Dr. R.K. Jain, born on 21st May, 1956 at Rohtak, Haryana. He obtained his B.Sc. degree from S.D. College, Ambala Cantt. in 1974, M.Sc. degree from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar in 1977. He completed his Ph.D. programme in 1988 from IARI, New Delhi. He was awarded FAO Fellowship during the period 1990-91 and DBT Overseas Associateship during the period 1997-98. He did his Post Doctorate from CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia; University of Florida, Gainesville, and University of Georgia, Tifton, USA.

He served as Scientist (Plant Pathology) in Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack from 1978 to 1986. Subsequently, he joined IARI as Senior Scientist in the Division of Plant Pathology in 1986 and was elevated to the post of Principal Scientist in 1998. In 2007, he joined as Head, Division of Plant Pathology, IARI and continued till December 2013.

As an outstanding Plant Virologist, his research canvass includes emerging plant viruses such as “Tobacco streak virus (TSV) affecting sunflower and groundnut, Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV) affecting papaya and Groundnut bud necrosis virus (GBNV) affecting tomato with reference to assess their distribution profile and genetic diversity, development of diagnostics and virus resistant transgenic plants (VRTPs).

He is recipient of IARI Gold Medal, 1989; M.J.Narasimhan Award 1999; IARI Best Teacher Award, 2004; Vasvik Award, 2007; Hari Krishna Shastri Memorial Award, 2010; B.B. Mundkur Memorial Award, 2011.

He is the Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Indian Phytopathological Society and Indian Virological Society. He was the President, Indian Phytopathological Society, 2009; Vice-President, Indian Virological Society, 2011 and Editor-in-Chief, Indian Journal of Virology, 2008-11.


Dr. R. K. Jain
Joint Director (Edu.) & Dean

E-mail dean[at]iari[dot]res[dot]in
Education

B.Sc. degree from S.D. College, Ambala Cantt. in 1974,
M.Sc. degree from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar in 1977
Ph.D. programme in 1988 from IARI,
Post Doctorate from CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia; University of Florida, Gainesville, and University of Georgia, Tifton, USA

Award

1) FAO Fellowship during the period 1990-91
2)DBT Overseas Associateship during the period 1997-98
3) IARI Gold Medal, 1989
4) M.J.Narasimhan Award 1999
5) IARI Best Teacher Award, 2004
6) Vasvik Award, 2007
7) Hari Krishna Shastri Memorial Award, 2010
8) B.B. Mundkur Memorial Award, 2011

Specialization Plant Pathology, Plant Virology