Dr Ajay Kumar Parida, former Executive Director M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) passes away at the age of 58 years.
He was a biologist noted for his contributions in the fields of agriculture, plant molecular biology and biotechnology. In 2014, Dr Ajay Parida received the Padma Shri Award in 2014 from the President of India for his contribution to the field of science and technology.
Dr Ajay Parida served as Executive Director MSSRF between 2009 and 2017. He last held the position of Director at the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
He was born and raised in Bhagabanpur village in Jeypore district, Odisha, and is survived by his wife and son.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.