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Dr. M. S. Swaminathan
(Architect of Green Revolution)

Noted agricultural scientist M. S. Swaminathan was honoured with the “World Food Prize” in 1987 in Washington. By his devoted and patriotic effort, India has been able to shrug off its “Begging bowl” image.

He was born in 1925 at Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. He was an ardent student from the very beginning and showed integrity in his work. He is an efficient organiser of projects. He has served the country by holding many significant positions. He has worked within country and abroad. He worked as the director of the Pusa Institute; Director General of the Indian Agriculture Research Council, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Vice Chairman of the Planning Commission.

Many Universities have conferred doctorates on him. In 1972, he was awarded “Padma Bhushan” and won the Magsaysay Award. He was the first one to recognise the potential of the Mexican wheat gene Norin, through which India’s lap was filled with wheat. He also has remarkable administrative personality. He foresaw the vital need for conservation of plant resources. He has been a tireless championer of sustainable agricultural and rural development. He set up an institute for agriculture with the prize money received from nations all over the world.

He has been honoured with Indira Gandhi Prize for peace and disarmament for his contribution to the “Green Revolution”, which ushered the era of Socio-economic development in India. Swaminathan is now spearheading a movement towards what he calls the “Evergreen Revolution”.

He is the pride and glory of our country. Dr. Swaminathan heads “The Centre for Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development” at Madras.

This Father of Green Revolution in India has been honoured with several National & International Awards too like Learmaveer Puraskar, Krishi Ratna Award, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Gold Medal, Globed Environmented Leadership Award to name some.