Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR)
Dr. Gyanendra Pratap Singh took over as Director, Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal on August 4, 2016. Before joining as Director of IIWBR, Dr. Singh worked as Principal Scientist in prestigious Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, and is the leading wheat breeder in the country. His main research area is Wheat improvement for abiotic stress, physiological phenotyping, MARS & MAB. He has developed 27 varieties of wheat and one variety of potato. Varieties like HD 2967 and HD 3086 occupy large area in the country. He is one of the first research scientist to implement International Wheat information system (IWIS) and Breeding Management Series (BMS), a database for incorporating a set of the module, which is being used with accumulated data/breeders data with respect to molecular, phenotypic and pedigree information, thereby improving the efficiency of the crossing program, selection evaluation, and cultivar development. Dr Singh is a recipient of Dr. Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, Dr. BP Pal, and Dr. V S Mathur Memorial Awards. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India. He is presently Vice-President of the Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding and Society of Advancement of Wheat Research.