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Dr. Lakshmi Singh Negi, Vice-Chancellor

Updated: Jun 6, 2021

Dr. Lakshmi Singh Negi was born on September 18, 1913, in the Chini village of the Kinnaur district of British Punjab (now Himachal Pradesh). He completed his B.Sc. in agriculture from Khalsa College, Amritsar and M.Sc. from Punjab University, Lahore with a gold medal, making the university record. He obtained a Ph.D. degree from Minnesota, America. Dr. Negi served as Economic Botanist of cereals, cotton and oilseeds, in the Government Agriculture Department at Jalandhar from August 1953 to January 1957, and Director of Agriculture, Himachal Pradesh from January 1957 to April 1963. He also served as the Dean at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana for one year and again joined as Director of Agriculture cum Additional Commissioner for Agricultural Production, Himachal Pradesh. When I was studying at the College of Agriculture Solan, Dr. Negi visited many times during 1967-68 and delivered lectures to encourage the students. He was a very humble and soft spoken person and motivated the students to work hard. He published 46 research papers and many popular articles.

Dr. Negi was selected as Vice-Chancellor Jawarharlal Nehru Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya Jabalpur in March 1968 and served there for four years. In addition to the above accomplishments, he acted as member/president/ chairman of eight different communities/ bodies of education and research, mostly in the Indian Council of Agriculture Research. He visited many countries like America, Germany, the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Italy, Thailand, Belgium, France, Holland, Canada and the United Kingdom. He was a great scientist and efficient administrator. He lived a very hard life. When he was studying at Khalsa College, Amritsar, he had to come by foot from Kinnaur to Kalka and it took fifteen days to walk the long distance.

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