Dr. P.K. Chhonkar
Fellow, Elected 2000

Born in Aligarh, India on 14 January 1944. Educated at R. K. Mission School, Kanpur and D.A.V. School, Dehradun 1950-57; Bihar Agril. College, Sabour 1959-62; Indian Agricultural Research Institute 1963-68; B.Sc. (Ag) 1962; M.Sc. 1965; Ph.D. 1968.

Adjunct Faculty, IARI, New Delhi, 2010 to date.

Asst. Professor, U.P. Agril. Univ. Pantnagar, 1968-70; Soil Biologist, 1971-77; Senior Soil Scientist, 1977-83; Visiting Scientist INRA, Paris, 1979; Scientist S-4, 1984-85, Principal Scientist, 1986-92, Professor of Soil Science, 1992-97, Head, Division of Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry, 1994-95; 1998-2006 and ICAR Emeritus Scientist, 2006-08, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; Principal Advisor, International Institute of Development Management Technology, New Delhi, 2008-10; Adjunct Faculty, Central Agricultural University, Shilong, 2009-10.

Awards/Honours: IARI Best Teacher Award 1998; ICAR Bharat Ratna Dr. C. Subramaniam Outstanding Teacher Award, 2004; ICAR Jawaharlal Nehru Award (Student advisee); President, Indian Society of Soil Science 2001-2002; Member, Executive Council, International Society of Soil Science (Ex-officio) (now International Union of Soil Sciences); ISSS Dr. R.V. Tamhane 2003, Dr. B.V. Mehta 2004 and Dr. N.S. Randhawa 2011 Memorial Lecture Awards; Dhiru Moorarji FAI Golden Jubilee Award 2005; Prof. Sushil Kumar Mukherjee Commemoration Award of Indian Science Congress Association 2007; S.B. De Memorial Lecture Award of the Indian Society of Agricultural Chemists, 2010; Honorary Member of the Indian Society of Soil Science its highest honour.

Fellow: Indian Society of Soil Science; Invited Member, American Association of Advancement of Science, Washington DC, USA.

Research Areas: Soil biochemistry, soil heath and quality assessment, organic farming, biofertilizers, organization and human resource development

Address: 4/403, Beverly Park, Plot No. 2, Sector 22, Dwarka, New Delhi 110077; [Tel: Res. (011) 28051685; Cell: 9312105675; Fax: (011) 26130780; Email: pkchhonkar@yahoo.com]

Editor 1 Jan, 2012 to 31 Dec, 2014; Dr. N.S. Randhawa Memorial Award, 2011-2012