Dr. Saleem Siddiqui is at present a Professor (Food Science and Technology) in the Department of Agriculture Sciences, School of Basic Sciences and Research, Sharda University. Before joining Sharda University on October 21, 2019, Dr. Siddiqui worked for 35 years at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCS HAU), Hisar.
Dr. Siddiqui was born in Delhi on 25th May 1959. He completed his schooling from Central School, R.K.Puram, New Delhi in 1975, B.Sc. from Deshbandhu College, Delhi University in 1978, M.Sc. and Ph.D. from COBS&H, CCS HAU, Hisar during the years 1980 and 1984, respectively. He did post-doctorate from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany during 1990-1992.
Dr. Siddiqui started his career as Assistant Scientist at Cotton Research Station, CCS HAU on Feb. 1984 and then moved to the Department of Horticulture, CCS HAU in April 1984. He was promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 1997 and 2005, respectively. He joined the Centre of Food Science and Technology (CFST), CCS HAU in June 2002 and since September 2012 was serving as Head of the Department till his Superannuation on May 31, 2019. He also had the additional charge of Dean-COBS&H, CCS HAU.
Dr. Siddiqui has authored more than 150 research papers in journals of national and international repute. He has guided 34 M.Sc. and 5 Ph.D. students. He also handled different projects awarded by government agencies ICAR, DST, and MoFPI. He also worked in Hungary under the Inter-governmental exchange programme. He has developed food products viz., Ready to cook Tomato-Rajma mix; Rice-Rajmash convenient mix; Value added ready to serve fruit drinks (papaya-aonla, green mango-mint-tulsi-honey); Plant protein fortified jam and juices; etc. He has also developed a prototype Pulsed Electric Field exposure chamber for fruits and vegetables. The technologies to enhance the shelf life of sprouts, edible coatings for fruits and vegetables, MA packing of ber; active packaging for guava, etc. are also to his credit.