Dr Himanshu Pathak is new Secretary-DARE cum DG- ICAR / Former & First DG of ICAR


Dr Himanshu Pathak is new Secretary-DARE cum DG- ICAR

Dr. Himanshu Pathak

1st August 2022, New Delhi

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has a new chief, Dr Himanshu Pathak as its new Secretary, Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) cum Director General (DG), ICAR.

Dr Pathak took over the charge of Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR from Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra 

Dr. Himanshu Pathak was serving as the Director, the ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Baramati, India. Prior to this he was the Director of the ICAR-NRRI in Cuttack. He is a scientist of global repute working in the area of Abiotic stress, Climate change, Soil science.


Former DG of ICAR

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra took over the charge of Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education & Director General, ICAR from Dr S Ayyappan on 22 February, 2016

Dr. Mohapatra was holding the position of Director-cum-Vice Chancellor of the prestigious Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. Prior to this, he worked as the Director of National Rice Research Institute (formerly CRRI), Cuttack. He served National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi as researcher and teacher for about 20 years. He is a scientist of global repute working in the area of molecular genetics and genomics.

Dr. Mohapatra has over 145 research papers in national and international journals of repute and several book chapters. His research accomplishments include development of the first high yielding Basmati rice variety resistant to bacterial leaf blight through molecular marker assisted selection, and physical mapping and genome sequencing of rice and tomato. 

He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences-India, Allahabad and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.



First DG of ICAR

Benjamin Peary Pal or B. P. Pal (26 May 1906 – 14 September 1989)

The history of agricultural development in India is intimately connected with the achievements of one of the country's foremost agricultural scientists, Dr B. P. Pal. The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) was earlier located in Pusa, Bihar, but after a severe earthquake damaged its main building, the Institute was shifted to New Delhi in 1936. Dr Pal was the first Indian Director of the IARI in New Delhi at its campus, which was named Pusa, in 1950 and continued to serve in that capacity until May 1965, when he became the first Director-General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). He held this position from May 1965 to January 1972, during which period the Green Revolution was launched with outstanding success.

Dr Pal's major contribution to the scientific aspects of the Green Revolution was in the area of wheat genetics and breeding. He observed that rust disease was largely responsible for low yields of wheat and, therefore, developed a systematic breeding method to develop varieties with resistance to rust disease.

Dr Pal was not only an outstanding scientist, but a person who distinguished himself through various attributes. His first love remained the IARI, which he led for 15 years and built up into an institution of global repute. An indication of his attachment to the Institute is evident in the fact that he willed to the IARI all his property, including two houses in New Delhi and Shimla, and his rare collection of roses and other articles.

Dr Pal was a rose breeder of distinction and created several varieties. He was founder President of the Rose Society and Bougainvillea Society. He also founded the Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding and edited the Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding for 25 years.

Dr Pal was elected President of the Indian National Science Academy in 1975 and served as the President of the Indian Science Congress in 1974. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1972 and received numerous awards including the Padma Vibhushan.

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