New Delhi, India
Dr Trilochan Mohapatra is an Indian national. He obtained MSc and PhD in Genetics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. Dr Mohapatra is presently holding the position of Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education, and is also the Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Prior to this, he served as the Director of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, and the National Rice Research Institute (formerly CRRI), Cuttack, Odisha.
Dr Mohapatra contributed to the development of 12 varieties of rice and mustard including the long grain Basmati variety, Pusa Basmati 1121, and the first high-protein rice variety, CR Dhan 310. Dr Mohapatra has been recipient of several honors and awards recognizing his academic and research contributions, including the INSA Young Scientist Award, Prof LSS Kumar Memorial Award, NAAS-Tata Award, IARI-BP Pal Award, DBT Bio-science Award, NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award, Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award 2016, IMS Diamond Jubilee Memorial Award 2016, Dr D. Sundaresan Memorial Oration Award 2017, NASI Lecture Award 2017 and Prof NG Ranga Memorial Award by the Andhra Pradesh Science Congress 2017. He also received the Recognition Award of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences for the biennium 2013-14 for significant contributions in Plant Improvement and the Lifetime Achievement Awards of the Indian Genetics Congress and the Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemists.
Dr Mohapatra is an esteemed Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, National Academy of Sciences-India, Allahabad and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi. He has been conferred doctoral degree (Honoris Causa) by Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar, YS Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, Siksha `O’ Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Verterinary and Animal Sciences University, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.