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Prof. (Dr.) D. S. Rana

Professor, Agricultural Sciences



28 years research experience of working at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and about one year at Sharda University, Greater Noida. During this period conducted applied and strategic research in area of natural resource management, crop diversification, weed management, Crop Residue management, Agronomy of rapeseed-mustard under AICRPRM, farming system research, oilseeds and pulses, dry land farming and bio-fuel crops.

As Faculty Member of PG School, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, taught 14 Courses to M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and 4 courses to BSc. (Hons) Agriculture and Integrated Course at Sharda University. Taught and provided research guidance to M.Sc. students of ANASTU, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Mentored more than 20 M.Sc./ Ph.D. students as Major Research Guide and remained members of Research Advisory Committee of about 50 students. Designed and revised various courses for PG course curriculum and remained Chairman/members of various academic committees. Authored/edited/revised numbers of practical manuals and text books meant for UG/PG students and contributed chapters for the text books and manuals.  

Served as National Consultant, in the National Food Security Mission of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India, 2019-20.

  • 28 years of research, teaching and research guidance. Beside this 10 years of providing technical and scientific support for formulation and implementation agricultural development schemes and monitoring of agricultural development schemes in the ICAR-DARE, Ministry of Agriculture 
  • Ph.D. Agriculture in Agronomy
  • M.Sc. 
Award & Recognition

  • Dhiru Morarji Memorial  Award, Fertilizer Association of India, 1992-93
  • Award 2010 on Plant Nutrient Sulphur, The Sulphur Institute, Washington DC USA and The Fertilizer Association of India
  • Shree Ram Award , Fertilizer Association of India,  1996-97, 1999-2000  and 2013-14
  • Best Poster Presentation Award, Indian Science Congress, 2001
  • Member of Research Advisory Committee of ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun
  • Member of  FAI Advisory Committee, 2016-17
  • Fellow, Indian Society of Agronomy, New Delhi
  • Fellow, Indian Society of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad
  • ISA-Gold Medal, Indian Society of Agronomy,  New Delhi  
  • CWSS Felicitation, Crop and Weed Science Society, Kolkatta, WB
  • Members of Award Committee, FAI  2011 to 2020
  • Organizing Secretary, 3rd International Agronomy Congress, 26-30 November, 2012, New Delhi
  • Organising Secretary,  National Symposium, 18-20 November, 2014, PAU, Ludhiana
  • Secretary, Indian Society of Agronomy, New Delhi, 2011 to 2014
  • Expert/advisor in selection/assessment committee of about 10 SAU/Central Agricultural University/ BHU/ ICAR-Institutes, ASRB and Union Public Service Commissions.
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief of Indian Journal of Agronomy (Scopus indexed Journal) 2016 till date 
  • Chair the session and act as members of various committee of the International Virtual Conference on Advances In Agricultural & Food Sciences to Face The Challenges to Environment and Biosecurity 16–20 January, 2021, Sharda University,  Knowledge Park 3, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh


Publications: More than 350  

  • Research papers: >112
  • Books published/authored: 11
  • Book chapters: 37
  • Manuals: 6
  • Popular articles: 52
  • Catalogues/Bulletins/Miscellaneous: 127

Area of Interest

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Extension
  • Research guidance
  • Consultancy