Dr. Jagdish Chander Dagar

Born in Fateh Puri, Haryana, India on 20 October 1950. Educated at DAV High School, Hassangarh, 1965-67; Jat College Rohtak, 1967-68; Nehru College, Jhajjar, 1968-70; B.Sc. & M.Sc. Saifia College, Bhopal, 1970-74; Ph.D. 1975-79, and Post-doctorate & Senior Research Fellow, Vikram University, Ujjain, 1979-80.

Senior Scientific Assistant CSIR, New Delhi, 1980; Lecturer, Government College Port Blair 1981-88; Senior Scientist, CARI, Port Blair, 1988-90; Senior Scientist, 1990-98, Principal Scientist, 1998-2009 and Head of Division, Soil & Crop Management, 2009-10, Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal; Assistant Director General (Agronomy & Agroforestry), 2010-12 and Assistant Director General (Soil & Water Management), 2012, NRM Division, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi; Emeritus Scientist, ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, 2013-15.

Awards/Honours: Sajjad Memorial Gold Medal, 1973-74; Hari Om Asharam Trust Award of ICAR, 2005; Swami Pranavananda Saraswati National Award of UGC, 2005; CSSRI Excellence Award on Soil Salinity & Water Management, 2006-07; Dr KG Tejwani Award for Excellence in Agroforestry Research & Development, 2010-11; Lifetime Achievement Award, Indian Society of Agroforestry for Outstanding Contributions in Agroforestry Research and Development 2021.

Vice- President, Indian Society of Soil Salinity & Water Quality, 2011-12; Councilor, 1988-90 and Treasurer, 1990, Andaman Science Association; Member Executive Council, Indian Society of Coastal Agricultural Research, 1996-2002; Member Executive Council, National Institute of Ecology, 2003-09; Joint Secretary, Range Management Society of India, 2006-10; National Associate, University Grants Commission, 1984-88; Member Editorial Board, Journal of Agroforestry, 2005-14; Member Advisory Board, Journal of Non-timber Forest Products, since 2007; Member Board of Studies, Kurukshetra University; Member Institute Management & Research Advisory Committees of CAZRI Jodhpur, CRIDA Hyderabad, NRC on Weed Science Jabalpur, NRC on Agroforestry Jhansi, and PDCSR Modipuram 2010-12; Member Research Advisory Committees ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru 2021-23; Member Research Advisory Committees ICAR-Indian Institute of ICAR- Central Arid Zone Research Institute Jodhpur, 2023-25; FAO/ UN Consultant in Namibia, 2002-03; Consultant CIMMYT, 2012-13; Consultant Forest Department Haryana, 2015-17; Member Editorial Advisory Board Indian Journal of Agroforestry; Associate Editor Frontiers Environmental Science; Chief Editor Journal Soil Salinity and Water Quality, 2013 to date.

Fellow: International Society of Tropical Ecology, 1982; Indian Botanical Society, 1993; National Institute of Ecology, 1996; Range Management Society of India, 2007; National Environmental Science Academy, 2014; Andaman Science Association, 2015; Indian Society of Soil Salinity & Water Quality, 2015; Honorary Fellow Indian Society of Agroforestry; Life Member of above societies and of Indian Society of Coastal Agricultural Research.

Research Areas: Agroforestry, biosaline agriculture, plant ecology & environmental sciences, biodiversity, mangrove ecology, halophytes, biodrainage, ethnobotany, rehabilitation of degraded lands including salt-affected lands, management of natural resources including salty soils and poor-quality waters, conservation agriculture, climate change, sustainable agriculture and policy initiatives

Address: Chief Editor, Journal of Soil Salinity & Water Quality, ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal 132001, Haryana; House # 506, Surya Enclave, Sector 7, Urban Estate, Karnal 132001, Haryana; [Tel: Off. (0184) 2209312; Res. (0184) 3550257; Cell: 9416301661; Fax: (0184) 2292489; Email: dagarjc@gmail.com]