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Krishna Lal Chadha: Recipient of Padma Shri

Krishna Lal Chadha is a horticultural scientist, author and a former National Professor of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Krishna Lal Chadha was born on 15 November 1936 in Bhopalwala, Sialkot, presently in Pakistan. His schooling was at the Government High School, Jalandhar from 1948 to 1951 after which he joined Panjab University, Chandigarh from where he secured B. Sc in Agriculture in 1955 and M. Sc in Horticulture in 1960. Thereafter, he joined the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi for higher research and obtained a Ph. D in 1964. In 2012 he was honored by the Government of India, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri. Professor 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. 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. He became a Director of IIHR, Bengaluru in 1980 to 1986 and latter Horticultural Commissioner. He was promoted as the Deputy Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. 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. 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 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, Biodiversity 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.


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