Dr Mohinder Kumar Salooja


  • Member Scientific Panel of FSSAI: Labelling and Claim/ Advertisement- from 1.3.2023.

  • Past

  • Retired Professor (Dairy Technology) & Former Director, School of Agriculture, IGNOU, New Delhi.
  • Capacity Building in the areas of: Dairy Technology, Food Safety & Entrepreneurial programs.
  • Design, Development and Delivery of Online and Open and Distance Learning Programs.
  • Senior research officer on deputation at Planning Commission Govt. of India as Educational planning and research.
  • Program Coordinator for Four Programs (I ) Diploma in Dairy Technology; (ii) Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits & Vegetables; (iii) Post Graduate Diploma in Food Safety & Quality Management; and (iv) Ph.D. in Dairy Science & Technology.
  • Chairman Horticulture Cell, IGNOU in 2009 and 2018 to June, 2019.

  • Professional Experience

  • An expert on temperate fruits, diseases and pest management, completed research work on 32 research projects funded internationally and nationally.
  • Specialized in research on epidemiology, weather monitoring & disease forecasting methods, pesticides mode of action and application.
  • Significant achievements in production of quality planting material of commercially important temperate fruits, medicinal plants, and floriculture have made.
  • Established bud wood & Gene bank for fruits, integrated diseases, pests and nutrient management, use of bio-fertilizers & natural/organic farming, crop regulation and energy efficient canopy management.

  • Acadamic Acheivments

  • Programs Designed/Developed/Coordinated/Associated under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in Agriculture and Food Processing - 11 programs.
  • Developed online programs: PG Diplomas: Food safety and Quality Management and Food Science and Technology. Creation of Online “Safe and Assured Food E-learning” (SAFE) Platform for running PG Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management and PG Diploma in Food Science and Technology.

  • Awards and Recognitions

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award (ICAR Young Scientist Award for Ph.D).
  • Commonwealth Scholarship, Australia Plan, during Post-Doctorate.

  • Education

  • Post Doctorate from Dairy Research Laboratory, CSIRO, Australia.
  • Ph.D. Dairy Technology in 1983 from National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI).
  • M.Sc. Dairy Technology.
  • B.Sc. Dairy Technology.
  • ISO 22000:2018 Lead Auditor course in 2020 from CQI-IRCA certified course.