Department of Biotechnology
Dr Dhawan is actively involved in tree tissue culture since 1982 and she developed the technique of in vitro nodulation for leguminous tree. She was involved since inception, setting up of a modern tissue culture laboratory at TERI where micropropagation protocols for a large number of species are being continuously developed and improved upon for commercialization. She was actively involved in conceptualization of Project Monitoring Unit (PMU) of DBT's Mission for North-East for Quality Planting Material. As a Coordinator for all the eight states of NE, she is responsible for overall coordination, networking and facilitation, monitoring and evaluation, to conduct regular training programmes for the stakeholders of the mission and to study the change in the economic status of the target population. Dr. Dhawan is the Co-ordinator of DNA (Department of Biotechnology's Natural Resource Awareness Program Club. Dr. Dhawan is also the co-ordinator of the Technology Advancement Unit (TAU), an initiative of ISCB (Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology). Dr. Dhawan's recent interest is in the field of algal biotechnology and is Principal Investigator of a project on, "Pilot Scale Demonstration of Algal oil Production" sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (Government of India). She is task force member of number of committees of the Department of Biotechnology including those reviewing projects for rural development and climate change. Apart from being executive council member of five prestigious universities; member of task force of selection panels of DBT, CSIR, DRDO etc., she is presently, Advisor, Bioresources & Biotechnology to the Chief Minister of Assam. Dr. Dhawan is associated with Michigan State University and has been appointed as Adjunct Professor & Consul General (Regional Coordinator) under College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) South Asia Partnership. The responsibilities include building multi-disciplinary terms, multi institutional programmes, proposal development etc. Recently Dr Dhawan has been appointed as Non Executive Director of CABI.
Honors and Awards
Selected PublicationsAgriculture for food security and rural growth
Dhawan V .
TERI Press, New Delhi.,
Biotechnology for Food and Nutritional Security
TERI Press, New Delhi.,
Tissue Culture of Forest Tree Species: Recent Researches in India
Dhawan V, Ganapathy PM and Khurana DK
IDRC-Tifnet publication, pp. 102,
Plant Tissue Culture Bibliography, 1985 1989
Bhojwani SS, Dhawan V and Arora R
Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam pp. 406,
Applications of Biotechnology in Forestry and Horticulture
Plenum Publishing Co., New York, pp. 380,