Wednesday, July 17, 2013



The former senior soil scientist of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr B.D. Sharma has been awarded the coveted position of Emeritus Scientist by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for two years for his project entitled, "Emerging Trends in Micronutrient Deficiency/Sufficiency Levels in Benchmark Soils under Different Agro-Climatic Conditions of NW India." The work on the project will be carried out at PAU. Dr Sharma has received the award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to soil survey, genesis, classification and micronutrient use efficiency.

The PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon and the Director of Research, Dr S.S. Gosal congratulated Dr Sharma for this achievement and exhorted him to continue serving the cause of farming and farmers of the Punjab state. The Head of the Department of Soil Science, PAU, Dr U.S. Sadana also extended his best wishes to Dr Sharma and said that he is a recipient of one of the seven positions of Emeritus Scientist, awarded at the national level.

The major work of Dr Sharma includes the preparation of soil maps of Punjab using geographic information system (GIS) for diagnosing the nature and extent of various soil limitations, and for developing optimum land use plans for efficient agro-technology transfer. He has been instrumental in the establishment of new soil series in Arid, Siwalik and flood plain soils of Punjab.

A Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Society of Soil Science, Dr Sharma is a recipient of several national and international awards/honors such as United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Appreciation Award (PL-480 project), FAI Silver Jubilee Award, and ICAR All India Competitive Senior Fellowship. Dr Sharma has published more than hundred research papers in the journals of national and international repute, and guided several students in his area of research.

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