One of the well accomplished scientists, Dr Trilochan Mohapatra is set to join as the new Secretary of Department of Agricultural Research and Director General, Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR).
An order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training stated the appointment of of Dr Mohapatra, who is presently the Director-cum-Vice Chancellor of Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), was approved by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC). He had joined IARI in August, 2015.
Dr Mohapatra has been well recognized for his research contributions to the Indian agriculture sector. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, National Academy of Sciences-India, Allahabad and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.
Born on April 20, 1962 in Cuttack, Odisha, Dr Mohapatra completed his Masters in Genetics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in 1987 and PhD in Genetics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in the year 1992. Prior to his appointment at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, he worked as the Director of National Rice Research Institute (Formerly CRRI), Cuttack and as a researcher and teacher for about 20 years at the National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi. He has been working in the area of molecular genetics and genomics.
Dr Mohapatra has over 145 research papers in national and international journals of repute and several book chapters. His research accomplishments include development of the first high yielding Basmati rice variety resistant to bacterial leaf blight through molecular marker assisted selection, and physical mapping and genome sequencing of rice and tomato. His contribution to science is reflected from high h-index and i10 index.