DR. U.K. BEHERA is Senior Scientist (Agronomy) at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He was born in village Binayakpur, Basudevpur, Balasore, Orissa and completed his school education (1979) from A.B. High School, Basudevpur, Orissa; B.Sc. Agri. (1987) from OUAT, Bhubaneswar, M.Sc. (1990) from GBPUAT, Pantnagar, and Ph.D. (1996) from OUAT, Bhubaneswar. He also obtained PG Diploma in Management (2003) and MBA (Human Resource Management) (2004) from IGNOU, New Delhi. He did post-doctoral research (2002-03) on farming systems modelling at the University of Reading, UK. Dr. Behera served as Scientist (1994-2001) at the IARI Regional Station, Indore and Senior Scientist (2002–till date) at IARI, New Delhi. He has attended 14 training courses relating to farming systems, water/watershed management, use of multi-media and design of experiments in agriculture. He has a good number of publications to his credit: (i) research papers (30), (ii) review papers/book chapters (4), popular articles (25), (iv) books/manuals (4) and papers presented in seminars/symposia (20). He was awarded FAI Silver Jubilee Award for Outstanding Doctoral research (1997), ICAR Team Research Award (2002), and IARI Hooker Award (2007). He availed INSA Fellowship under bilateral scientific exchange programme to visit UK. Dr. Behera has also visited USA and China to present research paper in World Congress. Dr. Behera has been associated with the release of 4 wheat varieties in central India. His specialized areas of research are: farming systems, water management and conservation agriculture.
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