Dr. D.V. Singh (Dharam Vir Singh) was born on 3rd November, 1944 at Meerut, U.P. He did his B.Sc. (Ag.), M.Sc. (Ag.) Plant Pathology and Ph.D. Plant Pathology, from Government Agricultural College, Kanpur. At IARI he served as Senior Wheat Pathologist (1977-82), Principal Scientist (1983-2000) and Head and Director, Centre for Advanced Studies, Division of Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi (2000-06), He has to his credit 34 years research and teaching experience and guided 12 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. His major contributions are on wheat diseases like rusts, smuts, bunts and foliar diseases on various aspects particularly etiology, epidemiology and integrated disease management. His contributions on Karnal bunt of wheat have been recognized internationally. He has published more than 142 scientific publications, 29 review articles, 5 books, 19 popular articles in national and international journals of repute. He organised a number of Conferences, Workshops, Symposia and several training courses on pathology and edited conference proceedings. He successfully organized Golden Jubilee International Conference on Integrated Plant Disease Management for Sustainable Agriculture during 1997 under the banner of Indian Phytopathological Society. He contributed significantly for IPS. He was member of IPS (1964); Councillor, Delhi Zone (1979); Joint Secretary (1980-82); Member, Editorial Board (1983-85 and 1986-88); Editor (1992-94); Secretary (1995-97 and 1998-2000); Ex-Officio Member (2001); Organizing Secretary Golden Jubilee International Conference of IPS; Member, Screening Committee for 3rd International Symposium on Plant Pathology, New Delhi in 1981.
In view of his outstanding contributions, various honours were also conferred on him viz., Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial Prize (1978-79); Sharda Memorial Award (1990); Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS), 1995; Fellow of Indian Phytopathological Society (FPSI), 1980; IPS Gold Medal (1996); Prof. M..J. Narasimhan Medal (1997); FAO Fellow under AHRD programme to North Carolina University, Raleigh, USA; Visiting Scientist to CIMMYT for Karnal bunt; Danida Scholarship for Seed Pathology Training (1972-73). He served as Member, Board of Management of IARI (2001-03); Member, Board of Management of C.S. Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur (1984-86); Member, Institute Joint Staff Council (IJSC), IARI, (2000-02).
He is a widely travelled Plant Pathologist and was deputed to Denmark, U.K., Netherlands, West Germany, France, Switzerland, USA, Italy, Maxico, Iran, Turkey, Russia Egypt, Nepal, Thailand and Taiwan as visiting scientist/International Conferences.