Head/Incharges of Departments

Dr. P. S. Shekhawat is Assistant Professor & Incharge, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sri Karan Narendra Agriculture University, Jobner, Jaipur. He took over the responsibility of incharge Dept. of Ag. Economics on 1 May, 2019. He has more than fifteen years experience of teaching in UG and more than four years in PG level courses and conducting research studies in the field of agricultural production, marketing and processing. He has supervised 11 students of Master’s and 01 PhD student in agricultural economics, SKNCOA, Jobner as a major advisor. From 2008 to 2018, he has also served as principal at CPRG Agriculture College at Bhadra, Hanumangarh (Affiliated to SKRAU, Bikaner, Rajasthan). He did UG, PG and Ph.D. Degree from Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner. He was awarded Gold Medal at PG and Ph.D. level. He has published more than 20 research papers in the journal of national and international repute. He has also given 05 radio talks related to farmer’s field problems and their solution.

Name: Dr. P. S. Shekhawat

Designation: Assistant Professor & Incharge

Specialization: Production Economics and Ag. Marketing

Contact: 9414476214

Email: hod.ageco@sknau.ac.in, psshekhawat.ageco@sknau.ac.in

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Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Engineering

Name: Dr. Upendra Singh

Designation: Assistant Professor & Incharge

Specialization:

Contact: 7976561985

Email: hod.agengg@sknau.ac.in, upendra.aspe.rari@sknau.ac.in

AEIS Profile Link: https://aeis.icar.gov.in/UPENDRA2222

Dr. Upendra Singh, holding a Master of Engineering (2004) and Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering (2011), currently serves as Assistant Professor and Department In-charge of Agriculture Engineering. His journey began on July 26, 2012, when he joined as Assistant Professor (ASPE) at AICRP on Post Harvest Technology at Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, Durgapura, Jaipur. With over 16 years of extensive experience in teaching, research, and extension activities across various institutes, Dr. Singh has made significant contributions to the field. During his tenure at AICRP on Post Harvest Technology in Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, Durgapura, Jaipur, he focusing on aloe vera and aonla fruits, and innovated the design of an aloe vera juice extraction machine. Transitioning to the Department of Agriculture Engineering at Sri Karan Narendra College of Agriculture, Jobner, on April 01, 2015, Dr. Singh's achievements continued to flourish. Notably, he was honored with the Raj Bhasha Gourav Award 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, during the Hindi Divas celebration on October 14, 2017, in the esteemed presence of the Home Minister of India, Shri Raj Nath Singh, and other dignitaries. Additionally, he expanded his expertise through international ventures, including a visit to Israel from October 14 to November 03, 2018, for a course in “Agricultural Engineering and Technology” under the MASHAV International Fellowship, as well as a two-month training at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, focusing on “Precision Farming Technology” under the supervision of Dr. Abhishek Datta, Professor, and Head of Department at AIT, Bangkok. Furthermore, Dr. Singh holds various responsibilities within the university and college settings, such as Incharge of the central vehicle pool, Technical Expert for the purchase committee, Technical Officer, Incharge of the Remote Pilot Training Centre, and DDO of the Central Vehicle Pool. His academic contributions extend to over 20 research papers in national and international journals, 12 practical manuals for undergraduate students, 04 folders, 08 pamphlets, and 04 book chapters. Additionally, he has led 5 projects as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator. Currently, Dr. Singh is overseeing the RKVY Project worth Rs 115.69 Crore, titled "Establishment of Farm Machinery Testing Center".

Born on 02.09.1970 and obtained B. Sc. (Ag) degree with 4th Merit of University and M. Sc. (Ag) with 4.00/4.00 OGPA, University merit scholarship and gold medal from SKRAU, Bikaner. Awarded Ph. D. degree with 4.00/4.00 OGPA from IARI, Pusa, New Delhi with SRF in 1999 and qualified NET in 1994 & 1995. Joined SKRAU, Bikaner as Assistant Professor in 1996 having 26 years service experience with more than 10 years as Professor. During service served as teacher, researcher and administrator. Involved in teaching B. Sc. (Ag), M. Sc. (Ag) and Ph. D. courses from last 26 years and guided 26 M. Sc. (Ag) and 4 Ph. D. students as major advisor and minor advisor of about 100 students. Handled 3 research projects on isabgol, agro forestry and micro-irrigation as Principal Investigator. Developed 16 technological recommendations on crop production at state and national level and coordinated in development of 7 seed spices varieties and 5 recommendations on plant protection. Presently also bearing the responsibility of Head of Department of Agronomy and Agronomist in AICRP on Spices, SKNCOA, Jobner.

Agronomy

Name: Dr. A.C. Shivran

Designation: Professor & Head

Specialization: Crop Management Micro- Irrigation

Contact: 9414517546

Email: hod.agro@sknau.ac.in, acshivran.agro@sknau.ac.in

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Biochemistry

Name: Dr. Girish Kumar Mittal

Designation: Assistant Professor & Incharge

Specialization: Plant Biochemistry, Plant Biotechnology, Molecular Biology

Contact: 9413195665

Email: hod.biochem@sknau.ac.in, girish.biochem@sknau.ac.in

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Dr. Girish Kumar Mittal obtained his B. Sc. (Honours) Agriculture from M.D.S. University, Ajmer in 2000 ; M. Sc. (Agriculture) in Biochemistry from Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, Udaipur in 2002 and Ph. D. Agricultural Biochemistry from Anand Agriculture University, Anand Gujarat in 2010. He qualified NET conducted by ICAR, New Delhi in Plant Science in 2010. Currently he is working as Assistant Professor and Incharge in the department of Biochemistry, Sri Karan Narendra College of Agriculture, SKNAU, Jobner, Jaipur. Prior to this, he Served five years as RA, SRF in different Institutes i. e. MPUA&T Udaipur, ICAR-Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh, Sorghum Research Station, Deesa, SDAU, Dantiwada and ICAR-Directorate of Maize Research, IARI, Pusa, New Delhi.His area of specialization is Biochemical and Molecular studies of Biotic and Abiotic stress tolerance in crop plants and Quality evaluation of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, and seed spices for nutritional health benefits. Recently he has attended three months International training on “Metabolomics study of global collection of 165 PMiGAP pearl millet inbred lines for health benefitting traits” at Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Science, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK from 14-6-2023 to 13-9-2023 under World Bank funded by IDP-NAHEP. He has more than 30 research papers in various national and international journals. He is also the co-author of two books, six books chapters and he developed a laboratory manual (Fundamentals of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology for UG students and five popular articles. He has guided 7 students of M.Sc. Agriculture Biochemistry as Major guide & more than 40 students of M.Sc. and Ph.D. as an advisory member from different related departments. He is associated with various committees as convenor and members at both University and college levels & also the life members of 5 scientific societies. He is the recipient of ‘Young Scientist Award-2023’ for his significant contributions in Seed Spices by Indian Society of Seed Spices, in Conference on seed Spices and allied crops and Institute Industry Meet-2024 held on 13 March, 2024 at ICAR-NRC on Seed Spices, Tabiji, Ajmer and has been awarded as ‘Fellow of the Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemists (F.I.S.A.B.)-2023 in November, 2023. Besides this, he has attended more than 25 National /International conferences/Seminars/workshops and awarded with 2 best oral presentation and one best poster presentation awards.

Dr. Akhter Hussain did his M. Sc. (Ag.) from, SKN College of Agriculture, Jobner, SKRAU, Bikaner (Rajasthan) with University Gold Medal and Ph.D. from, Rajasthan College of Agriculture, MPUAT, Udaipur (Rajasthan) with topper. Joined SK Rajasthan Agricultural University (SKRAU) in 2005 as Assistant Professor (Entomology) at KVK, Fatehpur-Shekhawati and worked on insect pest management, validate & disseminate the newer technologies to the farmers. Presently, working as Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology, S.K.N. College of Agriculture (SKNAU), Jobner. Published 38 research papers in scientific journals of national and international repute, several popular articles in the magazines, seven bulletin/ compendium, and three practical manual for UG courses. Participated in many symposia/ workshops/ conferences at state, national and international level. Guided 08 M.Sc. (Ag.) Entomology and one Ph.D. (Entomology) student. Life member and member of various scientific and academic societies of India.

Entomology

Name: Dr. Akhter Hussain

Designation: Associate Professor & Head

Specialization:

Contact: 9414821555

Email: hod.ento@sknau.ac.in, akhter.ento@sknau.ac.in

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Extension Education

Name: Dr. I.M. Khan

Designation: Professor & Head

Specialization: Training Communication, ICT, Adoption

Contact: 9251307654

Email: hod.ext@sknau.ac.in, imkkhan.ext@sknau.ac.in

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Genetics & Plant Breeding

Name: Dr. D.K. Gothwal

Designation: Professor & Head

Specialization: Abiotic Stress Breeding Biometrical Genetics

Conventional Plant Breeding

Contact: 9928845911

Email: hod.pbg@sknau.ac.in, gothwaldk.pbg@sknau.ac.in

AEIS Profile Link: https://aeis.icar.gov.in/DINESH3492

Dr. D. K. Gothwal is presently working as Professor and Head of Department of Genetics & Plant Breeding at SKN College of Agriculture, Jobner. He was born on 23rd March, 1969 at Sujangarh Distt: Churu (Rajasthan). He did his B.Sc. (Ag.), M.Sc. (Ag.) and Ph.D. in Plant Breeding & Genetics from RAU, Bikaner. He also cleared NET conducted by ICAR-ASRB, New Delhi in the year 1995. He joined the university on 13th May, 1996 at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Abusar – Jhunjhunu (Raj.) and served there upto 2001. After that he was transferred at SKN College of Agriculture, Jobner. In Sept., 2007 he was again transferred at College of Agriculture, Lalsot. In 2014, he was again transferred at SKN College of Agriculture, Jobner. He has a teaching experience of 22 years. He has been engaged in teaching of various courses of genetics and plant breeding particularly Principles of Genetics, Biometrical Genetics and Plant Biotechnology etc. to B.Sc. (Ag.), M.Sc. (Ag.) and Ph.D. He guided 11 M.Sc. and 05 Ph.D. students of Genetics and Plant Breeding as major advisor till date and involved as a member in advisory committee of PG students of Genetics & Plant Breeding and other disciplines. He also acted as Project Incharge of ICAR- All India Coordinated Research Project on Spices at Jobner campus for about 04 years. He was associated in the development of varieties viz; fenugreek RMt- 354, fennel RF- 290 and RF- 289. He has specialization in breeding work on abiotic stress in different crops and involved in analysis of research data through biometrical genetic tools. He worked as Dean, College of Agriculture, Peethampuri (Neemka Thana, Sikar) from Jun., 2021 to Oct., 2022. He is also serving as University Head (GPB) and as Coordinator PG Examination Cell of SKNAU, Jobner. He participated in several annual workshops, seminar, symposium, winter/summer schools. He organized a one month vocational course on seed production technology. He has published about 40 research papers in the journals of national and international reputes. He is the life time member of Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding and Society for Advancement of Science and Rural Development. He is also working as Cultural Secretary of the university. He was associated in editing and restructuring of PG Regulation of the university. He acted as Co- PI, NAHEP operated at SKNAU, Jobner. He visited Konkuk University, Seoul (South Korea) under NAHEP for two weeks and got training at Metabolomics Lab on the extraction and analysis of carotenoids, tocopherols, phytosterols, and fatty acids under Dr. Chun, SE CHUL Professor & Plant Pathologist, Deptt. of Environmental Health Science, Konkuk University. He is a member of Academic Council, committee of courses and Board of Studies. Dr. Gothwal is also involved in virtual teaching through his Youtube channel “Gothwal Academics” where several tutorial videos related to Genetics & Plant Breeding have been uploaded by him.

Dr. Mahesh Kumar Sharma has born on July 19, 1969 in Bhanpur Kalan, District Jaipur. He completed his M. Sc. (Ag.) in Horticulture with Gold Medal from Rajasthan College of Agriculture, Udaipur during January, 1991 and acquired Ph. D. Degree with specialization in Fruit Science from the same College in the year 2000 with Senior Research Fellowship of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. In January, 2015 joined at SKN College of Agriculture, SKNAU, Jobner in All India Coordinated Research Project on Arid Zone Fruits as Project Incharge , Incharge Asalpur Farm for seed production along with the responsibility of PG teaching and guiding of PG students , Incharge Nodal Cell (Education) ICAR of SKNAU, Jobner and Incharge Technical Cell, SKNCOA, Jobner. During this period a variety of lasora in the name Karan Lasora was developed from AICRP on AZF in 2017. As a contribution in extension and outreach activities I delivered number of lectures, Radio Talks & TV Talks. He guided 10 M. Sc (Ag.) Horticulture students and published 30 research papers in National & International journals of repute and 20 papers in International and National Symposia/ Seminars/Conferences.

Horticulture

Name: Dr. M.K. Sharma

Designation: Professor & Head

Specialization: Fruit Science

Contact: 9602749904

Email: mksharma.horti@sknau.ac.in, hod.horti@sknau.ac.in

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Livestock Production Management

Name: Dr. Juneed Akhter

Designation: Professor & Head

Specialization: Animal Breeding

Contact: 9414467446

Email: juneed.kvkfatehpur@sknau.ac.in, hod.lpm@sknau.ac.in

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Dr. Juned Akhter born on first January, 1967 in district Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. He has completed his M.Sc. (Ag.) in Dairy Husbandry and Ph.D. in Animal Breeding from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India. He joined as Assistant Professor (Animal Production) in November 22, 1996 at KVK, Fatehpur-Shekhawati, Sikar under Rajasthan Agriculture University, Bikaner and served there till February, 2019 in different capacities including responsibility of Chief Scientist cum Head of the KVK for 17 years. He became the Professor (LPM) in February, 2012. Under his leadership the activities of KVK excelled in all fields resulting the upgradation of KVK from rank D to B of NITI Ayog. He published 08 research papers, more than 60 pamphlets, 40 popular articles and several other publications. His work was well appreciated and endorsed by authorities; he received the first NIF (National Innovation Foundation, India)–KVK Partnership Award at Rastrapati Bhawan on 4th March, 2018 followed by the Rajasthan State Innovation Council Award at MNIT, Jaipur on 11th May, 2018. He also served Agriculture Research Station, Fatehpur-Shekhawati, Sikar from February, 2019 to April, 2021 as a scientist where, in addition to his regular services, he also started a project on Integrated Farming System for Zone-IIA duly funded by the NABARD which is still running successfully at ARS, Fatehpur-Shekhawati. From march, 2023 onward he is holding position of University Head, Department of Livestock Production Management, SKNAU, Jobner where he rudders the post graduate teaching and research keep more meaningful for farmers and entrepreneurs. He has focus on providing experiential learning of the students and farmers for which the department is maintaining herds of pure Gir breed, crossbred cattle, pure Sirohi goats and poultry including chicken, ducks, Japanese quails and guinea fowl etc. in a scientific manner. He guided 4 students of M. Sc. Ag. (LPM) and also associated to the College of Dairy Science and Technology, Jobner since its inception i.e. July, 2021 and continuing in various capacities of academics and administrative.

Nematology

Name: Dr. Brajnandan Singh Chandrawat

Designation: Assistant Professor & Incharge

Specialization: Nematode Management

Contact: 8104113050, 7014494742

Email: bschandrawat.nematology@sknau.ac.in

AEIS Profile Link: https://aeis.icar.gov.in/Brajnandan2229

Dr. B.S. Chandrawat did his M.Sc. in 2013 and Ph.D. in 2017 from Rajasthan College of Agriculture (MPUAT) Udaipur under the supervision of Dr. A.U. Siddiqui. He joined Sri Karan Narendra Agriculture University, Jobner in 2018 as Assistant Professor (Nematology) at SKN College of Agriculture, Jobner. He took over the responsibility of Incharge Dept. of Nematology on July, 2021. He has more than six years’ experience of teaching in UG as well as PG and conducting research studies in the field of nematode management, nematode and fungus complex diseases in vegetables. He guided 05 M.Sc. students as Major advisor. He published more than 50 research paper, 08 book chapter, 26 popular article, 02 extension folder etc. He attended many conference/ seminar/symposiums and received 04 oral/poster presentation awards. He is life member in different scientific societies.

Dr Shailesh Godika did his B Sc (Ag.) degree in 1989 & M. Sc (Ag) in Plant Pathology in 1992 from SKRAU, Bikaner (Campus: Jobner) and PhD from University of Rajasthan in 1996. He joined as assistant professor on 16 November, 1996 at ARS, Navgaon in AICRP (R&M) as Mustard Pathologist. He was associated with the project for 15 years and became Professor in November, 2011. Presently he is working as university head, Department of Plant Pathology, at SKN College of Agriculture, SKNAU, Jobner and actively engaged in teaching & research. Associated in developing 14 technologies included in POP of zone III b & Zone III a of Rajasthan and at National level in Mustard crop. He guided 11 M.Sc. students and 3 Ph.D. students. Published 46 research papers in national and international repute journals out of which 25 research papers are on mustard diseases. He has published two text book of plant pathology in hindi language. He also published 13 book chapters, review articles and 13 technical bulletins, 26 popular articles. He has published 5 laboratory manuals for UG students as per syllabus of Vth dean committee. In June, 2021 he has given the responsibility of Dean, COA, Navgaon, Alwar. In, June, 2022 again he has been given the responsibility of University head, Plant Pathology. Presently he is having responsibilities as convener of various committees at university level, working as university placement officer since 2013.

Plant Pathology

Name: Dr. Shailesh Godika

Designation: Professor & Head

Specialization: Mustard pathologist/Seed pathologist

Contact: 9461038993

Email: shaileshgodika.ppath@sknau.ac.in, hod.ppath@sknau.ac.in

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Plant Physiology

Name: Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma

Designation: Associate Professor

Specialization: Abiotic Stress, Mineral Nutrition studies & Seed Physiology

Contact: 9714680854

Email: mksharma.pphy@sknau.ac.in

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Dr. K K Sharma, Ph.D (Gold Medalist) is working as Professor & Head at Deptt. of Soil Science & Agril. Chemistry, has vast experience of more than 27 years, served at ARSS- Sumerpur, COA-Bikaner, ARSS-Diggi, COA-Lalsot and SKNCOA-Jobner, in the field of teaching, research and extension in soil science discipline. He got merit scholarship and awarded gold medal for M.Sc. (Ag.) degree. He guided 9 M. Sc. (Ag.) & 2 Ph. D. students of soil science. He published more than 33 research articles, Abstracts in the national & international reputed journals and authored one book.

Soil Science & Agril Chemistry

Name: Dr. K.K. Sharma

Designation: Professor & Head

Specialization: Soil Fertility & Nutrient management

Contact: 9887147660

Email: hod.soils@sknau.ac.in

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Dr. Kiran Gaur has obtained her BSc. degree in Mathematics, Statistics and Physics in 1997 and M.Sc. degree in Statistics in the year 1999 with distinction from Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur. She qualified NET conducted by ICAR, New Delhi in Agricultural Statistics in 1999 and was awarded her Ph.D. in Statistics in the year 2005. Currently she is working as Associate Professor and Head in the department of Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Sri Karan Narendra College of Agriculture, SKNAU, Jobner, Jaipur. Prior to this, she was associated with Banasthali University for more than 15 years and possess a rich experience of teaching, research and administration. Her area of specialization is applied statistics and she has a vast experience of handling data related to agriculture, social sciences, health and banking sector. she has more than 40 research papers in various national and international journals published by Nature, Springer, Elsevier and SAGE publications with high impact factor to her credit. She is also the co-author of one book, six books chapters, three laboratory manuals and ten popular articles. She has guided more than 70 students of M.Sc. and Ph.D. as an advisory member. She also acts as the reviewer for many international and national journals. She is associated with various government and private bodies as an expert, resource person, examiner and moderator

Statistics, Mathematics & Computer Science

Name: Dr. Kiran Gaur

Designation: Associate Professor & Head

Specialization: Applied Statistics

Contact: 8209292155

Email: hod.stats@sknau.ac.in, kirangaur.stats@sknau.ac.in

Profile: https://aeis.icar.gov.in/Kiran950