Dr. Sarbjit Singh Chahal, is Vice Chancellor of Khalsa University, Amritsar (Pb.) India. Previously he has been Vice-Chancellor of Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, Desh Bhagat University, Punjab, Sr. Vice President RBEF (Apex body for management of Amity Universities) and Professor Emeritus, Panjab University, Chandigarh. He graduated, obtained Doctorate from Panjab University, Chandigarh and joined as Assistant Plant Pathologist at Panjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana in 1975, became Professor in 1990 and rose to the position of Dean, Postgraduate Studies besides serving on a number of other administrative key positions in PAU. He has served as Director of Research, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Syndic, Senator, Chairman Postgraduate Education and Research Board, Member Finance Committee, Academic Council and Research Degree Board of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.
Prof. Chahal has distinguished himself for carrying out basic and applied research in the field of disease resistance, epidemiology, histopathology, risk analysis, disease cycle and management of several serious diseases of cereals and sunflower. He has contributed in development of three downy mildew resistant varieties, first ever ergot resistant lines of pearl millet and establishing the mode of action of alkyl phosphonate fungicides against phycomycetous plant pathogens. Principal investigator of five externally funded research projects he has been leader of “International Working Group of Karnal Bunt of Wheat” (of International Seed Testing Association). His 286 publications include research and review papers, books, book chapters manuals and popular articles besides editing five volumes of the journal Plant Disease Research.
Recently, in recognition of his academic achievements, the Panjab University Chandigarh has conferred the status of ‘Honorary Professor’ upon him. Recipient of PAU Meritorious Teacher Award, Prof. Chahal is winner of six National Awards viz. two time Prof. M J Narasimhan Merit Academic Award , Pesticides India Award , B. B. Mundakar Award, Borlaug Lecture Award and Prof. R. N. Prasada Memorial Lecture Award. He has been conferred with the prestigious ISMPP Life Time Achievement Award and IPS Recognition Award. He was visiting scientist, twice to the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and twice to Danish Government Institute of Seed Pathology (DGISP), Copenhagen, Denmark. He has served on editorial board of several journals. Member of ten and fellow of four professional societies, he is Honorary Fellow of Punjab Academy of Sciences and Indian Society of Plant Pathologists and mentor to fourteen postgraduate students.
Prof. Chahal has been President of Indian Society of Plant Pathologists, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology and Indian Phytopathological Society; Chairman, Steering Committees of the Asian Congress of Mycology and Plant Pathology , Global Conference-II, III and 5th International Congress of Plant Pathology. Visitor to fifteen foreign universities Prof Chahal has attended several national and International Conferences and is serving as Chairman and member of a number of Academic, Search, Research and Advisory Committees of UGC, ICAR, ASRB, UPSC, Indian and Foreign universities. He is Chairman of Agri Knowledge Foundation, India, NAAC (Appeals) and member of Accreditation Board of ICAR and standing committee of the UGC for assessment of the Central Universities. He has also served as Chairman of recommending committee for opening of private Universities in Rajasthan and Member Board of Directors Rajasthan Knowledge Commission Ltd (RKCL).