Ph. D.  University of Agricultural Sciences, Banga¬lore, India, l983
M.Sc. (Agri.) in Genetics & Plant Breeding, UAS, Bangalore, l979
B.Sc (Agri.), University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore,  l976

Positions held:

Dean of Post Graduate Studies, University of Agric.Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore

Earlier positions:

Professor & Head,
Department of Forestry and Environmental Sciences,
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.

Principal Scientist,
All India Coordinated Research project on Pulses,
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.

All India Coordinated Research project on Under Utilized Crops,
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India


Fulbright Fellow, USA  (1991)
Parisara Prashasthi, (Karnataka State Environment Award) from the Department of Forest Ecology and Environment, Govt of Karnataka, India (1997).

Vocational Excellence Award  by Rotary Club of Bangalore Yelahanka, 2008

Karnataka Sahitya Academy Datti Award 2008 for the Kannada novel (Kanakamusuku) (2009)

British Petroleum Award for ‘Resource Substitution’

The Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Award, Gold Prize for promoting ingeneous use of a plant invasive, Lantana camara, by Asia Pacific Forum for Environment  & Development , Japan, 2009

Radio, Hope and Awareness Media Award     fromom International Radio Forum – Iran (2010)

Recognitions from Scientific Bodies

Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore  (Since 1991)

Fellow,  Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi (Since 1997)

Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi. (Since 2004)

Fellow Current Science Association, Bangalore.
Honorary Senior Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, (1995-)

Senior Fellow Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Bangalore, India.

 Editorial Board and Other Services

1.    Serving as Editorial  Committee Member, Current Science, a prestigious international  science journal of the country.

2.    Member, Editorial Committee of the following journals,

a.    International journal of  Phyto Morphology
b.    Myforest

3.    Has been serving as referee for a wide range of National and Inter-national journals

Member of Government Committees / National  Task Forces/ Selection Committees:

International working group on Dipterocarps, Pondicherry, India (since 1995)

Expert Committee on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, CSIR, Govt of India

Research Council, Dept. of Forests, Ecology and Environment, Govt. of Karnataka (since 1994)

Expert Panel, Research Advisory Committee, Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam, Kerala (since 1996)

Member, Executive Board, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore (since 1996)

Expert Committee, Central Silk Board, Bangalore (since 1995)

Research Advisory Council, Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore (since 1994)

Member, Programme Advisory Committee (Animal Behavior and Ecology), Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (1991  1994)

Member, Management Advisory Committee (Young Scientist), Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (1992 1998)

Expert Committee on Eastern and Western Ghats, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India.

Life Member, International Union for the study of Social Insects – Indian Chapter, UAS, Bangalore

Founder Member, Ecology and Natural Resource Unit, UAS, Bangalore

Life Member, Ethological Society of India.

Founder TRUSTEE, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Bangalore,  India

Member, Marine Coastal Ecology, East Coast under the scheme “Ministry of Ocean Development (MoOD).

Associate Member, National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISc, Bangalore.

Research Advisory Council Member, SERIBIOTECH, Bangalore (1993)

Member, Expert group on Application of Biotechnology for Biodiversity Conservation, NBDB, DBT, GOI, New Delhi.

Member, Task Force for Rejuvenating BSI and ZSI, constituted by Ministry of Environment, GoI. (2009-10)

Chairman, for establishing a web portal for Karnataka Bioresources by KSCST, GoK, Bangalore (since 2008)

Member, Task Force on setting up web portal for ‘National Biodiversity Information System (NBIS)’ by National Biodiversity Authority, GoI, Chennai (2010)

Member, Biodiversity Board, Orissa (since 2010)

Member, Biodiversity Board, Karnataka (2005-2007)
Member, Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel set up by MoEF, GOI New Delhi, (2010-2011)
Member, Research Council, NBRI, Lucknow (2010-)
Member, Expert Committee NSDI, DST, GOI New Delhi(2009-2011)

Chairman,  Committee for Agricultural Biodiversity, KBB, GOK, Bengaluru (2010-)
Member, Expert Committee, PAC on Climate Change, DST, GOI, New Derlhi (2010-)
Member RAC of SACON Coimbatore (2011-)
Member RAC of NBRI (2011-)

Contribution to Literature (Kannada)

i.    Authored Seven  Novels
        Kanakamusaku-  Science fiction with historical theme
        Karisiriyana- Historical fiction
        Kapilipisara- Science fiction
         Chitadanta- Historical fiction  
        ELu RottigaLu - Historical fiction  
Mukha Dhatu-  Science Fiction    
 Shilakula Valase- Historical fiction  
  ii.  Authored six short story collections
    Shalabhanjike (A collection of eight short stories)
  Padmapani (A collection of eight short stories)
     Nehala (A collection of eight short stories)
    Sigiriya (A collection of three novellettes)
    Kaldavasi (A collection of three novelettes)
    Mihirakula (A collection of four  novelettes    

iii.    Authored one Essay collection:
Bhinna Bhimba (Six essays on religion, science and history)

iv.    Four of the short stories are staged as dramas and one short story is adopted for a movie.

v.    One 25 episode TV serial Kaala Garbha   on Archeology and history.

vi.    Authored several articles in Kannada on Science and history

vii.    Started a fortnightly Column `Vi-Chaarana’- in a Kannada daily Kannada Prabha (Since 12th   July2015).

Summary of Publications, Products and other outputs

Details    Numbers
Scientific Articles    183
Scientific Books Edited/Written    11
Papers in Books + Proceedings+ Popular articles    65
CDs  Prepared    11
Sub Total    270


University of Agricultural Sciences
GKVK,  Bengaluru,  560065

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