Dr. Tapan Jyoti Purakayastha

Born in Basudebpur, District South 24 Parganas, West Bengal on 02March, 1964. Educated at Basudebpur F. P. School, West Bengal, 1974; Majilpur J. M. Training School, West Bengal, 1982; Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, West Bengal, B.Sc.(Ag.) Hons.1986;Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, M.Sc. 1989 andPh.D. 1992.

Principal Scentist, Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 2009 to date.

Scientist (Probation), National Academy of Agricutural Research Management, Hyderabad, 1992-93; Scientist (Subject Matter Trainee), Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad, 1993-93; Scientist, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1993-97; Post-doctoral Fellow (DST?BOYSCAST Fellowship), USDA?ARS, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA, 2000-2001; Senior Scientist (Sr. Scale) Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1997-2000; Senior Scientist PB?III, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 2001-05; Senior Scientist PB?IV, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 2006-08; Post?doctoral Fellow (Fulbright?Nehru Senior Research Fellowship), University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA, 2010-11; Principal Scientist, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 2009 till date.

Awards/Honours: Excellence in Science Award 2020 by the Society for Conservation of Nature, BharatRatna Dr. C. Subramaniam Award for Outstanding Teachers, 2017 by ICAR; Best Teacher Award, 2014 by IARI;BOYSCAST Fellowship Award, 2000?2001 byDST, Government of India; Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship Award, 2010?2011bythe J. William Fulbright ForeignScholarship Board and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States, Department of States, Washington DC, USA; Occasional Lecture Fund (OLF) Travel Award, 2011 by Council of International Exchange of Scholars, New York, USA; Outstanding Reviewer Status Award, 2015 by Geoderma, Elsevier;Best Peer-reviewed Paper Award, 2008 by Soil Science Society of America, Madison, Wisconsin, USA; "Top 25 Hottest Article, 2008, 2014, 2015" Award by ScienceDirect, Elsevier;Best Paper Award, 2014 by PP Publishing House; DhiruMorarji Memorial Award, 2007-08, 2009-10 by Fertiliser Association of India;Best Paper Award, 2003, 2013 by Indian Society of Soil Science; Secretary, Delhi Chapter, Indian Society of Soil Science, 2008-2011; Panelist,Center for Advancement of Faculty Training,IARI, 2016; Chairman and Member, Comprehensive Examination Committee;Invited Lead Speakers forSeminar, Symposium, Summer School and Winter School; External Examiner, M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis evaluation and thesis viva-voce; Question Paper Setter for JRF and SRF examinations; Member, Promotion Committee, IARI and ICAR institute; Sectional Committee Member, Agriculture and Forestry Sciences Section, Indian Science Congress Association, 2017-18, 2019-20.

Fellow: FISSS (Indian Society of Soil Science), WAST (West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology), BOYSCAST (DST, Govt. of India), FULBRIGHT (USA)

Research Areas: Soil quality assessment, Soil carbon sequestration, Use of biochar in agriculture, Phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soils

Address: Principal Scientist, Division of Soil Science and Agril. Chemistry, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 110012; N 235, DLF Capital Greens, 15 Shivaji Marg, Moti Nagar, New Delhi 110015; [Tel: Off. (011) 25841494; Res. (011) 40193809; Cell: 9868091129; Fax: (011) 25846420; Email: tpurakayastha@gmail.com; tapanjp@iari.res.in; tapan.purakayastha@icar.gov.in]