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   Dr. Jai Gopal   
  (B. 25 October 1954)   


Born in Nasrala, Hoshiarpur, India on 25 October 1954. Educated at Sain Dass School, Jalandhar, 1961-71; DAV College, Jalandhar, 1971-75; Punjab agricultural University, Ludhiana 1975-1977, 1993-96; B.Sc. 1975; M.Sc. 1977; Ph.D. 1996.
Principal Scientist, 1998 to date and Head, 2005 to date Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla.
Research associate, Punjab Agricultural University, 1977-78; Scientist S-1, Central Potato Research Station, Jalandhar 1978-84; Sr. Scientist, Central Potato Research Station/Institute, Jalandhar/Darjeeling/Shimla 1984-98; Visiting Associate, International Potato Center, Lima, Peru, 2001-02; Visiting Professor, Hokkaido University Japan, 2003, 2005-06.
Awards/Honours: MS Randhawa medal, 1995; Jawahar Lal Nehru Award, 1997; Vasant rao Naik Memorial Certificate of merit, 1998; CPRI Merit Award 2004; NAAS Recognition Award (2007-08); Processing Editor, Potato Research; Editor-in-Chief, Potato Journal; Editor, Global Science Books, UK/Japan; Member, Task Force, GIPB, FAO, Rome; Panel Member, Science Council (CGIAR), FAO for EPMR of CIP. Invited speaker at national & international conference.
Fellow: Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding; Japan Society for Promotion of Science; Associateship to Third World Academy of Sciences 2001-2003.
Research Areas: Potato genetics and breeding, plant biotechnology.