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Vijai Kumar Gupta
Vijai Kumar Gupta

Vijai Kumar Gupta

Department of Biochemistry

National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

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Important decision
Since my childhood when I was high school student I was very much interested to opt Biology as my career. My mentor and my world's best teacher Dr. Om P. Misra inspired me a lot. Those days it was a competition in between me and my colleagues Satya Prakash Singh. I do not know where he is now a days. But after that competition I have not looked back. From that day to date I am trying my best to do my job honestly that keep me going up and up. Yes, I am very thanking to all my mentors, teacher and colleagues especially Rajesh Tiwari and Ritu and my wife Nalini who inspired me a lot to achieve the goal what I am today.
Important lesson learned
It was a story when I was in 12th class I asked my father to pay a tuition fee for my English classes. Though I was good in English but as exam were near and I was very nervous so I wanted to have coaching at least for few months. But at the same time my father denied to pay for that he said do not take help of crutch otherwise whole life you can do anything. I am feeling very happy to share you I never take any coaching after that incident. For some time I thought my father was wrong but afterwards I realised he made me strong by my will power.
Qualities needed to become a successful leader
He should be honest, loyal, hard worker, thinker and friendly with his gathering. Yes, he should also believe on Almighty and nature and its creation.
Thoughts on Education system of our country
I do believe that educations system in India is good but also have some lacuna in terms of availability of resources. Even though we have great Scientist, Professors and Researchers, who made India proud both in and out of India. The only thing which dragging Indian education system in dark is political interference.
Couple of years from now
Well as a researcher my time was started when I undergone my masters’ biotechnology dissertation training at CDRI, Lucknow then after I learnt a lot throughout my research career from my doctorate to scientist position at NUIG, Ireland. Here I would like to share you one thing I never changed my track means my area of work that is because you can do excellent in a particular area where you keep on concentrating your mind and thoughts. Apart from lab and teaching responsibility I am engaged with editorial work for many key international publishers. I am doing my job honestly and would like to become an active and recognized worker and academician of the fungal biology area.
Initiative to develop a country
Like as professional of any area they can share their views, ideas and also collaborate with Indian workers, scientist and academician to implements the tasks and to make improvement both education and research sector.
My role model
Obviously my role model are Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Swami Vivekanand as they are/were a great intellectual.
My achievements
I have been honoured with Young Scientist Award & Gold Medal Award-2009 (from ICCB) and Young Scientist Award -2011 (from SAB) for advance research contributions in the area of “Fungal Biology and Biotechnology”. My work with fungi and fungi-like organism including Fusarium spp., Gliocladium roseum, Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, Penicillium spp. and Trichoderma spp. has been complemented by contributions to basic and molecular taxonomy, genetic diversity, molecular marker development & plant disease diagnostic, enzyme technology and industrial applications.
Ensuring success
I am doing hard work to keep all my goals on track with honest mind.
Influenced by
I have been influenced mostly from my seniors and mentors who helped me to achieve the position what I am today at every step of my career.
My strongest skill
Honesty on work place, planning and execution of task in time, friendly in the group, respect for seniors and mentors.
My family background
In my family, I have my father, two brothers, my wife and yes my one little angel. Both my father and brother next to me is Engineer by profession and my younger brother is a businessman.
Brief description about me
Presently, I am working as PDF Scientist at NUIG, Ireland. I have been honoured with Young Scientist Award & Gold Medal Award-2009 (from-ISCB) and Young Scientist Award -2011 (from SAB) for research contributions in the area of “Fungal Biotechnology”. I am the editor-in-chief of the “Fungal Biology” and the “Biofuel and Biorefining” book series of Springer and International Journal of Plant Pathology including the editor of many International journals with 40 International/National (Indian) research publications, 16 books and 29 chapters in my hand. The books I edited is with internationally well-recognised publishers viz. CRC Press; Springer; Elsevier Press, Nova Science Publisher and Wiley-Blackwell. I have more than 09 years of experience in fungal biotechnology and my work has been complemented by contributions to basic and molecular taxonomy, genetic diversity, molecular marker development & plant disease diagnostic, enzyme technology and industrial applications.
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