School of Crop Improvement :



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Disciplines :

+ Genetics and Plant Breeding

+ Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology


Background :

          With rapid increase in population and urbanization, there will be a need to increase productivity by nearly 50% by 2050. Despite being the hub for crop biodiversity, increasing crop productivity per unit resources in the NEH region remains a challenge. The fragile ecosystem of NE region makes this region a challenge to identify and address agricultural issues of both regional and national interest. The fact that, 80% soils of this region are acidic (pH in the range of 4-5) and receives heavy rainfall, makes the issues pertaining to increasing productivity more complex. To meet these demands it is necessary that researchers from different specialized areas like genetics, breeding, molecular biology and biotechnology work together towards sustainable solution to achieve the target.

Issues and Strategy :

>> Rice is the main crop grown during Kharif season throughout the region. The region is still not self-sufficient in rice production. There is a need to develop input use efficient varieties which are better suited to the needs to the farmers (who grow this crop mostly organically, with minimal input). Varieties which are able to better utilize the low phosphorus and tolerate high level of iron, aluminum, manganese; etc under acidic soil conditions will be needed. Markers associated with tolerance to these nutritional deficiencies and toxicities as well as other abiotic stresses like cold and low light will help in breeding varieties suitable for the region. Several biotic stresses like blast as well as blight also cause severe damage. It would imperative to have durable disease resistant varieties with multiple resistance gene combinations. For leaf blast, more than sixty genes are reported in rice but neck blast is just beginning to be understood. These will be some of the key areas of research in rice. Moreover, indeginous specialty rices with micronutrients and aroma are popular in this region. Most of these specialty rices are bold seeded with aroma and many a times with red or purple colour. Breeding strategies to enhance yield potential of quality rice will be needed. This would require characterization of the germplasm with respect to key traits and molecular markers, development of breeding populations with an aim to increase yield, quality traits and resistance to insects and pests. The aim would be to have certain specialty rices with desired traits and associated markers available, so that these rices can be grown and maintained and maybe sold for premium prices. The markers associated with the varieties will be used for maintaining seed stock quality as well as for DNA fingerprinting.

>> Maize is another major crop of this region, which is primarily used as animal feed. Though many maize hybrids have been released in the past, there is a need to have hybrids suitable to the special agro-geo needs of the NEHR. This includes tolerance to aluminum toxicity, water logging, etc, and resistance to various diseases like turcicum blight, etc. The maize hybrids that need to be developed will have to be good yields as well as enriched in key amino acids to act as suitable animal feed. The markers already available for some of the traits like QPM, turcium blight can be used for initial selection and identification of suitable parents, however, a sustainable maize development programme would require, a thorough characterization of all the released hybrids and available markers. There is a need to develop new markers tagged to new hybrids that will be generated to meet the needs of the region.

>> In the rabi season, in most of the states of NEHR, majority of the land remains fallow. There is an urgent need to use the land available during the rabi season for cultivation of crops like rapeseed mustard (both for vegetable and oil production), lentil, linseed, peas, etc. The oilseed and pulse production will not only make the resource-poor farmer self sufficient but also provide nutritional security. Though the efforts in this direction have already started, there will be a need to make sure that growing of a rabi crop becomes part of the agricultural practice. This will require introduction of varieties which are tolerant to acidic soil, short duration, requiring less water, etc. A well thought molecular breeding approach will expedite this process to achieve early results. Research on transgenic pulses, mustard having resistance to insect, pests, etc and their introduction will also help in achieving the target.

>> There are many plant species like pungent chillies, ginger, turmeric, tree bean, Khasi mandarin, chow-chow, etc, indigenous to this region (this being one of the biodiversity hotspots) which will need to be better conserved and utilized. Development of markers for early selection, varietal identification, barcoding, etc would play a crucial role in targeted utilization of such crops. Many of these crops and several others which are widely cultivated in this region lack quality planting material. Micro propagation can be used to generate good quality planting material in large numbers and these can then be distributed to farmers for cultivation.

>> Organic produce can bring about the much required financial security to the farmers of the NEH region. However, with low crop productivity and intensity in the region, the benefits of high value organic produce may be negated. Organic farming essentially requires no use of inorganic inputs for soil amelioration, disease and pest control, and soil fertilization. Although organic options for the purposes are available, ensuring their large scale production and availability is a challenge. In this scenario, development and deployment of crop varieties that are genetically Input- use efficient, biotic and abiotic stress tolerant and widely adaptable would prove to be an economically viable and sustainable option. In this endeavour, the several initiatives taken up by Central Agricultural University, Imphal in terms of basic and applied research to enhance crop productivity in the NEH region, will have to be scaled and multiplied to have fruitful gains.

>> Farmer participatory breeding and selection can be taken up with promising varieties in all the crop species discussed above for quick and successful dissemination of technology.

>> Human resource development in the field of Crop Improvement would remain a primary focus to meet the demands of research. Students will have to be trained in the area of modern breeding, basic molecular techniques, tissue culture so that they can meet the demands of agriculture as well as understand and utilize new emerging technologies. The region and nation will require not only dedicated research workers but also entrepreneurs who would be willing to take up the emerging challenges in the agriculture sector.

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Courses Offered :

+ M.Sc. in Genetics & Plant Breeding, Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

+ Ph.D. in Genetics & Plant Breeding, Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology



[ Legend : * = Core Course; For MSc = Code 500 Series, For PhD = Code 600 Series ]

Teacher: DS- Devyani Sen; MR- Mayank Rai; KNS- K. Noren Singh; PP- Pramod Pandey; NTM- Ng Tombisana Meetei; WT- Wricha Tyagi; PBK- Preeti B. Konwar; SSS- course offered by School of Social Sciences


Semester I Courses :

Code Course Title Credits Teacher
GP501* PRINCIPLES OF GENETICS 2+1 MR/DS
GP502* PRINCIPLES OF CYTOGENETICS 2+1 DS
GP503* PRINCIPLES OF PLANT BREEDING 2+1 KNS
GP509* BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR CROP IMPROVEMENT 2+1 MR/PP
MBB 501* PRINCIPLES OF BIOTECHNOLOGY 2+1 NTM
MBB 502* FUNDAMENTALS OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 3+0 WT
MBB 507 MOLECULAR BREEDING 2+0 MR
MBB 553* BIOSTATISTICS AND COMPUTERS 2+1 SSS
GP601 PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES AND THEIR UTILIZATION 2+0 KNS
GP604* MOLECULAR AND CHROMOSOMAL MANIPULATIONS FOR CROP BREEDING 2+0 NTM
GP608 ADVANCES IN BREEDING OF MAJOR FIELD CROPS 3+0 MR
MBB 601 ADVANCES IN PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 3+0 WT
MBB 604 ADVANCES IN CROP BIOTECHNOLOGY 3+0 NTM
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Semester II Courses :

Code Course Title Credits Teacher
GP504* PRINCIPLES OF QUANTITATIVE GENETICS 2+1 DS
GP508* CELL BIOLOGY AND MOLECULAR GENETICS 2+1 MR
MBB 503* MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY 3+0 WT
MBB 504* PLANT TISSUE CULTURE & GENETIC TRANSFORMATION 1+2 NTM
MBB 505* TECHNIQUES IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY I 0+3 WT
MBB 552* BASIC BIOCHEMISTRY 2+1 NTM
PP-509 PHYSIOLOGY OF CROP PLANTS-SPECIFIC CASE STUDIES 2+0 PBK
GP602 ADVANCED BIOMETRICAL AND QUANTITATIVE GENETICS 2+1 DS
GP603* GENOMICS IN CROP IMPROVEMENT 2+1 MR
GP605* ADVANCED PLANT BREEDING SYSTEMS 2+0 MR
MBB 509 TECHNIQUES IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY II 0+3 WT
MBB 508 GENOMICS & PROTEOMICS 2+0 WT
MBB 602 ADVANCES IN GENETIC ENGINEERING 3+0 WT

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Thrust Areas and Researchable Issues :



>> Assessment, exploration, conservation and utilization of regional agro-bioresources.

>> Understanding genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying important traits like yield, biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, fertilizer use efficiency, etc. for crop improvement.

>> Production of quality planting materials for location specific-agro-ecosystems















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Research Papers :

1) Colney L, Tyagi W and Rai M (2018) Morphological and molecular characterization of two distinct chilli cultivars from North Eastern India with special reference to pungency related genes. Scientia Horticulturae. 240: 1-10. doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2018.05.045. (NAAS rating: 7.76)

2) Dutta SS, Tyagi W, Pale G, Pohlong J, C Aochen, Pandey A, Pattanayak A and Rai M (2018) Marker-trait association for low-light intensity tolerance in rice genotypes from Eastern India. Molecular Genetics and Genomics. doi.org/10.1007/s00438-018-1478-6. (NAAS rating: 8.73)

3) Bhutia KL, Khanna VK, Meetei Ng. T and Bhutia ND (2018). Effects of climate change on growth and development of chilli. Agrotechnology 7: 180. doi:10.4172/2168-9881.1000180.

4) Devi YS, Pandey A, Kumar A, Ansari MA, Tyagi W, Rai M (2018) Genetic divergence, path coefficient and cluster analysis of ricebean (Vigna umbellate) genotypes in the mid-altitudes of Meghalaya. Indian journal of Agricultural Sciences. 88(7): 1054-62. (NAAS rating: 6.23)

5) Sanjenbam M, Sen D, Tyagi W and Chand R (2018). Phenotypic Diversity Analysis and Screening for Northern Corn Leaf Blight Resistance in Maize (Zea mays L.) Landraces Grown in North Eastern Hill Region of India. Indian J. Plant Genet. Resour. 31(3): 286-294. DOI 10.5958/0976-1926.2018.00033.5 (NAAS rating: 5.12)

6) Das S, Tyagi W, Rai M and Yumnam JS (2017) Understanding Fe2+ toxicity and P deficiency tolerance in rice for enhancing productivity under acidic soils. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews 33:1, 97-117. (NAAS rating: 5.00)

7) Yumnam JS, Rai M and Tyagi W (2017) In silico characterisation of novel rice transcripts differentially expressed in phosphorus deficient conditions suggests a role of these transcripts in multiple abiotic stresses. Acta Biologica Hungarica 68(4): 398-411. (NAAS rating: 6.44)

8) Tyagi W and Rai M (2017) Root transcriptomes of two acidic soil adapted Indica rice genotypes suggest diverse and complex mechanism of low phosphorus tolerance. Protoplasma 254: 725-736 (NAAS rating: 8.46)

9) Bhutia KL and Tyagi W (2017) Use of sequence specific nucleases for site specific modification of plant genome for crop improvement. International Journal of Agricultural Science and Research 7 (5) 491-502. (NAAS rating: 4.13)

10) Dutta SS, Pale G, Pattanayak A, Aochen C, Pandey A and Rai M (2017) Effect of low light intensity on key traits and genotypes of hilly rice (Oryza sativa) germplasm. Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences 5 (4): 463-471. (NAAS rating: 5.07)

11) Verma SKM and Tyagi W (2017) Tissue specific expression in plants: A review on seed specific promoters. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences 6(8). (NAAS rating: 5.38)

12) Dutta SS, Tyagi W and Rai M (2017) Physiological and molecular response to low light intensity in rice: A review. Agricultural Reviews 38(3) 209-15. (NAAS rating: 4.37)

13) Ghosh T, Rai M, Tyagi W, and Challam C (2016) Seedling stage low temperature response in tolerant and susceptible rice genotypes suggests role of relative water content and members of OsSNAC gene family. Plant signaling and behavior e1138192.

14) Dutta SS, Das S, Pale G, Langrai B, Aochen C, Rai M, Pattanayak A (2016) Current status and future prospects of research on genetically modified rice: A review. Agricultural Reviews 37(1)10-18 (NAAS rating: 4.37)

15) Singh R, . Rai M et al., (2016) From QTL to variety-harnessing the bene?ts of QTLs for drought, ?ood and salt tolerance in mega rice varieties of India through a multi-institutional network. Plant Science 242: 278-287. (NAAS rating: 9.71)

16) Bhutia KL, Meetei NT and Khanna VK (2016) In vitro regeneration of Dalle Khursani, an important Chilli cultivar of Sikkim, using various explants. Agrotechnology doi.org/10.4172/2168-9881.1000142.

17) Pyngrope AH, Noren SK, Tyagi W, Sen D, Khanna VK and Pattanayak A (2015) Genetic diversity analysis of blackgram [Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper] using morphological and molecular markers. International Journal of Applied and Pure Science and Agriculture 1(8): 104-113.

18) Meetei NT and Singh KN (2015). Mirco-rhizome induction in Sying Makhir, an important ginger cultivar of Meghalaya. Vegetos 28(4): 29-34.

19) Sapam RK, Khanna VK, Pandey A and Rai M (2015). Quantitative evaluation of lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus.) germplasm under low-input acidic upland soil conditions of North East India. Indian J. of Genet. 74 (4 Suppl):682-687. (NAAS rating: 6.41)

20) Tiwari KK, Singh A, Pattnaik S et al. (2015). Identification of a diverse mini-core panel of Indian rice germplasm based on genotyping using microsatellite markers. Plant Breeding doi:10.1111/pbr.12252. (NAAS rating: 7.39)

21) Challam C, Ghosh T, Rai M, Tyagi W (2015) Allele mining across DREB1A and DREB1B in diverse rice genotypes suggests a highly conserved pathway inducible by low temperature. J. Genet. 94: 231-238. (NAAS rating: 6.67)

22) Chulet H, Noren SK, Tyagi W, Meetei NT, Khanna VK, Pattanayak A, Datt S, Choudhury PR and Kumar M (2014) Assessment of genetic diversity in pea (Pisum sativum L.) using morphological and molecular markers. Indian J. Genet.74(2): 205-212. (NAAS rating: 6.41)

23) Dkhar F, Rai M, Tyagi W (2014) Looking beyond PsTOL1: marker development for two novel rice genes showing differential expression in P deficient conditions. Journal of Genetics 93: 573-577. (NAAS rating: 6.67)

24) Challam C, Kharshing GA, Yumnam JS, Rai M, Tyagi W (2013). Association of qLTG3-1 with germination stage cold tolerance in diverse rice germplasm from the Indian subcontinent. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization; 1-6 doi: 10.1017/S1479262113000142. (NAAS rating: 6.71)

25) Debbarama C, Khanna VK, Tyagi W, Rai M, Meetei NT (2013) Wide hydridization and embryo-rescue for crop improvement in Capsicum. Agrotechnol S11:003. Doi:10.4172/2168-9881.S11-.

26) Kharkongar HP, Khanna VK, Tyagi W, Rai M, Meetei NT (2013) Wide hydridization and embryo-rescue for crop improvement in Solanum. Agrotechnol S11:003. Doi:10.4172/2168-9881.S11-004.

27) Yumnam JS, Tyagi W, Pandey A, Meetei NT, Rai M (2012) Evaluation of genetic diversity of chilli landraces from North Eastern India based on morphology, SSR markers, and the Pun1 locus. Plant Mol Biol Rep. 30:1470-1479. (NAAS rating: 7.84)

28) Tyagi W, Rai M, and Dohling A (2012) Haplotype analysis for locus in rice genotypes of north eastern and eastern India to identify suitable donors tolerant to low phosphorus. SABRAO Journal of Breeding and Genetics 44 (2): 398-405.

29) Tyagi W and Rai M (2012) Soil acidity tolerance in cereals - basis and approach. Journal of Hill Agriculture 3(1): 1 - 7. (NAAS rating: 4.94)

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In Seminars (National and International) :

[1] Noren SK, Khanna VK, Singh NB (2019). Participatory quality seed production as an Agri-business venture in the North Eastern Hill Region of India. National Agri-Business Entrepreneurship Conclave. p 87-90. 9-11th February, 2019. Agri-business Incubation (ABI) Centre, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya.

[2] Noren SK and Basu SK (2019). Variation in response of seeds of three tropical orchids species towards storage conditions for seed viability. Strengthening of Seed Systems in the North Eastern and Unreached Regions - Problems, Prospects and Policies. p 172-173. 3-5th February, 2019. ICAR-Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Lamphelpat, Imphal, India.

[3] Rai M, Tyagi W, Lap B, Debnath A, Sumpi H, Najiar MRJ, Saio Y and Sinha A (2019) Understanding and deploying rice blast resistance in north eastern hill region of India. Indian Plant Science Congress 2019. p-65. 23rd -25th January, 2019, SRM IST, Chennai.

[4] Shanmugan A, Lap B, Tyagi, W and Rai M (2019). Genetic analysis of elite breeding lines for allelic status of agronomically important genes and combining ability. Indian Plant Science Congress 2019. p-65. 23rd -25th January, 2019, SRM IST, Chennai.

[5] Mariyappan SB and Sen D (2019). Selection for hard endosperm, tryptophan content and yield contributing traits in F3:4 QPM families. Indian Plant Science Congress 2019. p-35. 23rd -25th January, 2019, SRM IST, Chennai.

[6] I. Gopinath, Rai A, Rai M and Wricha Tyagi W (2019). Evaluation of advanced breeding lines of lowland rice for grain quality traits. National seminar on strengthening of seed systems in the North Eastern and unreached regions- problems, prospects and policies. Indian Society of Seed Science and Technology. p23. 5th to 7th February, 2019, Imphal, Manipur.

[7] Bhutia KL, Sharma OT, Rai M and Tyagi W (2018) Utilization of two tolerant rice genotypes to understand the mechanisms involved in imparting tolerance to phosphorus deficiency under acidic soil conditions. In proceedings of International Symposium on Biodiversity and Biobanking, Biodiverse 2018 (ABSTRACT CODE: PP-FAB007; URID-12190003; Theme: Food and Agro-biodiversity) pp 128-129 27th-29th January, 2018 IIT Guwahati.

[8] Sumpi H, Debnath A, Tyagi W and Rai M (2018) Generation and characterization of diverse natural and bi-parental populations:a key resource for mapping leaf and neck blast resistance in rice. In proceedings of International Symposium on Biodiversity and Biobanking, Biodiverse 2018 (ABSTRACT CODE: PP-FAB014; URID-12180001/12150008; Theme: Food and Agro-biodiversity). (pp 124) held at IIT, Guwahati from 27-29th Jan, 2018.

[9] Vashum S, Kumar N and Sen D (2018) Characterization of full sib maize (Zea mays L.) families developed from landraces of North East Hill Region (NEHR) of India for Turcicum blight resistance. In proceedings of International Symposium on Biodiversity and Biobanking, Biodiverse 2018 (ABSTRACT CODE- PP-FAB006; Theme: Food and Agro-biodiversity) pp-123, 27th-29th January, 2018 IIT Guwahati.

[10] Kumar N, Momin B and Sen D (2018) Phenotypic screening at seedling stage for Aluminium toxicity and water logging tolerance in early generation full-sib maize (Zea mays L.) families. In proceedings of International Symposium on Biodiversity and Biobanking, Biodiverse 2018 (ABSTRACT Code: PP-FAB005; Theme: Food and Agro-biodiversity) pp-122-123, 27th-29th January, 2018 IIT Guwahati.

[11] Debnath A, Rai M and Tyagi W (2018). Evaluation of rice minicore and F2 popuation for resistance to leaf and neck blast pathotypes prevelant in NEH region.1st National Genetics Congress on Genetics for sustainable food health and nutrition. P-179. 14th- 16th December, 2018, ICAR-IARI, NewDelhi

[12] Debnath A, Rai M, Tyagi W and Das S (2017) Identification of potential genotype influencing stress tolerance to Fe toxicity and P deficiency under lowland acidic soils condition of North Eastern rice. In proceedings of Third International Conference on Bioresource and Stress Management (pp- 294) held at Jaipur, Rajasthan from 8-11th Nov, 2017. (Abstract ID: 3ICBSM0341)

[13] Das S, Tyagi W, Rai M and Debnath A (2017) Genetic analysis of yield contributing traits in lowland rice genotypes under acidic soils. In proceedings of Third International Conference on Bioresource and Stress Management (pp-288) held at Jaipur, Rajasthan from 8-11th Nov,2017. (Abstract ID: 3ICBSM0429) Recipient of the best poster award

[14] Bhutia KL, Rai M and Tyagi W (2017) Root transcriptome derived genic markers based approach to understand phosphorus deficiency tolerance in acidic soil adapted rice genotypes. In proceedings of "National Conference on Plant Breeding in Genomics Era" held at University of Agricultural Science, Bengaluru from 15- Sept, 2017. Recipient of the best poster award

[15] Dutta SS, Pale G, Poholong J, Aochen C, Pandey A, Tyagi W, Rai M (2016) Marker-trait association for low light intensity tolerance in rice genotypes from Eastern India in students' symposium on "genomics-based next generation crop improvement approaches" held at IARI, New Delhi from 11-12 November, 2016. Recipient of the best poster award

[16] Debnath A., Bhutia KL, Tyagi W, Rai M (2017) Evaluation of rice germplasm and recombinant inbred lines for resistance to lead and neck blast pathotypes prevalent to NEH region. In proceedings of national symposium on "diagnosis and management of plant diseases: integrated approaches and recent trends" held at ICAR-NEH, Umiam, Meghalaya from 9-11 January, 2017 (session II: host plant resistance; pp-67)

[17] Lap B, Pandey A, Kumar A, Aochen C, Tyagi W, Rai M, Das A (2017) Assessment of genetic diversity in Job's tears (Coix lacyma-Jobi L.) germplasm using morphological and molecular markers. In the proceedings of "XIII Agriculture Science Congress-2017: Climate Smart Agriculture" held at UAS, Bangalore from 21-24 February, 2017 (Abstract ID : B424; Theme II : Adaptation to climate change).

[18] Debnath A, Sen D, Tyagi W, Rai M (2016) Genetic analysis of yield contributing traits in lowland rice genotypes in acidic soil and hydroponics condition. In the proceeding of international conference on "emerging trends in science, technology, agriculture and management-2016" held at College of Engineering and Post-harvest technology, CAU (Imphal), Raniphool, Sikkim, from 21-23 April, 2016 (ISBN 978-93-84124-70-0; pp7).

[19] Meetei NT, Singh AK, Mandal N (2016) Production of virus free Naga king chilli (Capsicum chinense Jacq.) by in vitro meristem tip culture. In proceedings of international conference on "Agriculture, Food Science, Natural Resource Management and Environmental Dynamics: The Technology, People and Sustainable Development" organised by Department of Agril Extension, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal and Krishi Sanskriti, New Delhi, held at BCKV, Mohanpur, Nadia, WB from 13- 14 August, 2016.

[20] Meetei NT, Singh AK, Mandal N (2016) Diseases prevalent in Naga king chilli (Capsicum chinense Jacq) and their Management. In proceedings of National Symposium on "Impact of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Good Plant Protection Practices on Crop Productivity" organised by Association for Advancement in Plant Protection held at at BCKV, Mohanpur, Nadia, WB from 22-23 December, 2016.

[21] Below mentioned papers were published in proceedings of 21-days ICAR sponsored winter school "exploiting the potential of underutilized vegetables of NEH region for nutrional security and economic prosperity" from October 1-21, 2014, organized at College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, India:
A) Rai M (2015) Design and utilization of molecular markers for improvement of underutilized vegetable crops.
B) Tyagi W (2015) Application of bioinformatics in improvement of vegetable crops.

[22] Below mentioned papers were published in proceedings of 10-days ICAR sponsored school on "Agri-business management in reference to Hills: Problems and Prospectus" from 15-24th Sept., 2014, organized at College of PG Studies, CAU, Umiam, Meghalaya, India:
A) Tyagi W (2015) Role of Biotechnology in driving agriculture based economy- prospects and challenges for North Eastern India.

[23] Below mentioned papers were published in proceedings of "11th International symposium on rice functional genomics on sustaining food and nutritional security" from November 20-23, 2013, New Delhi, India:
A) Rai M, War GF, Najiar MRJ, Kumari B, Tyagi W (2013) Pyramiding major Pi genes in rice for durable resistance against diverse blast genes of North Eastern Hill Region of India. PVI-160
B) Tyagi W, Yumnam JS, Dkhar F, Dohling AK, Rai M (2013) Root transcriptome: Insights into P deficiency tolerance among rice genotypes adapted to acidic soils. PI-54

[24] Below mentioned papers were published in proceedings of "National Seminar on Plant genetic resources for eastern and north-eastern India" from May11-12, 2012, Umiam, Meghalaya, India:
A) Challam C, Tyagi W, Rai M (2012) DREB polymorphism study in rice genotypes of NEHR India with special reference to cold at seedling stage. PS-VI:9
B) Dohling AK, Tyagi W, Rai M (2012) Line X tester analysis of upland rice genotypes performing well under acidic soil conditions. PS-VI:8
C) Tyagi W, Rai M, Ghosh T, Challam C, Dohling AK (2012) Development of SNP based markers for genes associated with cold and low temperature deficiency tolerance in rice. PS-IV:32
D) Chulet H, Singh NK, Tyagi W, Meetei, NT, Khanna VK, Pattanayak A (2012) Identification of diverse pea genotypes (Pisum sativum L.) evaluated in NER using morphological and molecular markers. PS-I:25
E) Yumanm JS, Tyagi W, Meetei NT, Rai M, Khanna VK (2012) Evaluation of genetic diversity of chilli landraces from North Eastern India based on morphology, SSR markers and the Pun1 locus. IC:24
F) Debbarma C, Meetei, NT, Rai M, Khanna VK (2012) Inter-specific hybridization and embryo rescue in Capsicum. PS-III:16

[25] Thakuria D, Tyagi W and Rabindra RJ (2013) Management approaches toward aluminium (Al) and phosphorus (P) constraints for better crop production in acidic soils of North East India. Souvenir, NE agriculture fair, CAU. Pp. 21-24.

[26] Khanna VK, Kharkongar HP, Debbarma C, Tyagi W, Rai M and N T Meetei (2012) Biotechnological Research Approaches for Sustainable Horticulture Development-Indian Perspective. Presented as a lead paper at a National Seminar on Horticulture for Livelihood Security, Economic Prosperity & Sustainable Development from 24-26 Sept., 2012 at Mizoram University, Aizawl, Mizoram, India.

[27] Khanna VK. (2012) Wide hybridization and embryo rescue for crop improvement with special reference to Solanum and Capsicum: International conference on agricultural and horticultural sciences, By OMICS group, Hyderabad, AP (September 14-15, 2012).

[28] Debbarma and Khanna VK (2012) Interspecific hybridization and embryo-rescue in Capsicum. In: souvenir of CAu Agriculture Fair-2012 from 19-21 Januarry, at college of fisheries, CAU, Lembucherra, Agartala.

[29] Tyagi W, Rai M, Dohling AK (2012) Allele mining for phosphorous deficiency tolerance in rice" at "International dialogue on designer rice for future: perceptions and prospects" held at ICRISAT, Patancheru, AP on July 9-10.

[30] NT Meetei, Noren Singh K, Khanna VK (2012) In vitro micropropogation of Zingber officinale cv. Nadia. CAU research Newsletter 3 (1):6-7.

[31] Dohling A, Pfukrei K, Gupta S, Tyagi W, Pattanayak A, Rai M (2009) Allele mining for acidity tolerance in rice from North-Eastern India. In proceedings of 6th International rice genetics symposium, November 16-19, Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines. P4-92.

[32] Tyagi W, Pattanayak A, Rai M, Kharshing GA, Zaman S, Sinha A (2010) Bioprospecting and mining for acidity tolerant alleles in rice from North-Eastern India. In proceedings of International Rice Research Conference (IRRC28), International Rice Congress (IRC2010) 9-12 November, Hanoi, Vietnam. P 4204.

[33] Rai M, Tyagi W (2010) Functional characterization of abiotic stress inducible promoters in transgenic rice. In proceedings of International Rice Research Conference (IRRC28), International Rice Congress (IRC2010) 9-12 November, 2010, Hanoi, Vietnam. P 4314.

[34] Tyagi W, Pattanayak A, Gupta S, Rai M (2010) Mining for acidity tolerant alleles for sustainable increase in productivity of rice in North-Eastern India. In proceedings of National Seminar on Sustainable Development of Hill Agriculture in NEH Region, NE Agri. Fair (2010), March, 24-25, 2010, CAU, Imphal.

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Popular Articles :

>> Thakuria D, Tyagi W and Rabindra RJ (2013) Management approaches toward aluminium (Al) and phosphorus (P) constraints for better crop production in acidic soils of North East India. Souvenir, NE agriculture fair, CAU. Pp. 21-24 (March 19-21, 2013)

>> Rai M, Sen D, Tyagi W, Meetei NT, Khanna VK (2014) Implications of organic farming on Crop improvement-What to breed for? Souvenir, NE agriculture fair, CAU. Pp 111-114 (February 25-27)

>> Khanna VK, Meetei NT, Sareo S (2014) Present status an prospects of ginger in North east states. Indian Farmers' Digest (ISSN 0537-1589) Pp112-14 (April; Medicinal and aromatic plants special issue)



Books / Chapters / Manuals :

>> Khanna VK (2017) Fundamentals of Genetics. Laboratory Manual. Kalyani Publishers

>> Khanna VK and Soringla Sareo (2016) Second Revised Edition. Laboratory Manual for Principles of Cytogenetics. Kalyani Publishers, Ludhiana, Punjab.

>> Khanna VK (2016) Biotechnology and Biosafety. Kalyani Publishers, Ludhiana, Punjab.

>> Khanna VK and Meetei NT (2015) Plant Tissue Culture. Kalyani Publishers, Ludhiana, Punjab.

>> Khanna VK, Kharkongor HP, Debbarma C, Tyagi W, Rai M and Meetei NT (2012) Biotechnological research approaches for sustainable horticulture development: The Indian perspective. In: T.K. Hazarika and B.P. Nautiyal (eds.) 'Horticulture for economic prosperity and nutritional security in 21st century' published by Westville Publishing house,47, B-5, Padri Vihar, New Delhi-110063, pp.90-110.

>> Rai M, Tyagi W, Meetei T (2010) Molecular and biotechnological tools for characterization, conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources Pp110-117 In: Conservation of natural resources for sustainable hill agriculture. In Ngachan SV, Mishra A, Kadirvel G, Das A and Siakia K (Eds) ISBN-13-978-81-920769-1-1.

>> Khanna VK, Tyagi W, Singh KN, Meetei T (2010) Wide-hybridization in relation to crop improvement with special reference to wheat-rye crossability Pp130-137 In: Conservation of natural resources for sustainable hill agriculture. In Ngachan SV, Mishra A, Kadirvel G, Das A and Siakia K (Eds) ISBN-13-978-81-920769-1-1.

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[ Legend : DBT: Department of Biotechnology, GOI; NASF: National Agricultural Science Fund (Formerly National Fund for Basic, Strategic and Frontier Application Research in Agriculture (NFBSFARA), ICAR, GOI; BRNS: Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Dept. of Atomic Energy (DAE), BARC) GOI ]





Ongoing Projects :

Sl. No. Project Title Funding Agency Principal Investigator Co - Principal Investigator Duration of Project (In Years) Funding (In Lakhs)
1. Understanding phosphorus deficiency and iron toxicity tolerance in rice under acidic soils of North East Hill Region (PI) DBT, GOI Dr. Wricha Tyagi Dr. Mayank Rai 3 years (2017-2020) Rs. 122.00 lakhs
2. Mapping and inheritance studies for Northern Corn Leaf Blight resistance in maize (Zea mays L.) population generated from landraces of North East Hill Region (NEHR) of India DBT, GOI Dr. Devyani Sen Dr. N. T. Meetei 3 years (2018-2021) Rs. 54.60 lakhs
3. Molecular Mapping and Construction of Linkage Maps for Improving Aluminium Tolerance and Phosphorus Acquisition Efficiency in Lentil for Cultivation in Acidic Soils of North East Hill States DBT, GOI Dr. K. Noren Singh Dr. N. J. Singh 3 years (2018-2021) Rs. 56.70 lakhs
4. From QTL to variety: Genomics assisted introgression and field evaluation of rice varieties with genes/QTLs for yield under drought flood and salt stress DBT, GOI Dr. Mayank Rai N/A 3 years (2018-2021) Rs. 50.00 lakhs




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Completed Projects :

Sl. No. Project Title Funding Agency Principal Investigator Co - Principal Investigator Duration of Project (In Years) Funding (In Lakhs)
1. Bioprospecting of genes and allele mining for abiotic stress tolerance NAIP, ICAR Dr. Wricha Tyagi Dr. Mayank Rai 5 yrs Rs. 210.00 lakhs
2. Collection and genetic diversity analysis of chilli germplasm from North-Eastern India IRP, CAU Dr. Wricha Tyagi Dr. N.T. Meetei 1 year Rs. 0.675 lakhs
3. Development of in vitro microrhizome induction and production package of locally adapted ginger varieties of Meghalaya IRP, CAU Dr. N.T. Meetei Dr. K. Noren Singh 1 year Rs. 0.69 lakhs
4. Improvement of locally adapted rice cultivars of North East Hill Region by incorporating Blast Resistance Genes through Marker Assisted Backcrossing DBT Dr. Mayank Rai Dr. D. Majumdar; Dr. N.T. Meetei 5 years (2009-2015) Rs. 106.02 lakhs
5. From QTL to Variety: Marker assisted breeding of abiotic stress tolerant rice varieties with major QTLs for drought, submergence and salt tolerance DBT Dr. Mayank Rai Dr. D. Majumdar; Dr. V.K. Khanna 5 years (2010-2015) Rs. 82.10 lakhs
6. Establishment of Institutional Biotech Hubs DBT Dr. V.K. Khanna Dr. Wricha Tyagi; Dr. N.T. Meetei 5 years (2010-2018) Rs. 27.00 lakhs
7. Phenomics of moisture deficit and low temperature stress tolerance in rice NASF, ICAR, GOI Dr. Wricha Tyagi N/A 5 years (2011-2015) Rs. 168.57 lakhs
8. Development of pod borer resistant transgenic pigeonpea and chickpea NASF, ICAR, GOI Dr. Wricha Tyagi N/A 6 years (2011-2017) Rs. 35.295 lakhs
9. Generation of early maturing and low moisture tolerance mutant in the Brassica campestris BRNS Dr. Wricha Tyagi Dr. Mayank Rai 3 years (2014-2017) Rs. 22.205 lakhs
10. Screening for Turcium blight resistance in indigenous non elite lines of maize in North East India DBT, GOI Dr. Devyani Sen Dr. Mayank Rai 3 years (2010-2013) Rs. 48.54 lakhs


Ph.D.(Ag) and M.Sc.(Ag) Theses Details :





(a) Genetics & Plant Breeding :

Ph.D. Theses :

Degree enrolled; Year of passing Name of the Student Thesis Title Advisor's Name
PhD (Ag); GPB; 2018 Mr. Ashim Debnath Genetic Analysis of Leaf and Neck Blast Resistance in Rice Dr. Mayank Rai
PhD (Ag); GPB; 2017 Mr. Sapam Rajesh Kumar Singh Evaluation of lentil (Lens culinaris ssp. Culinaris Medikus) germplasm under low-input acidic soil conditions of North East India Dr. V.K. Khanna
PhD (Ag); GPB; 2017 Mr. Shiva Kumar K Marker assisted selection of transgressive segregants for high yield under acidic soil conditions Dr. Mayank Rai


M.Sc. Theses :

Degree enrolled; Year of passing Name of the Student Thesis Title Advisor's Name
MSc GPB; 2019 Mr. Pramod Kumar Agro-morphological characterization and genetic diversity analysis of aromatic rice (Oryza sativa L.) genotypes using SSR Markers Dr. K. Noren Singh
MSc GPB; 2018 Mr. Pawan Kumar Khati Tryptophan content analysis in F2:3 families of six quality protein Maize crosses Dr. Devyani Sen
MSc GPB; 2018 Mr. Puyam Tondonba Singh Crossability studies and genetic diversity in black gram using molecular markers Dr. V.K. Khanna
MSc GPB; 2018 Mr. I. Gopinath Molecular characterization of advanced breeding lines of loland rice and their evaluation for grain quality traits Dr. Mayank Rai
MSc GPB; 2018 Ms. Chumki Dutta Morphological characterization and in vitro regeneration in strawberry (Fragaria sp.) Dr. Devyani Sen
MSc GPB; 2018 Mr. Ashish Rai Characterization and evaluation of advanced breeding lines of lowland rice with respect to agro-morphological traits Dr. Mayank Rai
MSc GPB; 2018 Mr. Mariyappan. S. B. Selection for hard endosperm, tryptophan content and yield contribution traits in F3:4 QPM families Dr. Devyani Sen
MSc GPB; 2018 Mr. Wadbok Rani Grain quality characterization and molecular diversity analysis of aromatic rice (Oryza sativa L.) genotypes using SSR markers Dr. K. Noren Singh
MSc GPB; 2017 Ms. Anni Lego Morphological and molecular characterization of upland rice germplasm and screening for the presence of fertility restorer genes Dr. A. Pandey
MSc GPB; 2017 Ms. Yengkhom Sanatombi Devi Assessment of genetic diversity in ricebean (Vigna umbellata) germplasm using morphological and molecular markers Dr. A. Pandey
MSc GPB; 2017 Mr. Shimreiso Vashum Characterization of identified maize Inbred lines for resistance to northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) Dr. Vijay K. Chowdhury
MSc GPB; 2017 Mr. Santhosh B. L. Standardization of in vitro regenaration protocol, crossability and genetic diversity studies in bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria (Mol.) Standal.) Dr. V.K. Chowdhury
M.Sc GPB; 2016 Ms. Babuhlin Kharjana Genetic divergence study in selected germplasm lines of Mucuna pruriens using morphological, biochemical and molecular markers Dr. K.P. Mohapatra
M.Sc GPB; 2016 Ms. Backiyalakshmi C. Combining ability studies of a set of QPM (Quality Protein Maize) inbred lines under acidic soil conditions Dr. Devyani Sen
M.Sc GPB; 2016 Ms. Baltachina. G. Momin Evaluation of full sib families for aluminium and water logging stress in a set of identified maize (Zea mays L.) landraces Dr. Devyani Sen
M.Sc GPB; 2016 Ms. Bharati Lap Assessment of geneticdiversity in Job's Tears germplasm using morphological and SSR markers Dr. Avinash Pandey
M.Sc GPB; 2016 Ms. Pungdila Valentina Hybridization and genetic diversity studies in brinjal Dr. V.K. Khanna
M.Sc GPB; 2015 Ms. Nirali Moirangthem Study of aluminium toxicity among maize landraces of North Eastern Hill Region (NEH) of India Dr. Devyani Sen
M.Sc GPB; 2015 Mr. Laldintluanga Evaluation of rice mini-core collection for response to Phosphorus deficiency under lowland conditions Dr. Mayank Rai
M.Sc GPB; 2015 Mr. Lalruatmawia Line X Tester analysis of a set of rice genotypes and evaluation for heat tolerance at grain filling stage Dr. A. Pattanayak
M.Sc GPB; 2015 Mr. N. Radhakishore Evaluation of rice mini core collection for aluminium toxicity tolerance and blast resistance under upland conditions Dr. V.K. Khanna
M.Sc GPB; 2015 Ms. Moutushi Sarkar Genetic gain in response to selection for yield contributing traits and Turcicum blight resistance in maize (Zea mays L.) landraces Dr. Devyani Sen
M.Sc GPB; 2015 Ms. Bapsila Loitongbam Evaluation of rice mini core collection for response to low temperature at reproductive stage Dr. Mayank Rai
M.Sc GPB; 2014 Mr. Kunaljit Debbarma Identification of water logging tolerant maize (Zea mays L.) landraces from Northeast India Dr. Devyani Sen
M.Sc GPB; 2014 Mr. Ashim Debnath Genetic analysis of yield contributing traits in lowland rice genotypes and NILs under acidic soil Dr. Mayank Rai
M.Sc GPB; 2014 Mr. Aiarson K. Sangma Study of morphological and genetic variability in ginger accessions of North-East Dr. K.P. Mohapatra
M.Sc GPB; 2014 Mr. Karyom Bam Screening of a core set of rice germplasm for response to low light intensity and identification of tolerant and susceptible genotypes Dr. A. Pattanayak
M.Sc GPB; 2014 Ms. Mayalang RJ Najiar Marker assisted selection (MAS) of backcross progenies for introgression of blast resistance genes in upland Rice Dr. Mayank Rai
MSc GPB; 2013 Ms. Diploma Debbarma Intervarietal hybridization and genetic diversity of rice by molecular markers Dr. V.K. Khanna
MSc GPB; 2013 Mr. George Ferdinand War Marker assisted selection (MAS) of backcross progenies for introgression of blast resistance genes in lowland Rice Dr. Mayank Rai
MSc GPB; 2013 Ms. Miranda Sanjenbam Evaluation of maize landraces of North-Eastern Hill Region of India for genetic diversity and Turcicum blight resistance Dr. Devyani Sen
MSc GPB; 2012 Ms. Artibashisha Hijam Pyngrope Genetic diversity analysis of blackgram [Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper] using morphological and molecular markers Dr. K. Noren Singh
MSc GPB; 2012 Mr. Loukham Varun Singh Divergence studies and path analysis of yield contributing traits in lowland rice (Oryza sativa L.) Dr. Mayank Rai
MSc GPB; 2012 Ms. Paharasaining Syiemlieh Assessment of genetic diversity of upland rice (Oryza sativa L.) genotypes from North Eastern Hill Region of India Dr. K. Noren Singh
MSc GPB; 2012 Ms. Thoithoi Huidrom Assessment of molecular variation in the known pericarp colour related genes in purple Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Dr. A. Pattanayak
MSc GPB; 2011 Mr. Aibanshan K. Dohling Genetic analysis of upland rice genotypes and allele mining for phosphorus deficiency tolerance Dr. Mayank Rai
MSc GPB; 2011 Mr. Handerson Chulet Assessment of genetic diversity of pea (Pisum sativum L.) using morphological and molecular markers Dr. K. Noren Singh
MSc GPB; 2011 Ms. Khriedinuo Pfukrei Path analysis for yield component traits in upland rice and allele mining for aluminium toxicity tolerance Dr. A. Pattanayak
(b) Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology :

Ph.D. Theses :

Degree enrolled; Year of passing Name of the Student Thesis Title Advisor's Name
PhD (Ag); PMB; 2019 Mr. Karma Landup Bhutia Role of Oryza sativa G2-like transcription factor family in low P tolerance in acidic soil adapted rice genotypes Dr. Wricha Tyagi
PhD (Ag); PMB; 2017 Mr. Suvendhu Sekhar Dutta Molecular mapping for low light intensity tolerance in rice Dr. Mayank Rai
PhD (Ag); PMB; 2017 Mr. Satish Kumar Verma Isolation and characterization of tissue-specific promoter from pigeon pea Dr. Wricha Tyagi
PhD (Ag); PMB; 2016 Mr. Sudip Das Understanding molecular biology of acidity tolerance in rice: A case study of phosphorus deficiency and iron toxicity tolerance in Shahsarang Dr. Wricha Tyagi
PhD (Ag); PMB; 2015 Ms. Julia S Yumnam Identification of novel alleles for acidity tolerance in rice Dr. Wricha Tyagi


M.Sc. Theses :

Degree enrolled; Year of passing Name of the Student Thesis Title Advisor's Name
MSc PMB; 2018 Ms. Flamia Chimachi R. Marak In vitro regeneration and genetic variation analysis using molecular markers in selected banana cultivars of Meghalaya Dr. V.K. Chowdhury
MSc PMB; 2018 Mr. Ebenazar Gympad Characterization of a panel of contrasting rice genotypes for low phosphorous tolerance using morphological and molecular markers Dr. Wricha Tyagi
MSc PMB; 2018 Ms. Careen Nongrum Genetic fidelity assessment of in vitro regenerated king Chilli (Capsicum chinensis Jacq.) using molecular markers Dr. V.K. Chowdhury
MSc PMB; 2018 Ms. Hage Sumpi Bulk segregation for blast resistance in F2 populatrion derived from two contrasting rice genotypes of North Eastern hill region Dr. Mayank Rai
MSc PMB; 2018 Mr. Shaikh Akbar Rasul Characterization of advanced inbreed lines for low phosphorous and iron toxicity tolerance Dr. Wricha Tyagi
MSc PMB; 2018 Ms. T. Oshin Sharma Molecular characterization of selected RILs derived from two low phosphorous tolerant rice genotypes Dr. Wricha Tyagi
MSc PMB; 2017 Ms. Diezelhouno Chuchua Marker assisted pyramiding of drought tolerant QTLs in rice variety SambaMahsuri Sub-1 Dr. Mayank Rai
MSc PMB; 2017 Mr. Lalduhzuala Colney Molecular Characterization of King Chilli (Bhut jolokia) and Dalle Khursani accessions with reference to pungency related genes Dr. Mayank Rai
MSc PMB; 2017 Mr. Dharmendra Singh Lagoriya Hybridization and genetic diversity in pea Dr. V.K. Chowdhury
MSc PMB; 2017 Mr. Hiralal Debbarma Response to selection for yield contributing traits in Brassica campestris under acidic upland soils Dr. K.P. Mohapatra
MSc PMB; 2017 Mr. Bipramani Nameirakpam Studies on crossability between various accessions and genetic diversity in cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) Dr. V.K. Khanna
MSc PMB; 2017 Ms. Tanni Rangkham Hybridization and genetic diversity in (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) Dr. V.K. Khanna
MSc PMB; 2017 Mr. Dipen Nama Adhikari Crossability and genetic diversity studies in Pea (Pisum sativum) Dr. V.K. Khanna
M.Sc PMB; 2016 Mr. Limasunep Longkumer Evaluation of putative mutant populations in rice (Oryza sativa L.) and rapeseed (Brassica rapa syn. campestris) for aluminium toxicity tolerance Dr. Wricha Tyagi
M.Sc PMB; 2016 Ms. Chandrakanthi S Screening and characterization of putative mutant population in Brassica for low moisture stress Dr. Wricha Tyagi
M.Sc PMB; 2016 Ms. Chongdeilhing Kipgen Studies on hybridization between various accessions and genetic diversity in cucumber (Cucumis sativa) Dr. V.K. Khanna
M.Sc PMB; 2015 Ms Bindanchi T.M. Sangma Allele mining and wide-hybridization approach for enchancing yield in rice Dr. V.K. Khanna
M.Sc PMB; 2015 Mr. Karma Landup Bhutia Standardization of regeneration protocol for increasing capsaicin content in Capsicum sp. (Dalle khursani) Dr. V.K. Khanna
M.Sc PMB; 2015 Ms. Salamgwamlie Michui Association of genic markers for phosphorus deficiency tolerance in rice biparental populations Dr. Wricha Tyagi
MSc PMB; 2013 Mr. Firstbornson Dkhar Identification and tagging of gene(s)/loci showing differential response to phosphorus deficiency in rice Dr. Wricha Tyagi
MSc PMB; 2013 Mr. Raghu Santosh Bhagwan Development of microsatellite markers for momordica charantia and assessment of their cross amplification in some related species Dr. A. Pattanayak
MSc PMB; 2012 Mr. Herbert P. Kharkongor Studies on inter-specific hybridization and embryo rescue in tomato Dr. V.K. Khanna
MSc PMB; 2012 Ms. Tshering Chomu Bhutia Identification and cloning of cold responsive genes in Rice Dr. Wricha Tyagi
MSc PMB; 2011 Mr. Chandan Debbarma Inter-specific hybridization and embryo rescue in Capsicum Dr. V.K. Khanna
MSc PMB; 2011 Ms. Clarissa Challam Study of sequence polymorphism at DREB loci in relation to seedling stage cold tolerance in rice Dr. Wricha Tyagi
MSc PMB; 2011 Ms. Julia Sunderi Yumnam Diversity analysis of chilli germplasm in North East India by using morphological and molecular markers Dr. Wricha Tyagi
MSc PMB; 2011 Mr. L. Victor Khonglah Micropropagation and DNA fingerprinting of ginger (Zingiber officinale) genotypes cultivated in Meghalaya Dr. Mayank Rai




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School of Crop Protection :



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Research :
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M.Sc. Thesis Abstracts :





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School of Natural Resource Management :



schoolspix/snrm/snrmfarm1.jpg schoolspix/snrm/snrmfarm2.jpg The Mandates of the School are :-

+ To develop competent human resources through quality post-graduate education at M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels with an aim to excel SNRM into a Centre of Excellence for teaching and research in Natural Resources Management.

+ To act as a lead centre in planning, coordinating and monitoring R & D programmes related to natural resources management and to act as a repository of natural resources with special reference to the Northeastern Hilly Region.

+ To bring an improvement in productivity of hill agriculture through the sustainable management of soil and water resources and thereby achieving quality and security of food production, health and welfare of humans and livestock.



Salient Achievements under the School :-

+ Twenty five students have been awarded M. Sc degrees in the disciplines of Agronomy and Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry.

+ Two of its students have joined Agricultural Research Services in 2012. They are Miss Chirsty B. K. Sangma (Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry) and Mr. Badapmain Makdoh (Agronomy).

+ The School has completed four Intramural Projects and another Intra-mural Project is in the verge of completion.

+ Five externally funded projects, two from Department of Science and Technology (DST), one from Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India and two from Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have been sanctioned with a total fund value of Rs.243.76 lakhs.

+ Two more projects are under consideration for funding from DST and at final stage.

+ Another project has been submitted to Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India.



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In the Bio-geochemistry laboratory of the School, students get the feel of an environment of international standard. They also get the first hand experience of working with all the state-of-the-art equipment.

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Equipment


1.

Ultra freezer. Model U410-86. CO2 back up system (U9043-0008), Racking system. Boxes and dividers

2.

Lysimeter UMS Make with data-logger

3.

Environmental shaker, ROTEK LES

4.

Soil Moisture Metre: Mini Trase

5.

Guelph Permeameter

6.

Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis apparatus set

7.

Eliza Cum UV-VIS Spectrophotometer

8.

Fastprep homgeneizer, Thermo make

9.

Double Beam scanning UV-VIS Spectrophotometer
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Alumni of School as ARS and Placement of SNRM Alumni :-

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Sectors

No. of Students Placed


1.

ARS, ICAR

2

2.

Agriculture Officers, Government Services

12

3.

SMS in KVKs

5

4.

Pursuing PhD in other Universities

2

5.

RAs and SRFs in Projects

4



+ M.Sc in Agronomy and Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry

+ Ph.D in Agronomy and Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry

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Mandate :

+ To develop site-specific, cost-effective and eco-friendly agricultural resource management technologies, such as crop diversification and improvement in existing cropping patterns, higher input use efficiencies, exploitation of bio-resources and efficient soil and water conservation practices in an integrated manner.

+ To act as a lead centre in planning, coordinating and monitoring R & D programmes related to natural resources management and to act as a repository of natural resources with special reference to the Northeastern Hilly Region of India.





Thrust Area :

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Focused research thrust areas

Prioritized researchable issues


1.

Characterization and management of natural resources for improving soil and water productivity.

Natural resource characterization using geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS), modelling of rainfall runoff process, estimation and prediction of carbon stock and pool, and enhancing soil and water productivity.


2.

Improvement of nutrient use efficiency and organic carbon dynamics in acid soils.

Cataloguing and characterization of soil biota community and its exploitation in enhancing nutrient use efficiency and soil quality, and development of soil quality indices both under conventional and organic production systems.


3.

Improvement of existing cropping systems through crop diversification and development of integrated farming system in NEH region.

1. Evaluation of cropping systems, and crop diversification through legume and high remunerative crops.

2. Development of eco-friendly and profitable rice-based farming systems.

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Externally Funded Projects :

Title Principal Investigator Funding Agency Fund Attracted Duration Status
Derived crop co-efficients for enhancing water productivity of important crops of Meghalaya Dr. Pradip Kumar Bora Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (National) No. SR/S4/AS-73/2011 Dt. 17.8.2011
Rs. 58.00 lakhs
3 years On going
Assessment of habitat specific environmental micro bacterial population in North East India Dr. Dwipendra Thakuria Ministry of Environment, Govt. of India (National) Vide No. 387/IFD/E/2012 dtd 05.03.2012
Rs. 35.94 lakhs
3 years On going
Endophyte diversity in wild versus cultivated rice across the environmental gradients in North East India Dr. Dwipendra Thakuria Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India (National) No. 102/IFD/SAN/1301/2012-13 Dt. 25.6.2012
Rs. 45.50 lakhs
3 years On going
Impact assessment of Jhumming on native plant and soil microbiota and restoration of sustainable jhum agroecosystems in North East India Dr. Dwipendra Thakuria Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India No. DBT/NER/Agri/14/2012 Dt. 31.10.2012
Rs. 74.32 lakhs
4 years On going
Techno-economic feasibility of gravity-fed drip irrigation System in Hilly Regions of Meghalaya Dr. Lala Iswari Prasad Ray Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (National) No. DST/WTI/2K12/37
Rs. 28.56 lakhs
3 years On going




Intramural Projects (Completed/Ongoing) :

Sl. No. Title Principal Investigator Status
1. Effect of Fertigation through drip on the yield of Vegetables and Soil acidity under Polyhouse in high rainfall areas. Dr. Pradip Kumar Bora Completed
2. Assessment of Microbiota Community and Biological Pools of Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphorous in Soils of Rice Ecosystems in Hill Agriculture. Dr. Dwipendra Thakuria Completed
3. Response of quality protein maize (Zea mays L.) + groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) intercropping to planting patterns and fertilizers schedules. Dr. Vishram Ram Completed
4. Contingency crop planning based on three decadal weather data. Dr. Lala Iswari Prasad Ray Completed
5. Prediction of soil organic carbon stocks in soils of rice ecosystems in hill agriculture. Dr. Naorem Janaki Singh On-Going
6. Assessment of Soil and Nutrient Losses in Maize-Potato based Cropping System Dr. Lala Iswari Prasad Ray Ongoing





Salient Findings from the Projects :-

+ The cropping intensity and productivity can be increased with Maize: Groundnut intercropping at 1:1 ratio by better utilization resources.

+ Soil pH is considerably reduced by application of Urea, KNO3 through drip fertigation

+ Contingency crop planning for Tura, Baghmara, William Nagar, Barapani, Nongpoh, Jowai, Cherapunji, Shillong and Nongstoin have been prepared.

+ Eight Phosphate solubilizing bacterial isolates having multiple plant growth promoting traits were screened and developed as potential bioinoculants for use in acidic soils of hill rice ecosystem.





Expected Outcome from the Projects :-

+ Crop Coefficients for five important crops of Meghalaya viz. Tomato, Potato, Maize, French bean and Capsicum will be determined thereby increase the water productivity of these crops. (DST: No. SR/S4/AS-73/2011)

+ Generation of base line database on 16S rRNA sequence based environmental micro-bacterial diversity in various habitats of NE India and end users will be the professionals of veterinary, medical and agriculture. (MoEF Project)

+ Development of bio-inoculants of endophytic origin for use in rice based cropping system and these will be shared with other advanced laboratories in rhizosphere based breeding programmes (DBT, GOI, No.102/IFD/SAN/1301/2012-13)

+ Development of Microbial based eco-restoration practices in jhum fields of NE India (DBT/NER/Agri/14/2012)

+ Popularization of gravity-fed low head drip irrigation system thereby reducing the external energy requires and cost of irrigation system (DST/WTI/2K12/37).



M.Sc. Thesis Abstracts :





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School of Social Sciences :




The School of Social Sciences started in the academic year of 2008-09. The school is having three disciplines viz, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension Education and Agri-business Management. Presently the school has two degree programme at Master and Ph D level in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Extension Education. At master level 5 numbers of students and 2 numbers of student intakes at Ph D level in both the discipline of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Extension Education. A total 32 numbers of students have been awarded degree in both the disciplines. School has sufficient number of good faculty. At present total 6 number of faculty are there in the school. The school has following prioritized area in Research

Courses Offered :

+ M.Sc in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Extension

+ Ph.D in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Extension

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Research thrust areas

Prioritized researchable issues


1.

Economic analysis of natural resources and agriculture and allied enterprises

+ Economic analysis of major cereals, spices, vegetables, fruits and livestock products
+ Analysis of marketing and trade strategies for better economic returns to NEH farmers
+ Impact assessment of natural resource conservation technology, climate changes on livelihood and adaptation strategies.


2.

Communication, technology transfer and adoption

+ Information and training need assessment, technology and adoption gaps and ITKs, ICTs and other communication methods and adoption of agricultural technology


3.

Human Resource Development (HRD)

+ Gender issues and Woman empowerment, Entrepreneurship development, Capacity building of stakeholders etc.


4.

Organizational development and livelihood security

+ Performance appraisal of different extension systems.
+ Organizational climate and its effectiveness.
+ Study on management of household livelihood security.
+ Performance, competitiveness and determinant of public and private extension systems.
+ Food and feed demands in NEH: Estimates and predictions.


5.

Socio-economic assessment of farming system

+ Socio-economic viability of different production systems.
+ Impact assessment of different farming systems and coping strategies.


6.

Cyber extension and market led agriculture

+ Content analysis of agricultural literatures.
+ Computerized pest forecasting and development of web based expert system in agriculture.
+ Impact assessment of ICT projects in transfer of technology.
+ Data Mining Techniques and Tools for Knowledge Discovery in Agricultural Datasets.


Book Chapter :

1. Aheibam, Moniks, Singh, Ram Feroze, Talukdar, R.K. (2014) "Marketed surplus of rapeseed-mustard under zero tillage: A case study of Manipur" edited book on Agri-business Potentials in India: Experiences from Hill States. EBP Publishers (India) an imprint of Eastern Book House, Panbazar, Guwahati. ISBN: 9789383252213, page 73-80

2. Rymbai, Dayohimi Singh, Ram Feroze, S.M. Rani, P.M.N. Bardoloiand, R. and Rathi, R.S.(2014) "Pineapple marketing in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya" edited book on Agri-business Potentials in India: Experiences from Hill States. EBP Publishers (India) an imprint of Eastern Book House, Panbazar, Guwahati. ISBN: 9789383252213, page 205-216

3. Gayati, Riku, Raju, V.T. Tripathi, A.K. Singh, N.U.; Singh, Ram (2014) "Marketing of Ginger in Ri-Bhoi District of Meghalaya edited book on Agri-business Potentials in India: Experiences from Hill States. EBP Publishers (India) an imprint of Eastern Book House, Panbazar, Guwahati. ISBN: 9789383252213, page 244-251

4. Singh, K.J., Feroze, S.M., Singh, Ram, Saravanan, R. and Singh N.U. (2013) Rice cultivation in Manipur: An Economic Appraisal (2013) edited book on "Agrarian Economy in India: Challenges and Government Initiative" edited by Sarkar et al. Manglam Publishers & Distributors, Delhi-110053 (India), ISBN 978-93-82816-02-7, page 59-66

5. Feroze, S.M., Papang, J. Singh, Ram, (2013) Farmers suicide on Indian Agricultural Debt Relief Scheme (2013) edited book on "Agrarian Economy in India: Challenges and Government Initiative" edited by Sarkar et al. Manglam Publishers & Distributors, Delhi-110053 (India), ISBN 978-93-82816-02-7, page 215-226

6. Singh, Ram, Saravanan, R., Feroze, S.M., L. Devarani and Thelma Paris (2013) Am Impact Assessment of Drought on Agriculture in Meghalaya: Through Participation Rural Appraisal Approach (2013) edited book on "Agrarian Economy in India: Challenges and Government Initiative" edited by Sarkar et al. Manglam Publishers & Distributors, Delhi-110053 (India), ISBN 978-93-82816-02-7, page 215-226

7. Rymbai, Dayohimi Singh, Ram Feroze, S.M. Rani, P.M.N. Bardoloiand, R. and A. Monika Pineapple Cultivation in Meghalaya and Livelihood: An Economic Analysis. (2013), Horticulture for Economic Prosperity and Nutritional Security in 21st Century by T. K. Hazarika and B.P. Nautiyal,, p 287-299, Westville Publishing House, New Delhi. ISBN 978-81-85873-97-8


Research papers in National Journal :

1. Chetia, Sanjay K.; Ahmed, T.; Singh, Ram and Feroze, S.M. (2015) "Impact of floods on rice based farming in Assam: A gender Study" Journal of Eco-friendly Agriculture 10 (1): 43-46, ISSN 2229-628X

2. Monika, A., Singh, Ram; Feroze, S.M. and Singh, R.J. (2014) "Zero tillage of rapeseed and mustard cultivation in Thoubal district of Manipur: An Economic Analysis, Economic Affairs 59 (3): 335-343, Print ISSN : 0424-2513

3. Feroze, S. M., Aheibam, M., Singh, Ram, I P Ray Lala , Rai M., Singh, K., Singh, R.J. (2014) "Assessment of Agricultural Vulnerability to Climate Change in Manipur: A District Level Analysis" Indian Journal of Hill Farming 27 (1): 35-50, June 2014.

4. Ray, Lala I.P., Bora, P.K. Singh, A.K., Singh, N.J., Singh, Ram and Feroze, S.M. (2014) Rainfall characteristics, pattern and distribution of central Meghalaya, Journal of Indian Water Resources Society, Vol 34 (2), pp 9-16

5. Ray, Lala I P, Bora, P K, Singh, A K, Singh, Ram, Singh, N J and Feroze, S M. (2014) " Meteorological drought occurrences at Shillong, Meghalaya" Keanean Jr. of Science, Vol. 2, pp 31-36, ISSN 2321-6077

6. Singh, Ram; Saravanan, R. Feroze, S.M., Devarani, L., Paris, Thelma R. and Ray, Lala I.P. (2013) "Uttar Purve Pahari kshetra mein Jalwayu Parivartan ka Pashupalan per parbhav ka anuman: Meghalaya ka ling adharit adhayan". Bharatiya Krishi Anusandhan Patrika, 28 (1): 45-50

7. Rymbai, D., Singh, R., Feroze, S.M. P.M.N. Rani and Bordoloi, R. (2013) Utilization pattern and marketed surplus of pineapple in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya. Indian Journal Agril. Mktg, Vol. 27 (2) May-August 2013, Pp:35-39

8. Debbarma, Beauty, Singh, Ram and Feroze, S.M. (2013) Profitability of Cattle Management Under System of Rice Intensification in Tripura- An Economic Analysis. Indian J. Dairy Sci. 66(5), 2013, pp-432-435

9. Singh, Ram, Ray, Lala I P, Feroze, S M. (2013) Effects of drought on livelihoods and gender roles: a case study of Meghalaya. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 20 (3): 453-468

10. Singh, Ram, Monika, A. and Feroze, S. M. (2013) "Minor forest product and marketing: A case study of broom grass in Meghalaya". The Indian Forester, 139 (9) : 807-810

11. Debbarma, Beauty and Singh, Ram (2013) "A case study of resource conservation method of SRI in Tripura: An Economic analysis". e-planet 10 (2) : 43 - 47

12. Ray, Lala I P, Bora, P K, Ram, V, Singh, A K, Singh, Ram and Feroze, S M (2013) "Meterological Drought Occurences in Tura, Meghalaya". e-planet 10 (2) : 7-11

13. Ray Lala I. P, P. K. Bora, V Ram, A. K. Singh, N. J. Singh, Singh, R. S. M. Feroze (2013) "Estimation of Annual Maximum Rainfall for Central Meghalaya". Indian Journal of Hill Farming, Vol. 26 (1) June 2013 pp 47-51

14. Feroze, S. M., Roy, A. and Singh R. (2012) "Some Issues of NREGS: Review of North eastern States of India with Special Reference to Meghalaya". Pp: 27-32 Indian Journal of Hill Farming, Vol. 25 (2) December, 2012

15. Rymbai, D., Singh, R., Feroze, S.M. Debbarma, B. (2012) Factors Associated with Labour Supply for Tea Plantation and Productivity- A Case Study of Tea Growers in Meghalaya. Indian Journal of Hill Farming, Vol. 25 (2) December, 2012, Pp:6-9

16. Rymbai, D. Singh, R., Feroze,S. M. and Bardoloi, R.(2012) "Benefit-Cost Ratio Analysis of Pineapple Orchard in Meghalaya". Indian Journal of Hill Farming, Vol. 25 (1) June 2012 pp:9-12

17. G . Nongtdu, R. Bordoloi, R. Saravanan, Singh, R. and N. U. Singh. (2012) "Training Needs of Agricultural Extension Personnel in Meghalaya". Indian Journal of Hill Farming, Vol. 25 (1) June 2012 pp 1-8

18. Beauty Debbarma and Singh, Ram (2012) Resource conservation through System of rice intensification in Tripura: An Economic analysis; Crop Improvement pp 559-560

19. Singh, Ram; Saravanan, R. Feroze, S.M., Devarani, L. and Paris, Thelma R. (2012) Impact assessment of extreme climate variability on livelihood of rice grower of Meghalaya e-planet January, 2012, Vol.10 (1) : 42-46

20. Singh, Ram; Saravanan, R. Feroze, S.M., Devarani, L. and Paris, Thelma R. (2012) A case study on drought and its impact on rural livelihood in Meghalaya, Indian J.Dryland Agric. Res. & Dev. 27(1) : 90-94

21. Lalrinsangpuii, Raju, V.T., Tripathi, A.K., Singh, Ram, and Singh Uttam, N. (2012) "Economics of Chow-chow Marketing in Aizawl District of Mizoram" Ind. Jour. Agril. mktg., 26 (1): pp. 58-66

22. Singh, Ram; Olaf, E., Saharawat, Y. S., Chaudhary, Neelam and Jat M. L. (2012) "Adoption analysis of resource-conserving technologies in rice (Oryza sativa)-wheat (Triticum aestivum) cropping system of South Asia" Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences 82 (5): 405-9, May 2012

23. Kishore, Nand Kumar, Dalip, Deepak and Singh, Ram (2012) "Role of gramin banks in sustainable agriculture development of Haryana" Indian J. Agric. Res, 46 (2) :188-191

24. Singh, Ram, Raju, V. T. and Feroze, S. M. (2011) "Agricultural Development in the North-East of India, Kautilya Har. Eco. Jr. Vol.-1 (1) 2011

25. Singh, Ram, puii, Lalrinsang, Rathi, R.S. and Feroze, S. M. (2011) "Tung (Aleurites fordii) is an economic tree: a case study in Khawzawl Division of Mizoram". The Indian Forester, December, 2011, Vol 137 No. 12, pp 1457-1458

26. Feroze, S.M. and Singh, Ram Diversification in Crop Sector: Status and Prospectus in Meghalya State of North-Eastern Hill Region of India, Journal of Progressive Agriculture, April, 2011, Vol. 1 (2)

27. Feroze, S. M., Singh, Ram and Rathore, Raj Singh (2011) "Performance of Livestock Sector: A macro study of Meghalaya", Indian Journal of Dairy Sciences, Vol. 64 (1), Pp 50-58.

28. Singh, Ram, Raju, V.T., S. M. Feroze and L. Warjri (2011) "Regulated Markets in Meghalaya: Status and Prospectus, Ind. Jour. Agril. mktg.,(Conf. spl.), 24 (3): pp. 143-149

29. Feroze, S. M., Raju, V. T.; Singh, Ram, and A.K. Tripathi (2010) "Status of Livestock Sector: A Micro Study of North Eastern India, Indian Journal of Hill Farming 23 (2) 43-51, also available online at www.kiran.nic.in


Lead Paper :

1. Singh, Ram, Anurag, T S, Rani, PMN, Feroze, S M, Ray, Lala I P, Singh, A K, Singh, NJ, Sarkar A (2014) "farmers' perception on use of mobile phones in agriculture: A case study in Ri-Bhoi district in Meghalaya" published in Souvenir 7th National Extension Education Congress, Nov. 8-11, 2014, ICAR RC, Barapani, PP 107-112

2. Sarkar, A.; Rymbai D.; Sangpuii, L., Singh, Ram and Feroze, S.M. (2014) "Combating Climate Change: Now and how of smart agriculture" published in Souvenir 7th National Extension Education Congress, Nov. 8-11, 2014, ICAR RC, Barapani, PP 7-13


Reports :

1. Functioning of micro-credit scheme under Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK) in North Eastern States (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland) of India by S.M. Feroze, Ram Singh, R. Saravanan and L. Devarani. Funded by Planning Commission, Govt of India.

2. Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Report on "Assessment of the Consequenses of Extreme Climate Variability on Men and Women Farmers in Ensuring Food Security and Sustaining Livelihhods: A Case Study in Rice Based Farming in Meghalaya, Norteast India, SSS, CPGS, CAU, Barapani

3. Report on "Assessment of the Consequenses of Extreme Climate Variability on Men and Women Farmers in Ensuring Food Security and Sustaining Livelihhods: A Case Study in Rice Based Farming in Meghalaya, Norteast India, SSS, CPGS, CAU, Barapani

4. Report on workshop of Commodity Futures Market sponsored by Forward Market Commission, ministry of Consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Govt. of India, Mumbai held at SSS, CPGS, Barapani during August 11-12, 2011, edited by Raju, V. T., Singh, Ram, Ferzoe, S. M. and Rani P. N. Mercy


Seminar Conducted :

i. Organized a National Seminar on "Hill Agribusiness Potential with Special Reference to North Eastern States" held on 8-9th November at CPGS, CAU, Barapani.


Short Course Conducted :

i. Organized a Short training Course on "Agribusiness Management in Reference to Hills: Problems and Prospects" held on 15-24th September at CPGS, CAU, Barapani .

The school of Social Sciences having many numbers of projects. Till date school handled 13 projects. The project from different funding viz, ICSSR, NABARD, Planning Commission, Govt of India, DAHD, Govt. of India, DEC, Govt. of India collaboration with DEC, Govt of Meghalaya, Collaborative project with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines, Central Agricultural University, Ministry of Information and Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi. Out of theses 03 numbers of projects have been completed.

Externally Funded Projects :

Title Objectives Achievements / Salient findings Principal Investigator Funding Agency Fund Attracted Duration Status
Climate Change Impacts on Hill Agriculture in Northeastern Himalaya : A Socio-economic Analysis 1. To analyze the trends in rainfall and temperature.

2. To estimate the impact of climate change on mean yield and variability in yields of major crops and to identify landraces grown by indigenous people to such variability.

3. To study the gender specific impact of climate variability on farm livelihood.
a) Methodology has been developed and schedule for data collection is finalized

b) Household data were collected from 240 households of Mizoram and Tripura and 60 households of Meghalaya.

c) FGD/Case study: Three FGDs/case study were conducted in North Tripura and Dhalai district of Tripura. One FGD was conducted in Meghalaya and two FGDs were conducted in North Sikkim. These FGDs include impact of climate change on agriculture, horticulture and yak rearing.
Dr. S. M. Feroze ICSSR, New Delhi Rs. 20.00 lakhs 2013-2015 On going
Development & Deployment of Mobile Based Agro Advisory System in North-East India (m4agriNEI) To empower the farmers by providing right information in right time through a mobile based agro-advisory system 1. Generation of benchmark and information need data for farmers of the project area in three districts viz, Ri-Bhoi, East Khasi Hills and West Garo Hills which will serve as a basis for measuring impact and also guide in further project activities.

2. Development of advisory contents in important crops and enterprises.
(a) 11 extension folders (9 field crops, 21 horticultural crops and 2 on
(b) 23 calendar of operations (6 field crops and 17 horticultural crops)
(c) 4 FAQs on rice, ginger, tomato and pineapple
(d) 5 training manuals on pest and disease management

3. Altogether more than 6000 farmers registered, conducted 46 training programmes, 52 awareness programmes and 8 exposure visits with the participation of a total of 2909 farmers.

4. A well-furnished multimedia based agro-advisory lab established at the premise of the College of Post Graduate Studies.

5. Altogether more than 1500 agro-advisories provided to queries raised during the period of June 2014 to March 2015.
Dr. Ram Singh Ministry of Information and Technology, Govt of India, New Delhi Rs 2.83 Crores 2012-2016 On going
Assessment of Livelihood and income of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Farmers in Tripura 1. To work out the cost and returns from SRI and non-SRI method

2. To assess the impact of SRI on income and livelihood of rice growers.

3. To identify the constraints in adoption of SRI method and suggest measures to overcome the same.
Two districts viz, South and West Tripura have been selected for the study. Two blocks from each district namely, Jolaibari, Dogasa from South Tripura and Bisalgarh, Lesunga from West Tripura were selected. Further, 02 nos. of villages from each block namely Kalosai and North Jolaibari from Jolaibari block, Shantibazar and East Dogasa from Dogasa block of South Tripura and Tebaria and Noapara from Bisalgarh and Lebucherra and Lesungs from Lesunga block of West Tripura were selected for the study. The household listing to draw a sample of SRI and non-SRI farmers is in progress. The questionnaire for primary data collection and pre-testing is also in progress. Dr. Ram Singh ICSSR, New Delhi Rs. 9.00 lakhs 2015-2017 On going
Cost of cultivation of 10 (ten) major crops in Meghalaya To work out the cost of cultivation of ten major crops in Meghalaya. Work is in Progress Dr. Ram Singh Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India Collaboration with DEC, Govt. of Meghalaya Rs. 29.00 lakhs 2015-2016 On going
Assessment on the consequences of extreme climate variability on men and women farmers in ensuring food security and sustaining livelihood: A case study in rice based farming in Meghalaya, Northeast India i) To characterize the local climate conditions and to compare men and women farmers' perception on extreme climate variability (ECV);

ii) To understand how men and women in farm households perceive and experience climate shifts and how this is linked to food security and sustainable livelihoods and

iii) To identify the coping strategies that men and women farmers utilize in order to ensure a measure of food security and sustain livelihoods in response to climate variability.
+ Extreme climate variability (ECV) affects both the gender but with different consequences according to their roles and responsibilities.

+ There is a significant difference in responses of male and female farmers on the issues of food and water availability and on health as these are the issues where females are most based on their primary roles.

+ Better yield was the major reason to change the variety if at all they decide to change.

+ Occupational migration is common in the study area but locational migrations are negligible as the study area is inhabited by tribal community who generally prefer to stay with their families rather than seek alternative incomes in far places. Moreover the poor infrastructure inhibit outmigration for those who are interested to migrate.
Dr. Ram Singh IFAD Rs. 6.20 lakhs 2011-2012 Completed
Functioning of Micro-credit Scheme under Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK) in North Eastern States (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland) of India 1. To study the functioning of micro-credit scheme of RMK in NE States of India.

2. To investigate the saving, loaning, repayment performance of micro-credit scheme of RMK at individual and group level.

3. To analyse the impact of the micro-credit scheme on women empowerment.

4. To identify and prioritize the constraints as perceived by the participants of micro-credit scheme of RMK and suggest suitable policy initiatives.
+ External credit was four times to group savings and repayment performance was calculated to be excellent ranging in between 80-96% for external loans given to the women SHGs.

+ More than 70% of the women SHGs were in moderately or highly empowered but insufficient seed money, lack of awareness and lack of motivation were found to be the major constraints.
Dr. S. M. Feroze Planning Commission Rs. 5.90 lakhs 2012-2013 Completed
Costs and Returns in Milk Production: Development of Standardized Methodology & Estimate for Various Production Systems 1. To standardize the methodology for estimating the cost of milk production

2. To estimate the cost of milk production for selected categories of milch animals crossbred/local/ buffalo) in selected production systems

3. To assess the impact of feed on productivity of milch animals
+ Data collection and data entry completed from 300 household covering 30 villages in two districts and six blocks of Meghalaya Dr. S. M. Feroze DAHD Rs. 4.00 lakhs 2012-2014 Completed
Development of Expert System to Diagnose Rice Diseases in Meghalaya 1. To diagnose the commonly occurring rice diseases in Meghalaya State and acquire the knowledge from the domain experts about the diseases

2. To represent the knowledge using computer program

3. To demonstrate the expert system to the farmers
+ Blast is found as a major disease uniformly in Ri-bhoi and East Khasi Hills. It is followed by Brown Spot, Sheath Blight, Sheath Rot and False Smut.

+ Expert system software to diagnose rice diseases has been developed.
Mrs. P. Mercy Nesa Rani NABARD Rs. 2.50 lakhs 2012-2014 Completed




Intramural Projects (Completed/Ongoing) :

Title Objectives Achievements / Salient findings Principal Investigator Funding Agency Fund Attracted Duration Status
Database creation on Information needs for Rural and Agricultural Entrepreneurship for Generating Employment for Youth in Meghalaya 1. To study the socio-economic and psychological profile of rural youth.

2. To study the perceived information needs of rural youth toward remunerative agricultural enterprises.

3. To find out information sources and their utilization by rural youth for remunerative employment in agriculture.

4. To study the influence of socio-economic and psychological variables of rural youth on the perception of information needs and their utilization for remunerative employment in agriculture.

5. To identify the constraints and elicit suggestions related to remunerative employment in agriculture of rural youth.
Data collection is completed and data analysis is on now. Dr. Rajkumar Josmee Singh CAU Rs. 1.49 lakhs 2013-2014 On going
Raising awareness on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in vegetable cultivation to promote sustainable farming in Meghalaya 1. To study the farmers' knowledge and perception on pests and pesticides use in vegetable cultivation.

2. To raise awareness on IPM in vegetable cultivation.

3. To ascertain best practices strategies on IPM to promote sustainable vegetable farming in Meghalaya.
Work on data collection is in progress. Dr. Rajkumar Josmee Singh CAU Rs. 1.40 lakhs 2013-2014 On going
Economics of Rice Cultivation and Estimation of Producer Surplus of Rice in Ri-Bhoi District of Meghalaya 1. To work out the cost and returns from rice cultivation.

2. To estimate the producers' surplus of rice.

Out of 677 numbers of villages 15 numbers of villages were selected as a sample from Ri-Bhoi district taking 5 numbers of villages from each block viz, Umsning, Umling and Jirang of the district. A list of households as a total in all 15 numbers of villages (5 villages from each block) was prepared and categorized it into three categories viz, small (up to 1.50 ha), medium (1.51 to 2.30 ha) and large (2.31 ha and above) on the basis of size of cultivated land of the rice grower. Hence, 66, 37 and 18 numbers of rice growers were selected randomly proportionate to size of the population from small, medium and large categories of farm, respectively, in the district. The collection of primary data on cost of cultivation and on aspects of producers' surplus is in progress.

Dr. Ram Singh CAU Rs. 1.46 lakhs 2013-2014 On going
Traditional Institutions and Customary Laws of the Khasis of Meghalaya: Role in Sustainable Agriculture and Livelihood. 1. Identification and documentation of customary laws of the Khasis pertaining to sustainable agriculture and livelihood.

2. Study the role of traditional institution in local governance and enforcement of the customary laws

3. Study the relationship of personal, socio-economic and psychological characteristics of farmers with their perception towards the traditional institutions and customary laws.

4. Identification of the problems faced by traditional leaders/farmers in general governance and enforcement/following of customary laws.
+ Documentation of the roles and responsibilities of the village councils as well as the customary laws pertaining to agriculture and livelihood

+ perception of the villagers towards the village councils and the customary laws

+ Problems faced by the council members in enforcing the customary laws as well as problems faced by the villagers in following the same.
Dr. (Mrs.) L. Devarani CAU Rs. 1.24 lakhs 2013-2014 Completed


M.Sc. Thesis Abstracts :





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