Dr. Pitam Chandra is an internationally recognized scientist in the area of controlled environment agriculture. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University (USA) and Master of Science from University of Manitoba (Canada). He is a Gold Medalist in Agricultural Engineering from GB Pant Univ. of Agri. & Tech., Pantnagar, Uttarakhand.
Dr. Pitam Chandra has been a teacher, researcher and a research manager. Dr. Chandra was Director of ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal during 2009-14. He undertook Professorship (Food Engg) at NIFTEM during 2014-17. He had earlier served as Assistant Director General (Proc. Engg) at Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi (2003-2009).
Dr. Pitam Chandra is credited with the development and promotion of the present day greenhouse technology in India. He participated actively in the planning and execution of the first nation-wide assessment of post harvest losses in India. He has been a proponent of taking agri-food processing to production catchments and setting up of machinery custom hiring units in villages for a quantum jump in agricultural profitability in India. He has served on various committees of Planning Commission, Ministry of Farmers Welfare and Agriculture, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Food Education Council, DST, Bureau of Indian Standards, FSSAI, and QCI.
He has contributed to about 280 publications/ presentations and is a recipient of several national and international awards for his R&D efforts including the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award of ICAR in 2003. He is Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers.