JORHAT, March 13 - Professor Bidyut Kumar Sarmah, an agricultural scientist from the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) was recently awarded by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) with the prestigious Norman Borlaug Chair.
Dr Sarmah, Director, DBT-AAU Centre and Professor, department of Agricultural Biotechnology of AAU was nominated by the Vice-Chancellor, AAU Dr KM Bujarbaruah for this honour for his pioneering research in conferring insect resistance in grain legumes using Bt-genes.
Prof Sarmah is also known for his commendable research in the field of agricultural biotechnology for developing insect-resistant Bt-chickpea which is in the process of deregulation through confined field trials.
Prof Sarmah will hold the chair as a �National Professor� initially for a period of five years and will receive a grant of Rs 2.5 crore for conducting research on �Development of cisgenic chickpea resistant to pod borers�. He is the first agricultural scientist from north-eastern India to have been selected for this honour.