Jammu Oct 04: Prof. Manoj Dhar, currently Professor at School of Biotechnology, University of Jammu has been elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. The National Academy of Sciences, India is the oldest and most prestigious Science Academy of the Country, founded in the year 1930, with the objectives to provide a national forum for the publication of research work carried out by Indian scientists and to provide opportunities for exchange of views among them. Currently, the Academy has 1730 members and 1759 Fellows from all parts of the country; including 20 Honorary Fellows and 100 Foreign Fellows from various disciplines of Science and Technology. The Academy is financially supported by the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India; and it is also recognized as the Scientific and Industrial Research Organization by the DSIR, Govt. of India.
Pertinent to mention,Prof. Dhar was elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences during 2016. His work on Genomics of Plants, especially the plants of regional importance such as Apple, Saffron and Isabgol has been widely acclaimed. His contribution towards understanding the origin of Specialized Chromosomes is pioneering and has been cited by peers throughout the world. Besides, he has also made notable contribution in identifying the genetic basis of rare human Genetic disorders in some population groups of J & K State. His research group is involved in Network projects with various research institutions and Universities of the country. As a pioneering effort to identify genes for scab resistance, improved quality traits and higher productivity in apple, his research group is committed to genetic improvement of apple, which will revolutionize the apple industry of the state. Prof. Dhar and his team are actively involved in developing strategies for removing the bottlenecks in increasing the production of Saffron, the world’s costliest spice, cultivated in Kashmir and Kishtwar regions of India. Focus of research on Saffron includes Functional genomics of Apocarotenoid Biosynthetic pathway and and also on induction of variability. With the present recognition, Prof. Dhar has joined the elite group of Scientists of the country who have been recognized by three prestigious science academies of the country, namely Indian National Science Academy (INSA – as Young Scientist), National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI – as Fellow) and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS – as Fellow).