84th Foundation Day of ICAR and ICAR Award Ceremony

Press Release



16 July 2012, New Delhi   


Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries and Chief Guest of the award ceremony presented ICAR Awards to institutes and individuals – including farmers - for excellent contribution to agricultural research, education, application of technologies, and communication. These awards are given in 16 categories ranging from research projects, tribal farming systems, dryland farming, young scientists, outstanding teachers, innovative farmers, technical books and journalism.

Ministers of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Shri Harish Rawat and Dr. Charan Das Mahant also addressed the function. Senior officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, ICAR and its institutes, Vice Chancellors of Central and State Agricultural Universities, officers of State agriculture departments and farmers attended the function.

Earlier, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR welcomed dignitaries, guests, awardees and participants and presented a brief account of R&D preparedness of ICAR to face the future challenges. He also pointed out the major paradigm shifts and novel approaches for the 12th plan being prepared by the ICAR.

Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award 2011

Award of Rs 10 lakh

TAMIL NADU Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Chennai

TANUVAS has developed and released eight improved sheep, pig and avian varieties, 27 vaccines and diagnostic kits for prevalent, emerging and remerging economically important diseases affecting livestock, poultry and fisheries, 21 post production technologies and more than 100 livestock, poultry and fish farm management technologies.


Award of Rs 10 lakh

CENTRAL Potato Research Institute, Shimla

CENTRAL Potato Research Institute, played pioneering role in transforming potato from the temperate to a sub-tropical crop. The institute developed a cafeteria of high yielding potato cultivars along with all the supporting agro-techniques for growing potato under sub-tropical agro-climate. The institute also produces very high quality breeder’s seed under the national seed production scheme that ensured better crop health in the country. The institute also participated in a global effort for potato genome sequencing and deciphered the complete genome sequence that will be useful for discovering new genes and biomarkers for conferring unique agronomic traits.


Award of Rs 10 lakh

National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Lucknow

National Bureau of Fish Genetic .Resources (NBFGR), has emerged as a Centre of Excellence and has made significant contributions in the development of databases on Fish Diversity of India, research on molecular genetics characterization of several endangered and commercially important species. NBFGR has established new descriptions/records in the fish diversity list through extensive explorations and inventory in the aquatic areas. The developments of various molecular markers and genomic resources to document the genetic diversity at inter-and intra-specific levels have been the hall mark of research in recent years. The Bureau has initiated a programme on DNA Barcoding of Indian marine and freshwater fish species for the first time in India.

Chaudhary Devi Lal Outstanding All India Coordinated Research

Award of Rs 3 lakh

ALL India Coordinated Wheat and Barley Improvement Program (AICW& BIP), led by Directorate of Wheat Research, Karnal

ALL India Coordinated Wheat and Barley Improvement Program (AICW& BIP), led by Directorate of Wheat Research, released, 382 wheat and 80 barley varieties for six wheat growing zones till date. During the last five years, 56 wheat and 10 barley varieties have been released. In addition, more than 100 wheat and barley genetic stocks for unique traits have been developed and registered with NBPGR.

Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award for Outstanding Research in Agricultural Sciences 2011

Award of Rs 5 lakh

Dr Tilak Raj Sharma
Principal Scientist (Biotechnology),
National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi

His most significant contributions include, mapping, cloning & functional validation of Rice blast (Magnaporthe oryzae) resistance gene Pi-kh (Pi54) from a unique source, which activates complex defense mechanism. He has also successfully mapped a novel QTL qSBR11- 1, which has been transferred to Basmati type varieties for imparting resistance to sheath blight. In addition, he succeeded in identifying 786 disease resistance and 167 defense response genes in rice genome for future mining.


Award of Rs 5 lakh

Dr Shyam Narayan Jha

His major contributions are: development of processing technology for makhana, nondestructive methods for prediction of maturity and sweetness of mango, freshness index of eggplant, detection of adulterants in milk and fruit juices, tomato storage technology for hot and humid atmosphere, improved evaporative cooled storage structure and ventilated container for short term storage and long distance transport of horticultural produce respectively.


Award of Rs 5 lakh

Dr Asim Kumar Pal
Principal Scientist and Head
Division of Nutrition and
Biochemistry, CIFE, Versova, Andheri(W)

Dr Asim K. Pal has established the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the acquired thermo-tolerance phenomena for physiological adaptation and homeostasis of fishes to facilitate the preparedness in the context of global warming and climatic changes.

Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award 2011

An individual award of Rs 1 lakh and a challenge project for three years with
budgetary provision of Rs 10 lakh per year + Rs 5 lakh for foreign training

Dr Rajeev Rathour
Assistant Scientist,
Palampur, HP

DR RAJIV RATHOUR, from HP Agricultural University, Palampur has been working on rice blast host-pathogen system since 2001 with major focus on management of blast disease through host plant resistance.


An individual award of Rs 1 lakh and a challenge project for three years with
budgetary provision of Rs 10 lakh per year + Rs 5 lakh for foreign training

Dr.Dileep Kumar Panda
Directorate of Water Management, Bhubaneswar

DR DILEEP KUMAR PANDA studied the impacts of climate change and variability on natural resources of different regions in India. He showed that the rainfall extremes have increased in conjunction with a simultaneous increase in the drought indices particularly in the active months of July and August. He found that the groundwater levels exhibited pronounced decline in the states of Odisha and Gujarat and suggested that the extreme wet events had caused more runoff losses, while decreases in moderate rainfall and increases in dry spell had led to a reduction of recharge in the predominant hard rock aquifer. Dr Panda developed tools and techniques to assess and sustain the overexploited aquifers and showed that quantitative methods to precisely estimate the soil organic storage could be used for the future carbon sequestration strategies under climate change context.


An individual award of Rs 1 lakh and a challenge project for three years with
budgetary provision of Rs 10 lakh per year + Rs 5 lakh for foreign training

Dr Mohan Mondal,
Sr. Scientist,
NRC on Mithun,
Jharnapani, Nagaland

DR MOHAN MONDAL developed the technologies to address the issues related to late maturity, silent estrus, longpostpartum estrus, calf mortality due to mismothering, estrus synchronization and semen cryopreservation in Mithun. Innovative ideas like use of growth hormone (GH) as biological marker for selection of desired animal, for showing possibility of cryopreservation of epididymal spermatozoa from dead mithun bulls for conservation of this rare species, and for the use of simple intranasal spray of oxytocin for establishing emotional attachment of mother and neonate in mithun.


An individual award of Rs 1 lakh and a challenge project for three years with
budgetary provision of Rs 10 lakh per year + Rs 5 lakh for foreign training

Dr Souvik Ghosh
Directorate of Water Management, Bhubaneswar

DR SOUVIK GHOSH mobilized user groups for participatory water management under different water situations, studied water user group dynamics, and assessed impact of farmers’ management of irrigation systems with conceptualization and implementation of innovative methodologies. Mobilization and study of water user groups in major, medium and minor irrigation systems, watersheds and coastal waterlogged areas in Odisha was accomplished through development of group dynamics and farmers’ participation indices, application of fuzzy set theory, formulation of impact evaluation indicators and institutional analyses framework. Participatory water management through group approach has successfully put the technologies into practice with positive impact on both rainfed and irrigated agro-eco systems.

Panjabrao Deshmukh Outstanding Woman Scientist Award 2011

Award consists
of Rs 1 lakh with provision of equal amount of Rs 1 lakh for motivating Women
Scientists and female students across the country including travel within a year of receiving the award.

Dr Anuradha Agrawal
Senior Scientist
National Bureau of Plant
Genetic Resources,
New Delhi

DR ANURADHA AGRAWAL, developed and applied costeffective in vitro conservation and cryopreservation protocols for medium-and long-term conservation of vegetatively propagated species, especially of banana and spice crops. She has been instrumental in establishing and managing nearly 780 accessions of these crops at the in vitro Genebank of the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources. The low-cost in vitro conservation for diverse germplasm of banana, ginger and turmeric and cryopreservation technologies for banana are being applied to a large array of genotypes, after confirming the genetic stability of the conserved germplasm using morphological and molecular markers. Based on the research carried out by Dr Agrawal, cryobanking of banana germplasm is being carried out for the first time in India.


Award consists
of Rs 1 lakh in cash with provision of equal amount of Rs 1 lakh for motivating Women
Scientists and female students across the country including travel within a year of receiving
the award.

Dr Vijayakumari Narukulla
Shankar Nagar P.O.

DR VIJAYAKUMARI Standardized the protocols of micro grafting and micro budding for the production and fast multiplication of disease free planting material. She established and protected the field foundation blocks consisting of tested healthy nucleus stock and distributed disease free plants (267,999 nos.) to the growers/nursery men of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, and different state universities and contributed towards resource generation of Rs 80,01,815 to the centre as project leader and associate. This technology has a great promise in bridging the gap between the average and potential productivity.

Bharat Ratna Dr C. Subramaniam Award for Outstanding Teachers 2011

An individual award
consists of Rs 1 lakh in cash + travel grant of Rs 1 lakh to promote innovation in teaching
across the country including travel

Dr Samiayyan Kumarasamy
Depar tment of Agricul tural
entomology Agricultural
College and Research Institute,
Tamil Nadu Agricul tural
University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

AS a UG teacher and Co-ordinator, Dr S. Kumarasamy provided the best ambience in practical/theory classes for high level of learning. He used Technology enhanced mode of teaching through power point presentations and a lecture in interactive mode. In a 55 minutes lecture, he handled for 40 minutes for lecture and 15 minutes was allotted exclusively for interaction. This has led students to move closely with teacher and the doubts were clarified, by which the students become more assertive, confident, optimistic and highly motivated. In the last five years, he handled 14 courses as course teacher and 16 as course associate. Only in two courses failure was less than 2%. He inspired the students to learn the subject holistically without any pessimistic mode. He developed two numbers of CD lessons and hosted the web notes for the same (http// www.tnau.ac.in) and for the past five years conducting online examination. He routinely conducted mock examinations to create confidence among students and inspire them to score high marks in the finals.


An individual award
consists of Rs 1 lakh in cash + travel grant of Rs 1 lakh to promote innovation in teaching
across the country including travel

Dr T.B.S. Rajput
Principal Scientist
Water Technology Centre
Indian Agricultural Research Institute,
New Delhi

DR T.B.S. RAJPUT is serving as a Faculty of Agricultural Engineering at Post Graduate School of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, for over thirty years and has guided thirteen PhD and six M.Sc. Students. Dr Rajput has helped in improving Post Gradate syllabus of Soil and Water Conservation engineering at national level through ICAR committees. He has served as member of Board of studies of Agricultural Engineering and Water Science and Technology disciplines at IARI, syllabus improvement committee CTAE Udaipur, School board of Agriculture, IGNOU and External Faculty of Agriculture, BHU, Varanasi. He has developed a new course Irrigation Engineering Fundamentals and has modified Irrigation System Design course twice. Dr Rajput has developed huge teaching material including 9 books, 8 manuals, 9 computer softwares besides developing large infrastructure of well equipped laboratory,


An individual award
consists of Rs 1 lakh in cash + travel grant of Rs 1 lakh to promote innovation in teaching
across the country including travel

Dr S.V.S. Malik
Principal Scientist
IVRI, Izatnagar,
Uttar Pradesh

DR S.V.S. MALIK has 19 years of teaching experience and taught 29 courses. He not only took the scheduled lectures, but also interacted with students, beyond the scheduled timings. He always tried to pass on the latest information gathered from the recent journals. He switched to electronic means of teaching with the aim to save on time and to have better communication with students. He has guided 16 students (6 Ph.D. and 10 M.VSc.).


An individual award
consists of Rs 1 lakh in cash + travel grant of Rs 1 lakh to promote innovation in teaching
across the country including travel

Dr V.K. Bhatia
IASRI, New Delhi

DR BHATIA has more than 36 years of teaching experience at post-graduate level for teaching variety of courses to students of varying backgrounds. While teaching he always kept in mind the type of students (In-service or regular), the level or educational background of students, the language of their understanding, and the subject including advanced area of specialization of teaching. He also ensured students attentiveness by way of subjecting them to continuous quizzing and timely evaluation in terms of surprise quizzes, mid-term and other examinations.

ICAR Awards for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Team Research in
Agriculture and Allied Sciences 2009–2010

Award of Rs 5 lakh

Dr Akhilesh Nandan Mishra
Principal Scientist,
IASRI Regional Station

THE team effort under the leadership of Dr A.N. Mishra, culminated in the release of seven improved wheat varieties including four durum and three bread wheat ones for different cultivation conditions. All these varieties combine high yield potential with heat tolerance, water-use efficiency, and strong rust resistance with desired quality traits, and hence, have been contributing in enhancing the production, productivity and Profitability. Interdisciplinary basic studies have provided a number of new insights in to rust resistance and crop physiology in both durum and bread wheats including genetic diversity for rust resistance, closeness of linkage between phenotypic markers and rust resistance genes, and morpho-physiological traits for heat and drought tolerance. The other members of the team are Dr H.N. Pandey, Dr P.K. Verma, Dr S.V. Sai Prasad, Dr M.Y. Samdur, Dr A. K. Singh, Dr S.R. Kantwa.



ICAR Research
Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya

A MULTIDISCIPLINARY team of scientists at the ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya worked on ‘Developing Integrated Soil, Water and Crop Management Technology through Farming System Approach for sustainable productivity and their dissemination in Hill ecosystems of North East India’. Through the efforts of the team it was possible to reach 15,000 farmers across NE region through direct demonstration of improved resource management technology (zero tillage, residue management, SRI, ICM, INM, organic farming, composting), acid soil amelioration (liming, acid tolerant varieties), soil and water conservation integrated farming system and human resource development through training and awareness programme of trainers, extension persons and farms in the fragile ecosystem of North East India. All these resource conserving technologies increased productivity by 25–30%, minimized soil loss and runoff by 50% and increased farmers’ income substantially and maintained/improved soil health. The members of the team are Dr G.C. Munda, Dr A.S. Panwar, Dr P.K. Ghosh, Dr D.P. Patel, Dr Anup Das, Dr B.U. Choudhury, Dr A.K. Tripathi, Dr S.V. Ngachan.

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award for Outstanding Research in Tribal Farming
System 2011

Award of Rs 1 lakh

Dr Samiran Bandyopadhyay
NRC on Yak ICAR, Dirang
West Kameng,
Arunachal Pradesh

DR SAMIRAN BANDYOPADHYAY and associates carried out an outstanding work for the development of profitable and sustainable yak farming to revamp and deteriorating agroeconomy in snow-capped, mountainous terrains of the Himalaya. They successfully developed novel therapeutic, diagnostic and prophylactic modalities against fatal diseases, formulated proper nutritional strategies and applied selective breeding that substantially enhanced yak productivity (milk and meat) manifold. The group developed and improvised a number of useful and handy technologies which were further embraced by the yak herdsmen. ‘Cure conjunctivitis’—an herbal eye drop against infections (pink eye) in yak, ‘Healing touch’—a poly-herbal wound healer and fly repellant and Complete Feed Block were popularized among yak herdsmen. They also employed the nested PCR technique for detection of Bovine Herpes Virus-1. The team includes Dr K.K. Baruah, Dr T.K. Biswas.


Award of Rs 1 lakh

Dr Duniya Ram Singh
Principal Scientist,
CARI, Garacharma
Port Blair

IN the aftermath of the Earthquake-Tsunami 2004, Dr D.R. Singh and team developed technologies for Morinda such as cultivation of Morinda in sea water challenged lands, intercropping of Morinda in coconut and arecanut plantations and Good Horticultural practices for Morinda which were well accepted among islands farmers. The bioprospecting and promotion of Morinda facilitated establishment of centres of private industries in islands which are benefiting tribal and settler farmers of islands. Identification of Morinda as feed source and development of protocols for valueadded products from underutilized fruits helped women empowerment in islands. The team includes Dr Shrawan Singh, Dr Jai Sunder, Dr Subhash Chand.

Jawaharlal Nehru Award for P.G. Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research
in Agricultural and Allied Sciences 2011

Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr R. Nagaraja Reddy
DMAPR, Boriave,
Anand, Gujrat

DR R. NAGARAJA REDDY developed the Recombinant Inbred Line (RIL) population of 500 individuals in order to identify QTLs for staygreen and other agronomically important traits in sorghum using a cross between M35-1 and B35 parents. A new sorghum genetic map comprising with 211 markers was constructed. The QTL/markers identified for the staygreen and other agronomic traits can be used for improving the rabi sorghum genotypes for drought tolerance. He obtained his Ph.D from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr Swarup Kumar Parida
Staff Scientist
NIPGR, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi

DR S.K. PARIDA developed and designed 2,276 novel genic and genomic microsatellite markers for large and complex polyploid sugarcane genome. He identified an insertion–Deletion marker in the promoter sequence of sucrose synthas-2 gene and demonstrated its significance in differentiating the high and low sugar containing commercial Indian sugarcane varieties. Dr Parida obtained his Ph.D degree from Jamia Hamdard University, Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr Asit Kumar Mandal
Directorate of Seed Research, Mau, UP

DR ASIT KUMAR MANDAL studied the stem rot caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib) de Bary in chickpea and observed four non-sclerotia forming isolates were reported which is the first evidence in S. sclerotiorum. Dr Mandal determined the genetic diversity of 24 isolates of S. sclerotiorum representing 10 different states of India. He also developed bio-agent based ecofriendly management strategy of stem rot of chickpea. Dr Mandal obtained his Ph.D


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr Babasaheb Bhaskar

DR BABASAHEB BHASKAR identified key host/prey stage that contributed considerably towards development and progeny fitness of the parasitoids and predators of the mileybug, which can best be exploited for laboratory mass production of good quality bioagents. This work has immense application in pestcontrol management programme for an invasive mealybug species Phenacoccus solenopsis. Dr Bhaskar obtained his Ph.D degree from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr Manoj Kumar
ICAR Research Complex
for NEH Region
Umiam-793 103

DR MANOJ KUMAR studied the simulated levels of atmospheric CO2 and temperature as projected to prevail over wheat growing regions of subtropical India by around 2050 and predicted that wheat yield would reduce by 17% with concurrent decrease in nutritional quality and increase in phosphorus requirement. The work underlines the need of developing phosphorus efficient nutrient management practicesand nutritionally enriched crop cultivars in climate change. Dr Manoj Kumar obtained his Ph.D degree from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr Tanmay Kumar Koley
IIVR, Varanasi

DR TANMAY KUMAR KOLEY evaluated twelve ber cultivars which are potential genotypes having high polyphenolics with strong antioxidant activity. He reports that short-time processing, high temperature followed by enzyme assisted processing, e.g. viscozyme remarkably improved the functional quality of ber juice and developed fruit bar using ber pulp functionalized with tomato lycopene and black carrotanthocyanin. Dr Koley obtained his Ph.D degree from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr Ramachandra C T
Assistant Professor
UAS, Raichur

DR RAMACHANDRA designed and developed an efficient Aloevera gel filleting machine without aloin contamination having a production capacity of 100 kg/ha of trimmed Aloevera leaves. He established the equilibrium sorption isotherms of Aloevera gel powder to be used in its handling, storage and packaging. Dr Ramachandra obtained his Ph.D from IIT Kharagpur.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr Shinoj Subramannian,
Programme Coordinator,
Krishi Vigyan Kendra
CMFRI, Ernakulam

DR SHINOJ SUBRAMANNIAN developed Oil Palm Fibre filled Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) biocomposites. Various physical, mechanical, electrical, optical, thermal degradation and rheological properties of the biocomposites were evaluated. Remunerative usage of oil palm biomass will not only help disposing it but give additional income which makes the oil palm industry more sustainable. Dr Shinoj obtained his Ph.D from Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr (Mrs.) Manjinder Sharma, Assistant Professor
Nagpur Veterinay College
Seminary Hills, Nagpur

DR (MRS.) MANJINDER SHARMA, evaluated the development of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) derived from in vitro produced buffalo blastocysts over homogenous feeder layers and under feeder free conditions with three different concentrations (10 ng, 20 ng and 30 ng per ml) of LIF in the culture media and concluded that buffalo ESCs required LIF to maintain pluriopotency at 30 ng/ml along with 40 ng/ml bFGF for best results irrespective of feeder layers or synthetic matrices. She obtained her Ph.D from Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr Raj Kumar Duary,
Assistant Professor
Tezpur University
Asom-784 028

DR R.K.DUARY established the probiotic potentials of two of the indigenous probiotic Lactobacillus strain Lp9 and Lp91 in terms of expression. The two strain evoked strong immune modulatory response in HT 29 cells under LPS stressed conditions. By virtue of these physiological functions the two indigenous strains could be used as potential candidate probiotics for development of novel dairy based functional foods to boost gut
health and immunity. Dr Duary obtained his Ph.D. from National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr Rakesh Kumar
Scientist (SS)
Central Institute of Fish Technology, Cochin

DR RAKESH KUMAR studied the biomedical and molecular characterization of Salmonella serovars in Cochin and finally developed a molecular technique for rapid detection of salmonella in seafood. The method could quantify the level of Salmonella load in seafood within 3 hours. He also identified six new serotypes of salmonella in sea food in India, which were not previously reported. Dr Kumar obtained his Ph.D from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr Shailesh Saurabh
Regional Research Centre
CIFA, Bengaluru

DR SHAILESH SAURABH worked on Argulus infestation in Indian major carp. He showed that infection with this parasite caused the differential expression of immune gene in different immune competent tissues of rohu. Dr Saurabh obtained his Ph.D. from Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr Sivasakthi Devi
48/47 Perumal Koli Street
Cuddalore District

DR SIVASAKTHI DEVI THAMBUSAMY studied the economies of food subsidy and National Rural Employment Scheme. The study showed that the NREGS is found to be more effective in transferring the benefits to rural poor as compared to PDS, even without including the other direct and indirect welfare impact generated by the works done through NREGS. The effectiveness of NREGS in terms of overall welfare to the society exceeds that of food subsidy. Dr Sivasakthi Devi obtained her Ph.D from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.


Award with a cash prize of Rs 50,000

Dr P. Thilakar
Plot No.110 First Street
St. Thomas Mount

DR P. THILAKAR carried out research in multidimensional analysis on veterinary and animal science education in India with the objectives pertaining to the evaluation of the present veterinary curriculum. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students laid emphasis more on ward/hospital exposure, student farmer interaction and research orientation. The out turn growth rate of veterinary manpower was not proportionate with the growing population of livestock and poultry. Dr Thilkar obtained his Ph.D from Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar.

Jagjivan Ram Abhinav Kisan Puraskar/Jagjivan Ram Innovative Farmer Award (National/Zonal) 2011

National  Award of Rs 1 lakh

Shri Mohinder Singh
VPO: Rasina
Distt. Kaithal
Har yana

SHRI MOHINDER SINGH from Rasina village of Distt. Kaithal, Haryana, adopted several new technologies such as laser leveling underground pipeline in farm, vermin compost unit, sugarcane with trench planting, use of bio pesticides in crops, sowing of wheat with Happy seeder, zero tillage in paddy and wheat, internet facilities for marketing of farm produce, integrated weed management and water recharge. He also modified technologies by using Bio-gas slurry in vermin-composting, using of vermin wash as organic spray in wheat and paddy, preparing neem based pesticide for use in vegetables against jassid, beetles and leaf eaters, raising of gram crop on raised beds, preparating of high quality compost using NPK Gypsum and farm wastes and using of old shallow tubewell as water recharging device. With the use of technologies he could increase the productivity of paddy by 10 q/ha, Basmati 3 q/ha, Wheat 11 q/ha, Vegetables 49 q/ha and milk by 3 litres/day/animal in five years.


Zonal award of Rs 50,000

Shri Rajvinder Pal Singh Rana,
S/o Capt. Dilbagh Singh
VPO Mandiani, Via Mullanpur
Distt. Ludhiana

SHRI RAJVINDER PAL SINGH RANA from Mandiani, Ludhiana, Punjab brought out innovative ideas in fish production in Punjab. He developed tag machine for fish. The cost of the tag comes out 10 paisa/tag instead of 4 to 5 $/tag in international market. Due to this a fish farmer has been able to keep track of his stock. Shri Rana also developed technologies to carry the fish alive in the fish market by using an air blower which could operate with 12 V DC motor and also developed manure with available
fish waste and jiggery. He also used the fish skin for different purposes.


Zonal award of Rs 50,000

Shri Santosh Kumar
Vill. Shekhwara,
Bodh Gaya
Dist.- Gaya, Bihar

SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR from Village Shakhwara, Distt. Gaya (Bihar) developed feed supplement, low cost shed for dairy animals. He adopted new technologies such as multi layered fish farming SRI method for rice cultivation and commercially viable vermin composting unit with capacity of 3,000 tonnes/annum. He owns 10.5 ha of land area and uses under Field Crops 6 ha, Horticultural Crops 0.5 ha, Agro-forestry Apiculture/Sericulture 0.5 ha, Dairy 0.25 ha, Fishies 0.5 ha and Fodder 1.5 ha. After adopting new technology he could produce Paddy 125 q/ha, Wheat 80 q/ha, Fishery 54 q/year/ha, Vermi Compost 3,000 tonnes/year.


Zonal award of Rs 50,000

Shri V. Tuime Lolly
B.P.O. Kachai
Ukhrul District-175 142

Mr V. TUIME LOLLY developed Citrus Based Integrated Farming System in an area of 20 ha in Kachai village of Ukhrul district in Manipur. The citrus species that he grows on his farm are Khasi Mandarin (citrus reticulate L) and Kachai lemon (Citrus jambhiri Lush). Along with citrus, the other crops that he is growing on the farm are maize, soybean, banana, papaya, vegetables, turmeric etc. and legumes as intercrop to maintain the soil fertility. He is also rearing 56 cattle and 5 pigs. He has constructed one water harvesting pond in which he is rearing the fish and utilizing the water to provide life saving irrigation to the crops during the lean period. As per Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT), he developed his 8ha farm with different agro-forestry species (tree, bean, fodder trees, mulberry etc.) on the hill top, followed by horticultural crops, agricultural crops and animal & fishery component in descending order of elevation. He is raising the crops with the use of farm yard manure, vermicompost.


Zonal award of Rs 50,000

श्री देव नारायण पटेल
पी.ओ. आदमपुर जनूवी
जिला लखनऊ, उ.प्र.

देवनारायण पटेल, ग्राम-बचनखेड़ा, पोस्ट-आदमपुर जनूवी, जिला-लखनऊ (उ.प्र.) के निवासी हैं। वह खेती में नवीन तकनीकों, पद्धतियों का प्रयोग कर इसे व्यवसायिक रूप में अपना चुके हैं और जैविक खेती पर जोर देते हैं। इन्होंने सन् 2000 से व्यवसायिक फसलों की खेती करनी प्रारम्भ की। कृषि और पशु-पालन इनके लिए अत्यन्त महत्वपूर्ण रहे हैं। यह लखनऊ दुग्ध संघ में संचालक मण्डल के सदस्य भी रहे हैं। अपने गाँव बचनखेड़ा में दुग्ध सहकारी समिति खुलवाने एवं उसके कुशल संचालन में इनकी महती भूमिका रही है। वर्तमान में परम्परागत फसलों के साथ-साथ ही व्यवसायिक फसलों में लहसुन, (रबी एवं खरीफ दोनों), फ्रेंचबीन, मेन्था एवं सब्जियाँ आदि की खेती नवीन तकनीकों के आधार पर जैविक कृषि के माध्यम से कर रहे हैं। इन फसलों से इन्हें अन्य की अपेक्षा कहीं अधिक लाभ हुआ है। इन्होंने औषधीय एवं सुगंधित फसलों की खेती भी व्यवसायिक रूप से की है। इनमें प्रमुख हैः शतावरी, अश्वगंधा, सर्पगंधा, कैमोलिया, जिरेनियम, ईसबगोल, कालमेघ आदि। कृषि के साथ मौन पालन (एपीकल्चर) भी इनका प्रमुख व्यवसाय है। सन् 2005 में इन्होंने मौन-बॉक्स से बी-कीपिंग को प्रारम्भ किया था और वर्तमान में इनके पास 100 से अधिक मौन-बॉक्स हैं।


Zonal award of Rs 50,000

Shri Udhav Asaram Khedekar, At. Shivni
Post Ner, Tq. & Dist. Jalna, Maharashtra

SHRI UDHAV ASARAM KHEDKAR from Shivni Dist. Jalna took the initiative for community watershed development to harvest maximum possible rain water to solve the water scarcity problem of the village. Micro irrigation technology like drip and sprinkler irrigation, in situ soil moisture conservation practices, concept of Water Budgeting, Water Absorption Trench (WAT), Fracture Seal Cementing (FSC) are some of the important contributions of the farmer. Regarding Onion Seed Production, he is the first farmer to take Onion Seed Production on large scale and on commercial basis. He introduced new high yielding varieties like Phule Samarth, Agri Found Light Red, Agri Found Dark Red & Akola White, Baswant-780, Bhima Super & Bhima Selection. He observed that Dipping of Seed Bulbs in 1% KNO3 solution resulted in enhanced sprouting of shoots.


Zonal award of
Rs 50,000

Shri Ganpat Lal Nagar
Shri Balaji, Hi-tech Herbal Farm, Village-Gulabpura
Post-Palayatha, Tehsil-Anta
District-Baran-325 202

SHRI GANPAT LAL NAGAR from Gulabpura, Tehsil-Anta of District-Baran. He had 3.30 ha agriculture land with a total income of Rs 1.0 lakh only in the year 2002. He started scientific cultivation, crop diversification, value addition and dairying, which raised income to Rs 2.87 lacs in 2006–07. The adoption of intercropping in orchard and innovation of coriander intercropping in safed musali helped him in getting higher income of Rs 3.23 lacs in 2007–08, Rs 4.65 in 2008–09 and Rs 5.90 lakhs in 2009–10. He also modified bund former, cleaning and peeling machine and chisel plough to save labour. With the success of these machines he made it possible to cultivate safed musali in 1.4 ha area and also in the reduction of cost of cultivation and his net income raised to 11.95 lakhs during the year 2010–11.


Zonal award of
Rs 50,000

Shri Vilas Tijare,
Post-Gokalpur via Ari
Block-Barghat, District-Seoni, Madhya Pradesh

SHRI VILAS TIJARE integrated different enterprises, viz. Fish culture, Mango plantation, Dairy farming, waterchestnut cultivation etc, and posed as a role model for the visiting farmers/ extension functionaries. The byproduct or residue of water chestnut was used for other purposes, e.g. compost which reduced
dependence on external inputs and reduced the cost of production which makes more viable ecosystem for Sustainable agriculture.

N.G. Ranga Farmer Award for Diversified Agriculture 2011

Award of Rs 1 lakh

Shri S. Gurcharan Singh Mann, S/o S. Jagroop Singh Mann, District Bathinda

SHRI S. GURCHARAN SINGH MANN a creative and innovative farmer from Tungwali village of Bathinda district of Punjab. He is independently managing his 42 acres of land for the last 20 years efficiently. Shri Mann has taken all types of farm enterprises in his farm which are diversified, well integrated, proper recycling, including toughest task of marketing of majority of his farm produces by himself. Quote a few diversified farm activities, Rice and Wheat, Fruits, Vegetables, Floriculture, Fishery, Biogas, agroforestry, value-addition and processing on a scientific lines. At a time when many farmers are looking alternatives to farming, Shri S. Gurcharan Singh Mann is living example and source of inspiration to many cotemporary farmers in India. His farm is visited by many farmers, extention,personal policy makers and administrators, and is serving as a centre for education.

Dr Rajendra Prasad Puraskar for Technical Books in Hindi in Agricultural
and Allied Sciences 2011

Award of Rs 1 lakh

डा. ऋषि पाल सिंह
निदेशक, बीज एवं प्रक्षेत्र निदेशालय
बिरसा कृषि विश्वविद्यालय,
कांके, राँची, झारखण्ड

डा. ऋषि पाल सिंह, सुप्रिया सिंह, श्रीनिवास गिरी द्वारा रचित पुस्तक ‘बीज एवं पौध संवर्धन सामग्री’ में बीज संबंधी विभिन्न विधाओं पर विस्तृत प्रकाश डाला गया है। बीज से संबंधित अक्सर पूछे जाने वाले प्रश्नों एवं उनके उत्तरों के समावेश के साथ उत्तक संवर्धन विधिओं द्वारा उत्पन्न पौध सामग्री के प्रमाणीकरण मानकों का भी उल्लेख किया गया है। इस पुस्तक में बीज, भारतीय बीज उद्योग के प्रभावी नियम, पादप प्रभेदों का परीक्षण, विमोचन तथा अधिसूचना हेतु भारतीय विनियामक प्रणाली, बीज उद्योग एवं बौद्धिक सम्पदा संबंधी अधिकार, बीज उत्पादन, बीज प्रसंस्करण, भण्डारण एवं बीज विपणन आदि विषयों पर विस्तार में जानकारी दी गई है। इस पुस्तक के उपयोग से न केवल विद्यार्थीगण व शिक्षकगण बल्कि बीज ग्राम के बीज उद्यमी, विश्वविद्यालयों के विषयवस्तु विशेषज्ञ, प्रशिक्षणार्थी एवं अन्य अधिकारी भी लाभप्रद होंगे।

Vasantrao Naik Award for Research Applications in Dryland Farming
System 2011

Award of Rs 1 lakh

Dr S.K. Sharma,
Officer incharge
AICRP on Dryland Agriculture
Dryland Farming Research
Station, Bhilwara

DR S.K. SHARMA and team, through the use of new science tools (i.e. water balance analysis, dynamic crop planning and matrix ranking) along with understanding of the entire maizebased production and utilization system and farmers economy, and the location specific interventions of project effected remarkable impacts on resource poor farmers of dryland ecosystem of Bhilwara region of Rajasthan. The micro-farming system and bio-diverse farming system models on marginal lands improved net income from Rs 7,000/ha to Rs 35,500/ha. Adoption of contingent crop planning, efficient intercropping systems with in-situ soil moisture conservation and nutrient management practices increased the maize yield by 20 to 40% over different soil types reducing the loss of 10–30% of rainfall as runoff. The team includes Dr A.K. Kothari, Dr R.K. Sharma, Dr S.N. Sodani, Dr G. Ravindra Chary and Dr P.K. Mishra.

Swami Sahajanand Saraswati Outstanding Extension Scientist Award 2011

Award of Rs 1 lakh

Dr Kadirvel Govindasamy
Senior Scientist,
ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region
Barapani P.O., Umiam,

DR KADIRVEL GOVINDASAMY carried out the extension work to refinement of artificial insemination (AI) technology which suits to tribal pig production system in the North-Eastern Hill region of India. The upgraded pigs obtained through AI weigh double the weight than the local non-descriptive pigs and yield higher number of piglet per delivery, resulted in improved productivity and provided higher economic return/pig/year, besides the farmers saved mating cost between 1,000 to 1,500.


Award of Rs 1 lakh

Dr Sushil Kumar
Principal Scientist
Directorate of Weed Science Research, Maharajpur, Jabalpur

DR SUSHIL KUMAR carried our research extension work in the field of biological control of Parthenium, a problematic weed. Dr Kumar has developed cost effective and sustainable techniques for the mass multiplication of bioagent Zygoguamma bicolorata and has distributed the live bioagent throughout India. The biological control has helped in suppression of Parthenium and restored other vegetation in large area on sustainable basis.

Chaudhary Charan Singh Award for Excellence in Journalism in Agricultural Research and Development 2011

Award of Rs 1 lakh

Shri Harendra Kumar Garg
123B, Pocket A, Dilshad Garden, New Delhi

SHRI HARENDRA KUMAR GARG, has been bestowed with Chaudhary Charan Singh Award for excellence in Journalism in Agricultural Research and Development 2011 for his contribution in regular live telecast ‘Phone in live Krishi Darshan’ and for ‘Krishi Darshan’ on Door Darshan National Network. In ‘Krishi Darshan’ programme planning he meticulously chose the crops and allied activities according to seasons. In his Live Phone ‘Krishi Darshan’ programme, farmers from villages of the entire country participate and interact with expert to seek advice. His teleproduction ‘Honey bee Rearing and Agriculture Production’ was appreciated at national level.