BIODATA IN BRIEF



NAME				DR. G.S. SIROHI

DESIGNATION			Former, Head & Professor (Physiol.Div.)                          
				Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 							New Delhi.

RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS		House No. 000, Sssss sssssss
				sssss ssss Ext.  Delhi, India.							
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ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION
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DEGREE	        SUBJECT	          UNIVERSITY		YEAR	WORK
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B.Sc.		AGRI.		  AGRA UNIVERSITY	1945-47	EXCELLENT

M.Sc.		AGRI.		  BENARAS HINDU		1947-49	   do    
				  UNIVERSITY	

Ph.D.		CROP 		  DELHI UNIVERSITY	1951-55	   do   
		SCIENCE

Ph.D.    	BIOLOGICAL        UNIVERSITY OF 	1955-58	   do    
		CLOCK	          CALIFORNIA,
				  LOS ANGELES
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POSITION HELD
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POST			PLACE			YEARS	  DURATION
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RESEARCH SCHOLAR	DELHI UNIVERSITY	1951-55	   4 YEARS

RESEARCH SCHOLAR	UNIVERSITY OF		1955-58	   3 YEARS
			CALIFORNIA,	
			LOS ANGELES

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR	UNIVERSITY OF		1958-63	   5 YEARS
			CALIFORNIA,	
			LOS ANGELES

SENIOR SCIENTIST	INDIAN AGRICULTURAL	1963-71	   8 YEARS
& PROFESSOR		RES. INSTITUTE, 
			NEW DELHI.

HEAD & PROFESSOR	INDIAN AGRICULTURAL	1971-88	   17 YEARS
			RES.INSTITUTE,
			NEW DELHI.

HON.SECRETARY		ASSOCIATION OF		1988       9 YEARS 
                        SCIENTIFIC WORKERS               -till date
                        OF INDIA                          

CHAIRMAN           	INDIAN SOC. 		1988 	   9 YEARS
APEX BODY		PL. PHY. DELHI		          -till date
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EXPERIENCE

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 ENVIRONMENT (1980) 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. SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS 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. AWARDS RECEIVED 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. _________________________________________________________________________________