Jeet Singh Sandhu

Jeet Singh Sandhu, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi is a renowned legume breeder. He was associated with the development of 22 varieties of different pulse crops and his contributions to chickpea and Vigna wide hybridization have been widely acclaimed. He is an accomplished teacher of plant breeding and genetics and guided several post graduate students at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He has published 215 research papers in journals of national and international repute.

In March, 2010, Sandhu joined the ICAR as Assistant Director General (Seeds) and contributed significantly to the enhancement of breeder seed production and varietal replacement of different crops. He developed the guidelines for breeder seeds lifting, and policy planning related to seed. Sandhu supervised the research programs and management of the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) and the National Research Centre for Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB) located at New Delhi and the Directorate of Seed Research located at Mau. He helped in developing a number of MoUs and work plans for international collaboration. Sandhu, who was appointed Agriculture Commissioner, Government of India, in March 2013, provided the leadership to implement three mega programs of the Government of India, viz., National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI) and Crop Diversification. Successful implementation of these programs led to the highest ever production of food grains and other commodities during 2013-14.