Profile of Dr. K.V.B.R. Tilak

Tilak, K.V.B.R.

Elected Fellow 2008

Agriculture & Forestry

DB: 26-09-1941

Birth place

Berhampur, Ganjam District, Orissa, India


Andhra University, Waltair, A.P., (B.Sc., 1960); Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, (M.Sc., 1962); Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, (Ph.D., 1966)

Positions held 

Head, Microbiology Division, I.A.R.I., New Delhi (1989-91; 1993-2001); Project Director,National Centre of Conservation & Utilization of BGA (1992-94); Professor, Microbiology Division, IARI, New Delhi (1992); Coordinator,Indo-US SSP Programme on BNF and Biofertilizers (1984-91); Project Coordinator, AICRP on BNF (ICAR) (1987-89); Senior Microbiologist & Principal Scientist, Microbiology Division, IARI, New Delhi (1976-2001); Associate Professor, Soil Microbiology, G.B.Pant Univ. Agri.& Technology, Pantnagar, Uttaranchal ( 1969-76); Scientific Pool Officer, CSIR, G.B.Pant Univ. Agril. & Technology, Pantnagar, Uttaranchal (1968-70).

Research Area

Agricultural / soil microbiology, biofertilizers, soil-plant microbe interactions, agricultural waste management

Awards and fellowships

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship, Germany (1966-68); Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Germany  (1980-81, 1996, 2004); Indo-US Science & Technology Programme on  Rhizobium and VAM Associate (1984-91); Coordinator, DBT, Programme on Technology Development & Demonstration of Rhizobium Biofertilizer (1990-97); President, Association of Microbiologist's of India (1997); S.R.Vyas Memorial Award (1996); IARI Best Teacher Award (2000); Late Uma Kant Sinha Memorial Lecture Award (2004); TERI Award for the Best Research Paper on Mycorrhizae (1990); NASI-Senior Scientist Platinum Jubilee Fellowship Award (2009).
National Academy of Sciences, India (1990); National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (1991); Andhra Pradesh Akademy of Sciences (2003); Indian Botanical Society (2004); Association of Microbiologist's of India (2004).


Senior Scientist, National Academy of Sciences India Platinum Jubilee Fellow, Department of Botany, Osmania University, Hyderabad- 500 007, A.P.


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