Professor K. VijayRaghavan is the Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India since January 28, 2013.
Before that, he was the Director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and the interim head of The Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) a new autonomous institute of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT). Prof. VijayRaghavan’s contributions in science, as a developmental biologist, have been recognized widely. He was conferred an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Edinburgh in 2011. He is a J. C. Bose Fellow of the Department of Science and Technology. He gave the J.C. Bose Memorial Lecture at the Royal Society in 2010, was awarded the inaugural Infosys Prize in Life Sciences 2009. He is a recipient of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, India’s most prestigious science award, in 1998. He is a fellow of The Indian National Science Academy and The Indian Academy of Sciences and served on the Council of the latter. Prof. VijayRaghavan is the only Indian elected as an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization. In 2012, Prof. VijayRaghavan was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Dr. Renu Swarup is presently Senior Adviser to the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
A PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding, Dr. Renu Swarup completed her Post-Doctoral at The John Innes Centre, Norwich UK, under Commonwealth Scholarship and returned to India to take up the assignment of a Science Manager in the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI, in 1989. At DBT, she heads the National Bioresource Development Board and is involved in developing, funding and monitoring programmes in the area of Energy Biosciences, Bio resource Development and Utilization and Plant Biotechnology - Bio prospecting, Tissue Culture and other Biomass associated programmes. As a Science Manager, issues related to policy planning and implementation are also a part of her assignment. She was actively engaged in formulation of the Biotechnology Vision in 2001 and National Biotechnology Development Strategy in 2007 as the Member Secretary of the Expert Committee. She was also a member of the Task Force on Women in Science constituted by the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister. She was awarded the “Bio Spectrum Person of the Year Award” in 2012.
Dr. Jhunjhunwala is an Institute Professor at IIT Madras. He received his B.Tech degree from IIT, Kanpur, and his MS and Ph.D degrees from the University of Maine.
From 1979 to 1981, he was with the Washington State University and has been at IIT Madras ever-since, where he leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group (TeNeT). The group works with industry in the development of telecom, banking, IT and Power Systems (including solar) technologies relevant to India and has a special focus on rural technologies. It has incubated more than seventy companies in the last twenty years. He chairs IITM Incubation cell, Health Technology Innovation Center (HTIC), co-chairs Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI) at IIT Madras and is professor in-charge of IITM Research Park. He also chairs a MHRD committee called “Quality Enhancement of Engineering Education (QEEE)” focused on 500 Indian engineering colleges, other than IITs and NITs.
Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala has been awarded Padma Shri in the year 2002. He has been awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1998, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for the year 1997, Millennium Medal at Indian Science Congress in the year 2000 and H. K. Firodia Award for "Excellence in Science & Technology" for the year 2002, Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation Award for Science & Technology for the year 2004, awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Lecture Award by INSA for the year 2006, IBM Innovation and Leadership Forum Award by IBM for the year 2006, awarded Bernard Low Humanitarian Award in 2009, awarded “Bharat Asmita Vigyaan –Tantragyaan Shresththa Award” for the best use of Science & Technology through Innovation in 2010, and awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Institute of Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden in 2008 and University of Maine, USA in 2010. In 2010, he was also awarded JC Bose Fellowship in 2010 by DST, Government of India, awarded Dronacharya Award (2011) by TiE and recently awarded Top Innovator of Top 11 in 2011 Innovators Challenge. He is a Fellow of World Wireless Research forum, IEEE and Indian academies including INAE, IAS, INSA and NAS.
Dr. Jhunjhunwala is a Director onthe Board of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited, Polaris, 3i-Infotech, Sasken, Tejas, Tata Communications, Exicom and Mahindra Reva Electrical Vehicles Pvt Ltd. He is also a board member of several educational institutes and Section 25 companies including BIRAC. He was a member of the Prime Minister's Scientific Advisory Committee from 2004-14.
Professor Pankaj Chandra is the Vice Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Management of Ahmedabad University since October 2015.
He was the Director of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (2007-2013) and Professor of Operations & Technology Management at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. He holds a B.Tech. from the Banaras Hindu University and a Ph.D from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at various institutions such as McGill University in Montreal, University of Geneva, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, International University of Japan, Cornell University, Renmin University, Beijing and IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA). He has worked briefly with The World Bank in Washington DC. He was the Chairperson of the Doctoral Programme at IIM Ahmedabad and the first Associate Dean (Academic) at ISB, Hyderabad. He was part of the founding team at the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIMA and its first Chairperson.
Professor Chandra has served as member of the Government of India Committee on Clusters for Development of the Informal Sector. He was a member of the two High Powered Committees - the Government of India Committee on Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee) that relooked at the Indian Higher Education system as well as the Committee on the Autonomy of Central Institutions. He was a member of two Steering Committees constituted by the Planning Commission of India for 12th Plan Development, one on Higher & Technical Education (where he also chaired the Sub-Committee on Student Financial Aid), and the other on Industry. He was a member of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) subcommittee on Teacher Education. Until recently, he was also a member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Professor Chandra’s research and teaching interests include Manufacturing Management, Supply Chain Coordination, Building Technological Capabilities, higher education policy, and hi-tech entrepreneurship. He has published extensively in international refereed journals and has served on the editorial boards of several international journals. His forthcoming book studies issues of Governance, Change & Institution Building in Indian Universities. He has been conducting the national survey on Competitiveness of Indian Manufacturing since the last 20 years. Professor Chandra has been involved in several startups, has also been a consultant to large Indian and multi-national firms and serves on the Boards & Academic Councils of several firms and institutions (Mindtree, BIRAC, NID, IGIDR, Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Film & Television Institute of India, IIT Jodhpur, IIIT Bangalore, IIIT Dharwad, BHU)
Mr. Naresh Dayal, IAS, has worked with the Government of India for 37 years in various positions at the state and national levels.
As Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Dayal has been responsible, among other things, for all policies and programs in Public Health, supervising National Health Authorities, assessing and devising the policies for the country’s manpower requirements in health. Mr. Dayal holds a Masters degree in Arts from University of Delhi and also in Professional Studies, Agriculture, from University of Cornell, USA.Mr. Naresh Dayal is also the Chairman of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Coastal Regulation Zone and Infrastructure Projects for Environment and CRZ clearances by the Ministry of Environment, Government of India.Mr. Naresh Dayal is a Director of State Trading Corporation of India Limited. Mr. Dayal has been Non-Executive -Director at Balrampur Chini Mills Limited since November 15, 2016.He has been an Independent Director of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Limited since April 23, 2010. He served as an Independent Director of The State Trading Corporation of India Ltd. from July 10, 2011 to July 9, 2014.
The group made a successful foray into genome-wide sequencing of rice, tomato and chickpea.
A transcriptome atlas of water-deficit response and grain development in rice has been generated. A novel stress associated protein (SAP) gene family has been discovered and these genes have been used to improve water-deficit response. Group is also working to improve yield by understanding activity of genes/alleles responsible for seed development.
At the University of Delhi, Professor Tyagi has served as Head, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Chairman, Board of Interdisciplinary and Applied Sciences and Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Plant Genomics. Professor Tyagi has also provided leadership to the National Institute of Plant Genome Research as Director and to the National Academy of Sciences, India as President. He has been given JC Bose National Fellowship Award, National Bioscience Award, NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award in Biological Sciences, Bhasin Award for Science and Technology, Birbal Sahni Medal of IBS, BP Pal Memorial Award of ISCA, and FC Steward Lecture Award of PTCA(I), among others. He is Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and The World Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Mohd. Aslam is currently Advisor (Scientist ‘G’) in the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
He is involved in planning, coordination and monitoring of various R&D programmes in plant biotechnology and allied areas. Currently, he is handling major programmes of DBT such as Centres of Excellence in Biotechnology, Translational Research in Products and Processed from Medicinal & Aromatic Plants and Technology Development in Silk. Dr. Aslam is the Member Secretary of the Technical Advisory Committee of Centres of Excellence in Biotechnology and DBT’s Expert Groups on Translational Research in Products and Processed from Medicinal & Aromatic Plants and Technology Development in Silk. He is also working as the nodal officer in DBT for three autonomous institutions – National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi; Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal, Manipur; and International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi and also for Biotech Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), New Delhi.