Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor

Dr. R. K. Mittal
Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor
Address: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut-250110.
Tel: 0121-2888522
Email: vc2016svpuat@gmail.com

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Mittal, Vice Chancellor, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology, Meerut has an extensive experience of about forty four years in research, education, management and administration. Earlier, he was Vice Chancellor, Rajendra Agricultural University (now Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University), Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar; OSD (International Relations) and Assistant Director General (Education Quality Assurance & Reforms), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. He initiated several new programmes and made significant policy level contribution in enhancement of quality of agricultural education and international cooperation in agricultural research and education.

Dr. Mittal has worked on field and seed pathology of pulse and oilseed crops in NW hills, seed pathology of forest tree species and mycorrhiza in forestry. Associated in development of four improved crop varieties, identified 36 new diseases/pathogens, and developed six integrated/cultural and 10 chemical management technologies for field diseases and five for management for tree seed mycoflora. He has done pioneering work in studying the characteristic (nature, occurrence, damage to seeds during germination and storage, management and seed health testing methods) of seed-borne fungi of 15 tree species. He worked as Danida Visiting Scientist in Denmark, NSERC Visiting Fellow in Canada, travelled to 14 countries as leader/ member of different delegations and published books, book chapters, technical bulletins and several articles in reputed national and international journals.

Dr. Mittal is recipient of the Visiting Fellowship of NSERC, Canada (1984-87); DANIDA Visiting Scientist in Denmark (1997-98); President of the IMS, Kolkata and ISMPP, Udaipur; Fellow of five scientific societies (IPS, ISMPP, IMS, ISST, ISNS); Member of the ISTA Forest Tree Seed and Shrub Committee, ISTA Tree Seed Pathology Working Group, Switzerland, and American Phytopathological Society, USA; Man of the Year-1998 by the ABI, USA; Prof. H.K. Barua Memorial Lecture Award (2006) by the IMS, Kolkata; National Education Award 2015 for Outstanding Contribution to Education by the ABP News; Prof. S.S. Chahal Life Time Achievement Award- 2019 by the ISMPP, Udaipur; Rajesh Pilot Memorial Award 2019 by Hi-Tech Horticultural Society; Honorary Fellow-2019 by the U.P. Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Lucknow; Member and Senior Consultant, TAAS, New Delhi; Vice President (2021) of the Indian Association of Agricultural Universities, New Delhi; Chairman/Member/Member Secretary of several academic and administrative committees of ICAR, ICAR Institutes, agricultural universities, search-cum-selection of Vice Chancellors and others.