|Dr. Hari C Sharma,
Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry,
Nauni, Solan (HP) INDIA
Education: Born in Behra, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh on 15th June 1954. Educated at Govt. Senior Secondary School, Bharari, Bilaspur. BSc Ag 1974 and MSc 1976 – College of Agriculture, Solan. PhD 1979 - Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi.
Employment: Principal Scientist – Entomology, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India, 2001 – to date. Senior Scientist (1994-2001), Scientist II (1986-1993), and Scientist I (1979-1985) at ICRISAT. Scientist SI, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, India (1979). Visiting Scientist, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA (1986/87), and Department of Primary Industries, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia (1996).
Honors & Awards: Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Gold Medal (BSc Ag 1974), MM Meakins Gold Medal (MSc Ag 1976). Archana Gold Medal - Academy of Environmental Biology (2000). Millennium Science Award - ICRISAT (2001). CGIAR Excellence in Science Award – Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (2001). Prof. T.N. Ananthakrishnan Foundation Award (2002). Dr D Bap Reddy Award in IPM (2000), Plant Protection Association of India. King Baudouin Award (2002), Chickpea Research Teams of ICRISAT and ICARDA - CGIAR. Doreen Mashler Award - Chickpea/Sorghum Research Teams – ICRISAT (2002 and 2004). Lifetime Achievement Award - Academy of Environmental Biology (2005). Hari Om Trust Award - Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) (2007). The International Plant Protection Award of Distinction - International Association of Plant Protection Sciences (2007). Bharat Jyoti Award, India International Friendship Society (2014).
Leadership in Science: President, Council of the International Congresses of Entomology (ICE) (2008 - 2016). Member –Governing Board, International Association of Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS) (2008 - 2016). Member, AHTEG Committee of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – UNEP, and Member, Central Silk Board. Also served as member of, Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM) - DBT, and Environment Risk Assessment Committee (ERA), Ministry of Environment & Forests. Fellow - Entomological Society of India, Academy of Entomological Sciences of India, Academy of Environmental Biology, Plant Protection Association of India, Crop Improvement Society of India, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India, and Entomological Society of America. Chairman - Organizing Committee, International Plant Protection Congress 2019.
Publications: Number of publications - 625 [Books - 7, Plant material descriptions - 4, Information bulletins – 12, Research papers – 232, Book chapters – 79, Conference papers – 58, Newsletter articles –15, Technical reports – 4, Conference presentations/posters – 153, Book reviews – 2, and Web page articles – 12]. More than 175 research papers have been listed in Thomson Science Citation Index/Web of Science, with an average citation of >10, HI 22. Five of our publications featured in top 50 publications at ICRISAT, and 10 papers became the most downloaded papers in different journals.
Vision & Research Interests: Endeavor to pursue excellence in science for improving crop productivity, food security, and conservation of the environment. And my scientific contributions are in the areas of insect biology and population dynamics, host-plant resistance, transgenic crops in IPM, biosafety of GMOs to non-target organisms, marker assisted selection, climate change effects on plant protection, and IPM for sustainable crop production.