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Research Advisory Committee (RAC) : 07.09.2013 to 06.09.2016


Dr. G.Kalloo                                          

Ex-DDG(Hort.), ICAR &

Ex. Vice Chancellor, JNKVV, Jabalpur.





Ex-ADG(Hort.), ICAR, New Delhi.





National Professor, NRC on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi.





Ex-Director, DOR, Hyderabad





Ex-Director, DRR, Hyderabad





Director, Technocrat Institute of Tech., Bhopal




Two non-official members nominated by Hon'ble A.M. in IMC of the Institute




Director, IIHR, Bangalore


Ex-Officio Member


ADG (Hort. - I)                                              

Director, Technocrat Institute of Tech., Bhopal


Ex-Officio Member


Dr.B.N.S. Murthy

Principal Scientist

Indian Institute of Horticultural Research

Bangalore. (Karnataka)


Member Secretary


The first meeting of the full committee was held under the Chairmanship of Prof. Gautam Kalloo, former DDG (Hort.), ICAR & former Vice Chancellor, JNKVV, Jabalpur at IIHR, Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru on April 08-09, 2014. Dr. D. P. Singh, former ADG (Hort.), ICAR, Dr. R.T. Patil, former Director, CIPHET, Ludhiana, Dr. K. Krishnaiah, former Director, DRR, Hyderabad, Dr. D.M. Hegde, former Director, DOR, Hyderabad, Dr. N.K. Singh, National Professor, B. P. Pal Chair, Dr. S.K. Malhotra, ADG (Hort-II), ICAR, New Delhi, Mr. A. Shivanna and Mr. B. Dongare, IMC Members, IIHR, Bengaluru, Dr. C.K. Narayana, Director (Acting), IIHR, Bengaluru and Dr. B.N.S. Murthy, Member Secretary, RAC attended the Meeting. All the scientists of the Institute also participated in the deliberations. All the Heads of Divisions, Sections and Stations of the Institute presented the ongoing research activities, achievements and future line of work. The RAC reviewed the work in progress at the Institute. A field visit to all the experimental farm was organised for the benefit of the Committee. The RAC deliberated on the work in progress and thrust areas of research keeping in view the mandate and vision of the Institute and made recommendations. The recommendations along with the comments of Director, IIHR, Bengaluru were sent to ICAR, New Delhi for approval. The approved recommendations have been circulated to all for follow up. Following are the ICAR approved recommendations made by the committee.


  • Nutrient film techniques/hydroponics work may be initiated in crops wherever feasible.
  • There is need to develop network project on vector research, especially for the control/ management of diseases caused by viruses.
  • Double-haploid production may be attempted in different fruit and vegetable crops for fast development of inbreed/homozygous lines.  This may be taken up in priority crops like chilli, corn etc.
  • An interface with Ministry of Food Processing is required for conducting research on largescale processing of fruits and vegetables. The available technologies may be prioritized and commercialized/demonstrated at pilot level.
  • Market intelligence research and crop cycle studies integrating market price is the immediate need of the farmers. It may be taken up in priority crops.
  • Impact analysis of horticultural technologies should be studied on priority and may be taken up in priority crops.
  • Soil micro-nutrient status should be considered along with crop specific formulations. Also micronutrient studies in relation to fruit quality need to be taken up.
  • Feasibility of continuation/closing of old experiments may be assessed to rationalize the resources for conducting research on emerging problems.
  • A National conference on use of wild taxa for transfer of genes from wild sources to commercial variety may be organised whichwill help in reducing the problems of biotic and abiotic stresses.

Updated on 08.07.2015