Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award

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The Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award was created in 1956 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1956 to recognize Indian researchers in the agricultural field. Awards are distributed every second year, and take the form of medals, citations, and cash prizes.[1]

Awardee List[edit]

Following is list of the recipients of the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award:

Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award
Year Name of Awardees Organization Remark Reference
1967 Hari Krishan Jain Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) [2]
1968 Pushkarnath Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) [1]
1971 Triloki Nath Khoshoo Government of India, Department of Environment Pollution research [2]
1972–1973 T. N. Ramachandra Rao CFTRI, Mysore
1974 Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao Indian Agricultural Research Institute [3]
1975 Ramamoorthy Bharatula Indian Agricultural Research Institute Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry
1976 Khem Singh Gill Punjab Agricultural University Plant breeding [4][5]
1978–1979 Subrahmaniam Nagarajan Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) [3]
1980-82 R. P. Kapil, K. L. Jain, R. C. Sihag, J. P. Chaudhary Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar Bees and pollination [4]
1987 M. S. Aulakh Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) [5]
1995 E. A. Siddiq Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) [6]
1996 J. C. Katyal Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) [7]
1996 K. Aruna Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (ARAU) Animal nutrition [8]
1996 V. M. Mayande Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) [citation needed]
2000 G. S. Shekhawat Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) [9]
2001-2002 Parimal Roy Central University Laboratory, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai Animal health
2003 V. Sriramachandra Murthy Division of Demersal Fisheries,
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)
Marine fisheries [10], [11][permanent dead link]
2003–2004 Fasi-Uz Zaman Division of Genetics,
Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
Plant breeding [12]
2003–2004 P. Dureja Division of Agricultural Chemicals,
Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
Agro-chemicals [13]
2005–06 B. Mishra Directorate of Wheat Research (DWR) Rice and wheat [14],

[15], [16]

2005–06 I. Karunasagar Karnataka Veterinary, Animal & Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU) Fish and shrimp; food safety [17]
2005–06 Nagendra Kumar Singh NRCPB, IARI New Delhi Biotechnology
2005–06 Aditya Kumar Misra Project Directorate on Cattle (ICAR) Animal sciences [18]
2006–07 S. K. Pandey Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) Potato production; productivity of small farms [19],[20]
2007–2008 K. C. Bansal National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, Pusa, New Delhi Transgenic crops [21]
2007–2008 S. K. Rao JNKV Jabalpur Crop breeding and development [22]
2007–2008 P. S. Minhas Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Saline water [23]
2007–2008 Sushil Kumar Kamra CSSRI, Karnal Drainage of salinated soils [24]
2007–2008 Gaya Prasad CCSHAU Hisar Bluetongue disease [25]
2010 J. S. Bentur Directorate of Rice Research, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad Impact of insects on rice crops [26]
2010 Narpinder Singh Department of Food science and Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar Starch crops [27]
2010 Raj Kumar Singh National Research Centre on Equines, Sirsa Road, Hisar Animal and fish vaccines [28]
2010 Ramesh Chand NCAP, DPS Marg, Pusa Campus, New Delhi Impacts of technology on agriculture [29]
2011 T. R. Sharma National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute [30]
2012 K. V. Prabhu Joint Director (Research), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi Development of new varieties of grain crops [31]
2017 Dr Anjani Kumar Principal Scientist (Research Fellow), International Food Policy Research Institute, New Delhi Impact of food safety measures, Vertical Coordination and Poverty.


There have been several complaints that Dr K.C. Bansal falsified the patent information on the basis of which Kidwai Award (2007-2008) was given to him. The Award was given to Dr Bansal for patenting a technique to transfer foreign gene to brinjal chloroplast. It was found that Dr Bansal did not have such a patent to his credit and that he filed an application for patent only after the award was given. The matter got wide publicity in press, media and scientific journals. Several scientists demanded Shri Sharad Pawar, Former Minister for Agriculture to remove Dr Bansal from the post of Director, NBPGR. Questions were raised in Indian Parliament.[6] Mr Tariq Anwer, Minister of State for Agriculture has answered that an enquiry has been initiated to look into the issues. However, reports suggest that ICAR has hushed up the matter and RTI queries for the outcome of the enquiry were not answered.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  2. ^ "Indian Fellow - H. K. Jain". Indian National Science Academy. 2016. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Deceased Fellow". Inidan National Science Academy. 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Indian Fellow. Indian National Science Academy.
  5. ^ "FELLOW, ELECTED 1991". National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Lok Sabha: