Profile of Dr. Raj Kumar Gautam

Raj Kumar Gautam

Elected Fellow – 2018

Agricultural Sciences & Forestry (Plant Breeding)

DB: 17-06-1967

Birth place

Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India.


CSK, HPKVV, Palampur, H.P. [B.Sc. (Ag.) 1987; M.Sc.(Plant Breeding) 1989; Ph.D. (Plant Breeding) 1993.

Positions held 

Principal Scientist & Head, Division of Field Crop Improvement & Protection, ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair (2010-17).

Principal Scientist (Plant Breeding) at ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal (2008-10)

Senior Scientist (Plant Breeding) at ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal and RRS, Lucknow (2000-08).

Assistant Plant Breeder at Punjab Agricultural University, Rice Research Station, Kapurthala (1993-2000).

Chairman, Technical Committee, High Value Agriculture Development Agency (HVADA), Directorate of Agriculture, A&N  Administration, Port Blair (2014-17)

Member, State Variety Release Committee for Andaman & Nicobar Islands (2011-17).

Chairman, Institute Variety Release Committee, ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair (2013-17).

HRD Nodal Officer at ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair (2013-19)

Research Area

Plant Breeding and Genetics, Breeding for bacterial blight resistance and salt tolerance in rice, Marker assisted selection, Agro-biodiversity documentation and utilization.

Awards and fellowships


Facilitator for the Plant Genome Savior Community Award of rupees 10 lakh to Karen community of  A&N Islands for conservation of traditional land races of rice (2016). Institute Building Award  (2014), Achiever Award (2016),  As Head of Division,  got  Best Division Award (2013, 2017),

Got Best Research Publication Award (2016-17), Certificate of Appreciation from Secretary (Agriculture), Andaman & Nicobar Administration (2016), Distinction in 8 weeks  FAO-UNDP training on “Hybrid Rice Breeding and Technology” at IRRI, Philippines (1996).



Indian Society of Coastal Agricultural Research (2018); Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding (2014), Andaman Science Association (2015).



Division of Field Crop Improvement & Protection, ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands-744105, India


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