Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) since July 2011, is an internationally known scientist in the field of plant breeding, genetics and plant genetic resources. He joined PAU in 1974 as Assistant Maize Breeder and rose to the position of Director (Seeds) in 1995, and served as Director of Research during 2005-07. He also had a short stint at Guru Nanak Dev University (2007) as its Director of Research. He served the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (1998-2000) as Assistant Director General and Director of National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (2000-05). He spent, all together, about 9 years at the University of Hohenheim, Germany as Research Fellow (1976-78, 1988-90) and as Scientist (2007-11). He also worked for CIMMYT, Mexico (1993-94) as Associate Scientist.
Dhillon obtained his PhD from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; M.Sc. from PAU and B.Sc. from Khalsa College, Amritsar.
He has over 100 scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals and books. In maize breeding programs at PAU, he contributed to the development of 16 hybrid and composite varieties including first single cross, hybrid Paras released in India, 14 inbred lines and 3 pairs of heterotic pools of maize.