Organization:Indian Institute of Soil Science
Type of organization:Research Institution
Role in the organization:Principal Scientist & Project Coordinator (STCR)
Domain(s) of expertiseSoil health; soil fertility/chemistry; soil test crop response; salt affected soils; acid soils; carbon sequestration.
Presently working as Project Coordinator (STCR) in IISS, Bhopal, with more than 19 years of post Ph.D. standing in National Agricultural Research System (NARS) of India under various institutes of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Research work as Principal Scientist/Senior Scientist/Scientist has embraced enumeration of spatial variability of salt affected soils, spatial variability of soil fertility in watersheds of Eastern India plateau, carbon sequestration and conservation agriculture in different land-use system under reclaimed sodic soil, nutrient and crop management in watershed, root pruning-cum-fertiliser application, in-situ moisture conservation, changes in soil properties in multi-tier fruit based cropping system model and its link to wider system consideration. Having research experience as soil scientist including work related to soil and plant analysis and water management of agri-horticultural and agroforestry (multipurpose trees) system. Having experience of participatory on-farm research on sugarcane based cropping system. Also having technical expertise in leading and successful completion of a multidisciplinary and multi-location World Bank funded National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP-PSR-42) as Principal Investigator. Involved as an expert and key liaison for soil resources assessment and management in an International Project on watershed funded by Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research. Contributed more than 200 published work which include more than 83 research papers, 8 books, 22 book chapters, 3 manuals, 82 technical/extension bulletins, 35 popular articles and 79 other publications including theme papers with major emphasis in soil and water management as well as soil sustainability. Delivered 10 TV talks and 10 radio talks for extending technologies to farmers. Owned two gold medals, four scholarship/fellowships including World Bank Summit Scholarship, Fellow of Indian Society of Soil Salinity and Water Quality, 12th Internation Congress Commemoration Award of Indian Society of Soil Science and 18 professional honours/recognition. Extensive peer recognition in terms of work as Founder Editor in the scientific journal named Journal of Soil Salinity and Water Quality (ISSN 0976-0806); Associate Editor in Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences (ISSN 0051-1335); reviewer/referee for many high impact international and national journals in the areas of Soil Science, Environmental Science and Multidisciplinary areas; Organizing Secretary of National Seminar on Soil Salinity and Water Quality; Founder Honourary Secretary of Indian Society of Soil Salinity and Water Quality; 12th International Congress Commemoration Award of Indian Society of SOil Science; Fellow of Indian Society of Soil Salinity and Water Quality; Member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, Member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and Member of World Commission on Protected Areas; reviewer of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK. Recipient of Social Innovator Award by the World Bank.