M.Sc. (Ag) and Ph. D. in Plant Pathology from G.B.P.U.A & T, Post Doctorate from International Rice Research Institute, Philippines.
Prof. J. Kumar served as Vice-Chancellor, G.B.P.U.A &T (2016-2017); Dean, College of Agriculture (2011-2016); Registrar (2010-2012 and 2014-2016), Prof. & Head, Department of Plant Pathology and Director, Centre of Advanced Faculty Training in Plant Pathology (2007-2012), Nodal Officer, Pantnagar Center for Plant Genetic Resources (2006–2008) at G.B.P.U.A &T, Pantnagar, and Professor (1996-2007), Senior Research Officer (1986-1996) and Junior Research Officer (1984-1986) at College of Forestry & Hill Agriculture, Hill Campus, GBPUAT, Ranichauri. Also served as Director Research on deputation from GBPUAT for six months (Jan-June, 2007) at the newly created University of Horticulture & Forestry, Ranichauri.
On account of his professional achievements, Prof. Kumar has received several prestigious awards and honours such as Prof. M.J.Narasimhan academic merit award of Indian Phytopathological Society (1985), Jawahar Lal Nehru Award of the ICAR for Outstanding Postgraduate Research in Agriculture (1986), Pesticide India Award of Society of Mycology & Plant Pathology (1987), Rockefeller Foundation (USA) Biotechnology Career Fellow (1998), Pesticide India Award of Society of Mycology & Plant Pathology (2006), Uttarakhand Rattan Award (2007), Plant Pathology Leadership Award of Indian Phytopathological Society (2012), Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), 2015, etc.
Prof. Kumar has served as Principal Investigator/Coordinator of almost 20 National and International projects funded by ICAR, DBT, RKVY, HTMM, DASP and Rockefellor Foundation. He has published about 100 refereed research papers in National/ International journals of repute. He has prepared several books, compendia, monographs, lab manuals published by National and International publishers.
Prof. Kumar has done pioneering research on mango malformation, rice blast pathogen population genetics and designed a common minimum programme under IPM for sustainable vegetable cultivation for small farmers. He has been associated with the development and release of four varieties of small millets for Uttarakhand hills and filed patent (application no. 3804/DEL/2014), ‘Designing PCR based detection & diagnostic assay for Magnaporthe oryzae, directly from infected seeds of rice, using PWL2 gene specific primer’.
Prof. Kumar has been the Rockefellor Biotechnology Career Fellow and an active researcher at IRRI, Philippines, Cornell University, USA, INRA, France and has presented his research in various conferences held in India and elsewhere in the world and chaired sessions. He has guided 24 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students in Plant Pathology and Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering.
Prof. Kumar has served/serving on the Research Advisory committees of many ICAR institutes including Convener, Agriculture Sciences and Member, ICAR’s V Dean’s Committee for higher education (2014). He has been the Vice- President of Indian Society of Plant Pathology (2009-11).