School of Crop Improvement :



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Profile :

Departments in School :-

1) Genetics and Plant Breeding

2) Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
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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 ]

Semester I Courses :

Code Course Title Credits
GP501* PRINCIPLES OF GENETICS 2+1
GP502* PRINCIPLES OF CYTOGENETICS 2+1
GP503* PRINCIPLES OF PLANT BREEDING 2+1
MBB 501* PRINCIPLES OF BIOTECHNOLOGY 2+1
MBB 502* FUNDAMENTALS OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 3+0
MBB 507 MOLECULAR BREEDING 2+0
MBB 553* BIOSTATISTICS AND COMPUTERS 2+1
GP601 PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES AND THEIR UTILIZATION 2+0
GP604* MOLECULAR AND CHROMOSOMAL MANIPULATIONS FOR CROP BREEDING 2+0
GP608 ADVANCES IN BREEDING OF MAJOR FIELD CROPS 3+0
MBB 601 ADVANCES IN PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 3+0
MBB 604 ADVANCES IN CROP BIOTECHNOLOGY 3+0
PL-PATH-504 PRINCIPLES OF PLANT PATHOLOGY 3+0
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Semester II Courses :

Code Course Title Credits
GP504* PRINCIPLES OF QUANTITATIVE GENETICS 2+1
GP508* CELL BIOLOGY AND MOLECULAR GENETICS 2+1
GP509* BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR CROP IMPROVEMENT 2+1
MBB 503* MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY 3+0
MBB 505* TECHNIQUES IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY I 0+3
MBB 553* BIOSTATISTICS AND COMPUTERS 2+1
PP-509 PHYSIOLOGY OF CROP PLANTS-SPECIFIC CASE STUDIES 2+0
GP602 ADVANCED BIOMETRICAL AND QUANTITATIVE GENETICS 2+1
GP603* GENOMICS IN CROP IMPROVEMENT 2+1
GP605* ADVANCED PLANT BREEDING SYSTEMS 2+0
MBB 509 TECHNIQUES IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY II 0+3
MBB 508 GENOMICS & PROTEOMICS 2+0
MBB 602 ADVANCES IN GENETIC ENGINEERING 3+0
Faculty :
Name: Dr. Vijay K. Chowdhury
Designation: Chairman
Academic Qualification: Ph.D (Genetics), CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar
Teaching/Research Experience: 33 Years
Expertise:

Tissue Culture & Genetic Transformation                                                                                         

e-mail: chowdhury.v@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. V.K. Khanna
Designation: Professor
Academic Qualification: M. Sc. (HAU), PhD (HAU) PDF (CSIR), PDF (FAO, Australia)
Teaching/Research Experience: 35 Years
Expertise:

Wide-hybridization, Tissue Culture, Molecular Biology, Interspecific and Intergeneric Hybridization,
Cytogenetics, Tissue Culture, Molecular Markers

e-mail: khannavk_in@yahoo.com


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Name: Dr. Mayank Rai
Designation: Associate Professor (Genetics and Plant Breeding)
Academic Qualification: PhD (Genetics and Plant Breeding)
Teaching/Research Experience: 10 Years
Expertise:

Rice and Lentil Breeding                                                                                                                         

e-mail: mrai.cau@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. Wricha Tyagi
Designation: Associate Professor (Plant Molecular Biology)
Academic Qualification: PhD (Plant Molecular Biology)
Teaching/Research Experience: 10 Years
Expertise:

Molecular Biology of Rice, Brassica                                                                                                           

e-mail: wtyagi.cau@gmail.com


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Name: Mr. N.T. Meetei
Designation: Assistant Professor (Plant Tissue Culture) : On study leave to pursue Ph.D.
Academic Qualification: M.Sc (Biotechnology)
Teaching/Research Experience: 9 Years
Expertise:

In vitro regeneration of Ginger, Turmeric, Chilli                                                                                                

e-mail: ntmeetei@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. Devyani Sen
Designation: Assistant Professor (Genetics)
Academic Qualification: PhD (Genetics and Plant Breeding)
Teaching/Research Experience: 7 Years
Expertise:

Maize Breeding                                                                                                                                              

e-mail: devyani.sen@gmail.com


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schoolspix/sci/scires1.jpg Thrust Areas and Researchable Issues :

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

+ Development of mapping populations for economically important traits in chilli.

+ Understanding role of low temperature responsive genes in rice.

+ Interspecific hybridization in rice for introgressing stress tolerance traits.

+ Micro-propagation of recalcitrant chilli genotypes.

+ Evaluation of lentil germplasm under low fertility, water stress and acidic soil conditions.

+ Generation of mutant population in Brassica campestris for better performance



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

+ Advancing population for phosphorus deficiency tolerance in rice.

+ Agronomic evaluation of advanced breeding lines carrying multiple blast resistance.

+ Introgression of drought and submergence tolerance QTLs/ loci into popular rice cultivors of NEHR.

+ Screening for water logging and aluminium tolerance in maize.

+ Genetic analysis and selection of segregating progenies for yield component traits in lowland rice

+ Cloning and validation of pod specific promoter in chickpea and pigeon pea.



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

+ Development of micro-rhizome production protocol in turmeric.

+ Collection and assessment of genetic diversity related to disease and other important plant characters in rice, chilli, tomato and brinjal, etc.

+ Utilization of important plant genetic resources like landraces and wild species using interspecific crosses and biotechnological tools. schoolspix/sci/scires2.jpg schoolspix/sci/scires3.jpg



Research Activities :

+ Genetic diversity studies in different crops using morphological and molecular markers.

+ Screening of rice for low temperature tolerance at seedling and reproductive stage (ERP; ARP)

+ Screening of rice under lowland and upland acidic soil conditions (ERP; ARP)

+ Biparental crosses between P deficiency tolerance

+ Advanced breeding lines with single, two and three gene combinations developed in the background of three popular rice cultivar of NEHR (ERP; ARP)

+ Introgression of drought and submergence QTLs in rice cultivars (ERP)

+ Blight resistance maize landraces identified and markers tagged to reported genes run on bulked-samples (ERP; ARP)

+ Putative pod-specific promoter identified in chickpea (ERP)

+ Initial crosses in chilli made for further validation

+ More than 150 Lentil landraces evaluated under low input acidic upland soil conditions. Promising genotypes identified (ARP)

+ M1 generation in Brassica campestris background advanced (ERP)

+ Wide-hybridization; Study of crossability barriers; Embryo-rescue



[ Legend => ERP: Externally funded research project; ARP: Academic Research Project (Thesis); IRP: Intramural Research Project ]

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Research Publications and Papers :

1. Sapam RK, Khanna VK, Pandey A and Rai M (2015). Quantitative evaluation oif Lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus) germplasm under low input acidic upland condition of North east India. Indian Journal of Genetics & Plant Breeding (In press)

2. Identification of a diverse mini-core panel of Indian rice germplasm based on genotyping using microsatellite markers. Plant Breeding (In press)

3. 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. (in press))

4. Chulet H, S. K. Noren, Tyagi W, N. T. Meetei, 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

5. 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

6. 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 (accepted) ISSN 1479-2621

7. 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.S11-003

8. 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

9. 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

10. Tyagi W, Rai M, and Dohling A. 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, 2012

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Seminars (National and International) :

1. 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

2. 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

3. Thakuria D, Tyagi W and Rabindra R.J. (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.

4. 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.

5. Khanna V.K. (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).

6. 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.

7. 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.

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

9. 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.

10. Tyagi W, Pattanayak A, Rai M, Kharshing G. A., 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

11. 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

12. 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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Abstracts :

1. N T Meetei and V K Khanna (2011). Plant tissue culture interventions in the face of climate change: Role in sustainable agricultural productivity. Presented and in abstracts of National symposium on sustainable agricultural productivity and food security under changing climate, 11-12 November, Organized by Gugly Centre for Biological Research, Bhubaneswar and Satyawati Charitable & Educational Trust, Cuttack at Hotel Bari International, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

2. J S Yumnam, W Tyagi, N T Meetei, M Rai and V K Khanna (2012). Evaluation of genetic diversity of chilli landraces from North Eastern India based on morphology, SSR markers and Pun 1 locus. In: Abstracts of National Seminar 2012 on Plant Genetic Research for Eastern and North-eastern India from May 11-12, 2012 at Umiam, Meghalaya, organized by Ind. Soc. of Gen. & Pl. Breed., N. Delhi; ICAR, N. Delhi and ICAR Res. Complex for NEH Region. Pp. 26-27.

3. C Handerson, N K Singh, W Tyagi, N T Meetei, V K Khanna and A Pattanayak (2012). Identification of diverse pea genotypes (Pisum sativum L.) evaluated in NER using morphological and molecular markers. In: Abstracts of National Seminar 2012 on Plant Genetic Research for Eastern and North-eastern India from May 11-12, 2012 at Umiam, Meghalaya, organized by Ind. Soc. of Gen. & Pl. Breed., N. Delhi; ICAR, N. Delhi and ICAR Res. Complex for NEH Region. Pp. 56-57.

4. C Debbarma, N T Meetei, M Rai and V K Khanna (2012). Interspecific hybridization and embryo rescue in Capsicum. In: Abstracts of National Seminar 2012 on Plant Genetic Research for Eastern and North-eastern India from May 11-12, 2012 at Umiam, Meghalaya, organized by Ind. Soc. of Gen. & Pl. Breed., N. Delhi; ICAR, N. Delhi and ICAR Res. Complex for NEH Region. Pp. 94.

5. V K Khanna (2012).Wide hybridization and embryo rescue for crop improvement with special reference to Solanum and Capsicum. Presented as a Keynote address at the International conference on Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences from 14-15 September, 2012 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, India organized by the OMICS Group Conferences, USA and published in abstracts.

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Bulletins :

1. V K Khanna, Wricha Tyagi, K. Noren Singh and Tombisana Meetei (2010). Wide hybridization in relation to crop improvement with special reference to wheat-rye crossability.In: Conservation of natural resources for sustainable hill agriculture. Published by The Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam-793103, Meghalaya.

2. Chandan Debbarma and V K Khanna (2012). Interspecific hybridization and embryo-rescue in Capsicum. In: Souvenir of CAU Agriculture Fair-2012 from 19-21 January, at the College of Fisheries, CAU, Lembucherra, Agartala-799210, Tripura.

3. N T Meetei, K Noren Singh and V K Khanna (2012). In vitro micropropagation of Zingber officinale cv. Nadia. CAU Research Newsletter 3(1): 6-7.

4. Mayank Rai, Devyani Sen, Wricha Tyagi, Ng. Tombisana Meetei and Vijay K Khanna (2014). Implications of organic farming on crop improvement-what to breed for? In: Souvenir, NE Agriculture Fair, Central Agricultural University, Iroisemba, Imphal, Manipur, February 25-27, pp. 111-114.

5. V K Khanna (2011). General Principles of Microscopy and measurement using a micrometer. Presented this talk as a resource person during the Short Term Training Course on "Microscopy: Basic theoretical aspects and hands on training", Dec. 2-3, 2011 organized by Institutional Biotech Hub, CPGS, CAU, Umiam, Meghalaya. Published in proceedings.

6. V K Khanna (2011). Phase Contrast Microscopy. Presented this talk as a resource person during the Short Term Training Course on "Microscopy: Basic theoretical aspects and hands on training", Dec. 2-3, 2011 organized by Institutional Biotech Hub, CPGS, CAU, Umiam, Meghalaya.

7. V K Khanna (2012). Tissue Culture in Commercial Agriculture. Presented this talk as a resource person during the Short Term Hands on Training Course on "Plant Tissue Culture for Crop Improvement", Feb. 24-25, 2012 organized by Institutional Biotech Hub, CPGS, CAU, Umiam, Meghalaya. Published in proceedings.

8. V K Khanna (2012). Wide Hybridization and Embryo Rescue. Presented this talk as a resource person during the Short Term Hands on Training Course on "Plant Tissue Culture for Crop Improvement", Feb. 24-25, 2012 organized by Institutional Biotech Hub, CPGS, CAU, Umiam, Meghalaya. Published in proceedings.

9. V K Khanna (2012). Central Agricultural University-at a glance. In: Souvenir of National Seminar 2012 on Plant Genetic Research for Eastern and North-eastern India from May 11-12, 2012 at Umiam, Meghalaya, organized by Ind. Soc. of Gen. & Pl. Breed., N. Delhi; ICAR, N. Delhi and ICAR Res. Complex for NEH Region. Pp. 5-7.

10. V K Khanna and Ms. Michellyne Syiem (2013). "Cell structure & function". Delivered this talk at Army School, Millitary Cantonment, Umroi Kendriya Vidyalaya, Millitary Cantonment, Umroi, Meghalaya, 20th April, 2013. Published in proceedings.

11. V K Khanna, Ng T Meetei and Michellyne Syiem (2013). "Mendel's laws and human genetics". Delivered this talk at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Millitary Cantonment, Umroi, Meghalaya, 23rd April, 2013. Published in proceedings.

12. V K Khanna, Ng T Meetei and Michellyne Syiem (2013). "Cell cycle and cell-division in Plants". Delivered this talk at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Millitary Cantonment, Umroi, Meghalaya, 4th June, 2013. Published in proceedings.

13. Ng T Meetei, V K Khanna and Michellyne Syiem (2013). "An Introduction to Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology". Delivered this talk at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Millitary Cantonment, Umroi, Meghalaya, 4th June, 2013. Published in proceedings.

14. V K Khanna, Ng T Meetei and Michellyne Syiem (2013). "Biotechnological Research Approaches for Sustainable Horticulture Development-Indian Perspective". Delivered this talk at Union Christian College, Meghalaya, 11th June, 2013. Published in proceedings.

15. V K Khanna, Ng T Meetei and Michellyne Syiem (2013). "An Introduction to Gene Cloning". Delivered this talk at Union Christian College, Meghalaya, 11th June, 2013. Published in proceedings.

16. V K Khanna (2013). "Cell structure & function". Delivered this talk at Kendriya Vidyalaya, NEPA, Meghalaya, 26th September, 2013. Published in proceedings.

17. V. K. Khanna (2014). Biotechnology and its contributions to human welfare. Delivered this talk at Training Course on 'Basic Techniques in Biotechnology' under Institutional Biotech Hub, DBT, Govt. of India from 11th - 12th November, 2013 at CPGS, CAU, Barapani, Umiam-793103, Meghalaya. Published in proceedings.


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Popular Articles :

1. V.K. Khanna, N. T. Meetei and S.Sareo (2014). Present Status and Prospects of Ginger in North East States. Indian Farmers' Digest 47(4), 12-13.

2. V.K. Khanna, Soringla Sareo, Donald Pakyntein and Michellyne Syiem (2014). Shifting or Jhum Cultivation in North East India. Indian Farmer's Digest 47(4), 32-34.

3. V.K. Khanna, Soringla Sareo, Donald Pakyntein and Michellyne Syiem (2015). Effects of Climate Change on Crops in North East India. Indian Farmer's Digest 48 (1) 32-33.

4. Thakuria D, Tyagi W and Rabindra R.J. (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)

5. 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)

6. 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 :

1. Khanna V K. Genetics: Numerical Problems. Kalyani Publishers, Ludhiana, Punjab. Third Edition (In Press).

2. Khanna V K (2005). Laboratory Manual for Principles of Cytogenetics. Kalyani Publishers, Ludhiana, Punjab. Second Edition (In Press).

3. W Tyagi, M Rai, Donald S Pakyntein, Ng T Meetei, V K Khanna and S. Sareo (2013). Laboratory Manual for Basic Techniques in Molecular Biology. Published by School of Crop Improvement, CPGS, CAU, Barapani, Meghalaya.

4. V K Khanna, H P Kharkongor, C Debbarma, W Tyagi, M Rai and N T Meetei (2012). Biotechnological Research Approaches for Sustainable Horticulture Development-Indian Perspective. In: Horticulture for Economic Prosperity and Nutritional Security in 21st Century. T.K.Hazarika and B.P.Nautiyal, Westville Publishing House, New Delhi, pp. 90-110.

5. 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 S.V., Mishra Anupam, Kadirvel G, Das Anup and Siakia Kanchan (Eds) ISBN-13-978-81-920769-1-1

6. Khanna VK, Tyagi W, Noren Singh K, 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 S.V., Mishra Anupam, Kadirvel G, Das Anup and Siakia Kanchan (Eds) ISBN-13-978-81-920769-1-1

7. V.K.Khanna, H. P. Kharkongor, C. Debbarma, W. Tyagi, M. Rai and N.T. Meetei (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.



Review :

1. Tyagi W and Rai M. Soil acidity tolerance in cereals - basis and approach. January - June, 2012; 3(1): 1 - 7 Journal of Hill Agriculture


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Sl. No. Project Title Funding Agency Principal Investigator Co - Principal Investigator Duration of Project (In Years) Funding (In Lakhs)
1. Improvement of locally adapted rice cultivars of North East Hill Region by incorporating Blast Resistance Genes through Marker Assisted Backcrossing Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India Dr. Mayank Rai Dr. D. Majumder, Mr. N.T. Meetei 5 yrs
(2009-2015)
Rs. 106.02 lakhs
2. From QTL to Variety: Marker assisted breeding of abiotic stress tolerant rice varieties with major QTLs for drought, submergence and salt tolerance Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India Dr. Mayank Rai Dr. D. Majumder, Dr. V. K. Khanna 5 yrs
(2010-2015)
Rs. 82.10 lakhs
3. Establishment of Institutional Biotech Hubs Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India Dr. V. K. Khanna Dr. Wricha Tyagi, Mr. N.T. Meetei 5 yrs
(2010-2015)
Rs. 27.00 lakhs
4. Phenomics of moisture deficit and low temperature stress tolerance in rice National Agricultural Science Fund (Formerly National Fund for Basic, Strategic and Frontier Application Research in Agriculture (NFBSFARA), ICAR, Govt. of India Dr. Wricha Tyagi N/A 5 yrs
(2011-2015)
Rs. 168.57 lakhs
5. Development of pod borer resistant transgenic pigeonpea and chickpea National Agricultural Science Fund (Formerly National Fund for Basic, Strategic and Frontier Application Research in Agriculture (NFBSFARA), ICAR, Govt. of India Dr. Wricha Tyagi N/A 6 yrs
(2011-2017)
Rs. 35.29 lakhs
6. Generation of early maturing and low moisture tolerance mutant in the Brassica campestris Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Dept. of Atomic Energy (DAE), BARC, Govt. of India Dr. Wricha Tyagi Dr. Mayank Rai 3 yrs
(2014-2017)
Rs. 22.20 lakhs




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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. Screening for Turcicum blight resistance in indigenous non elite lines of maize in North East India DBT, GOI Dr. Devyani Sen Mr. Mayank Rai 3 yrs Rs. 39.23 lakhs
3. Collection and genetic diversity analysis of chilli germplasm from North-Eastern India. IRP, CAU Dr. Wricha Tyagi Mr. N.T. Meetei 1 yr Rs. 0.675 lakhs
4. Standardisation and development of in vitro microrhizome induction and production package of locally adapted ginger varieties of Meghalaya IRP, CAU Mr. N.T. Meetei N/A 1 yr Rs. 0.69 lakhs


M.Sc. Thesis Abstracts :





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School of Crop Protection :



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Faculty :
Name: Dr. Dipali Majumder
Designation: Associate Professor & School In-Charge
Academic Qualification: M. Sc. (Agri), Ph. D in Plant Pathology (PAU, Ludhiana)                                                        
Teaching/Research Experience: 14 Years
Expertise:

Plant Bacteriology

e-mail: dipali_assam@yahoo.co.in


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Name: Dr. T. Rajesh
Designation: Assistant Professor
Academic Qualification: M. Sc. (Agri), Ph. D (TNAU)
Teaching/Research Experience: 6 Years
Expertise:

Biocontrol of plant diseases, fungal diseases of rice                                                         

e-mail: agripathrajesh@rediffmail.com


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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

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Guelph Permeameter

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Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis apparatus set

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Eliza Cum UV-VIS Spectrophotometer

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Fastprep homgeneizer, Thermo make

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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



Name: Dr. Pradip Kumar Bora
Designation: Professor
Academic Qualification: M. Tech (IIT, Kharagpur), PhD (IARI, New Delhi)
Teaching/Research Experience: 24 Years
Expertise:

Hydrology, Watershed Management, Irrigation System Design                                                             

e-mail: pradip66@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. Vishram Ram
Designation: Associate Professor
Academic Qualification: M.Sc (BHU), PhD (BHU)
Teaching/Research Experience: 14 Years
Expertise:

Farming System, Crop Intensification, Crop Diversification, Organic Farming, Crop Modelling, Agroecology

e-mail: ramvishramcau@gmail.com
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Name: Dr. Dwipendra Thakuria
Designation: Associate Professor
Academic Qualification: M. Sc (AAU), PhD (Biotechnology, GU, Assam), PhD (UCD, Ireland), PDF (UF, USA).
Teaching/Research Experience: Teaching experience >10 years, Research experience >12 years and Extension experience >4 years
Expertise:

Molecular Microbial Ecology and Microbial Eco-physiology, Bioprospecting of microbial resources, Soil
Biology and Biochemistry, Soil health assessment

e-mail: thakuria.dwipendra@yahoo.co.in
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Name: Dr. Aditya Kumar Singh
Designation: Assistant Professor
Academic Qualification: M. Sc (GBPUAT), PhD (GBPUAT)
Teaching/Research Experience: 7 Years
Expertise:

Crop Diversification, Cropping System, Rainfed Farming, Organic Farming                                  .

e-mail: adityakumar1972@gmail.com
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Name: Dr. Naorem Janaki Singh
Designation: Assistant Professor
Academic Qualification: M. Sc (GAU, Anand), PhD (IIT, Roorkee)
Teaching/Research Experience: 6 Years
Expertise:

Soil fertility, Carbon Sequestration and soil carbon fractionation, Remote Sensing and GIS, etc.

e-mail: naorem2005@gmail.com
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Name: Dr. Lala Iswari Prasad Ray
Designation: Assistant Professor
Academic Qualification: M. Tech (TNAU), PhD (IIT, Kharagpur)
Teaching/Research Experience: 5 Years
Expertise:

Water Resource Management, Climate Change, Rain Water Harvesting,                                  .

e-mail: lalaipray@rediffmail.com
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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 :





(a) Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry : Click Here to Download





(b) Agronomy : Click Here to Download




















# School of Natural Resource Management



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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
Faculty :
Name: Dr. Jitendra K. Chauhan
Designation: Professor (Agril. Extension) & In-Charge, School of Social Sciences
Academic Qualification: M.Sc. (Agril. Extension), Ph.D.
Teaching/Research Experience: 27 Years
Expertise:

Agricultural Extension                                                                                                                                 

e-mail: jkcagra@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. K. K. Datta
Designation: Professor (ABM)
Academic Qualification: Ph.D.
Teaching/Research Experience: 35 Years
Expertise:

Economics                                                                                                                                                 

e-mail: kkdatta2007@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. Ram Singh
Designation: Associate Professor
Academic Qualification: Ph.D. (Agril. Economics)
Teaching/Research Experience: 15 Years
Expertise:

Impact Assessment, Production Economics & Agricultural Marketing.                                                 

e-mail: ramsingh.cau@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. Dileep Kumar Pandey
Designation: Associate Professor
Academic Qualification: Ph. D (BHU), M. Sc. (CSAUA&T)
Teaching/Research Experience: 15 Years
Expertise:

Information and Communication Technology & Training Management                                                 

e-mail: dkpextension@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. L. Hemochandra
Designation: Associate Professor
Academic Qualification: Ph. D.
Teaching/Research Experience: 17 Years
Expertise:

Statistics                                                                                                                                                 

e-mail: hemobarapani@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. Binodini Sethi
Designation: Associate Professor (ABM)
Academic Qualification: Ph. D.
Teaching/Research Experience: 14 Years
Expertise:

Agril. Marketing                                                                                                                                     

e-mail: binodinisethi@yahoo.com, binodinisethi1970@gmail.com


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Name: Er. (Mrs.) P. Mercy Nesa Rani
Designation: Assistant Professor
Academic Qualification: M.E (Computer Science & Engg.)
Teaching/Research Experience: 8 Years
Expertise:

Expert System, Digital Image Processing                                                                                         

e-mail: mercyranip@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. Loukham Devarani
Designation: Assistant Professor
Academic Qualification: Ph.D. (Agril. Extension)
Teaching/Research Experience: 6 Years
Expertise:

Expert HRD, e-Extension, Women Empowerment.                                                                             

e-mail: loukham.d@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. S.M. Feroze
Designation: Assistant Professor
Academic Qualification: Ph.D. (Dairy Economics)
Teaching/Research Experience: 7 Years
Expertise:

Economics of Climate Change, Microfinance, Dairy Economics, Cost of Cultivation                              

e-mail: ferozendri@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. Rajkumar Josmee Singh
Designation: Assistant Professor
Academic Qualification: Ph.D. (Agricultural Extension)
Teaching/Research Experience: 6 Years
Expertise:

Social research on Climate Change in Agriculture, Entrepreneurship Development in Agriculture,
ICTs for students & farmers.

e-mail: josndri@gmail.com


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Name: Dr. Anju Choudhury
Designation: Assistant Professor
Academic Qualification: Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics)
Teaching/Research Experience: 3 Years
Expertise:

Agricultural Finance Co-operation                                                                                                         

e-mail: anjuchoudhury@gmail.com


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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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