The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, New Delhi.
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The Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, the oldest and most prestigious registered society of practicing Geneticists and Plant Breeders from public and private institutions and the students pursuing Genetics and Plant Breeding disciplines, has vital role to play in fostering the progress of Science of Genetics and Plant Breeding in the country. The Society was founded 60 years ago in January, 1941 at the Indian Congress Session at BHU, Varanasi by a group of Indian geneticists and plant breeders of that time led by Late Dr. B.P. Pal, the First Secretary and also the First Editor of the Society's official publication, the Indian Journal of Genetics & Plant Breeding. The Journal Nature had acknowledged the formation of the society and publication of its Journal. The excerpt of the news published in Nature is given below:
“The formation of the Indian society of Genetics and Plant Breeding at New Delhi in January 1942 has been quickly followed by the publication of the Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding. The Journal is edited by Dr. B.P. Pal, Imperial Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, on behalf of the executive council of the Society. This welcome addition to genetical publications provides a valuable outlet and source of reference for the ever-increasing work of the research institutes of India. The volume for 1941 consists of one part, but in the succeeding years it is intended to publish twice a year. In the first volume there are articles on hybrid vigour in rice by K. Ramiah and K. Ramasamy, chlorophyll deficiencies in rice by B.S. Kadam, colchicine induction of polyploids in Capsicum annum by B.P. Pal, S. Ramanujam and A.S. Joshi, cytology of sterile Sesamum orientale by L.S.S. Kumar and A. Abraham and vernalization of Indian crop plants by B.P. pal and S. Suryanarayana Murty. The Agriculture Commissioner with the Governor of India, Dr. W.C. Burns, in the first paper of the publication, points out the graet opportunities for plant genetics and plnt breeding in India and welcomes the advent of the Society and Journal. (NATURE No. 3777, March 21, 1942 Pp. 325)”.
Sir T.S. Venkataraman, was the First President of the Society in 1941. The Society was registered in 1951 under the Societies Act 1860. The Founder of the Society, Late Dr. B.P. Pal graced the Presidentship of the Society four times - 1947, 1948, 1957 and 1977. The Father of Green Revolution in India, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, was President of the Society for three terms - 1964, 1975 and 1983. The other distinguished Scientists who were Presidents of the Society for two terms each were: Dr. W. Burns, 1942 & 1943; Dr. K. Ramaiah, 1944 & 1953; Dr. N. Parthasarthy, 1952 & 1969; Dr. A.B. Joshi 1962 & 1978; Dr. S.S. Rajan, 1971 & 1972. Some other distinguished past Presidents of the Society who guided the Society's activities in the early years include: Mr. Ram Dhan Singh, 1945, Dr. S.M. Sikka, 1954, Dr. T.R. Mehta, 1955; Prof. P.N. Bhaduri, 1958; Dr. R.H. Richaria, 1959; Dr. Pushkarnath, 1960; Dr. E.K. Janaki Ammal, 1961 and Prof. R.B. Singh, 1997-99. Later on some prominent personalities like Dr. M.V. Rao, Dr. Mangala Rai, Dr Mahadevappa and Dr. P.L. Gautam gave the direction to the Society. The present President of the Society Dr. Hari Shankar Gupta, Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute is the 56th President and 43rd person to be the President of the Society.
Since the humble founding of the Society in pre-independent India, the Society has continually expanded and has now on its roll more than 2000 members from India and abroad which include more than 1300 Life Members. The Society has 45 foreign members and 14 Honorary Fellows. The list of its Honorary Fellows includes some of the most renowned Geneticists and Plant Breeders of the twentieth century like Prof. H.J. Muller, Prof. Gustafsson, Prof. H. Kihara, Nobel Laureates Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, Dr. Har Govind Khorana, Prof. J. Lederberg and Dr. B. McClintock. World Food Prize winners Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, Dr. Gurdev Singh Khush and Dr. S.K. Vasal are also closely associated with the Society.
The major aims and objectives of the Society are: (i) To advance the cause of research in the field of genetics and plant breeding and its allied disciplines in India, (ii) To disseminate the knowledge of Genetics and Plant Breeding and (iii) To provide facilities for association and conferences for students of heredity and for the encouragement of close relationship between workers in Genetics and Plant Breeding and those in the related sciences. These have been achieved through a number of activities such as: providing a forum for publication of the research findings in the peer-reviewed and widely circulated official publication of the Society - Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding with its short name Indian J. Genet. Since its inception in 1941. The historical first paper of the very first issue of the journal by William Burns on "Some Ideas and Opportunities for Plant Geneticists in India" is reprinted and included in the Directory. The Society organizes symposia, conferences and seminars and has organized so far 6 International and 20 national Symposia and is a recognized body engaged in research and teaching by DSTIR for income tax relief.
The Society has instituted several awards and memorial lectures in memory of its distinguished departed members such as: Dr. B.P. Pal Memorial Lectures; Dr. Harbhajan Singh Memorial Award for Plant Exploration & Conservation; Dr. Joginder Singh Memorial Award for maize genetics; Dr. S. Ramanujam Memorial Award for Genetics and Plant Breeding; Dr. V.S. Mathur Award for Wheat research and Dr. N.R. Bhat Award for best paper from Ph.D. thesis.
The Society has also founded the XV Genetics Congress Trust in 1985 for the purpose of providing financial supports for various activities of genetics and plant breeding research.
The Society amended its constitution and guidelines in 2008 under the chairmanship of Prof. R.B. Singh with Dr. Balram Sharma, Dr. A. Bandyopadhyay and Dr. S.M.S. Tomar as members and implemented the same in 2009. The website isgpb.co.in of Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding was inaugurated by Dr. M.V. Rao in 2009 at Ranchi, Jharkhand state and the Journal was made online through indianjournals.com in the year 2010. All the issues of the Journal are available on Archive. Digital Objective Identifier (DOI) number for published articles started from the first volume (Vol. 73).of 2013.
True to the letter and spirit of its objectives, the Society has been keeping itself abreast with the latest research in the area of Genetics and Plant Breeding by encouraging active integration among its members through topical seminar/symposia to bring about the awareness among its members and the public at large.