Elected Fellow – 2008
Agricultural Sciences & Forestry: Plant PathologyDB: 12-11-1946
Srivilliputtur – 626125 , Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu, India
University of Madras (B .Sc. (Ag.), 1966; M. Sc. (Ag.), 1968); Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (Ph.D., 1973).
Director, Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Trivandrum (1997-2008); Agro Eco System Director (NATP), Trivandrum (2001-2005); Project Coordinator-Spices, Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut (1986-1997); Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex for the NEH Region, Arunachal Pradesh (1980-1985); FAO/UNDP Spices Research Expert, Bangladesh (1993-1995); Senior Plant Pathologist, CTCRI (1977-1980); Junior Plant Pathologist, Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore (1973-1977); Scientific Pool Officer (CSIR ), SBI, Coimbatore (1973-1974), PG Instructor, TNAU (1973).
Vice President of the International Society for Tropical Root & Tuber Crops, President of the Indian Society for Spices, President of the Indian Society of Root Crops, Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Potato Centre, Lima, Peru [CGIAR]
Plant Pathology- [sugarcane, tuber crops, rice, cotton]
Awards and fellowships
Jawaharlal Nehru Award (1974); TSS Rajan Prize, ICAR outstanding UG student award, MC Nambiar Prize, KS Venkatarama Iyer Prize, Sampson Gold Medal, Clougston Gold Medal, FAO Gold Medal, Sambamoorthy Prize, Kees Gold Medal.
Former Director, CTCRI, T.C.No. 2/3512, Palm Drive-15, Pattom P.O, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 004.