Former Professor and Head, Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology, UHF, Solan, HP
Born on 18th April, 1945 in a small village Kalawan, Distt. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
School education from Govt. School Deha, Distt. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
Graduated from College of Agriculture, Solan, Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1967.
Did M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mycology and Plant Pathology from IARI, New Delhi (1970-1974).
Served as Programme Associate in Fort Foundation in the Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology, IARI, New Delhi for one year.
Contested and won election of Councilor, Indian Phytopathological Society (Delhi zone) as Ph.D. student.
Domesticated Pleurotus sajor –caju for the first time in 1974 proved to be historical in the field of Mushroom Science which revolutionized the Pleurotus production globally.
Joined as Junior Mycologist mushroom in the Department of Botany, HP University, Shimla at Solan.
Visited the Netherlands and West Germany in connection with advance training on cultivation of Agaricus bitorquis and Pleurotus spp.,respectively.
Teaching- Graduate and past Graduate classes YSP UHF Solan 1975- 2005
Guided 5 M.Sc and 11 Ph.D. students on various facets of mushroom cultivation.
Published 95 research papers in journals of National and International repute. Contributed 5 book chapters/ review articles.
Edited the book entitled “Mushroom Cultivation in India”, 1986 along with Dr. R.K. Agarwala. Besides establishing Mushroom research facility of National level, framed courses for undergraduate/ postgraduate students specializing in mushrooms in the Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology of University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan.
Retired as Professor and Head, Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology, UHF, Solan in April, 2005.