Ramesh Kumar, a professor of floriculture at Punjab Agricultural University(PAU) has assumed the charge of comptroller at the university. With experience of more than 34 years in the field of teaching, research and extension, he is considered a national-level expert in this field. He served as the head of the department of floriculture and landscaping for eight years and worked in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) system as founder director, Directorate of Floricultural Research, New Delhi for four years.
Kumar has been associated in the development and release of cultivars of many flowering plants. Seven of his varieties have been approved for release as introductions. He was principle investigator/ co-principle investigator of five ad-hoc research/ extension projects. He has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The professor was actively associated with PAU outreach activities and has delivered many lectures and coordinated 70 field visits benefiting more than 2700 in-service, field and government offices, entrepreneurs and farmers and unemployed youth.
He organised 32 flower shows; delivered 14 TV talks and 17 radio talks apart from campus landscape development and maintenance work, organisation of Vanmahotsav for clean and green environment. For effective transfer of technologies, he developed eight CDs on various aspects of floriculture and landscaping. A life member as well as executive vice-president of Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture, New Delhi, Kumar was awarded Shri Hans Raj Pahwa award by PAU (2005), gold medal (2008), fellowship by Horticultural Society of India (2009) and Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture (2009). He has been presented with the life time achievement award (2011) and honorary fellowship award (2012) by Hi-Tech Horticultural Society, Meerut.