Biography of Professor Dr. MP Srivastava, FNASc
Born in village Gaura kalan, Varanasi in 1942, completed MSc in 1962 and PhD on post-harvest diseases in 1966 from the University of Allahabad. In March 1967 joined Bihar Agricultural College, Sabour (currently Dr Rajendra Prasad Agricultural University) but after a short stay he joined Punjab/ Haryana Agricultural University in Dec 1967 and served in various position as Rice Pathologist, Extension Pathologist, Professor, Head Plant Pathology, and Director, Planning, till his superannuation on 30th November 2002, but continued to provide diagnostic and advisory support online to mitigate losses from pest till date. He is a distinguished plant pathologist with over 50 years of experience, recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions on post-harvest diseases, multiple resistance in rice, and Technology/ knowledge transfer, Plant health clinic, IPM and fungicides. He is a protagonist of plant health clinic, and considered as an architect of extension plant pathology in the country and is remembered for his contribution and innovative periodicals such as Plant Disease Warning, & Plant Pathology Courier among others. Dr Srivastava has created a niche for himself as a leading Extension plant pathologist, Consultant on fungicides, Advisor on plant health/ailments and plant health clinic.
In recognition of his significant contribution in Technology transfer, he won several laurels, awards & international recognition which include ‘Fellowship of the National Academy of Sciences’ in 1988, ‘Best Extension Scientist National Award’ by Indian Council of Agricultural Research in 1996 and was invited to deliver a lecture on ‘Technology Flow’ in 7th International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP) at Edinburgh in 1998, and later to deliver a Keynote Address on ‘Plant Pathology Knowledge transfer’ in 8th ICPP at Christchurch, New Zealand in 2003, and to deliver an invited lecture on Knowledge transfer in 10th International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP) on Aug 28, 2013 at Beijing, China. In September 2013, he was conferred Dr Radhakrishnan Award, on 9th February 2014 with International Technological Achievement Award by EET CRS for internationally acclaimed plant protection technology and its dissemination to growers, on 24th November 2014 with prestigious “Rashtriya Gaurav Award”(National Pride Award) in recognition of his life-Time contribution in Plant protection – Technology transfer and Plant Health clinic and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Gold Medal Award 2015 for his significant work on Plant Clinic and Global Food security. Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS) recognizing his massive life–long contribution honored him with prestigious IPS Recognition Award in February 2016 during International Conference organized by Indian Phytopathological Society, 23-27 Feb 2016, New Delhi.