42nd Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association – India (PTCA-I)


International Symposium on “Advances in Plant Biotechnology and Genome Editing”

APRIL 8-10, 2021

Important Dates

Welcome to APBGE-2021

We would like to welcome all delegates and participants to the 42nd Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) [PTCA(I)] & International Symposium on Advances in Plant Biotechnology and Genome Editing-2021 (APBGE-2021) The event is being organized by ICAR-Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Ranchi-834 010, India, in association with PTCA(I). Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be a live, virtual event.

The Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) [PTCA (I)] is an elite body of Plant Tissue Culture Scientists, several of whom are pioneers in this field, while others have established scientific credentials. One of the goals of PTCA(I) is to provide platform for students, researchers and scientists to present their work for interaction and exchange views on the most recent developments in plant science. PTCA (I) has been providing this unique platform by facilitating annual congregation of scientists, year after year, for more than past four decades. The annual meeting of the association is combined with a three-day symposium on a theme related to advances in plant tissue culture and plant biotechnology.


There is an opportunity to give advertisements in the Souvenir and Abstract Book of the Symposium, which will contain messages from VIPs and articles from renowned scientists, policymakers and administrators. Interested companies may contact the convener at ptca2021@gmail.com for giving their advertisements.

Call for Abstract

The Organizing Committee invites the participants to contribute the paper for oral and poster presentation. The language of the symposium will be English. The abstract not exceeding 500 words should have a title (Font: Times New Roman; Font size 14) followed by the name of the author(s), affiliation and e-mail address of the corresponding author. The abstracts may be submitted on or before 15th March, 2021.

The acceptance will be communicated to the presenting author by 25th March 2021. The name of the presenting author must be underlined in the abstract. The abstract should contain a brief introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion. Tables, figures/photographs and references should not be included in the abstract.

The abstracts are invited for following types of presentations:

Plenary Talks

Eminent Scientists/researchers from national and international research institutions / universities will be invited to deliver plenary talks on various research topics.

Invited Talks

Eminent Scientists/researchers from national and international research institutions / universities will be invited to deliver invited talks in each session.

Oral Presentations

The organizing committee will select few abstracts for oral presentation in each session.

Poster Presentations

There will be separate “Poster Sessions” in each technical session to encourage wider interaction and sharing of the information. Two best posters in each session will be awarded. The pdf of a poster will be allowed to present through “virtual” mode.


Chief Patrons
T. Mohapatra
DG, ICAR & Secretary DARE
Sudhir K. Sopory
Former Vice-Chancellor,
JNU, New Delhi
Pramod Tandon
Secretary, PTCA(I)
T.R. Sharma
DDG (CS), ICAR, New Delhi
Conference Chair
Arunava Pattanayak
Director, IIAB, Ranchi
Conference Co-chair
T.R. Sharma
Jt. Director (Res), IIAB, Ranchi
Anil Kumar Singh
Principal Scientist, IIAB, Ranchi
V.P. Bhadana
Principal Scientist, IIAB, Ranchi
Biplab Sarkar
Principal Scientist, IIAB, Ranchi
Organizing Secretary
Soumen Naskar
Senior Scientist, IIAB, Ranchi
Co-organizing Secretaries
SK Bishi
Senior Scientist, IIAB, Ranchi
Avinash Pandey
Scientist, IIAB, Ranchi
S.K. Gupta
Scientist, IIAB, Ranchi
Madan Kumar
Scientist, IIAB, Ranchi
Scientific Committee
  • Chair : Dr. T.R. Sharma, Jt. Director (Res.), IIAB
  • Co-chair : Dr. B.K. Singh, Pr. Scientist, IIAB
  • Members :
  • Dr. Sudhir Kumar, Scientist, IIAB
  • Mr. S.K. Lal, Scientist, IIAB
  • Dr. Dev Mani Pandey, BIT Mesra
  • Dr. K Thamilarasi, Scientist, IINRG
  • Dr. B. Pradhan, SERB N-PDF, IIAB
  • Dr. Ragini Sinha, DBT-BioCARe PI, IIAB
Publicity Committee
  • Chair : Dr. C. Chattopadhyay, Jt. Director (Acad), IIAB
  • Members :
  • Dr. Anil Kumar Singh, Pr. Scientist, IIAB
  • Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Pr. Scientist, IIAB
  • Mr. K.U. Tribhuban, Scientist, IIAB
  • Dr. Sofi Imran Ul Umar, JRF, IIAB
ICT Committee
  • Mr. KU Tribhuban, Scientist, IIAB
  • Mr. AK Tripathi, AAO, IIAB
  • Dr. Alok Ranjan, CSIR, Sr. Research Associate
  • Dr. Manisha Priyam, DBT Research Associate
  • Ms. Meenu Bala, Ph.D. Scholar, IIAB
Finance Committee
  • Chair : Dr. T.R. Sharma, Jt. Director (Res.), IIAB
  • Members :
  • Dr. Anil Kumar Singh, Pr. Scientist, IIAB
  • Dr. Soumen Naskar, Sr. Scientist, IIAB
  • Dr. Avinash Pandey, Scientist, IIAB
Advisory Committee
Members :
  • Prof. Ajay Parida, ILS, India
  • Prof. Akhilesh Tyagi, Delhi Univ., India
  • Dr. AK Singh, IARI, India
  • Dr. AK Singh, ICAR-RCER RC, India
  • Dr. Alok Sinha, NIPGR, India
  • Prof. Ashwani Pareek, NABI, India
  • Prof. Catherine Bellini, INRAE, France & Umea Univ., Sweden
  • Prof. Christine Foyer, Univ. of Birmingham, UK
  • Prof. Chittaranjan Kole,ICAR-NIPB, India
  • Dr. CM Bajpeyi, CTRTI, India
  • Prof. Deepak Pental, Delhi Univ., India
  • Prof. DK Srivastava, YSPUHF, India
  • Dr. DK Yadava, ICAR, India
  • Prof. Douglas Cook, UC Davis, USA
  • Dr. Fatma Sarsu, FAO/IAEA, Austria
  • Prof. Fredy Altpeter, Univ. of Florida, USA
  • Dr. Himanshu Pathak, NIASM, India
  • Dr. JC Rana, Bioversity Intl., India
  • Prof. JP Khurana, Delhi Univ., India
  • Prof. KC Bansal, Bioversity Intl., India
  • Dr. KK Sharma, IINRG, India
  • Prof. Kuldeep Singh, NBPGR, India
  • Dr. Nitin Kulkarni, IFP, India
  • Prof. MV Rajam, Delhi Univ., India
  • Dr. Manoj Prasad, NIPGR, India
  • Prof NK Singh, NIPB, India
  • Dr. NP Singh, IIPR, India
  • Dr. ON Singh, BAU, India
  • Prof. OP Dhankher, Univ. of Massachusetts, USA
  • Prof. Paramjit Khurana, Delhi Univ., India
  • Dr. Prabodh Trivedi, CIMAP, India
  • Dr. PK Chakrabarty, ASRB, India
  • Dr. PK Ghosh, NIBSM, India
  • Prof. PL Gautam, Palampur India
  • Prof. PV Vara Prasad, Kansas State Univ., USA
  • Prof. R Srinivasan, NIPB, India
  • Prof. RK Dey, CU Jharkhand, India
  • Prof. Rajeev K Varshney, ICRISAT, India
  • Dr. RK Singh, ICAR, India
  • Prof. Ryutaro Tao, Kyoto Univ., Japan
  • Dr. Sachiko Isobe, KDRI, Japan
  • Dr. Sanjay Kumar, IHBT, India
  • Dr. Sanjeev Gupta, ICAR, India
  • Dr. Sharmila Chattopadhyay, CSIR-IICB, India
  • Dr. Shubhra Chakraborty, NIPGR, India
  • Prof. SK Sharma, Palampur, India
  • Prof. SK Barik, NBRI, India
  • Dr. Sneh L. Singla-Pareek, ICGEB, India
  • Prof. Swapan K. Datta, University of Calcutta, India
  • Prof. Surinder Singh, CSIRO, Australia
  • Prof. Tej Pratap, GBPUA&T, India

Invited Speakers

Dr. Ajay Pandey
Dr. Ananda Mustafiz
Dr. Alok Sinha
Prof. Anil Kumar
Prof. Ashwani Pareek
Dr. Avinash Mishra
Dr. C Bhardwaj
Prof. Catherine Bellini
Prof. Christine Foyer
Dr. Dharam Singh
Prof. Fredy Altpeter
Dr. Gurinderjit Randhawa
Dr. Hisayo Yamane
Prof. Junpei Takano
Dr. Lingaraj Sahoo
Prof. MV Rajam
Dr. Manoj Prasad
Dr. Madhusudhana Janga
Prof. Mukesh Jain
Dr. Muthappa-Senthil-Kumar
Dr. Naveen C Bisht
Prof. OP Dhankher
Prof. Paramjit khurana
Dr. Prabodh Trivedi
Prof. PV Vara Prasad
Dr. Pradeep K Agarwal
Dr. R.K. Sharma
Prof. Rajeev Varshney
Dr. Rakesh Chahota
Prof. Rakhi Chaturvedi
Dr. Ritesh Kumar
Dr. Sandip Das
Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Prof. Shailendra Goel
Dr. Shivendra Bajaj
Dr. Sneh L Singla Pareek
Prof. Surinder Singh
Dr. TR Sharma
Dr. Tapan Mondal
Dr. V Chinnusamy
Dr. V. Brananza
Dr. VS Reddy
Dr. Vibha Ahuja

Scientific Sessions

Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Plant Biotic Stress Tolerance
Plant Genetics, Genomics and Epigenetics
Gene/ Genome Editing for Plant Improvement
Advances in Plant Tissue Culture, Bioprocessing and Commercial Applications
Biotechnology for Plant Yield and Quality Traits
Plant Systems Biology and Functional Genomics
Biotechnology of Trees, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Regulatory and Ethical Issues of Genetically Engineered and Gene-Edited Crops

Workshop on “CRISPR/Cas based Genome Editing Technology”

(All the registered participants of the symposium will be able to participate in the workshop)
Workshop Partners
Dr. J.C. Rana

Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, India Office, New Delhi, India

Dr. Rahul M. Shelake

Gyeongsang National University, South Korea

Dr. Siddharth Tiwari

National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, Mohali, India

Dr. Parul Tomar

Merck Life Sciences