Dr. T.S. Thind (Tarlochan Singh Thind) was born on 10th July, 1952 in village Said Pur, District Kapurthala, Punjab from where he obtained his school education. He did B.Sc. from Govt. College, Chandigarh in 1972, M.Sc. (Botany) in 1974 and Ph.D (Botany) in 1977 from Saugar University (M.P.). He joined as Research Associate in 1977 and subsequently as Asstt. Plant Pathologist in 1978 at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He became Plant Pathologist in 1988 and was elevated to Senior Plant Pathologist in 1996. Dr. Thind joined as Professor and Head, Department of Plant Pathology, PAU, Ludhiana in January, 2001 and Additional Director of Research, PAU in March, 2012.
Dr. Thind is specialized in rational and need-based use of fungicides in plant disease control. He attended an international training course on fungicide resistance in Malaysia in 1984. He was awarded French Govt. Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Research at INRA, Bordeaux, France from 1985-1987 and was a visiting scientist at the same institute in 1991-92 and worked on epidemiology and resistance development in grape powdery mildew to EBI fungicides. He was awarded ‘Le Grand Conseil Bordeaux Medal’ by CIVB in 1992 for his research work in France.
He executed several research projects funded by ICAR, DST, UNDP, NHM and Indo-French Centre for Advanced Research on role of epidemiology in disease management in vegetable and fruit crops through need-based use of fungicides. Dr. Thind did pioneering work on fungicide resistance in India and reported several cases of resistance development in different pathogens for the first time and worked out its management strategies. He is National Advisor for Fungicide Resistance Action Committee. He has served as F.A.O. Consultant in Cape Verde (W. Africa) in 1992. He was awarded ‘Fulbright Fellowship’ for doing research at University of California, Davis, USA in 2001 and 2005. He is recipient of ‘Best Research Worker Award’ and ‘Dr. G.S. Khush Distinguished Professor Award’ by PAU, ‘Pesticides India Award’ and ‘Y.L. Nene Outstanding Plant Pathology Teacher Award’ by Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, ‘M.J. Narasimhan Commendation Medal’, ‘M.S. Pavgi Memorial Award’ and ‘IPS Recognition Award’ by Indian Phytopathological Society.
Dr. Thind is a Member of Chemical Control Committee of International Society for Plant Pathology (USA) and is Associate Editor of Pest Management Science (UK). He is Fellow of Indian Phytopathological Society, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology and Indian Society of Plant Pathologists. He was elected President of Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology (2007), Indian Phytopathological Society (2011) and Indian Society of Plant Pathologists (2012). He is Honorary Fellow of Indian Society of Plant Pathologists and Punjab Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Thind has published more than 180 research papers in leading journals and 6 books. He has attended several international conferences of plant pathology in Australia, England, New Zealand, USA, Israel, France, Germany, Italy and China. He superannuated from university service in July, 2012 and subsequently worked as Emeritus Scientist (ICAR) from 2012-2014. Presently, he is Honorary Adjunct Professor in PAU, Ludhiana.