symbol of Indian Council of Agricultural Research ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture
Dr. B. D. Sharma
ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture
Beechwal, Bikaner-334006, Rajasthan

Phone:0151-2250147, Fax:0151-2250145
Email:ciah[at]nic[dot]in, director[dot]ciah[at]icar[dot]gov[dot]in

Born, on 15th May, 1960, at Hilwari village of Meerut district, Uttar Pradesh. He had his intermediate from A. S. Inter College, Lakhaoati (Bulandshahr), UP. He graduated from Meerut University, Meerut in 1980 and earned his M. Sc. Ag. in Agriculture Chemistry, in 1982, from the same university. He obtained Ph. D degree in Soil Science from G.B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar in the year 1985. Started his career as ARS scientist at ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur (Rajasthan), in 1985. After serving CAZRI for 10 years, he got transferred to ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner in 1995, as scientist Senior Scale and was promoted as Senior Scientist in 1998, at the same Institute. He became Principal Scientist in the year 2006 and was selected as Head, Division of Crop Production in 2013. He visited Tropical Agriculture Research Centre, Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan as Visiting Research Scientist during 1992-93.

Achievements: In career spanning 36 years, Dr. Sharma, has made significant contributions in production system of arid horticultural crops and also for Kinnow mandarin. He developed ber and aonla based cropping system models. As a Soil Scientist, he has developed schedules for fertigation in major mandated crops. The technologies developed by him have been widely adopted by the farmers. He has earned many awards for his contributions.

Publications: He has published 120 research papers in peer reviewed journals, popular articles, book chapters. Besides these, he has authored 4 books related to arid horticulture. He has contributed to develop the technical bulletins in the Institute.

Awards and recognitions: He has been the Member Secretary of Research Advisory Committee   ICAR-CIAH, Bikaner, 3 times Member Secretary of Quinquennial Review Team of ICAR-CIAH and AICRP on Arid Zone Fruits. He has been Member of IMC for DRMR, Bhatapur, NRCSS, Ajmer, CAZRI, Jodhpur, NRC on Camel, Bikaner and ICAR-CIAH, Bikaner. He is General Secretary of Indian Society for Arid Horticulture and life member of many professional societies.  He is fellow of Indian Society for Arid Horticulture and Confederation of Horticulture Association of India.


Address: Head, Division of Crop Production, ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner (Rajasthan); Residence:  6-SA-16, Pawanpuri, South Extension, Bikaner-334003 (Rajasthan; E-mail: : Mobile No. 9460616489 and 8279289991


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