Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding
College of Agriculture
Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology
Pantnagar-263145, Uttarakhand

The Department was established in 1960 with the aim to impart teaching research and extension in plant breeding. The department has played a pivotal role in ushering the Green Revolution in India by developing landmark varieties in wheat, rice, maize, pulses, oilseeds, forage, sugarcane and other crops. Till the year 2013-14, 177 varieties have been developed and commercially released in various crops. One of the most outstanding impacts of the breeding programme has been the massive seed production of various crops and “Pantnagar Seeds” is the most popular brand among the farmers of the country.

 

The Department is currently engaged in pursuing the following objectives:

  • To develop high yielding, disease  resistant varieties and hybrids in  Rice, Wheat, Maize, Pulses, Rapeseed-mustard, Soybean, Sugarcane, Millets,  Forage Sorghum, Forage Cowpea, Berseem and Oats. 

  •  To produce highly skilled Plant Breeders, Geneticists, Genetic Engineers and Biotechnologists for effective crop improvement through conversional and applied breeding. 

  •  To provide training in plant breeding and genetics through effective teaching and research. 

  •  To work on need based areas of research like breeding of crops for high yield, biotic and abiotic stresses, value addition and industrial utilization (Jatropha and Agro Forestry). 

 

Thrust areas of teaching and research:

  • Research on hybrid breeding on non conventional crops like Rice, Wheat, Pigeon pea and Rapeseed- mustard. 

  • Research on quality breeding and value addition in Wheat, Rice, Maize, Oilseeds, Pulses, Millets, Sugarcane and Forage Crops. 

  • Use of molecular genetic techniques for identification of markers for yield (QTLs) and other traits of economic importance (Marker Assisted Selection). 

  • Genetic improvement using biotechnological and genetic engineering tools. 

  • Research for genetic improvement of Minor Millets, Jatropha and Agro Forestry plantation crops of importance in Uttarakhand. 

  • Registration of plant varieties with and novel genetic stocks.

 

Faculty members: 

 

Name of the Faculty

Designation

Specialization

E mail Id and Mobile No.

Dr. H.S. Chawla

Professor & Head

Plant Biotechnology, Genetics and  Plant Breeding, IPRs

chawlahs15[at]gmail[dot]com

chawlahs_pantnagar[at]rediffmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9411159049

Dr. S.K. Tewari

Professor

Tree Genetics & Agro Forestry

saliltewari[at]yahoo[dot]com

saliltewari[at]gmail[dot]com

    Mobile: 9411781685, 7500241465

Dr. Rajendra Prasad

Professor

Seed Technology

prasadrgk11[at]gmail[dot]com

Mobile:9719192311

Dr. D. Roy

Professor

Biometrical/Quantitative Genetics, Fruit Breeding

beshroy[at]yahoo[dot]com

Mobile: 9412120654

Dr. S.P. Singh

Professor

Rapeseed-Mustard Breeding/ Sugarcane Breeding

panwar588[at]gmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9411160075

Dr. Ram Bhajan

Senior Scientist

Rapeseed-Mustard Breeding

rbhajan[at]rediffmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9415720268

Dr. P.K. Shrotria

Professor

Forage Sorghum Breeding, Seed Production & Seed Technology

shrotria_pk[at]rediff mail[dot]com

Mobile: 9412982952

Dr. Pushpendra

Professor

Soybean Breeding& Genetics

pushpendra_sb[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]in

Mobile: 9756681711

Dr. Kamendra Singh

Professor

Soybean Breeding & Genetics

singh.kamendra[at]rediffmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9997706784

Dr. D.P. Pant

Professor

Rapesee- Mustard (Genetics & Plant Breeding)

dppant2006[at]rediff[dot]com

    Mobile: 9410514255, 7500241466

Dr. Surendra Singh

Professor

Rice Breeding & Genetics

ss_meher[at]rediffmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9410120640

Dr. S.S. Verma

Professor

Maize Breeding & Seed Production

sitarverma[at]yahoo[dot]com

Mobile: 9412120691

Dr. J.S. Verma

Professor

Forage Crops Breeding  & Genetics

jsverma21[at]yahoo[dot]in

Mobile: 9720895558

Dr. A.K. Singh

Professor

Forestry

singhakcfha[at]gmail[dot]com

Mobile:9410198570

Dr. Virendra Singh

Professor

Forestry

singhv_tc[at]rediffmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9412438893

Dr. Ravindra K. Panwar

Professor

Pulses Breeding & Genetics

panwarrk[at]rediffmail[dot]com

rkpanwar.pantnagar[at]gmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9412438893

Dr. J.P. Jaiswal

Professor

Wheat & Barley Breeding, Plant Biotechnology

jpj.gbpu[at]gmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9411159751, 8475001554

Dr. B.B. Bandyopadhyay

Professor

Rapeseed-Mustard Breeding

bbbandyopadhyay[at]rediffmail[dot]com

Mobile:7579145670

Dr. Indra Deo

Professor

Forage & Rice Breeding, Plant Biotechnology

idpandey2005[at]rediffmail[dot]com

Mobile: 8755790584

Dr. S.K. Verma

Professor

Pigeon- Pea Breeding

skpantwarsity[at]yahoo[dot]com

Mobile: 9411324848

Dr. A.S. Jeena

Professor

Sugarcane Breeding

dr.asjeena[at]gmail[dot]com

Mobile:9412106536

Dr. M.K. Nautiyal

Professor

Seed Technology & Rice Breeding

adbspc[at]yahoo.co.in

Mobile: 9412120767

Dr. N.K. Singh

Professor

Maize Breeding, Plant Biotechnology

narendraksingh2[at]gmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9412909645

Dr. P.S. Shukla

Assoc. Professor

Seed Technology

ps.shukla[at]rediffmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9410188039

Dr. Birendra Prasad

S.R.O.

Seed Technology

prasadbsst[at]gmail[dot]com

9411398516

Dr. D.C. Baskheti

Jr.  Res. Officer

Maize Breeding  

baskheti_dc[at]rediffmail[dot]com.

 Mobile: 9412120982

Dr. P.K. Pandey

Jr.  Res. Officer

Minor Millets & Sorghum Breeding

vpkpandey112[at]yahoo[dot]com

Mobile: 9411377438

Dr. M.K. Karanwal

J.R.O. (Asstt. Prof.)

karan.mk30[at]gmail[dot]com

9410188039

Dr. Anju Arora

J.R.O. (Asstt. Prof.)

 Chickpea Breeding, Plant Biotechnology

anjuaroradua[at]rediffmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9456768397

Dr. Swati

Jr.  Res. Officer

Wheat  & Barley Breeding

swatigpb[at]gmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9410118597

Dr. Anil Kumar

Jr.  Res. Officer

Wheat & Barley Breeding

anilksirohi[at]gmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9457663269

Dr. Usha Pant

Jr.  Res. Officer

Rapeseed &Mustard Breeding

ushabhattagpb[at]rediffmail[dot]com

Mobile: 9411597520

 

The Department has well-knit under graduate (U.G.) and post graduate (P.G.) programmes with updated and modern course curricula as per the ICAR guidelines. A broad range of carefully designed courses complimented by lectures in other departments appropriately address the academic needs of the students. The Department has excellent facilities for teaching various courses in Genetics & Plant Breeding, Biotechnology and Seed Technology as required for undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes  Excellent facilities for the thesis and research to students are available in the major crops. There are 12 well-equipped laboratories in the department for teaching and research work. Currently in addition to 13 All India Coordinated Research Projects (ACRIP) on different crops funded by ICAR, more than 15 ad-hoc projects funded by different funding agencies viz., DBT, DST, ICAR, NBPGR, DAC/PPV&FRA, CGIAR, NOVOD, etc are under implementation. The Department has organized  three Winter/Summer and short Schools for the teaching/research staff with the financial support of ICAR during 2012 to 2014.

 

The Department has the distinction of producing a number of books published not only by the Indian but also by reputed international publishers.  To meet the growing demand, many editions of some of the books have been printed.  The book ‘Seed Technology’ authored by Dr. R.L. Agrawal and ‘Introduction to Plant Biotechnology’ by Dr. H.S. Chawla commands special place among the students and scientists at national and International level. A number of other text books in English as well as in Hindi for under graduate students have also been published.  Further, several laboratory manuals, bulletins, extension pamphlets, etc. have been prepared. A bimonthly WTO-IPR Bulletin is being published on regular basis by Dr. H.S Chawla, Incharge, Intellectual Property Management Centre, Pantnagar. The Department was honored with “Best Department Excellence Award 2013” and its 3 faculty members (Dr J.P. Jaiswal, Dr N.K. Singh, Dr H.S.Chawla) were honoured with ‘Faculty Excellence Award” by the Board of Faculty of Agriculture of the University during 2013 and 2014.

 

Development and release of crop varieties

 

The department of Genetics & Plant Breeding has successfully released more than 100 varieties of different crops. The Department has also focused research efforts to meet specific requirements of hills of Uttarakhand. Ten out of the 49  varieties developed in various crops in this decade have been released for cultivation in hills. These are: Wheat- 2, Rice -1, Barley-1, Pulses- 5, Cowpea (forage)-1.

 

Varieties released during 2005-2014

 

Crop

Varieties

1. Wheat

UP 2554, UP 2526, UP 2572, UP 2628, UP 2584,UP 2684

2. Rice

Pant Dhan 18, Pant Dhan 19, Pant Sugandh Dhan 21 , Pant Basmati 1

3. Maize

Pant Sankar Makka1, Pant Sankul Makka 3   

4. Barley         

UPB 1008

5. Pulses

Pant Mung 6, Pant U 31, Pant U 40, Pant Pea 13, Pant Pea 25,  Pant Pea  42, Pant Pea 74, Pant Pea 86, Pant Pea 96, Pant Arhar 291, Pant Arhar 3, Pant Lentil 6, Pant Lentil 7, Pant Lentil 8, Pant Kabuli Chana 1, Pant Lobia 1, Pant Lobia 2

6. Soybean

Pant Soybean 1347, Pant Soybean 1225, Pant Soybean 19

7. Oil seeds

Uttara, Pant Rai 19, Pant Rai 20

8. Millets

Finger millet: PRM 1, PRM 2; Barnayard millet: PRJ 1; Grain amaranth: PRA 1,  PRA 2, PRA 3, Proso millet: PRC 1, Buck wheat: PRB 1

9. Fodder crops

Sorghum: CSH20MF, CSH24MF, Pant Chari 7, Pant Chari 8; Cowpea: UPC 618, UPC 621, UPC 622, UPC 625, UPC 628

10. Sugarcane

Co Pant 97222, Co 99214, Co Pant 3220, Co Pant 5224

 

Registration of varieties and germplasm

 

Besides the varietal release, registration of extant varieties, registration of Farmers’ varieties with Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Authority of Govt. of India, and registration of novel germplasm with National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi are some of the significant achievements. So far 15 extant varieties (wheat-5, rice-1, pulse crops-7 and sorghum-2), 3 Farmers’ Varieties (Indrasan, Tilakchandan and Hansraj varieties of rice), one forage sorghum variety Rampur local, and 26 novel germplasm of different crops have been registered.

 

DEGREES OFFERED               

        

  • M.Sc. Ag. (Genetics & Plant Breeding)

  • Ph.D (Genetics & Plant Breeding)

  • Ph.D (Seed Science and Technology)

 

COURSES OFFERED UNDER DIFFERENT PROGRAMMES

 

1.     Ph.D. (Genetics & Plant Breeding)

 

Core Courses:

Course No. 

Name of the course

Credits Hrs

AGP 720 

Advances in Plant Breeding Systems

2(2-0-0)

AGP 724 

Genomics in Crop Improvement

2(2-0-0)

AGP 725 

Molecular and Chromosomal Manipulation for Crop Breeding

2(2-0-0)

AGP 730 

Advanced Biometrical and Quantitative Genetics

3(2-0-1)

AGP 788 

Doctoral Seminar I

1(1-0-0)

AGP 789 

Doctoral Seminar II

1(1-0-0)

 

Total

11

 

Basic Supporting Courses

 

 BPS 662  

Advanced Experimental Designs 

3(2-0-1)

Optional courses

6

Credit for Minor Package

10

AGP 790   

Thesis Research

45

                                                               Total

75

 

List of Optional Courses

 

AGP 610    

Plant Genetic Resources and Crop evolution  

3(2-0-1)

AGP 622    

Breeding for Biotic and Abiotic Stress Resistance

3(3-0-0)

AGP 625

 Maintenance Breeding, Variety Release and Seed Production 

2(1-0-1)

AGP 630    

Breeding  for Crop Quality

2(1-0-1)

AGP 640    

Heterosis Breeding

2(1-0-1)

AGP 650    

Mutagenesis and Mutation Breeding

2(2-0-0)

AGP 520    

Breeding Field Crops-I

2(1-0-1)

AGP 530    

Breeding Field Crops-II

2(1-0-1)

AGP 540    

Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics and Gene Regulation

3(3-0-0)

AGP 560    

Advanced Plant Breeding        

3(3-0-0)

AGP 550     

Principles of Cytogenetics 

3(2-0-1)

AGP 570    

Principles of Quantitative Genetics

3(2-0-1)

AGP 624    

Biotechnology for Crop Improvement

3(2-0-1)

AGP 688    

Doctoral Seminar I

1(1-0-0)

 

Minor Package for students of other Departments/Majors

 

AGP 540

Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics and Gene  Regulation

3(3-0-0)

AGP 560    

Advanced Plant Breeding

3(3-0-0)

Any 500 series and above courses of 2-4 credits from list of  the  courses   of the Department/ Programme

2-4

 

 2.      M. Sc. Ag. (Genetics & Plant Breeding)

 

Course No. & Name of the Course

Credits Hrs

Core Courses 

 

AGP 520

Breeding Field Crops-I

2(1-0-1)

AGP 530       

Breeding Field Crops-II

2(1-0-1)

AGP 540 

Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics and Gene Regulation

3(3-0-0)

AGP550   

Principles of Cytogenetics

3(2-0-1)

AGP 560   

Advanced Plant Breeding      

3(3-0-0)

AGP 570

Principles of Quantitative Genetics

3(2-0-1)

 

 

 

AGP600  

Masters Seminar  

1(1-0-0)

                                                                                                                            Total

20

Basic Supporting Courses

 

BPS661                

Experimental Statistics

4(3-0-1)

 

 

 

AGP 690    

Thesis Research

20

 

 

 

Credits for Optional/Minor Courses

6

                                                                                                                            Total

50

List of Optional Courses

 

AGP 610  

Plant Genetic Resources and Crop evolution  

3(2-0-1)

AGP 622  

Breeding for Biotic and Abiotic Stress Resistance

3(3-0-0)

AGP 625  

Maintenance Breeding,  Variety  Release and  Seed Production 

2(1-0-1)

AGP 630  

Breeding  for Crop Quality

2(1-0-1)

AGP 640  

Heterosis Breeding

2(1-0-1)

AGP 650  

Mutagenesis and Mutation Breeding

2(2-0-0)

AGP 624

Biotechnology for Crop Improvement

3(2-0-1)

AGP 601  

Special Problem

1 – 2

 

 

 

Compulsory Deficiency Courses

 

AGP 411 

Principles of Genetics

3(2-0-1)

AGP 421 

Principles of Plant Breeding

3(3-0-0)

 

 

 

For Biology Group

 

APA 401  

Elements of Crop  Production

3(2-0-1)

APP 401  

Introductory Plant Pathology

3(2-0-1)

APH 401  

Introduction to Horticulture

3(2-0-1)

 

3. Ph.D. (Seed Technology)

 

Course No. & Name of the Course

Credits Hrs

Core Courses

AGP/AST 701

Hybrid Seed Production

2 (1-0-1)

AGP/AST 704 

Seed Laws and DUS Testing for Plant Variety Protection               

3 (2-0-1)

AST 705

Advances  in Seed Science Research

1(1-0-0)

AST 788 

Doctoral Seminar I

1(1-0-0)

AST 789 

Doctoral Seminar II

1(1-0-0)

                                                               Total

8

Basic Supporting Courses

BBC 501

General Biochemistry

3 (3-0-0)

BBC 505 

Basic Techniques in Biochemistry

1 (0-0-1)

BPY  608

Seed Physiology

3 (2-0-1)        

                                                                           Total

7

Credits for Optional courses

5

Credit for Minor Package

10

AST 790

Ph.D. Thesis Research

45

Grand Total

75

List of Optional Courses

APA/AST 702

Seed Vigour  

2 (1-0-1)

AGP 610

Plant Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

3 (2-0-1)

APP 710

Seed Health Technology 

3 (2-0-1)

APV 535

Seed Production Technology  of Vegetable Crops

3 (2-0-1)

AEC/AST 703

Seed Marketing and Management

2 (1-0-1)

AST 601

Special Problem

1-2

Minor Package for students of other Departments/Majors

AGP/AST 701

Hybrid Seed Production

2 (1-0-1)

AGP/AST 704 

 Seed Laws and DUS Testing for Plant Variety Protection

3 (2-0-1)

Any 500 series and above, courses of 5 credits from the list of  courses of the Multi Disciplinary Programme

5

                                                                             Total

10

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

The Head, Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology,

Pantnagar- 263 145, Distt.  U. S. Nagar, Uttarakhand, INDIA.

 

Tel:   05944-233879, 233242; Fax: 05944-233473          

E-mail: chawlahs15[at]gmail[dot]com chawlahs_pantnagar[at]rediffmail[dot]com