Dr. Ashok Kumar Patra 
Fellow, Elected 2010

Born in Araldihi, Bankura, India on 7 September 1960. Educated at Araldihi High School, Bankura, 1971-76; Dubrajpur Uttarayan Vidyayatan, Bankura, West Bengal, 1976-78; Banaras Hindu University, 1978-83; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1983-89; International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad, 1991-93; Post-Doctoral Fellow: Institute of Grassland & Environmental Research, UK, 1996; Ecologie Microbienne (CNRS-Universite' Lyon 1), France, 2001-03; University of Notre Dame, USA 2008-09. B.Sc. 1983; M.Sc. 1985; Ph.D. 1989; ICRISAT Post Doctoral Fellowship 1991-93; INRA Post Doctoral Fellowship (France) 2001-03.

Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal 2014 to date.

Scientist 1989-94; and Scientist (Sr. Scale) 1994-98, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi; Senior Scientist 1998-99, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai; Senior Scientist 1999-06 and Principal Scientist, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 2006-14.

Awards/Honours: British Council TCT Award 1996; DBT Overseas Associateship Award 2008; FAI Dhiru Morarji Memorial Award, 2011; Bharat Jyoti Award, 2012; Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award, 2012; ISSS Dr. G.S. Sekhon Memorial Lecture Award of ISSS, 2012; Hooker Award, 2013; Bioved Agri-innovation Award, 2015. Editor, Range Management and Agroforestry 1996-98; Editor, Journal of the Indian Society of Soil Science 2013-14; Associate Editor, European Journal of Soil Science; Councillor, ISSS 2005-06; Secretary, Delhi Chapter of Indian Society of Soil Science (ISSS) 2005-07; Member, Nature's Reader Panel 2009; President (Delhi Chapter), ISSS 2012-14; Joint Secretarty, ISSS 2013-2014; Vice President, ISSS 2015-16; ISCA President, Agriculture and Forestry Sciences Section, 2016-17.

Fellow: Range Management Society of India; Indian Society of Soil Science

Research Areas: Nitrogen cycling, soil biodiversity, carbon sequestration, nanoparticles

Address: Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Nabibagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal 462038, M.P.; Director's Bungalow, ICAR-IISS Campus, Nabibagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal 462038, M.P.; [Tel: Off. (0755) 2730946; Cell: 9811733465; Fax: (0755) 2733310; Email: director@iiss.res.in; patraak@gmail.com]