The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) has instituted various awards for recognising significant contributions of senior, middle level and young scientists to promote agricultural research. These awards are presented biennially at the time of Agricultural Science Congress. For 2011-12, the covetous Dr K.C. Mehta Memorial Award of NAAS goes to Dr. B. Vasantharaj David for his outstanding contribution in Plant Protection, which will be presented to him in the Congress to be held in February, 2013.

During this year, Dr. David has been the recipient of two notable fellowships, one from the Academy of Sciences for Animal Welfare of MoEF and the other from the Association for Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystem.Dr. David is an International Consultant on GLP, Safety Evaluation and Crop Protection and enjoys the Fellowships of scientific bodies in the country including the NAAS.He has guided many scholars leading to their doctoral programmes, including the present Principal of Madras Christian College, Tambaram.

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