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Arvind Kumar

Arvind Kumar

Director of IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) and IRRI Representative - India


Dr. Arvind Kumar leads the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre, (ISARC), Varanasi India and also serves as IRRI representative to India. Prior to moving to ISARC, Dr. Kumar worked as Interim head, Rice Breeding Platform.  At IRRI, Dr. Kumar also led the rainfed lowland, South Asia plant breeding group. He has expertise in trait development for drought, aerobic rice and dry direct seeded rice. He has developed sixty one rice varieties those are released in ten different countries, published one hundred forty six peer reviewed manuscripts and more than thirty book chapters. Dr. Kumar identified seven genes for rice gall midge resistance and several QTLs for grain yield under drought, QTLs for grain yield under dry direct seeded situation, QTLs for traits important to aerobic and dry direct seeded rice like early vigor, lodging resistance, root traits related to high nutrient uptake under dry direct seeded situation and nematode tolerance and two stable QTLs each for high Fe, high Zn in rice. Dr. Kumar has supervised thirty three scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellows.


  • Feb 01, 2019 - Current
    Director - ISARC, Varanasi and Country Representative - India
  • Feb 01, 2018 - Jan 18, 2019
    Interim Head, Rice Breeding Platform - IRRI, Philippines
  • April 01, 2014 - Jan 31, 2019
    Senior Scientist II - IRRI, Philippines
  • Jan 19, 2010 - March 31, 2014
    Senior Scientist I - IRRI, Philippines 
  • Jan 19, 2007 - Jan 18, 2010
    Scientist - IRRI, Philippines
  • Oct 30, 2004 - June 30, 2006
    Post Doc. Fellow - IRRI, Philippines
  • Jan 25, 2004 - Oct 29, 2004
    Senior Scientist - IGKV, Raipur, India
  • Jan 25, 1995 - Jan 24, 2004
    Scientist - IGKV, Raipur, India
  • Nov 04, 1992 - Jan 24, 1995
    Research Associate - IGKV, Raipur

IRRI- International Rice Research Institute, Philippines;
IGKV- Indira Gandhi Rishi Vishwa Vidyalaya


  • BS 1989
    IGKV - 1st position in University
  • MS 1992
    IGKV - 2nd position in University
  • PhD
    2002 ICGEB -IGKV - 1st position in Department 

ICGEB: International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, INDIA
IGAU- Indira Gandhi Rishi Vishwa Vidyalaya