Chander Parkash Malik earned his B.Sc (Hons School) and M.Sc (Hons School) degrees from Panjab University, after which he joined Delhi University. Initially he worked on polyploidy in Delhi Flora under the supervision of Professor SL Tandon. He received Commonwealth Fellowship (1962-65) for PhD studies in Great Britain and obtained his PhD in 1964. On returning to India, he joined Udaipur University in 1966 where he studied cytogenetic relationship and evolutionary aspects of some grasses such as Cynodon sp, Lolium and Festuca;Argemone and Papver sp. He joined as Professor and Head, Botany Department, Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana (1971). He became the Coordinator of Basic Research (1987-91) and Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities (1991-94). He was a Visiting Professor at National Science Foundation, USA-UGC (UO California Berkley, Davis.UO, Illinois,Urbana, Chicago, SUNNY , Albany; UO Massachuset,Amerhast), Karnataka University and Kurukshetra University. After his superannuation he joined Guru Jambheshwar UO Sci and Technology as Advisor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering; Head, Department of Food Processing and Technology and Head, Department of Biotechnology. Currently, he is ExDirector, Life Sciences, Jaipur National University, Jaipur. and also Advisor ( Academics) JNU, Jaipur., after retirement in 1980 settled in Noida (UP).
Academic and Research Achievements: Malik initiated both teaching and research programmes in reproductive physiology of higher plants and did significant study on pollen physiology; developmental physiology of female gametophyte; physiological characteristics of embryo suspensor; hormonal regulation of crop plants; components of photosynthesis and partitioning of photosynthates; correlations with non-photosynthetic carbon dioxide fixation; biotechnology of cotton fiber development; and grain filling in cereals and legumes. Currently his interests are heavy metals stress in relation to genotoxicity and identification of antigenotoxic substances. Micropropagation of selected medicinal plants; Green Nanotechnology; raising nannoparticles and their antimicrobial activity; Assessing genetic diversity in some minor crop species. He has published over four hundred fifty research articles, three of which appeared in Nature, 5 Phytochemistry, 9 Plant and Cell Physiology; 2 Chromosoma, 3 Caryologia , 4 Annals of Botany; 4 Physiologia Plantarum; 2 Experimental Botany, 3 in International Review of Cytology and one in Biological Rev Cambridge. Malik has edited and authored several books and mentored a large number of students including 100 PhDs.
Other Contributions: Malik established a strong research group on hormonal regulation of crop plants and fruit trees. He was elected four times the President of Plant Growth Regulator Society of India and Society for Advancement of Plant Research. Subsequently, he was elected as President of International Society of Plant Morphologists; Indian Botanical Society; and President of Indian Science Congress (Botany Section). He is on Editorial Board of several journals.
Awards and Honours: Professor Malik received AC Joshi Memorial Lectureship (1977), Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Prize of ICAR (1985), Outstanding Author Award (1988, 1989, 1990), the Birbal Sahni Gold Medal (1990), JJ Chinoy Gold Medal (1992), Gold Medal by Academy for Advancement of Agriculture (1993) and Gunnar Erdtman Medal (1984; 1995), Indra Gandhi Gold Medal (2013). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad; National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi and Palynological Society of IndiaThiruvananthapuram,International Society of Plant Morphology, New Delhi, .