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Former Directors

Dr. Ashok Kumar Patra, Former Director
Born in Araldihi, Bankura, India on 7 September 1960. Educated at Araldihi High School, Bankura, 1971-76; Dubrajpur Uttarayan Vidyayatan, Bankura, West Bengal, 1976-78; B.Sc. (Agriculture): Banaras Hindu University, 1978-83; M.Sc. & Ph.D.: Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1983-89; Post-Doctoral/Visiting Fellow: International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad, 1991-93; Institute of Grassland & Environmental Research, UK, 1996; Ecologie Microbienne (CNRS-Universite' Lyon 1), France, 2001-03; University of Notre Dame, USA 2008-09. Emeritus Scientist, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, 2023 -
Scientist, 1989-94 & Scientist (Sr. Scale), 1994-98, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi; Senior Scientist, 1998-99, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai; Senior Scientist, 1999-2006 & Principal Scientist 2006-14, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal 2014-2022.
Awards/Honours: UN FAO Glinka World Soil Prize 2022; Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award of ICAR for Outstanding Research in Agricultural Sciences 2021; Platinum Jubilee Commemoration Award 2022 of Indian Society of Soil Science for Life Time Achievements; International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)-FAI Award 2018; ICAR-IARI Hooker Award, 2013; Prof. Sushil Kumar Mukherjee Commemoration Award of Indian Science Congress Association 2018; FAI Dhiru Morarji Memorial Award, 2011; Bioved Agri-innovation Award, 2015; British Council TCT Award 1996; DBT Overseas Associateship Award 2008; Member, Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of GSP/FAO, Rome, 2018-22; Associate Editor, European Journal of Soil Science since 2014; Vice President, Indian Society of Soil Science 2016-17; President, Indian Science Congress Association (Agri and Forestry Sciences Section) 2016-17; President, Indian Society of Soil Science 2019-21. Recognized one among 13 soil scientists of the world advancing soil research and education (Food Tank, USA), 2017. During the tenure as Director (2014-2022), ICAR-IISS received UN FAO King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award 2020; Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award 2018; Krishi Sansthan Samman Award (National Award Winner), 2016, by Mahindra Samridhi (Mahindra & Mahindra).
Fellow: National Academy of Sciences (India); National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, West Bengal Academy of Science & Technlogy; Indian Society of Soil Science; Range Management Society of India
Research Areas: Nitrogen cycling, soil health, sustainable soil management, soil biodiversity, climate change, carbon sequestration, nano-fertilizers. Total publication: 372, Citations 6376 (as on 20/12/2022).
Address: Off. Emeritus Scientist & Ex-Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Nabibagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal 462038, M.P: Res. ICAR-IISS Campus, Nabibagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal 462038, M.P.
Tel: Cell: 9811733465/9713464733;
Email: patraak[at]gmail[dot]com
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Dr. Subba Rao, Annangi, Former Director
Born in Ravulapuram, India on 1 May 1952. Educated at Z.P. High School, Vinukonda, 1962-67; Hindu College, Guntur, 1967-68; Agricultural College, Bapatla, 1969-73 & 1974-76; Indian Agricultural Research Institute 1976-80; B.Sc. 1973; M.Sc. 1976; Ph.D 1980.
Director, Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, 2004 to April 2014.
Assistant Professor, Agril. College, Bapatla 1980-84; Soil Scientist, Potash Research Institute of India, Gurgaon, 1984-89; Principal Scientist, 1989-97; Project Coordinator (STCR), 1997-2004, and Director, Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, 2004-April 2014.
Awards/Honours: FAI Silver Jubilee Award of Excellence 1989 & 2008; PRII Award 1991; PPIC-FAI Award 1997; IPI-FAI Award 1998; IMPHOS - FAI Award 2003; TSI-FAI Award, 2006; Hari Om Ashram Award, 2008-09.
Fellow: Indian Society of Soil Science.
Research Areas: Soil chemistry, soil fertility, soil testing, integrated nutrient management, soil health
Phone: (Res.) 0755-2743267; Cell: 7869494664;
Email: asrao_iiss[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]in

Dr. Acharya, Chuni Lal, Former Director
Born in Palampur, H.P., India on 6 April 1945. Educated at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Kullu, 1957-62; PAU, Ludhiana, 1962-66; PAU, Hisar Campus, 1966-68; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1968-71; B.Sc. 1966; M.Sc. 1968; Ph.D. 1971; Post-Doc. Fellow, IMG, Grenoble, France, 1975-76; INRA, Versailles, France, 1976-77; FAO/IAEA training course, Cadarache, France, June-July 1981.
Soil Physicist, Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, 1972-79; Assoc. Prof.(Soil Physics), 1979-87, Chief Scientist (WM), 1987-93, Chief Scientist and Head, Dept. of Soil Science, CSKHPKV, Palampur, 1993-98; Director, Indian Institute of Soil Science (ICAR), Bhopal, 1998-2003; Director Extension Education, CSKHPKV, Palampur, 2003-05. Consultant (Soil Expert),Ict, New Delhi (Apr-May, Aug-Sep, 2010, Cambodia).
Awards/Honours: ISSS 12th International Congress Commemoration Award, 1989; Hooker Award, 1993; Himachal Kesri Award, 1994; Hari Om Ashram Trust Award,1999; ISSS 1st Prof. P.K. De Memorial Lecture Award, 2000; Dr. B.V. Mehta Memorial Lecture Award, 2002; 2nd Dr. T.D. Biswas Memorial Lecture Award, 2008; 3rd Dr. N.P. Datta Memorial Lecture Award, 2013. Member, G.B. Pant Society for Himalayan Environment & Development, GOI,2008-10; Member, Editorial Board, Soil and Tillage Research (Elsevier), 1997-till date.
Fellow: Indian Society of Soil Science; National Academy of Sciences, India; Indian Society of Water Management.
Research Areas: Natural resource management, soil physics/soil water conservation/management, tillage, water management
Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 2008 to 31 Dec, 2010; Dr. N.S. Randhawa Memorial Award, 2005-2006

Address: House No. 28, Nagarkot Colony, Thakurdwara P.O. Maranda, Palampur 176102, Himachal Pradesh.
Phone: (Res.) 01894-238824; Cell: 09418105471;
Email: cl_acharya[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]in

Dr. Takkar, Pran Nath, Founder Director
Born in Raiwind, Lahore (now in Pakistan) on 5 May 1940. Educated at Arya High School, Ludhiana 1950-1956; Government Agricultural College and Research Institute Ludhiana, Punjab University, Chandigarh, 1957-62; Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, 1962-66. B.Sc. (Ag.) 1960; M.Sc (Ag., Soil Science) 1962; Ph.D. (Ag. Soil Science) 1966; Post-doctorate (NORAD), Institute of Soil Science, Vollebeck, Norway 1967-1970; Alexander von Humbold Fellow, University of Goettingen, Germany, 1981-1983.
Lecturer Chemistry 1962-63, Assistant Professor Soils, 1967, Soil Chemist, 1970-76, Senior Soil Scientist, 1976-88, and Project Coordinator, Micronutrient (ICAR) 1985-88, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; Founder Director, Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal; Principal Scientist 1998-2000, Emeritus Scientist, ICAR 2000-2002 and INSA Senior Scientist 2003-08 Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
Awards/Honours: PAUTA Award, 1982; FAI Silver Jubilee Award of Excellence, 1985; ISSS 12th International Soil Science Congress Commemoration Award, 1986; Hari Om Ashram Trust Award, 1987-88; PPIC-FAI Award, 1997; S.N. Ranade Memorial Award-Excellence in Micronutrient Research (Life Time Achievement), 1998; Member Board of Trustees, International Life Sciences Institute, India, 2006-08; Currently: INSA Honorary Scientist. Chairman CAC of NAIP (ICAR) Subproject on Micronutrient; NFBSFARA (ICAR) Member Expert Committee on Micronutrients and their use efficiency.
Fellow: Indian National Science Academy; Indian Society of Soil Science.
Research Areas: Soil Science, Soil Chemistry and Fertility, Fertilizer Use, Plant Nutrition, Micronutrient deficiency and Management
Address: H-I/114, Lajpat Nagar I, New Delhi 110024;
Phone: (Res.)011-29815537, Cell: 9953903254;
Email: pntakkar[at]gmail[dot]com


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