Eminent agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan will be conferred the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2012. The award will be presented to the 88-year-old scientist by Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi at a function in New Delhi on 31st of October, marking the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi.
Prof. Swaminathan is widely acclaimed as the scientific leader of the green revolution in the country.
Winner of many a award, Swaminathan has served as Director of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi (1966-72), Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (1972-79).
A plant geneticist by training, Professor Swaminathan’s contributions to the agricultural renaissance of India have led to his being widely referred to as the scientific leader of the green revolution movement.