Nauni scientist set to receive prestigious JP Verma Memorial Award


Dr A K Gupta.

Adding to its rich heritage of academic excellence, Dr AK Gupta, a senior professor of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni (Himachal Pradesh), has been chosen for the prestigious JP Verma Memorial Award (2018).
The award, given each year by the Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS), takes into account Dr Gupta’s contributions to teaching and research in Plant Bacteriology. The society approved his name for the award during its70th Annual Meeting held in Assam last month.
Established in the year 1949, IPS is a professional society for promoting the cause of science of Phytopathology. It focuses on the fields of Mycology, Plant Pathology, Bacteriology, Virology, Phytoplasmology and Nematology and provides a platform to the scientists working in the field of plant pathological related research to share their research achievements. The society has its headquarters at the Division of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi
Dr Gupta is presently serving as the Head of the Department of Plant Pathology at UHF. Born at Aligarh, Dr Gupta passed his B Sc (Biology) from Rohilkhand University and M Sc (Botany) with specialization in Plant Pathology from Agra University. After completing his doctorate in Botany (Mycology and Plant Pathology) from Jiwaji University, he had a short stint at IARI’s Directorate of Wheat Research.
Dr Gupta joined UHF in 1989 at Horticulture Regional Research Substation, Tabo, where he worked on bacterial diseases especially on stem, leaf and fruit gummosis of stone fruits.He is also the recipient of the KPV Menon Award for the best poster research paper award, instituted by the IPS.His name has been included in Elsevier professional group and is credited with developing a sound protocol for isolation and identification of Agrobacterium radiobacter from rhizosphere soil. In addition to the several research papers in leading journals of repute, Dr Gupta has also published 25 book chapters, extension articles and bulletins.
Dr HC Sharma, Vice Chancellor, UHF Nauni congratulatedDr Gupta for bringing laurels to the university.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018