Education & Professional Life

N.K.Singh was born on October 15, 1958. His father Late Shri Indrasan Singh was a village level officer at a Block Development Office in Uttar Pradesh.He received his early education at the Primary Pathshala in Tilasawa village 1964-68, Junior High School, Jahanaganj 1969-71; matriculation and senior secondary from Wesley Higher Secondary School, Azamgarh, 1971–75; He then did his B.Sc.(Ag.) 1978 and M.Sc. (Ag.) in Genetics and Plant Breeding in 1980 from Institute of Agricultural Sciences,Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He was awarded gold medals by BHU for achieving position in the university in both B.Sc. (Ag.) and M.Sc. (Ag.). Immediately after completion of his post graduation from BHU, he moved to Adelaide, Australia on a University of Adelaide Post Graduate Scholarship to pursue his Doctoral Degree which he eventually earned from Waite Agricultural Research Institute, University of Adelaide in 1985, his Ph.D. Thesis Topic was "Structure and Genetic Control of Endosperm Proteins in Wheat and Rye". There he was awarded Dr K.P. Barley Prize best post graduate student prize at the university in 1983.

Area Of Research Interests In:

-Gene Discovery,
-Marker Development and
-Molecular Plant Breeding
We are working on different aspects of structural, functional and comparative genomics with special emphasis on Rice, Wheat, Pigeonpea, Tomato and Mango. Our group has successfully completed the sequencing rice chromosome 11, tomato chromosome 5 and complete genome of Pigeon Pea. We are now mapping genes for yield and quality traits in rice, wheat and pigeon pea. Besides, we are also working on high resolution mapping of salinity tolerance and grain characteristics in rice and development of high density reference map in pigeon pea. We also collect and conserve the wild rice germplasm from different part of India.



ICAR-Norman Borlaug Award 2015

Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries,

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan.


Dr. K. Ramiah Memorial Award 2014

National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi,

Apex Award of NAAS, New Delhi for Outstanding Contributions in Crop Science.


Dr. Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award 2007

Indian Council Agricultural Research, New Delhi,

Award Given by Minister of Agriculture for Contribution in Sequencing of Rice Genome.


National Bioscience Award For Career Development 2002

Department Of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi,

Award Given By Minister of Science and Technology for Development of First Experimental Transgenic Wheat.


National Research Fellowship-Queen Elizabeth II Award 1988

Department of Employment Education and Training, Govt. of Australia,

Most Prestigious Postdoctoral Awards of Australia.


CSIRO Postdoctoral Award, Australia 1986

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organization, Australia,

Only 10 Such Awards are Given in a Year in All Science Subjects in Australia.



INSA Fellowship 2010

Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi,

Awarded for Outstanding Contribution to in the
Field of Agricultural Science.


NAAS Fellowship 2007

National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi,

Awarded for Overall Achievement in the Crop
Science Section.

Research Fellows