Dr Hari C Sharma
Former Vice Chancellor – YSP University of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni, Himachal Pradesh, India. Principal Scientist – ICRISAT, Patancheru Telangana, India. Visiting Scientist, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA (1987), and Department of Primary Industries, Australia (1996).
Honors & Awards: CGIAR Excellence in Science Award 2001: CGIAR, Washington, USA; International Plant Protection Award of Distinction 2007 – IAAPS; Millennium ICRISAT Science Award: 2001; Hari-Om Trust Award 2007 – ICAR; and Life Achievement Award 2019: IAAPS.
Fellowship of Professional Societies: Fellow, Entomological Society of America (2014), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2012), Plant Protection Association of India (1990), Academy of Environmental Biology (1999), and Life Fellow, Entomological Society of India (1983).
President, Council of International Congresses of Entomology (2008-16): ICE2012 – Korea and ICE2016 – USA; President, 19th International Plant Protection Congress (IPPC2019), Hyderabad (2019); Member Governing Board, IAAPS (2008-15); Co-Chair, Biological Consequences of Global Change, International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) (2009 – 15).
Scientific Contributions: My scientific contributions are in the areas of insect bio-ecology, economic thresholds, natural plant products, host-plant resistance, transgenics and molecular markers for insect resistance, biosafety of GMOs, and integrated pest management. Conducted extensive studies on climate change effects on pest management and food security. The pest-resistant cultivars and the IPM programs developed for pest management in cotton, cereals and grain legumes will not only help reduce the huge losses caused by insect pests in, but also curtail the pesticide use, and thus minimize environment pollution, and lead to sustainable crop production.
Administrative Leadership: During my tenure as Vice Chancellor of Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry (2016 to 2019), the university has made tremendous strides in education and research in Horticulture & Forestry. The student enrollment increased from 1,250 to over 2,250 in different colleges of the university. Major progress has been made in developing high-yielding varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers, high-density planting of fruit crops, protected cultivation of vegetables, and Hi-tech floriculture, The YSPUHF has been ranked in top 100 institutions in the country by NIRF for three consecutive years (84th rank in 2017among 3,119 institutions; 71st rank in 2018 among 850 universities; and 80th among 913 universities in 2019). The YSPUHF also improved its ranking from 51st in 2016 to 12th in 2019.
Scientific publications: 707 [Books – 8, Plant material descriptions – 4, Information bulletins – 13, Research papers – 289, Book chapters – 79, Conference papers – 79, Newsletter articles –15, Technical reports – 4, Conference presentations/posters – 221, Book reviews – 2, and Web page articles – 14]. 707 [Books – 8, Plant material descriptions – 4, Information bulletins – 13, Research papers – 289, Book chapters – 79, Conference papers – 79, Newsletter articles –15, Technical reports – 4, Conference presentations/posters – 221, Book reviews – 2, and Web page articles – 14]. More than 289 research papers have been listed in Thomson Science Citation Index/Web of Science with 7505 citations, Hi 42, and iH10 index of 172.