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Dr. K. L. Chadha, Ph.D., FNAAS
Padma Shri Awardee
Former DDG (Horticulture) &
National Professor of ICAR
Member, RAB, WNRF
House No.7281,
Block-B, Pocket-10,
Vasant Kunj,
New Delhi – 110 070
M: 093120 05646
O: 011- 2689 6529
E-mail:  klchadha@yahoo.com

 

Date and Place of birth

Born on November 15, 1936 in Bhopalwala, Sialkot (now in Pakistan)

Education

Doctorate degree in Horticulture from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi (1965).

Academic and Administrative Positions held

  • Fruit Specialist, incharge of Horticulture Research in the then Punjab and Haryana States (1964-1969)
  • Project Coordinator-Fruits (1972-1980)
  • Director, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore (1980-1986)
  • Deputy Director General, Horticulture (1987-1996)
  • Horticulture Commissioner and Executive Director, National Horticulture Board (1986-1987) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.

Academic Achievements

  • He has provided distinguished leadership in diversification of agriculture to Horticulture in the country for nearly four decades. Contributions made by him have brought the Horticulture Sector to the national focus for its enormous potential in achieving food and nutritional security, employment generation, foreign exchange earning and thereby improving rural livelihood.
  • He contributed immensely to the literature in Horticulture Science and authored/ edited over 35 books/ bulletins, 130 research papers, 175 popular articles and 50 key-note addresses. 'Advances in Horticulture' in 13 volumes covering 9,410 pages is one of his monumental publications. He played leadership in formulating National Curricula for under- graduate and post-graduate programmes in Horticulture as Chairman, already adopted by the ICAR and most SAUs. He has guided over 20 Ph.D./ M.Sc. Students.

Chairman / Vice-Chairman / Member – Technical Committees and Boards at national and international level

  • Associated with the national planning of three Five Year Plans, twice as Chairman (XI & X Plans) and once as Secretary (VIII Plan) of the Planning Commission Working Group for Development of Horticulture in India resulting in innovative programmes and enhanced outlays.
  • He also provided leadership through several important technical and policy-making committees as Chairman, Development of Oil Palm Committee
  • High Power Committee for the overall Development of Horticulture in West Bengal,
  • Restructuring of Department of Agriculture in Delhi,
  • Pesticide Registration Committee
  • Pay Package Committee for National Agricultural Research System of the ICAR
  • Committees to accredit or review several Agricultural Universities.
  • Vice Chairman/ Member, Board of Trustees (International Potato Centre (CIP, Peru) for 7 years
  • Chairman, International Mango Working Group of International Society of Horticultural Sciences (ISHS)
  • Vice-Chairman, Tropical and Sub-tropical Horticulture of ISHS
  • Short-term consultant for FAO/World Bank/USAID in nine countries of Asia and Middle East
  • Travelled extensively (30 countries) as Leader/Member, Indian Govt. Delegations abroad.
  • His visits to foreign countries as leader/member of ICAR, GOI teams led to introduction of Apple Scab resistant varieties from France,
  • Automated Mushroom composting units from Netherlands, high density planting technology in apple from Bulgaria and disease resistant varieties of banana from Belgium.

Infrastructure and nation building

  • His visionary leadership  resulted in a net work of R&D infrastructure through establishment and upgrading of 5 Central Institutes and 9 National Research Centres (NRCs) in Horticulture on important crops in different states.
  • He catalysed creation of separate Directorates of Horticulture in different states, established a Centre of Excellence on Tropical Horticulture at IIHR Bangalore
  • Pioneered oil palm cultivation in India
  • Launched Market Information Scheme (MIS), enhanced marketing of fruit juices
  • Popularizing low energy cool storage structures for potato among farmers.
  • He promoted research on development of F1 hybrids in vegetables and production of high quality planting materials, Hi-tech Horticulture, drip irrigation, protected cultivation and  phytophthora disease management.

 

Awards and recognitions

  • National Professorship in Horticulture of the ICAR for a period of five years (1997-2001)
  • Awarded Padma Shri during 2012 by President of India
  • D.Sc. (h.c.) and Fellowships of three organizations including National Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • Won 19 prestigious awards for outstanding contributions/excellence in agriculture /Horticulture including Dr B.P. Pal Memorial Award (2005)
  • Borlaug Award (1984)
  • HSI-Shivashakthi Life Time Achievement Award (2007)
  • Omprakash Bhasin Award (1992)
  • Dr. H.M. Marigowda Award (1996)
  • S.K. Mitra Memorial Award (1998)
  • S.S. Ranade Memorial Life Time Achievement Award (1999)
  • Vasantrao Arve Memorial Award (1999).

Professional Societies and Academies

  • Dr. Chadha has provided leadership in promoting Science as President of 9 and Vice President of 5 societies like-
  • National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Indian Society of Agriculture Science, The Horticultural Society of India, Indian Society of Vegetable Science and Chief Patron, All India Kitchen Garden Association.
  • He organized over 20 national and international symposia/ seminars including two Indian Horticultural Congresses (2004, 2007) as Chairman/ Secretary of the Organizing Committee.

During four decades of his service to the cause of agricultural R&D (particularly Horticulture), Dr. Chadha has maintained the highest standards of discipline and dedication and provided distinguished and efficient leadership for overall development of Horticulture resulting in improving productivity, quality and reduction in cost of production. Efforts and initiatives made by him through influencing policies, programmes and funding in Horticulture have brought India closer to achieving a Horticultural (Golden) Revolution.

 

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