Prof. A. K Misra graduated (BVSc & AH) from Mathura Veterinary College in 1979 and obtained MVSc and PhD degrees in Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics in 1981 and 1996 with academic distinctions. Prof. Misra was awarded ‘University Silver Medal’ in BVSc & AH and ‘Chancellor’s Gold Medal’ as a topper of M.V.Sc. His PhD work on embryo biotechnology in buffalo was adjudged as the outstanding post-graduate research work, for which he received ‘Jawaharlal Nehru Award’ of the ICAR, New Delhi.
During his career, Prof. Misra worked in several capacities, mainly, Vice Chancellor, Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU), Nagpur; Vice Chancellor, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology (GBPUAT), Pantnagar; VCSG Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Agroforestry, Bharsar, Pauri Garhwal (additional charge); Director, Project Directorate on Cattle (ICAR), Meerut; Professor and Head, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar; General Manager (CEO) of Sabarmati Ashram Gaushala (SAG), a unit managed by the National Dairy Development Board, Anand.
Prof. Misra has been involved in the development of embryo transfer and frozen semen technology in cattle and buffalo. He did pioneering work in the field of embryo biotechnology, particularly in buffalo and produced the first buffalo calf by successful freezing of embryos, besides his involvement in the successful vitrification of immature buffalo oocytes for the first time. He also produced first buffalo calves through non-surgical and surgical embryo transfer, and successfully implemented ONBS project for the first time in India/Asia. Under the mission mode National Science and Technology Project on Embryo Transfer of the DBT, NDDB being the lead implementing agency, he established a network of Main ET Lab at SAG Bidaj, 4 Regional ET Labs at Nasik, Hessarghatta, Raibareli and Nekarikallu and 15 State ET Labs in different states of India and produced thousands of cattle calves and over 120 buffalo calves. Under this project he produced a record 11 calves following transfer of 15 embryos, in to 14 recipients (78.6% conception), which was widely acclaimed by the media and the Hon’ble Prime Minister.
When Prof. Misra joined Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU), the largest Veterinary and Animal Sciences University of India, in 2012, it was going through turmoil due to irregularities happened in recruitment process in the year 2008-09. A large number of pension cases of retired employees and payment of other dues were pending for various reasons for a period of 6 months to 5 years. Probation of more than 500 employees was pending since 2007-08. Positions of Deans, Directors, Associate Deans, Heads of the Departments and large number of Assistant Professors were lying vacant. With the assistance from the Govt. of Maharashtra all the dues of the employees were paid. Positions of Deans, Directors, Associate Deans, Heads of the Departments and large number of Assistant Professors were filled and promotions of the faculty under CAS pending for the Vth and VIth Pay Commission were awarded in a transparent manner and without any complaint.
He has been honoured with Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award for the biennium 2005-06 by the ICAR; Dr. P. Bhattacharya Award for the biennium 2013-14 by the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Jawaharlal Nehru Award 1997 by the ICAR; 25th Business School & Dewang Mehta National Education Award 2017; Lokmat National Education Leadership Award- 2014; CR Sane Oration Award-2010 (ISSAR); Prof. Nils Lagerlof Memorial Award 1993; CR Sane Oration Award-2015 (BVC); CLFMA Achievement Award in Dairy Nutrition – 2016; Nakul Award – 2013; Hari Ohm Ashram Prerit Shri Bhaikaka Inter-University Smarak Trust Award 2006-07; Commonwealth Bureau of Animal Health Prize -1980; Jawahar Lal Nehru Fund Award-1980.
He has also been awarded with the Fellowships of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences – 2015, National Academy of Veterinary Sciences – 1999, Indian Society for the Study of Animal Reproduction-2009 and Indian Society for the Advancement of Canine Practice -2013. Prof. Misra was the elected President of the Indian Society for the Study of Animal Reproduction during 2014-2016. He has visited many countries including USA, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Denmark, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, France, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan as Visiting Professor/ Invited/Sponsored Speaker/Chairman of the Session or other professional work.
He has been the, Chairman of the ‘Search Committee’ for the selection of Vice Chancellor of Nana Ji Deshmukh Veterinary University, Jabalpur (MP); Member of the ‘Search Committee’ for the selection of Vice Chancellor of Chhattisgarh Kamdhenu University, Durg (Chattisgarh); Member of the ‘Search Committee’ for the selection of Vice Chancellor of Kerala University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Pookode, (Kerala); Chairman of the Research Advisory Committees of the ICAR Institutes - Central Institute for Research on Cattle, Meerut (UP); Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly (UP); National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, (Nagaland); National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang (Arunachal Pradesh); Central Institute for Research on Goats, Mathura (UP); Chairman, Central Monitoring Unit (CMU), of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF), Govt. of India; Chairman of the Committee for the ‘Accreditation of Embryo Transfer Laboratories in the Country for production of embryos’, of DAHDF, Govt. of India; Member, Veterinary Council of India; Member of the Governing Body of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Society, New Delhi; Member of the Research Advisory Committees of the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, (Haryana); Member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hisar (Haryana); Member, “Task Force on Biotechnology Based Programmes for SC/ST Population” of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India; Member of the Management Committee of National Meat and Poultry Processing Board of Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India; Member of the Board of Management of different Universities (India Gandhi Agriculture University, Raipur; Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwavidyalaya Evam Go-Anusandhan Sansthan, Mathura; Chhattisgarh Kamdhenu University, Durg; Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bikaner; National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal), besides many other state and central committees.
As a sportsman, he represented Cricket and Hockey teams of the CSA University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur (UP) and was Captain of the Hockey Team of the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry Mathura.
Prof.(Dr.) A.K. Misra
Former Director, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal; Dean Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry and Director Resident Instructions & Dean Postgraduate Studies, SKUAST, Jammu, and Head, Department of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.
President, National Academy of Dairy Science; President Probiotic Association of India and President, Indian Society of Veterinary Pharmacology of Toxicology. Chairman, Indian Dairy Association (NZ); Member, Governing Board of “Agriculture Skill Council” of India; Member Governing Body of Punjab Livestock Development Board and Rajasthan Livestock Mission; Chairman, Sub-group of Planning Commission Advisory Committee on processing and value addition of milk and milk products; Chairman, FAD 19, Bureau of Indian Standard Committee. Member of Food and Agriculture Division Council, BIS, Govt. of India, Chairman of DBT Task Force on “Animal Biotechnology” and Founder Editor Indian Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology.
Distinguished fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, National Academy of Veterinary Sciences, National Academy of Dairy Sciences, Indian society of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology, Indian Association for Advancement of Veterinary Research, Society of Toxicology, Society of Environmental Sciences, Society of Sciences, International Society for Ecological Communications. Member of National Academy of Science and Member, Governing Board of National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, DBT, Govt. of India.
Former Secretary of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and President of Indian Agricultural University Vice Chancellors Association.
Recipient of several awards and honours including D.Sc. (Honoris Causa), International NOCIL Award, National Alarsin Award, ICAR Jawaharlal Nehru Award, DAAD Fellowship and Bhoomi Nirman Award. Conferred the “Life Time Achievement Award” by Society for Community Mobilization for Sustainable Development and also by CLFMA India. Recipient of the Chellappa Memorial Oration Award and Dr. Rao Memorial Oration Award. Also recipient of “Agriculture Leadership Award” and “Education Leadership Award”.
PROF. (DR.) ANIL KUMAR SRIVASTAVA
D.Sc. (Honoris Causa)
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