Prof. Swaminathan boasts a long and distinguished career.
He served as Director of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (1961-72),
Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research,
Secretary to the Government of India’s Department of Agricultural Research and Education (1972-79),
Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture (1979-80),
Acting Deputy Chairman and later Member (Science and Agriculture),
Planning Commission (1980-82),
and Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (1982-88).
He was President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (1984-90),
President of the World Wide Fund for Nature (India) from 1989-96,
President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (2002-07),
President of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (1991-96 and 2005-07),
and a trustee of Bibliotheca Alexandrina in its formative years.
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