Bhubaneswar: Dr. Bhaskar Chandra Patra assumed the charge of director, ICAR- National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack last weej succeeding Dr. Padmini Swain.

Dr. Patra is the 26th Director in the 76 years of establishment of ICAR- NRRI Cuttack.

He is an alumnus of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar from where he obtained his Masters (Botany) and Ph.D. (Plant Taxonomy) in 1982 and 1989, respectively. He has an excellent academic career. He was selected in All India Agricultural Research Service (ARS) examination of 1986, conducted by the Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB), New Delhi and joined as a Scientist at ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack in 1990. Subsequently, he was promoted to Senior Scientist in 1999 and Principal Scientist in 2007. Since 2019, he was holding the post of Head of Crop Improvement Division, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack. Dr. Patra is a distinguished scientist in the field of Economic Botany.