Born in Rudrapur, U.P. on 1 July 1953. Educated at National Degree College, Barhalganj, University of Gorakhpur, 1969-71; G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, 1971-74; Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 1974-78, University of Nottinghum, U.K., 1987-88; Washington State University, Pullman, USA, 1993-94. B.Sc. 1971; M.Sc. 1974; Ph.D. 1981; Post Doc 1987-88 & 1993-94.
Head, Division of Plant Breeding, 1989-1999; Joint Director (H.Q.), ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Barapani, 1999-2000; Director, Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora, 2000-2009; Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 2009-14; Director General, Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA), New Delhi, 2014-16.
Awards/Honours: ICAR Team Award, 1994-96, 2006-07 and 2008-09; Dr. Rajendra Prasad Award for Best Book in Crop Sciences, 2004; NRDC's Meritorious Invention Award, 2006; Hari Om Asharam Trust Award, 2007; NRDC's Societal Invention Award, 2007; WIPO Gold Medal, 2008; Dr. Amrik Singh Cheema Award, 2010. President, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 2011-13.
Fellow: Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemists; Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding; Indian Soceity of Agricultural Engineering (Hon); Rockfeller Foundation's Career Fellow.
Research Areas: Crop breeding and biotechnology