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 Dr Pushkarnath Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) [1]
1971 Dr 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]
1976 Khem Singh Gill Punjab Agricultural University Plant breeding [4][5]
1978–1979 Subrahmaniam Nagarajan Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) [3]
1980-82 Dr R. P. Kapil, Dr. K. L. Jain, Dr. R.C.Sihag, Dr. J.P. Chaudhary Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar Bees and pollination [4]
1987 Dr M. S. Aulakh Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) [5]
1995 Dr. E. A. Siddiq Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) [6]
1996 Dr. J. C. Katyal Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) [7]
1996 Dr. K. Aruna Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (ARAU) Animal nutrition [8]
1996 Dr. V. M. Mayande Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) [citation needed]
2000 Dr G. S. Shekhawat Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) [9]
2001-2002 Dr Parimal Roy, Central University Laboratory, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai Animal health
2003 Dr V. Sriramachandra Murthy Division of Demersal Fisheries,
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)
Marine fisheries [10], [11]
2003–2004 Dr. Fasi-Uz Zaman Division of Genetics,
Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
Plant breeding [12]
2003–2004 Dr. (Ms) P. Dureja Division of Agricultural Chemicals,
Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
Agro-chemicals [13]
2005–06 Dr B. Mishra Directorate of Wheat Research (DWR) Rice and wheat [14],

[15], [16]

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


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. ^ http://www.icar.org.in/merits.html
  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: