Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Varieties Released

240 MSc 109 PhD

Students Passed


Awards & Fellowships Conferred by our Faculty

ICAR                                        05

Adhoc(GOI)                             08

Adhoc(State)                          04

Miscellaneous                        12

Research Projects

Gold Medals :                          03

Awards:                                    03

International Fellowships:   02

National Fellowships:           27

ARS:                                          20

NET:                                          42

Student’s Achievements

Our History

The Department of Crop Improvement (Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding) was established in the year 1972 under the then Agriculture Complex component of the HP University, Shimla to develop skilled and efficient human resources in the field of Plant Breeding & Genetics for imparting education to students, undertaking appropriate research on crop improvement on sustainable basis in the hills and mountains and extend knowledge and skill to the hill farmers. An important accomplishment in this process was the approval of number of research projects on major crops by ICAR under All India Coordinated programme besides being funded by the State Govt. and some other national and international funding agencies (DBT, DST, CSIR, BARC, UGC, DST- JSPS, Monsanto etc.)

Our Strengths

  • Efficient technology & Expertise for crop improvement
  • High- tech Molecular Cytogenetics & Tissue Culture Lab providing facilities for cutting edge research in innovative spheres
  • Opened new horizon in the sphere of Doubled Haploidy Breeding & Chromosome Engineering and taking in this area amongst all the agricultural Universities and ICAR institutes of the country
  • Multilocational and Niche based evaluation facility at various Research Centres in the entire State & Off season facilities at the centres located in the tribal areas
  • Addressing the crop varietal development issues in a systematic manner covering varied agroclimatic regions of the Hill State
  • Established linkages with world renowned Labs
  • Extending facilities and high- tech expertise to other Institutions/ Universities
  • Attracting fellowships and adhoc projects from various national and international agencies
  • Recognition of the work at national and international fora
  • Placement of students in reputed Institutes/Universities/MNCs

Our Faculty

At Main Campus

Dr. Harinder Kumar Chaudhary

Hon’ble Vice Chancellor

Principle Scientist


Dr. Vinod Kumar Sood

Principle Scientist & Head

(Plant Breeding)

dr.(Mrs.) Daisy Basandrai

Principle Scientist

(Plant Breeding)

Dr. Raj Kumar Mittal

Professor (Genetics)

Dr. (Mrs.) Swaran Lata

Professor (Plant Breeding)

Dr. (Mrs.) Vedna Kumari

Principle Scientist

(Plant Breeding)

Dr. (Mrs.) Kiran

Assistant Scientist

(Plant Breeding)

Breeders working in other Departments

Dr. Satish paul

Principle Scientist

Dr. R.K. Kapila

Principle Scientist

Dr. Jai Dev

Principle Scientist


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Chahota

Principle Scientist


Dr. K.C. Dhiman

Professor (Plant Breeding)

Dr. Gopal Katna

Senior Scientist


Scientists from other Departments in working in AICRP schemes

Dr. Navin Kumar

Principle Scientist (Agronomy)

Dr. D.K. Banyal

Sr. Scientist (Plant Pathology)

Dr. Amar Singh

Scientist (Plant Pathology)

Dr. Rajan Katoch

 Sr. Scientist( Bio-Chemist)

Dr. Gurdev Singh

Scientist (Agronomy)

Our Scientists working at Research Stations

Dr. D.P. Pandey

Principle Scientist

(Plant Breeding)

RWRC , Malan

Dr. (Mrs.) Vijay Rana

Principle Scientist

(Plant Breeding)

RWRC , Malan

Dr. (Mrs.) Neelam Bhardwaj


(Plant Breeding)

RWRC, Malan


Dr. Uttam Chand


(Plant Breeding)

SAREC, Kangra

Dr. (Mrs.) Adarsh Bala


(Plant Breeding)

SAREC, Kangra

Dr. Satish Guleria

Principle Scientist

(Plant Breeding)

HAREC, Bajaura

Dr. Naval Kishore


(Plant Breeding)

HAREC, Bajaura

Dr. Dhirender Singh

Principle Scientist

(Plant Breeding)

HAREC, Dhaukakuan

Technical & Office staff

Office Staff

1. Sh. Sarvjeet

2. Mr. Raju Chauhan

3. Mr. Basu Dev

4. Mrs . Nrimala Devi

Section Officer

Sr. Scale Stenographer

Sr. Assistant



Technical Staff

1. Mr. Dharam Singh

2. Mr. Mehar Chand

3. Mr. Subhash Walia

4. Mr. Rajesh Kumar

5. Mr. Raj Kumar

6. Mr. Rajinder Kumar

7. Mr. Ajay Kumar

Farm Manager

Farm Manager

Technical Asstt. Gr.II

Field Assistant Gr.I

Field Assistant Gr.I

Lab. Attendant

Lab. Attendant

Courses & Training Modules

An internationally recognized Molecular Cytogenetics & Tissue Culture Lab established in the aforesaid Department has been undertaking cutting edge research activities in various innovative spheres of plant biotechnology with the support of an excellent team of scientists, research scholars and postgraduate students under the dynamic leadership of Prof. H.K. Chaudhary. Besides execution of various national and international research projects, this Lab has also been providing an unique opportunity to the outstanding graduate and post graduate students in biotechnology stream studying in various Indian Institutes/Colleges and Universities for acquiring technical know-how in innovative and ultra modern spheres of Biotechnology.

UG & PG Courses

Our Courses are designed as per the latest ICAR curriculum. Various opportunities are offered to students for receiving the lectures from world renowned scientists.

Training Module : A (One Month)

Introduction to the Molecular Cytogenetics & Tissue Culture lab and its innovative activities in various spheres of biotechnology

Training Module : B (Two Months)

Acquiring technical Know-how in respect of application of various biotechnological tools in the genetic upgradation of various crop/plant species

Training Module : C (three Months)

Acquiring practical experience in handling various novel biotechnological tools for the genetic amelioration of various crop/plant species

Your Future Starts Here.