Acclaimed as a renowned expert in Apiculture, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni scientist Dr Raj Kumar Thakur has been honoured with ‘Distinguished Scientist in Apiculture’ at the Venus International Research Awards (VIRA) held at Chennai.

Dr. Thakur is presently working as Joint Director (Communication) at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni.

The VIRA scheme was instituted in the year 2015 by the Centre for Advanced Research and Design (CARD) of Venus International Foundation to honour the individuals for extraordinary achievements and significant contributions in the field of Agriculture, Engineering, Medical Science, Management, and Humanities and Social Science. The award carries a citation, bronze medal and memento.

An alumnus of UHF Nauni, Dr Thakur completed his post doctorate from the Humbold University, Berlin. He has also served as the Project Coordinator, AICRP (Honey bees and Pollinators) in the Indian Council for Agricultural Research where he provided leadership to 26 AICRP Centres for implementation of research and programme, organisation of tribal sub-plan trainings on bee keeping in various states of the country.

At UHF, he is focussed on reaching the farmers of the state through various mediums of communication in order to solve the problems faced by them.