Dr. B.L. Jalali (Bushan Lal Jalali) was born in Srinagar, Kashmir, India on 14th June 1943. He was educated at National High School, Srinagar, 1953-57; Amar Singh College, Srinagar, 1957-59; College of Agriculture, Banaras Hindu University, 1960-65 (B.Sc., M.Sc.); Punjab Agricultural University, 1965-68 (Ph. D); Federal Research Centre for Agriculture, Braunschweig, Germany, 1973-74.
Dr. Jalali was Professor of Plant Pathology, 1982-92, and Head, Department of Plant Pathology, 1987-90, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar; Director, National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, ICAR, 1992-93; Visiting Professor, University of Hannover, 1987, University of Tubingen, Germany, 1994, University of Montreal, Canada, 1995, and DongGuk University, Seoul, S. Korea, 2000; Director of Research, Haryana Agricultural University, 1998-2001.
His major contributions are dynamics of mycorrhizal associations under biotic and abiotic stresses, decision-support system in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions and Research management, policy-planning, priority-setting, research-extension linkages etc. He has published about 147 publications.
In view of his outstanding contributions, various awards and honours were conferred on him viz. National Narasimhan Award, 1978; M.S. Pavgi Memorial Lecture Award, 1997; President, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, 1998; Sir J.C. Luthura Award, 2000; President, Indian Phytopathological Society, 2000; N. Prasad Memorial Award (2008); ICMPB Life-Time Achievement Award (2012); Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India; Indian Phytopathological Society; Honorary Fellow, Indian Society of Plant Pathologists. Besides he is chairman/member of several research management, planning and advisory committees/expert panels of ICAR, DBT, DST, IDRC, ICOM, and other national and international bodies. He is also Technical Advisor,Academic Councils of IARI, New Delhi; HPKVV, Palampur; Board of Management, Haryana Agricultural University; National Research Development Council; Member, Commission on Agricultural Reforms, Research and Development, Govt. of Jharkhand (2006-08).