DR. A.R. SHARMA is Professor (Agronomy) at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. Born on 13 April 1960, he obtained B.Sc. Agri. (1981) with a first position from HPKVV, Palampur, M.Sc. (1983) with a first rank in his batch from PAU, Ludhiana; and Ph.D. (1988) from IIT, Kharagpur. Dr. Sharma served as Scientist (1987-96) at CRRI, Cuttack; Agronomist at PAU, Ludhiana (1996-98), Senior Scientist (1998-2001) at CSWCRTI, Dehradun; and Principal Scientist (2001-2009) at IARI, New Delhi. He has a large number of publications to his credit: (i) research papers (90), (ii) review papers/book chapters (32), popular articles (15), (iv) books/ manuals (15) and papers presented in seminars/symposia (30). He was awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Award (1989) of ICAR for best Ph.D. thesis, KRIBHCO Award for Outstanding Research (1991), Pran Vohra Award (1994-95) of ISCA, Best Worker Award (1995) of CRRI, Hooker Award (1997-98) of IARI, and Dhiru Morarji Memorial Awards of FAI (1990 1994, 2002). He was conferred the prestigious Fellowship of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi in 2004. His specialized areas of research are: nutrient management, weed management and conservation agriculture.
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