US AWASTHI IFFCO AWARD-2020 goes to BHU Ex-VC
Varanasi: Noted agricultural scientist, former Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University and Chancellor of Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi, Prof. Panjab Singh has been selected for the prestigious “US Awasthi IFFCO Award 2020” for his life time achievements in the field of Agriculture Development and Agriculture Research.
According to the BHU spokesperson, the award carries a cash prize of Rs. 25 lakh, a gold medallion and citation. The award will be presented at FAI Award Ceremony on December 7, 2020 in New Delhi.
Prof. Singh has also served as Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), GOI and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. His contribution in agriculture education, research and development as researcher, policy maker, planner, Research and Education Leader in different capacities spanning over more than four decades has helped India achieve food self-sufficiency and food security through first rate human resource development in various sectors of agriculture education, research and development.
Prof. Singh, who hails from Anantpur village of Mirzapur district in Uttar Pradesh, is also credited for his towering contribution in establishing Rajiv Gandhi South Campus of Banaras Hindu University in Mirzapur.
This award is the most prestigious award promoted by fertilizer industry for an individual’s contribution to agriculture growth in India. Last year this award was conferred to 2020 World Food Prize Winner Dr. Rattan Lal, a distinguished soil scientist at the Ohio State University in the United States.