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Dr. E.A. Siddiq

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Indian National Science Academy
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi , Delhi 110002

Company Description: The Indian National Science Academy was established in January 1935 with the object of promoting science in India and harnessing scientific knowledge for the cause...   more

Employment History

  • National Professor
    Directorate of Rice Research
  • Project Director
    Directorate of Rice Research
  • Chairman
    The Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • National Professor
    The Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • DDG and National Professor
    The Indian Council of Agricultural Research

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of Board of Trustees
  • Board Member
    Trustees , International Rice Research Institute
  • Member
    Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Council


  • doctoral degrees , cytogenetics
  • masters
  • bachelor's degree , botany
    Indian Agricultural Research Institute
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ABF, 1 April 2014 [cached]
Prof E A Siddiq
Prof E A Siddiq obtained his Bachelor's degree in Botany from Madras University, and later the Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Cytogenetics from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) under the guidance of Prof M S Swaminathan.
Prof Siddiq's research in genetics and plant breeding in the past four and half decades contributed significantly not only to the development of high yielding dwarf basmati and non-basmati varieties and hybrid rice, thereby boosting India’s rice production and export but also to our understanding of the genetics and molecular basis of traits of complex inheritance in rice.
Prof Siddiq is the recipient of several awards and honours, which include Hari Om Ashram Trust National Award (1975), VASVIK Foundation Award (1981), Om Prakash Bhasin Award (1994), Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Prize (1995), Norman Borlaug Award (1995), INSA Silver Jubilee Medal, GP Chatterjee Memorial Lecture Award, ISCA (2001) and Agricultural Leadership (Research & Development) Award - 2008. The Government of India conferred on him the Padmashri in 2011.
Prof Siddiq was the Member of the Board of Trustees, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), The Philippines for two consecutive terms. He also served as the Member of the Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Council from the year 2004 to 2009. Prof Siddiq is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences (India), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and he is one of the Members of Executive Committee of the Agri Biotech Foundation.
Technology That Will Save Billions From Starvation, 26 Mar 2004 [cached]
in the future, said E.A. Siddiq, national professor, Directorate of
To handle this situation, Prof. Siddiq suggested breeding strategies
Prof. Siddiq attributed his achievements to
To: Kwanchai Gomez, 9 Sept 1999 [cached]
Dr. Lene Lange Dr. Francisco Nemenzo Dr. Shigemi Akita Dr. Calvin O. Qualset Ms. Makiko Arima-Sakai Dr. Siene Saphangthong Dr. Ronald P. Cantrell Dr. Emanual A. S. Serrão Dr. E.A. Siddiq Ms. Angeline Saziso Kamba Dr. Jian Song
E.A. SiddiqIndiaElected : 2000-2002Genetics, plant breeding
E.A. Siddiq is national professor at the Directorate of Rice Research in Hyderabad, India.He has extensive experience as a researcher in the fields of genetics and plant breeding and as a research administrator.He obtained his bachelor's degree in botany (1959) from Madras Universiy, and masters and doctoral degrees in cytogenetics (1964 and 1968, respectively) from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI).Dr. Siddiq began his career in 1968 as a cytogeneticist at IARI.From 1976 to 1983, he was senior scientist in the same institute.He spent 3 years in Egypt as a rice expert during his stint at the International Rice Research Institute (1983-86).He returned to IARI and was appointed professor of genetics (1986-87).In late 1987, he became project director at the Directorate of Rice Research (1987-94).He assumed the position of deputy director general (crop science) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (1994-97).Dr. Siddiq was a recepient of the 1995 Norma Borlaug Award and was a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences-India.His other awards include the Hari Om Ashram Trust National Awards for Genetics from ICAR (1975), the Vasvik National Award for Agricultural Research and Technology from the Vasvik Foundation (1981), the Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award for Science and Technology (1994), the Amrik Singh Cheema Award for 1987-88, the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award (1995), the silver jubilee memento awards from INSA (1997) and DRR (1990), and mementos from the governments of Tamil Nadu and Egypt for his contributions to rice research.His research in plant breeding for the last 3 1/2 decades contributed to the development and release of high-yielding dwarf basmati and nonbasmati varieties and hybrid rice, thereby boosting rice production in India.He was a member of various national and international societies and has published more than 180 research papers in reputable journals.
Home Board/Staff List
Organizational Setup, 1 Aug 2014 [cached]
Dr. E.A. Siddiq; Former DDG (CS), ICAR, Chairman
Biotechnology Global Update (April 2001), 21 May 2001 [cached]
The Retired ICAR Employees Association under Dr. E A Siddiq, National Professor, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), organised a panel discussion on "Adoption of Transgenic Crops – Constraints and Remedies" at Hyderabad recently.
The panel was moderated by a distinguished group of eminent scientists that included Dr. D Balasubramaniam, former Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.They debated various interacting issues and felt that despite its benefits and promises, genetic engineering is viewed with suspicion.In spite of its potential, the adoption of transgenic crop varieties is slow in India.
The recommendations that emerged from the discussions are:
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