Delhi Zone Symposium - January 17, 2024


It’s great pleasure to announce that ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi and Indian Phytopathological Society (Delhi Zone) is organizing National Symposium on "Seed Health and Disease Management for Agricultural Biosecurity" and Annual Zonal (IPS - Delhi Zone) Meeting on January 17, 2024 at Division of Plant Quarantine, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi. On behalf of organizing committee, we request your gracious participation in the symposium.

About the Symposium

The National Symposium on 'Seed Health and Disease Management for Agricultural Biosecurity,' would be a pioneering gathering of minds dedicated to fortifying the foundation of our agricultural future. Set against the backdrop of innovation and sustainability, this symposium, scheduled for January 17, 2024, promises to be a pivotal moment in the realm of seed health and biosecurity.

This symposium will provide a platform for researchers, educators, industrialists and young students to share, learn and exchange experiences, innovations, possibilities, and concerns in the field of basic and applied plant pathology.

Our symposium will unravel the intricate tapestry of plant health, delving into six dynamic themes that define the forefront of agricultural science. From the precision of plant disease diagnostics to the nuanced dance of host-pathogen interactions, we embark on a journey to understand the delicate balance that sustains our crops.

Agriculture biosecurity and biosafety take center stage, reflecting our commitment to safeguarding the essence of agriculture. As we explore plant disease management, we seek innovative solutions to address current challenges and anticipate those on the horizon. The symposium concludes with a focus on post-harvest challenges, acknowledging the continuum of care required from seed to sustenance.

IPS-Delhi Zone would comprise an exciting program including presidential address, keynote addresses, award lectures and poster presentations on topics related to the themes. So, join us in fostering collaboration, sharing cutting-edge research, and cultivating a vision for a resilient agricultural future. Your participation will contribute to a vibrant tapestry of ideas and solutions, weaving together the threads of knowledge that will shape the landscape of seed health and agricultural biosecurity for years to come. Together, let us sow the seeds of progress and innovation.

Thematic Areas

  • ·     Plant Disease Diagnostics
  • ·     Plant Pathogen Diversity
  • ·     Host-pathogen Interactions
  • ·     Agriculture Biosecurity and Biosafety
  • ·     Plant Disease Management
  • ·     Post-harvest Challenges


Abstract Submission

Abstract (in 250 words) should be prepared in MS Word, Times New Roman, 12 font size and to be submitted in electronic form to the email latest by December 31, 2023.

Points to be noted before submission of abstract

  •      Submission of abstract will not ensure automatic acceptance
  •      Contents will be edited as per requirement
  •      Abstract should be based on the recent work done by the author(s)

Guidelines for Poster Presentation

  • ·     Poster size should not be more than 4 feet by 3 feet (i.e., length should not be more than 4 feet and the width not more than 3 feet) ​
  • ·     Duration for the presentation will be 3-4 minutes

Prof MJ Narasimhan Academic Merit Award Contest

Two names will be recommended from zonal level for the final contest at national level in the Annual Meeting cum National Symposium of the Society. Eligible candidates from Delhi Zone are invited to participate in this contest. The maximum age for the contestant is 35 years. Contestant has to provide an abstract in 250 words along with brief biodata to the Zonal President/ Councillor before December 31, 2023.

APS-IPS travel award for PhD students

APS-IPS Travel Sponsorship for Ph.D. students (IPS member) has been instituted by the American Phytopathological Society (APS), USA. The purpose of this award is to encourage Ph.D. students of plant pathology of India and to attend the APS Annual Meeting. Students will have to compete at the zonal and national competitions in India. Two names from each zone will be recommended for national level contest. Names of the national level candidates will be forwarded for final selection by the APS, USA.

Contestants will have to provide an abstract in about 250 words along with the brief biodata including email ID to the Zonal President, Delhi Zone / Zonal Councillor latest by December 31, 2023.

The terms and conditions for participating in APS meeting is as follows:

  • ·  The fund will be reimbursed to the awardee for to & fro airfare from India to the meeting venue, accommodation and incidentals directly by APS.
  • ·  The awardee is expected to bear the cost of meeting registration.
  • ·  All the contestants/recipients should be the member of the society during the year of presentation.
  • ·  The contestant will have to give a brief biodata, the certificate, furnishing, age proof of pursuing PhD (first and second year only) and one-page short paragraph, stating how participation in the APS meeting will lead towards achievement of their professional goals

*In service candidates are not eligible for this APS travel award



Chairperson: Dr V Celia Chalam, Head, Division of Plant Quarantine, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi

Convener & Organizing Secretary: Dr Jameel Akhtar, Principal Scientist and President IPS, (Delhi Zone), Division of Plant Quarantine, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi

Co-convener & Co-Organizing Secretary: Dr Pardeep Kumar, Scientist (Sr. Scale) and Councillor IPS (Delhi Zone), ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi


Advisory Committee

Dr TR Sharma, DDG (Crop Science), ICAR, New Delhi

Dr GP Singh, Director, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi

Dr PK Chakrabarty, Former President, IPS, New Delhi

Dr SC Dubey, ADG (PP & B), ICAR, New Delhi and President, IPS, New Delhi

Dr Dilip K Ghosh, President (Elect), IPS, New Delhi

Dr V Celia Chalam, Head, Division of Plant Quarantine, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi

Dr MS Saharan, Head, Division of Plant Pathology, ICAR- IARI, New Delhi

Dr Kajal Kumar Biswas, Secretary, IPS, New Delhi

Dr Kalyan. K Mondal, New Delhi

Dr Malkhan S Gurjar, Treasurer, IPS, New Delhi

For further details, please contact

Dr Jameel Akhtar (Mob: 9013718834)/ Dr Pardeep Kumar (Mob 9466348907)

Division of Plant Quarantine, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi