BIODATA IN BRIEF
NAME DR. G.S. SIROHI
DESIGNATION Former, Head & Professor (Physiol.Div.)
Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
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DEGREE SUBJECT UNIVERSITY YEAR WORK
B.Sc. AGRI. AGRA UNIVERSITY 1945-47 EXCELLENT
M.Sc. AGRI. BENARAS HINDU 1947-49 do
Ph.D. CROP DELHI UNIVERSITY 1951-55 do
Ph.D. BIOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY OF 1955-58 do
POST PLACE YEARS DURATION
RESEARCH SCHOLAR DELHI UNIVERSITY 1951-55 4 YEARS
RESEARCH SCHOLAR UNIVERSITY OF 1955-58 3 YEARS
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR UNIVERSITY OF 1958-63 5 YEARS
SENIOR SCIENTIST INDIAN AGRICULTURAL 1963-71 8 YEARS
& PROFESSOR RES. INSTITUTE,
HEAD & PROFESSOR INDIAN AGRICULTURAL 1971-88 17 YEARS
HON.SECRETARY ASSOCIATION OF 1988 9 YEARS
SCIENTIFIC WORKERS -till date
CHAIRMAN INDIAN SOC. 1988 9 YEARS
APEX BODY PL. PHY. DELHI -till date
PLACES, YEAR AND NATURE OF WORK
I worked for a period of more than 40 years (1947-88) in the premium Govt.
organisations namely, Benaras Hindu University, Delhi University, University
of California, Los Angeles(U.S.A), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi.
The work required high quality of creativity, initiative, team work, leadership,
managerial skill and of capability to deal with accomplished professionals at
national and international levels. It also required excellent teaching capabilities to
teach advanced courses at Ph.D. level. I have been working with the above essential requirements,
and significant achievements were made in the field of research, education,
management and administration, at national and international levels as follows:
PROJECT INITIATED AND MANAGED
1. STUDY OF BIOLOGICAL CLOCK AT SOUTH POLE (1960-61)
The project was prepared and presented to the United States National Science
Foundation, Washington, for funding $100,000. I also negotiated with the U.S.Navy
for logistic and related support for conducting the experiments. Travelled to
Newzealand and Antaractica (South Pole) by U.S. Navy transport, and conducted
experiments at South Pole in the snow tunnels at an altitude of 10,000 ft. for
60 days. Travelled back to Los Angeles by U.S. Navy transport system on an
ice breaker ship "East Wind" through Sydney (Australia), I conducted experiments
during the ship travel while crossing latitude of Roaring Fourties in high seas.
SIROHI POINT, A PLACE NAMED BY U.S.BOARD FOR GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES TO HONOUR
DR.G.S. SIROHI FOR HIS WORK IN ANTARACTICA.
I am the first Indian to conduct unique experiments at South Pole (1960-61).
The objective of the experiments was to collect data on Biological Clock at
the South Pole, since it represented a place where the rotational activity of the
earth could be negated. The plant material (Soyabean etc.) and animal material
(hamsters etc.) were studied at the South Pole. Project work took almost 12 months,
out of which 4 months were spent at the South Pole and Antarctica.
In appreciation and honour of the work done by me the place of Antarctica was
named "SIROHI POINT" on the world map by the U.S. Board for Geographical names.
2. PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND CROP PRODUCTIVITY UNDER TROPICAL
I prepared the above project in 1977 at national level involving five
reasearch institutions in India for U.S. support. I negotiated in 1977 for the
collobration in the U.S.A. with the University of California, Los Angeles, Berkley,
Davis, Stanford, Purdue. This one crore project was initiated in 1980 and I was
the Principal Investigator and Co-ordinator of this Indo-U.S. Project. The
project continued till 1990. The project provided excellent research data for
enhancing crop productivity in India.
3. UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP) SUPPORTED CENTRE
FOR ADVANCED STUDIES AT IARI, NEW DELHI (1979).
The seven year project was initiated in 1979 by me. I worked on this
Rs. one crore project as Project Co-ordinator. This project significantly enhanced
research and teaching capability of more than 20 scientists. I organised the entire
working of the project with the collobration of the Universities in U.S.A., Canada,
U.K. and Australia.
I travelled abroad in 1981 and located professors to visit IARI and
to do the research and teaching. I also negotiated the placement of our 20 scientists
for the training abroad in universities and research institutions in U.S.A. Canada,
U.K. and Australia (1981).
4. FIRST INDIAN EXPEDITION TO THE ANTARACTICA (1981)
Our Hon'ble Late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi invited me to
provide expertise in guiding the first Indian Expedition to Antaractica. I helped
Dr. Z.A. Quasim to prepare the Antaractica expedition. This was needed since I
was the first Indian to have the experience of doing research work at the South Pole
in 1960-61, while I was at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
5. FAO CONSULTANCY ON DRY LAND FARMING IN BURMA (1987)
Burma has a large tract where rain fall is low and farming success
depends on water conservation and water economy and physiology of plants. During
consultancy, I travelled widely throughout the dry land areas of Burma. Based on
the information gathered, made a comprehensive report suggesting appropriate cropping
pattern, cultural practices, in order to obtain optimum yields under the dry land
farming in Burma, was prepared and which helped in enhancing crop production.
NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISTIONS AND MY CONTRIBUTIONS
1. ASSOCIATION OF SCIENTIFIC WORKERS OF INDIA
As Hon. Secretary of the Association of Scientific Workers of India (ASWI),
I have been making efforts through various means to generate employment in rural
areas by taking the appropriate science to the villages. Effort is being made to
have a system approach where science may grow in villages in an integrated manner
for enhanced employment there.
In 1988 I prepared a project to generate employment in the Almorah Hills (U.P.)
by growing medicine plants there and also to have appropriate industry for processing
medicinal plants for suitable marketing. The project was prepared with the
collobration of CSIR organistion, namely, Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic
Plants, Lucknow. Efforts are on to execute the plan.
2. INDIAN SOCIETY FOR PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, IARI, NEW DELHI.
I have been actively strengthening the above academic society for improving
the research capabilities of our scientists in the field of Agriculture. I worked
as Hon. Secretary for the society for more than 12 years. I have also worked as its
Editor-in-Chief and significantly contributed in the publication of its scientific
journal and other publications. At present I am the Chairman of its Apex Body, since 1980 till date.
SCIENCE MANAGEMENT AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
I have been member of the various bodies at IARI,New Delhi, such as ,
Board of Management (IARI), Executive Council (IARI), and management system of
IARI from 1963-88. I also served as member of the Scientific Panels of ICAR, New Delhi,
Member of Academic Council of the Benaras Hindu University, Member of the selection
boards in the Andhra Pradesh Agri. University, Osmania University, University
of Agri.Sciences, Karnataka, Haryana Agricultural University, Punjab Agricultural
University, and many other premium universities and institutions of India. It may
be mentioned that the selection boards as mentioned above, where I participated in
the selection system, were mostly selecting Professor and Senior Scientisits for recruitment.
1. Published more than 100 research paper and several reviews in the
prestigious national and international scientific journals.
2. Conducted outstanding experiments on the biological clock at South Pole.
3. Earning the Honour for my work done at South Pole, from the United States
Board for Geographical Names, to have geographical feature in my name as SIROHI POINT
at Antarctica, world map.
4. Valueable research work at Delhi University, University of Calfornia and IARI,
New Delhi and generating excellent research data.
5. Managing the growth of science in the form of projects on Photosythesis and
Crop Productivity in tropical environment with international collobration.
The project generated excellent research data at all India basis at various centres
in a coordinated manner.
6. Managing and enhancing the research and teaching capabilities of
scientists at IARI by having international scientific exchange programmes under
UNDP Centre of Advanced Studies, which generated valuable research data.
7. Managing and administering the Division of Plant Physiology at
IARI to create a best centre for research and teaching in India.
8. Producing a significant number of Ph.D. students who are now occupying
the important administrative, research and teaching position in premium institutions
in India at abroad.
9. High degree of interaction with Indian Society for Plant Physiology and
Association of Scientific Workers of India (ASWI), for enhancing growth of science.
10. After retirement working for carrying appropriate science and technology to
villages for generating useful employment.
Following are some of the awards received by me from different organisation in India and abroad.
1. Gold Medal for Senior distinguished agriculture scientist by Academy for
Advancement of Agricultural Sciences.
2. J.J. Chinoy gold medal for excellent research work in the field of Physiology
of flowering by the Ind. Soc. for Plant Phy.
3. R.D. Asana gold medal for distinguished work in the field of stress physiology
for enhanced crop growth.
4. Excellent academic performance award in University of California,Los Angeles,
U.S.A., $ 2,000 award with a merit certificate by Phi Beta Kappa Society of the U.S.A.