Krishna Lal Chadha
Born15 November 1936 (1936-11-15) (age 86)
Bhopalwala, Sialkot, India
OccupationHorticultural scientist
Years activeSince 1963
AwardsPadma Shri

Borlaug Award
Om Prakash Bhasin Award
Dr. H. M. Marigowda Award
S. K. Mitra Memorial Award
S. S. Ranade Memorial Life Time Achievement Award
HSI-Shivashakthi Life Time Achievement Award
AIKGA Millennium Achievement Award
Dr. B. P. Pal Memorial Award
NAAS Leadership Award
WebsiteOfficial web site

Krishna Lal Chadha is an Indian horticultural scientist, author and a former National Professor of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.[1] He was honored by the Government of India, in 2012, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.[2]

Biography

Krishna Lal Chadha was born on 15 November 1936 in Bhopalwala, Sialkot, in the British India, presently in Pakistan.[3][4] His schooling was at the Government High School, Jalandhar from 1948 to 1951 after which he joined Panjab University, Chandigarh from where he secured BSc (Agriculture) in 1955 and MSc (Horticulture) in 1960.[4] Thereafter, he joined the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi for higher research and obtained a PhD in 1964.[3][5]

Chadha started his career as an Assistant Horticulturist at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in 1963 and worked only for a year to move to Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana as a Fruit Specialist in 1964.[4] After working there for five years, he joined the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bengaluru in 1969 as Senior Horticulturist. In 1972, he moved to the Central Mango Research Station, Lucknow as the Project Coordinator (Fruits) and, later, got promoted as the Head of the Centre.[4] The next move was back to IIHR, Bengaluru as the Director of the institute in 1980 for a stint till 1986 when he was called to the government cadre as the Horticultural Commissioner, Government of India[6] and later, as the Executive Director of the National Horticultural Board.[7] In 1987, he was promoted as the Deputy Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research from where he retired in 1996.[3] In 1997, he was selected as the ICAR National Professor,[6] a post he held till 2001 and is an Adjunct Professor of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute ever since.[3]

Krishna Lal Chadha has held the chairs of the Indian Society of Agri-business Professional (ISAP), International Mango Working Group and the Indian Agribusiness Systems (Agriwatch), New Delhi during 2007-08.[4] He is a former president of various national level agricultural societies such as the Indian Society of Agriculture Sciences, the Bougainvillea Society of India, the Orchid Society of India and the Mushroom Society of India. He has also been the vice president of the Indian Society of Vegetable Sciences and the Rose Society of India. He is the chief patron of the Association for Improvement in Production and Utilization of Banana and All India Kitchen Garden Association[4] and has served the Board of Trustees of the International Potato Center (CIP), Lima, Peru, seven years as a member and three years as its vice chairman.[3][4] He has also worked as the secretary of the sub group on Viticulture for South- East Asia and the vice chairman of the Commission on Tropical and Sub-Tropical Horticulture.[4] He has been a consultant to several international agencies such as Food and Agriculture Organization for the fruit production in eight countries of Asia, Genetic Resources in Thailand, USAID on mango production to Horticultural Export Improvement Association (HEIA), Cairo, Egypt, Bioversity International (former IPGRI) on genetic resources in citrus, mango and sub-tropical fruits and the World Bank on nursery production of horticulture and Forestry species.[4] He is the incumbent president of the Horticultural Society of India.[8][9]

Chadha is a Fellow of the International Society for Horticultural Science,[10] a US based forum of the scientific and technical professionals in the field of horticulture.[11] and is a member of several workgroups within the organization.[8] He also holds fellowships of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences,[3][12] the Horticultural Society of India[4] and the Indian Society of Vegetable Science.[13] He has been the chairman of such government and professional agencies as National Planning Commission of India working group for Horticulture Development in India, National Committee for oilpalm cultivation, Registration Committee for Pesticides, High Power Committee on Restructuring of Department of Agriculture, High Power Committee for Horticulture in the states of West Bengal, Haryana and Gujarat.[4] He has also been a member of the National Steering Committee for Organic Products, Planning Commission Committee for Mid-term Review of the eleventh Five Year Plan and two Task Forces for the Government of Kerala and Government of Rajasthan.[4]

Krishna Lal Chadha lives in New Delhi, where the Horticultural Society of India has its headquarters.[3]

Legacy

Chadha is credited with 30 books on the topics of agriculture and horticulture,[14] which include Advances in Horticulture,[15] a 13 volume publication covering 9410 pages.[4] He has also brought out a Handbook of Horticulture.[16] Some of the other notable books are Biotechnology of Horticulture and Plantation Crops,[17] Agriculture and Environment,[18] The Grape : Improvement, Production and Post-Harvest Management[19] and The Apple : Improvement, Production and Post Harvest Management.[20] Many books on horticulture and agriculture have cited Chadha in their works.[21][22]

Awards and recognitions

Krishna Lal Chadha has been conferred the doctoral degree of DSc (Honoris Causa) by the Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology in 1995. Two other universities, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology and Rajendra Prasad Agricultural University followed suit in 2008 and 2009 respectively.[3][4] He received Borlaug Award in 1984, Om Prakash Bhasin Award in 1992, Dr. H. M. Marigowda Award in 1996, S. K. Mitra Award in 1998 and S. S. Ranade Memorial Award in 1999.[3][4] He is also a recipient of honors such as the All India Kitchen Garden Association Millennium Achievement Award (2001), NAAS Dr. B. P. Pal Memorial Award (2004), HSI-Shivashakthi Life-Time Achievement Award (2007) and the National Agriculture Leadership Award (2008).[3][4] In 2012, the Government of India included Chadha in the Republic Day honours list for the award of Padma Shri.[2][3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "ICAR". ICAR. 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "NAAS profile". NAAS. 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "HSI". HSI. 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  5. ^ "IARI". IARI. 2014. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Aspee Foundation". Aspee Foundation. 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  7. ^ "NHB". NHB. 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  8. ^ a b "ACTA". ACTA. 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  9. ^ IJH (2012). "Hort News". Indian Journal of Horticulture. 69 (1): III. ISSN 0972-8538. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  10. ^ "ISHS". ISHS. 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  11. ^ "ISHS about". ISHS. 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  12. ^ "NAAS Fellow". NAAS Fellow. 2014. Archived from the original on 27 January 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  13. ^ "ISVS". ISVS. 2014. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  14. ^ "List of Books". DK Agencies. 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Advances in Horticulture". Amazon. 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  16. ^ K L Chadha (2011). Handbook of Horticulture. DK Agencies. p. 1031. ISBN 978-8171640065.
  17. ^ K L Chadha and P N Ravindran (2003). Biotechnology of Horticulture and Plantation Crops. Malhotra Publications. ISBN 9788185048420.
  18. ^ K. L. Chadha, M. S. Swaminathan (2006). Agriculture and Environment. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 920. ISBN 978-8185048444.
  19. ^ K. L. Chadha and S.D. Shikhamany (1999). The Grape : Improvement, Production and Post-Harvest Management. Malhotra Publishing House. ISBN 81-85048-40-1.
  20. ^ K. L. Chadha, R. P. Awasthi (2005). The Apple : Improvement, Production and Post Harvest Management. Malhotra Publishing House. ISBN 978-8185048437.
  21. ^ S. S. Kadam, D. K. Salunkhe (1998). Handbook of Vegetable Science and Technology. CRC Press. p. 742. ISBN 9780824701055.
  22. ^ T. Radha, Lila Mathew (2007). Fruit Crops. New India Publishing. p. 440. ISBN 9788189422462.

Further reading

  • K L Chadha (2011). Handbook of Horticulture. DK Agencies. p. 1031. ISBN 978-8171640065.
  • K L Chadha and P N Ravindran (2003). Biotechnology of Horticulture and Plantation Crops. Malhotra Publications. ISBN 9788185048420.
  • K. L. Chadha, M. S. Swaminathan (2006). Agriculture and Environment. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 920. ISBN 978-8185048444.
  • K. L. Chadha and S.D. Shikhamany (1999). The Grape : Improvement, Production and Post-Harvest Management. Malhotra Publishing House. ISBN 81-85048-40-1.
  • K. L. Chadha, R. P. Awasthi (2005). The Apple : Improvement, Production and Post Harvest Management. Malhotra Publishing House. ISBN 978-8185048437.
  • K. L. Chadha, O. P. Pareek (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 1: History Genetic Resources Crop Improvement. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 567. ISBN 978-8185048192.
  • K. L. Chadha, O. P. Pareek (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 2: Propagation and Rootstocks. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 586. ISBN 978-8185048192.
  • K. L. Chadha, O. P. Pareek (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 3: Psychological Aspects, Disease Management, and Pest Management. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 505. ISBN 978-8185048215.
  • K. L. Chadha, O. P. Pareek (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 4: Pre and Post Harvest Management. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 514. ISBN 978-8185048222.
  • K. L. Chadha, G. Kalloo (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 5: Genetic Resources, Crop Improvement and Crop Production. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 652. ISBN 978-8185048239.
  • K. L. Chadha, G. Kalloo (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 6: Disease Management, Seed Production. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 580. ISBN 978-8185048246.
  • K. L. Chadha, J. S. Grewal (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 7: Potato. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 827. ISBN 978-8185048253.
  • K. L. Chadha, G. G. Nayar (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 8: Tuber Crops. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 746. ISBN 978-8185048260.
  • K. L. Chadha, P. Rethinam (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 9: Plantation and Spice Crops. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 703. ISBN 978-8185048277.
  • K. L. Chadha, P. Rethinam (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 10: Plantation and Spice Crops. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 669. ISBN 978-8185048284.
  • K. L. Chadha, Rajendra Gupta (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 11: Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. Malhotra Publishing House. ISBN 978-8185048291.
  • K. L. Chadha, S. R. Sharma (2007). Advances in Horticulture: v. 13: Mushroom. Malhotra Publishing House. p. 680. ISBN 978-8185048314.