Dr. D. J. Patel Born on June 5, 1944 at village Sapawada, Ta. Idar, Dist. Sabarkantha. Received B. Sc.( Agri.) degree with first class in 1967 and M. Sc.( Agri.) & Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with specialization in Plant Nematology with first class in 1972 & 1976 as in-service. Joined as Senior Research Assistant ( Plant Pathology) in Bidi Tobacco Research Station, Institute of Agriculture, Anand on June28,1967. Subsequently served as Instructor in Plant Protection, Nematologist, Professor& Head, Dept. of Nematology, In Charge Director of Campus at Anand & Navsari and retired as Principal & Dean, B. A. College of Agriculture, AAU, Anand on June 30, 2004 after serving for 38 years in the fields of education, research, extension education and administration in Agriculture. Published 240 research papers in national and international journals, 9 book chapters, 3 bulletins & 3 review articles. Received 4 national and international trainings in Nematology. Presented 148 research papers in national&international seminars, attended 93 national & international workshops/seminars/symposia, 22 memberships in scientific societies. Received 10 awards/medals, served in more than 24 scientific & educational institution, worked as Presidents of Nematological society of India & Indian Society of Mycology & Plant Pathology. Worked as expert s inscientific panels, members of several QRTs, Chairman of QRT on AICRP ON Nematodes. Guided 8 M.Sc.( Agri.) and 6 Ph.D. students in Plant Nematology. Delivered several radio talks/ door darshan programs for farmers. Organized several scientific seminars/ workshops/ farmer’s training programs. Visited USA, UK, Germany, Israel, China, Uganda, Kenya , Malawi, Tanzania Nepal. Presently working as advisors/consultants in few firms.