Elected Fellow - 2005
Agricultural Sciences & Forestry- MicrobiologyDB: 04-08-1944
Born in Rajagopalapuram, Mannargudi, Tk., Thiruvarur Dist, Tamil Nadu, India
National College, Trichy, 1963-64; Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, B.Sc.(Ag.) 1968; M.Sc.(Ag.) 1972, Ph.D. 1977.
President, NABS (2004 onwards); Senior Advisor & Chairman, Technical Advisory Board, PRIST University, Thanjavur (2010 onwards); Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, 2005-2008; Member, Central Zoo Authority, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, 2008 to date; RockFort Green Valley Environmental Research Foundation, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, 2004-05; Scientific Advisor and International Consultant, Taj Mahal Agro Industries, Malaysia, 2003-2004, Principal Scientific Advisor (R&D), Health Plus Food Stuffs, L.L.C, Dubai, 2004; Chairman,
Vice Chancellor, TNAU, Coimbatore, 1999-2002, Chairman, Institute Advisory Council, Sun Agro Biotech, Porur, Chennai; Chairman, Research Advisory Council, Mission Biofuels India, Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar, Orissa; Dean (Agriculture), 1994-99; University of Seville, Seville, Spain, 1995; Professor Biotechnology and Coordinator of Biotechnolgy 1991-93; Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory, Kings College, University of London, UK, 1991; Life Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK, 1989; National Azolla Research Centre (NRC), Fushion Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Fushion Province, Fuzhou, China, 1988; Physiology Laboratory, Department of Agronomy, University of California, Davis, USA, 1987; Professor of Agri. Microbiology, 1987-90; C.F. Kettering Research Laboratory, Yellow Spring, Ohio, USA, 1985; Visiting Scientist and Post- doctoral Fellow, IRRI, Philippine, 1981; Associate Professor, Agri. Microbiology, 1980-86.
Agricultural Microbiology, Agricultural biotechnology, Biological Nitrogen Fixation, HRD & HRM, Environmental biotechnology, Education management and Education technology and Biodiversity
Awards and fellowships
TNAU Best Research Award, 1987; Chief Minister Award, 1995; TNCST Best Research Scientist Award, 1996; Hari Om Ashram National Award, 1997; National Award for HRD in Biotechnology, 1998; Dr. Manjurekar Memorial National Award, 2001; Akshya Vignan Mitra Award, 2001; Bharathiyar Endowment Award, 2001; Harikrishna Shashtri National Award, 2003; Best Rice Scientist Award, 2004; UAS Dharwad Life Time Achievement Award, 2004; Indira Gandhi Shiromani Award, 2006, Loyola Environmental Award, 2006; International Excellence Award, 2007; SV University, Tirupahi; Bharath Jothi Award, 2010; President, Natural Resource Management Society of India; Indian Society of Agricultural Education; Association of Microbiologists of India; National Academy of Biological Sciences.
Association of Microbiologists of India; Indian Society of Biochemistry; Institute of Biology, Quensberry, London, UK; International Benevolent Research Forum; National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Fellow of Applied Microbiologists of India, New Delhi; Fellow of Aquatic Biology Conservation of India.
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