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Veterinary sciences-Prof. S.P.S. Ahlawat
Director, IVRI (Indian Veterinary research Institute), Izatnagar Since 2006.

Professional Growth and Profile

He did his graduation, post-graduation and doctorate from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar. He is M.Sc. in Animal Genetics and Ph.D. in Animal Breeding. During under-graduation and post graduation, Dr. Ahlawat was awarded ICAR fellowship and for doctorate programme, he received CSIR fellowship. Dr. Ahlawat

Dr. Ahlawat started his scientific career as Pool Officer from HAU, Hisar. Thereafter, he got selected in Agricultural Research Services of ICAR and joined as Scientist S-1 at IVRI/CARI, Izatnagar. He remained in IVRI/CARI Izatnagar from 1978 to 1985. He joined CARI, Port Blar in the year 1985 as Scientist S-2. Thereafter, he was selected to the post of Scientist S-3 in 1989 and served as Incharge, Animal Science Division from October, 1989 to October, 1995.

In the year 1995, he was selected as Head, Division of Animal genetics and Breeding IVRI and served there from October, 1995 to May, 1999. Dr. Ahlawat has worked as Director of Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair from May, 1999 to October, 2002 and Director, NBAGR, Karnal from October, 2002 to November, 2006. He is presently serving as Director, IVRI, Izatnagar from November, 2006. Dr. Ahlawat has 250 research papers to his credit and is the author of 8 books on various aspects of Animal Science.

Achievements

He has evolved new breeds of goat, poultry and cattle which are of great significance in improving the economic status of farmers of Andman and Nicobar Islands and country as a whole. Dr. Ahlawat has developed a Barren goat surviving on saline sea water, the only animal in the world which drinks sea water. He also developed Nicobari fowl laying highest eggs (i.e. 162 eggs/year under zero management) among the indigenous poultry birds of the Country. Dr. Ahlawat was also engaged in characterization and conservation of Animal Genetic Resources in India and South-East Asia.

As Director, IVRI, Dr. Ahlawat has given top emphasis on green and clean Institute, identified/enlisted frontier areas of research in animal production and veterinary sciences under his vision plan of IVRI and encouraged young scientists/teams to come forward and undertake research projects in such advanced/basic areas which may revolutionize animal production in country.

Presently, Dr. Ahlawat is working in the field of Animal Genetics and Animal Biotechnology. So far he has guided 2 Ph.D and 2 M.V.Sc students of Animal Genetics.

Memberships and Associations

Member of editorial board of various scientific journals such as Indian Journal of Poultry Science, International Journal of Animal Science, Indian Poultry Review, Indian Journal of Heredity and Agricultural Review; nominated as National Coordinator for preparation of Country Report on State of World’s Animal Genetic Resources; active member of various scientific societies and committees. Some of them are : President, Society for Conservation of Domestic Animal Biodiversity, Karnal; President, Andaman Science Association; Member –Secretary and Coordinator, Zonal Planning Team Zone XV, Planning Commission; Member, Haryana & Punjab State Steering Committee for preparation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan; Member, State Advisory Committee for Livestock Breeding and Establishment of State of AGR in Uttar Pradesh; Member, Core Committee, State Biodiversity Action Plan, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal; Member, Task Force for Promotion of Biotechnology in Himachal Pradesh. Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla; Member, Core Group for preparation of Nati0onal Document on Import and Export of Animal Germplasm; Member, Central Advisory Committee for the Development of Sheep, Goat and Rabbits; Member, National Consultative Committee for preparation of a country driven report on State of World’s Animal Genetic Resources (SoW-AnGR).

Awards

Some of national and research team awards received by Dr. Ahlawat are ICAR Team Research Award as team Leader (1991-92), Fakruddin Ali Ahmed Award (Twice – 1986 and 1994), Rashtriya Vikas Jyoti Award (2002), Rajshri Tandon Rajbhasa Award (2002), Bishnu-Sudama Memorial Award (1999), ICAR-Best Annual Scientific Report Award (1998-1999) and Best KVK Award (2002) (Profile Courtesy IVRI)