Dr. Ashok Kumar Patra
FELLOW, ELECTED 2010

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; Banaras Hindu University, 1978-83; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1983-89; International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad, 1991-93; Post-Doctoral Fellow: Institute of Grassland & Environmental Research, UK, 1996; Ecologie Microbienne (CNRS-Universite' Lyon 1), France, 2001-03; University of Notre Dame, USA 2008-09. B.Sc. 1983; M.Sc. 1985; Ph.D. 1989; ICRISAT Post Doctoral Fellowship 1991-93; INRA Post Doctoral Fellowship (France) 2001-03.

Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal 2014 to date.

Scientist 1989-94; and Scientist (Sr. Scale) 1994-98, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi; Senior Scientist 1998-99, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai; Senior Scientist 1999-06 and Principal Scientist, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 2006-14.

Awards/Honours: British Council TCT Award 1996; DBT Overseas Associateship Award 2008; FAI Dhiru Morarji Memorial Award, 2011; Hooker Award, 2013; Bioved Agri-innovation Award, 2015; International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)-FAI Award, 2018; Prof. Sushil Kumar Mukherjee Commemoration Award of Indian Science Congress Association 2018; ISSS Dr. G.S. Sekhon 2012 and Dr. N.S. Randhawa 2018 Memorial Lecture Awards; Dr. M.V. Rao Memorial Lecture 2019; Krishi Sansthan Samman Award (National Award Winner) for IISS, 2016; Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award for IISS, 2018; King Bhumi Bol World Soil Day 2020 Award for ICAR-IISS, FAO, Rome;  Editor, Range Management and Agroforestry 1996-98; Editor, Journal of the Indian Society of Soil Science 2013-14; Associate Editor, European Journal of Soil Science since 2014; Councillor, ISSS 2005-06; Secretary, Delhi Chapter of Indian Society of Soil Science (ISSS) 2005-07; President (Delhi Chapter), ISSS 2012-14; Joint Secretarty, ISSS 2013-2014; Vice President, ISSS 2016-17; ISCA President, Agriculture and Forestry Sciences Section, 2016-17; Member, Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of FAO, Rome, 2018-2022; President, Indian Society of Soil Science 2019-2021. Recognized  one among 13 soil scientists of the world advancing soil research and education (Food Tank, USA).

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences (India); West Bengal Academy of Science & Technlogy; Indian Society of Soil Science; Range Management Society of India

Research Areas: Nitrogen cycling, soil biodiversity, carbon sequestration, nanoparticles

Address: Off. Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Nabibagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal 462038, M.P.; Res. Director's Bungalow, ICAR-IISS Campus, Nabibagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal 462038, M.P.; [Tel: Off. (0755) 2730946; Fax: (0755) 2733310; Tel: Res. (0755) 2743267; Cell: 9811733465; Email: director.iiss@icar.gov.in; ashok.patra@icar.gov.in; patraak@gmail.com]