Dr. Shelly Praveen
Recognizing the importance of biochemical studies in crop research, the Division of Biochemistry was created in 1966 as a separate Division, with major emphasis on Molecular Biology, Plant Biochemistry and Nutrition. It owes its origin to a section of Plant biochemistry in the Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry. Since its inception, the Division has acquired the best research, teaching and training facilities, and takes legitimate pride in being recognized as the only Centre of Advanced Faculty Training (CAFT) in Biochemistry in NARS by ICAR ever since 1995. Currently, the Division with limited scientific strength is conducting research on potentially applied aspects in the fields of Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with major emphasis in the areas of abiotic stress tolerance, nutritional quality enhancement and assessment in cereals, millets and Pulses. The Biochemistry faculty is actively involved in the teaching curriculum offering 58 credits distributed over 15 courses and three seminars for M.Sc and Ph.D degree.
The mandates of the division are:
- To undertake fundamental and applied biochemical, molecular biological and nutritional research related to the current problems in agriculture.
- To conduct teaching and training programmes to develop skilled human resources.
- To impart training in advanced techniques in the fields of Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to agricultural scientists of State Agricultural Universities and ICAR institutes.
- To develop instructional aids for teaching in Biochemistry.