal Scientist Professor
3 Dr. R.K. Tyagi Principal Scientist HOD/ GCD
4 Dr. Anjula Pandey Principal Scientist PECD
5 Dr. K.C. Bhatt Principal Scientist PECD
6 Dr. Pratibha Brahmi Principal Scientist PGR Policy
7 Dr. Anuradha Agrawal Pr. Scientist TCCU
8 Dr.  Ruchira Pandey Principal Scientist TCCU
9 Dr. Kalyani Srinivasan Principal Scientist GCD
10 Dr. Neelam Sharma Principal Scientist TCCU
11 Dr. Neeta Singh Principal Scientist GCD
12 Dr. J Radha Mani Principal Scientist GCD
13 Dr. Shashi Bhalla Principal Scientist PQD
14 Dr. Kavita Gupta Principal Scientist PQD
15 Dr. V Celia Chalam Principal Scientist PQD
16 Dr. Veena Gupta Principal Scientist GCD
17 Dr. S.K. Malik Pr. Scientist TCCU
18 Dr. Vandana Tyagi Principal Scientist GEX
19 Dr. K.V.  Bhat Principal Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
20 Dr. (Mrs.) G J Randhawa Principal Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
21 Dr. Mukesh Kumar Rana Pr. Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
22 Dr. (Mrs.) Ambika Baldev Pr. Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
23 Dr. Baleshwar Singh Principal Scientist PQD
24 Dr. Hanuman Lal Pr. Scientist GED
25 Dr. Archana P. Raina Principal Scientist GED
26 Dr. K.K. Gangopadhyay Principal Scientist GED
27 Dr. S.K. Yadav Pr. Scientist GEX
28 Dr. Sandhya Gupta Principal Scientist TCCU
29 Dr. Rakesh Singh Pr. Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
30 Dr. Nidhi Verma Pr. Scientist GEX
31 Dr. Anjali Kak Principal Scientist GCD
32 Dr. Manjusha Verma Sr. Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
33 Dr. Sunil Archak Sr. Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
34 Dr. Zakaullah Khan Sr. Scientist GED
35 Dr. T.P. Prasad Sr. Scientist GED
36 Dr. Mool Chand Singh Principal Scientist PQD
37 Dr. Soma S. Marla Principal Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
38 Dr. M.C. Yadav Principal Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
39 Dr. T.K. Mondal Sr. Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
40 Dr. Sundeep Kumar Sr. Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
41 Dr. S. Rajkumar Sr. Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
42 Dr. Rajesh Kumar Sr. Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
43 Dr. Lalit Arya Sr.Scientist (SS) Division of Genomic Resources
44 Dr. Amit Kumar Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
45 Dr. R. Parimalan Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
46 Dr. Yasin Jeshima Scientist Division of Genomic Resources
47 Dr.  D.B. Parakh Pr. Scientist PQD
48 Dr. Sherry Jacob Scientist GCD
49 Dr. Dinesh Prasad Semwal Sr. Scientist PECD
50 Dr. Jameel Akhtar Sr. Scientist PQD
51 Dr. A. Kandan Sr. Scientist PQD
52 Dr. Ashok Kumar Pr. Scientist GED
53 Dr. T.P. Singh Sr. Scientist GED
54 Dr. Rakesh Bhardwaj Sr. Scientist GED
55 Dr. Vikender Kaur Scientist GED
56 Dr. K.Pradheep Scientist PECD
57 Dr.Ruchi Bansal Scientist GED
58 Dr.Rashmi Yadav Scientist GED
59 Dr.Monika Singh Scientist Division of Genomic Resources

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