Born in Balasore District of Orissa, India on 28 October 1965. Educated at N. N. High School, Balasore, Orissa, 1978-81; F.M. College, Balasore, 1981-83; College of Fisheries, OUAT, Bhubaneswar, Orissa 1983-87; Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin, Kerala, 1987-1999; B.F.Sc. 1987; M.F.Sc. 1989; Ph.D. 1999.
Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, 2016 to date.
Scientist, Senior Scientist, ICAR National Fellow & Head of the Division, Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar, 1992-2010; Director, National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow, 2010-16. Awards/Honours: Special One Time Award of ICAR, 1998; Young Scientist Award & Scientist of the Year Award of Bioved Research Centre, 1999 & 2000; ICAR Award for Team Research, 2000 & 2008; Best Young Scientist Award of Dr. Hiralal Choudhuri Fisheries Foundation, 2001; Prof. H.P.C. Shetty Award of AFSIB, 2008; Pillay Aquaculture Award, 2011; Dr. S.Z. Qasim Medal, 2011; Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award of ICAR, 2013. President, Asian Fisheries Society, Kaula Lumpur, 2016 onwards; Chairman, Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch, 2014 to date. Fellow: Zoological Society of India, Bodh Gaya; Academy of Sciences for Animal Welfare; Zoological Society of India, Bhubaneswar; Bioved Research Society and Communication Centre; Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (FASET), Bhopal.