Dr. Umakanta Behera

Born in Binayakpur (Basudevpur), Odisha, India on 21 June 1962. Educated at A.B. High School, Basudevpur, 1975-79; College of Agriculture, OUAT, Chiplima, 1982-86; GBPUA&T, Pantnagar, 1987-89; and OUAT, Bhubaneswar, 1990-1993 for H.S.C., B.Sc (Ag); M.Sc (Ag); and Ph.D, respectively; Obtained Master in Business Administration in Operations Research from IGNOU, New Delhi, 2009 and Post-Doc. From University of Reading, U.K., 2002-03 and ZALF, Germany, 2012-13.

Dean, College of Agriculture, Kyrdemkulai, (Central Agricultural University), College of Post Graduate Studies Campus, Umiam, Meghalaya, 2018 and tilldate.

Scientist, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Regional Station, Indore, 1994-2001, and Senior Scientist, 2002-08, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi; Associate Dean and Professor, College of Agriculture, (OUAT) Chiplima, Odisha 2011-12 and Principal Scientist, Division of Agronomy, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 2009-11 and 2013-17.

Awards/Honours: Dr. Rajendra Prasad Puraskar" of ICAR, New Delhi-2019. Fertilizer Association of India (FAI) Silver Jubilee Award-1997, ICAR Team Research Award, 2002; Hooker Award, 2009; Soil Conservation Society of India - Gold Medal Award-2014. Gold Medal, Indian Society of Agronomy (ISA)-2016; INSA-Royal Society Visiting Fellowship, UK, 2002-03; INSA-DFG Visiting Fellowship, Germany, 2012-13; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Guelph, Guelph ON, N1G 2W1, Canada; President, Agriculture and Forestry Sciences 2019-2020 for 107th Indian Science Congress at UAS, Bengaluru.

Fellow: Indian Society of Agronomy, 2011.

Research Areas: Farming System Research (integrated farming systems and optimization methodology) Natural / organic farming, and Conservation Agriculture

Address: Dean, College of Agriculture, (Central Agricultural University), CPGS Campus, Umiam 793103, Meghalaya; Type IV-A, New Block, CPGS campus, Umiam 793103, Meghalaya; [Tel: Cell: 9968130091; 9485111553; Email: ukb2008@gmail.com; ukbehera2008@yahoo.com]