“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals & happiness .” ~ Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Biotechnology deals with understanding & manipulating the genetic make up of agricultural products to increase its productivity & efficiency. Courses based on this subject cover the study of optimum crop yield, increased nutrition & taste of produces, reducing use of chemicals in agriculture, etc.
M.S. Swaminathan– He is an Indian geneticist and international administrator, renowned for his leading role in India's Green Revolution a program under which high-yield varieties of wheat and rice seedlings were planted in the fields of poor farmers. Swaminathan is known as "Indian Father of Green Revolution" for his leadership and success in introducing and further developing high-yielding varieties of wheat in India. He is the founder and chairman of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation. His stated vision is to rid the world of hunger and poverty. Swaminathan is an advocate of moving India to sustainable development, especially using environmentally sustainable agriculture, sustainable food security and the preservation of biodiversity, which he calls an "evergreen revolution." From 1972 to 1979 he was director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture from 1979 to 1980. He served as Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (1982–88) and became president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 1988. M.S. Swaminathan