Present Director

Dr. K. R. Kranthi
Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur

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Dr Keshav Raj Kranthi is currently the Director of the Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) Nagpur. A gold medalist in Ph.D from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, he has patents granted in South Africa, Mexico, China and Uzbekistan. Dr Kranthi joined the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1991 and has developed several diagnostic kits to detect Biotech cotton and insecticide resistant insects. The Bt detection kits were commercialized and are being used by the seed testing agencies, farmers and the seed industry and have directly contributed to the reduction in spurious Bt-cotton seed in India. He published 35 papers in peer reviewed journals. He was elected as the fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), India in 2009. Dr Kranthi received four Awards in India and was recognized as the ‘International Cotton Researcher of the Year Award 2009’ by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), Washington. Dr Kranthi was felicitated for his research contributions in South Africa in 2009 and Germany in 2010.....More



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