Vice Chancellor

Dr. Surender Lal Goswami, has joined as Vice Chancellor, Banda University of Agriculture and Technology, Banda, Uttar Pradesh on 2nd March, 2015. Dr. Goswami has over 38 years of Research, Teaching, Research Management and Administrative Experience.Born at Sonepat in Haryana, Dr. Goswami has his Master and Ph.D. degree in Animal Genetics and Breeding from National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal.

He joined prestigious Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in its first Batch in 1976. He served NDRI as Scientist and during his long research and teaching career he rose to the position of Joint Director (Research) and managed entire research portfolio of the institute and its regional Stations for about seven years before moving to National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) Hyderabad as Director in December, 2011 where he served till June, 2014. His research interest has been in areas of Livestock Cytogenetics, Genetics of male Fertility, Embryo Biotechnology, Molecular Genetics, and Genomics.
His work on Livestock Cytogenetics included delineation of the chromosome profile of various breeds of cattle, buffaloes, goats, and birds. He characterised heterochromatin distribution in chromosomes of cattle, buffaloes and goats and Nuclear Organiser Region (NOR) profile in the buffalo chromosomes. Chromosomes of multiple births in buffaloes were reported for the first time. As an indicator of the effect of environmental pollutants on chromosome architecture of animals, frequency & distribution of Sister Chromatic Exchanges (SCE) in chromosomes of various livestock species were determined. His work on SCE was recognised while awarding him an assignment of National importance to monitor the genetic damage to the animals exposed to MIC due to Gas Leak Tragedy at Union Carbide Plant at Bhopal in 1984.
During late 1980s he initiated work on Embryo Biotechnologies. The IVF procedure in Buffaloes was standardized and sexing of pre-implantation embryos was perfected. Sperm chromosome analysis using zona-free hamster ooyotes in cattle and buffaloes were reported for the first time. In the area of molecular genetics he characterized seven hormone and hormone receptor genes impacting fertility in five breeds of buffaloes. Several tests for in vitro evaluation of bull fertility were standardized.
Birth of four goat kids from in vitro produced embryos was reported for the first time in the country. Dr. Goswami guided the research work of 11 PhD and 11 M.Vsc. students in the area of Animal Genetics & Breeding and Animal Biotechnology.
Dr. Goswami has developed a state of the art research facility in the form of Animal Biotechnology Centre at NDRI Karnal, which has attracted National & Global attention for successfully producing world’s first cloned buffalo calves, besides other achievements in genomics of early embryonic development under his mentorship.
Dr. Goswami has 75 full length paper in referred scientific/professional journals, 72 Professional abstracts & papers presented, 63 Gene Bank Submissions, 65 Invited Lectures/Lead presentations, 35 Contributions to Manuals/Compendia, 2 Book Chapter, 1 Patent to his credit.
As Director of NAARM, Dr. Goswami made significant contributions to the Human Resource Development and Capacity Development initiatives of ICAR. During his long research and academic career Dr. Goswami has won several awards including Jawahar Lal Nehru Award, Dr. G. B. Singh Memorial Award Dr. M. S. Swaminathan Award and Fellowship of National Academy of Dairy Science (India), FAO, UNDP Fellowships, Visiting Scientist Fellowships, etc. Dr. Goswami has visited several countries including Nepal, Ireland, England, USA, Russia on different academic assignments.