A scientist from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Dr Hari C Sharma, Principal Scientist â€“ Entomology, has been elected as the President of the Council of the International Congress of Entomology (ICE).
Dr Hari C Sharma belongs to a non-descript village Behra which is around 15 Km from Ghumarwin. He has done his education at Government Higher Secondary School Bharari and then followed by B Sc and MSc from Horticulture University Solan. He was Gold medalist during Udergraduate and Post graduate courses. He obtained his PhD from ICAR Delhi.
Dr Sharma was elected President at the 23 rd International Congress of Entomology, held from 6 to 12 July at Durban, South Africa. Over 2,500 delegates from 102 countries participated in the ICE in Durban.
Dr Sharma will hold the office of President of the ICE till the next Congress in 2012 in Daegou, South Korea.
This is for the first time in the 102-year history of the International Congress of Entomology that an Asian has been elected to this post, which is the highest level of recognition for an entomologist by his peers.
Congratulating Dr Sharma, Director General of ICRISAT Dr William Dar said that Dr Sharmaâ€™s election as the President of the ICE is a recognition of the world-class talent at ICRISAT. This is another indicator of ICRISATâ€™s tradition of using world-class science for the benefit of the poor and marginal farmers of the semi-arid tropics.
In his acceptance speech Dr Sharma said:
â€œThe office bearers of the ICE and I will make all efforts to advance the cause of the science of entomology for fighting hunger and serving humanity. It was in Durban in 1914 that the â€˜Great March to Independenceâ€™ was undertaken by Mahatma Gandhi, and nearly a century later, let us commit ourselves to undertake the Great March to fight hunger, poverty, and disease through excellence in the science of entomology for the service of mankind and the environment.â€