Professor Appa Rao Podile, Vice-Chancellor has been unanimously elected as the President of the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI). AMI is one of the oldest and reputed scientific organisations of India established in 1938. AMI has contributed significantly towards development of both research and teaching of microbiology in India. The Association also publishes a high standard journal “Indian Journal of Microbiology” in collaboration with Springer. The Association currently has over 4000 Life members and about 400 Corporate members. The Annual event of the Association is well attended with at least about 1000 participants every year.

In the recently held 57th Annual meeting at Guwahati the General Body of the Association welcomed the newly elected President, Professor Appa Rao Podile. Professor Podile has been the Council member of the AMI for the past six years and is known for his significant contributions to Plant-microbe interactions. Professor Podile is also the Vice-President of the Indian Chitin & Chitosan Society and Vice-President (Academic) of the Asian Plant Growth promoting Rhizobacteria Society.

Professor Podile is a Fellow of the three National Science Academies in India and is currently a Tata Innovation Fellow with Consultancy projects in agricultural microbiology.