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  • Dr. H.S. Chawla
  • Head,
  • Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding,
  • College of Agriculture

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  • Phone: 05944-233879, 233242 (O), 9411159049 (M)
  • Fax: 05944-233473
  • E-mail: chawlahs15[at]gmail
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About Us

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, forages, sugarcane and other crops. Till the year 2011-12, 176 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 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, and more than 20 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.

Vision:

To impart quality education in Genetics & Plant Breeding to UG and PG students, and to develop high yielding biotic, abiotic stress resistance, climate resilient and high quality possessing varieties of different crop plants with the integration of classical and molecular breeding, and preservation and protection of germplasm.

Teaching:
  • To run postgraduate programme (M. Sc. Ag. and Ph.D.) in the field of Genetics & Plant Breeding, and Seed Technology.
  • To contribute actively in the under graduate programme (B. Sc. Ag) of the college.

  • Research:

  • To develop high yielding biotic (disease and pest) and abiotic (heat and drought) stress resistance/tolerance, and high product value having varieties of cereals, oilseeds, pulses, millets, forage and sugarcane crops with the integration of classical and molecular breeding approaches.
  • To evaluate, catalogue, preserve and protect the germplasm of different crop plants.
  • To conduct high quality research with the integration of cutting edge technologies like genomics and bioinformatics.

  • Extension:

  • To demonstrate the impact of “Improved Technologies” over Farmer’s Practices through organizing “Front Line Demonstrations” in all the crops to popularize the new and improved crop varieties.
  • To organize the “Awareness-cum-Training Programme” for farmers in the field of Seed Production, Plant Variety Protection and Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Degrees Offered (with seat breakup)


  • M.Sc. Ag. (Genetics & Plant Breeding): 16 + 5(ICAR) =16
  • Ph.D. (Genetics & Plant Breeding): 8 + 2(ICAR) =10
  • Ph.D. (Seed Science & Tech.): 4 + 1(ICAR) =05

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    Functional laboratories in the department

  • UG genetics Lab
  • UG biotechnology Lab
  • Cytogenetics and molecular markers lab
  • Tissue culture and genetic transformation lab
  • Wheat grain quality and molecular markers lab
  • Rice quality lab
  • Maize quality lab
  • Sorghum quality lab
  • Pulses quality lab
  • Oilseeds quality lab
  • Soybean quality lab
  • Sugarcane quality lab

  • Faculty Awards/Honours

    1. AICRP on Rice received Golden Jubilee Best Centre Award 2015 by ICAR during 50th Annual Group Meeting of ACRIP-Rice held at Indian Institute of Rice Research, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad from April 11 to 15, 2015.

    2. AICRP on Rapeseed-Mustard received Best Centre Award by ICAR during 20th Annual Group Meeting of AICRP-RM held at S.D. Agricultural University, Sardarkrushinagar (Gujarat) from July 5-7, 2013.

    3. AICRP on Sorghum received Best Centre Award 2010 by ICAR during 41st Annual Group Meet of ACRIP-Sorghum held at Uinversity of Agriculture Sciences, Dharwad from April 15 to 17, 2011.

    4. Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding received Department Excellence Award 2013 of College of Agriculture, GBPUAT, Pantnagar.

    5. Dr. J.P. Jaiswal was honored with Faculty Excellence Award 2013 of College of Agriculture, GBPUAT, Pantnagar.

    6. Dr. H.S. Chawla was honored with Faculty Excellence Award 2014 of College of Agriculture, GBPUAT, Pantnagar.

    7. Dr. N.K. Singh was honored with Faculty Excellence Award 2014 of College of Agriculture, GBPUAT, Pantnagar.

    8. Dr. H.S. Chawla delivered Prof. F.C. Steward Memorial Lecture in 35th Annual Meeting of PTCA (India) & Natl. Symp. on Advances in Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, March 10-12, 2014.

    9. Dr. Salil K. Tewari was conferred with “Fellow of Confederation of Horticulture Associations of India” during International Conference on Water Quality and Management for Climate Resilient Agriculture held at Jalgaon , May 28-31, 2013

    10. Dr. Salil K. Tewari Co-Chaired the Session in the International Conference on water quality and Management for climate resilient Agriculture held at Jalgaon , May 28-31, 2013

    11. Dr. P.S.Shukla has been nominated memberof the Board of Management, JNKVV, Adhartal, Jabalpur, M.P.

    Books:

  • Roy, D. 2010. Biotechnology. Narosa Publishing House Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi & Alpha Science, U.K.
  • Roy, D. 2012. Plant Breeding- A Biometrical Approach. Narosa Publishing House Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi & alpha Science, U.K.
  • Roy, D. 2012. Biometrial Genetics- Analysis of Variation. Narosa Publishing House Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi & Alpha Science, U.K
  • Prasad, B. and Kumar, S. 2013. Reshaping Technology for Agricultural Development. Satish Serial Publishing House, New Delhi, pp 466.
  • Kumar, S. and Prasad, B. 201) Modern Technology for Sustainable Agriculture. New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi, pp 390.
  • Kumar, S., Prasad, B., Pushpanjali and Bahuguna, A. 2013 Agricultural Sustainability and Approaches. Biotech Books, New Delhi, pp 439.
  • Prasad, B. and Bahuguna, A. Agricultural Technology – A new paradigms Biotech Books, New Delhi-2
  • Shukla, P.S. and Prasad, B. 2015. Advances in Seed Sciences and Technology, Biotech Books,New Delhi-2
  • Tewari, S.K.Sah,V.K., Singh, V. and Dubey, A. 2015.Souvenir cum Abstracts – National Seminar on Holistic Development of Agroforestry: Potential and Policy Issues. Agroforestry Research Centre, GBP

  • Technical Bulletin

  • Chawla, H.S., Shrotria P.K., Khulbe, R.K., Singh,Y.V. 2011. A Decade of varietal Development Research. Published by Directorate of Experiment Station, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar.
  • Tewari, S.K., Kaushal, R. and Misra, N.P. 2011. Vavharik Baans Utpadan (in Hindi). Published by Directorate of Publication, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar
  • Ongoing Extension Activities:

  • Front Line Demonstrations (FLDs) are being organized in wheat, rice, maize, pulses, oilseeds, sugarcane crops to demonstrate the impact of improved varieties in different growing situations. In some crops they are being integrated with resource conservation technologies as well as fertilizer management.
  • Awareness-cum-Training Programmes are organized for farmers in the field of Seed Production, Plant Variety Protection and Intellectual Property Rights.
  • All the crop breeders interact with farmers face to face during farmers fair organized by the University.
  • Lectures are also delivered by crop breeders for the benefit of farmers during the trainings organized by Directorate of Extension Education.
  • Radio talks are delivered to popularize new varieties and also on seed production technologies.
  • Popular articles are also published to popularize the improved technologies among the farmers

  • Seminar/Workshop/Training/Symposium

    S.No. Title of the of Seminar/Workshop/Training/Symposium Organized by
    1. National Seminar on “Holistic Development of Agroforestry: Potential and Policy Issues” organized on February 13-14, 2015. Dr. S.K. Tewari
    2. ICAR sponsored 21 days summer school on “New Paradigms in Heterosis Breeding: Conventional and Molecular Approaches“, 10-30 Sept., 2014. Dr H.S. Chawla
    3. ICAR sponsored 21 days winter school on “Changing climatic conditions:Issues and breeding strategies for abiotic stress tolerance in plants” from Feb 11 to March 3, 2014. Dr H.S. Chawla
    4. One day NRDC sponsored Training on “Harnessing Intellectual Property and its Management for Growth and Prosperity‘ Organized by Intellectual Property Management Centre, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Jan 25, 2014. Dr. M.K. Karanwal
    5. IICAR sponsored 10 days short course on “New Dimensions in quality seed production technology with special reference to hybrid seed production of field and vegetable crops, IPR and PPV & FR Act” held from Feb 18 to 27, 2013. Dr H.S. Chawla
    6. One day Awareness and sensitization programme on PPV&FR Act, 2001, Organized by Genetics & Plant Breeding Deptt, G.B. Pant Univ. of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 9th March, 2013. Dr. P.K. Shrotria
    7. One day Awareness and sensitization programme on PPV&FR Act, 2001, Organized by Genetics & Plant Breeding Deptt, G.B. Pant Univ. of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 9th March, 2013. Dr. P.K. Shrotria

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