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Director Research



Dr. A. K. Gupta

Director, Research, SKNAU, Jobner

Born on 17.8.1963 at village Bhandarej (Dausa-Rajasthan), Ashok Kumar Gupta had his schooling from the same village. He passed his Secondary and Higher Secondary School examinations with physics, Chemistry and Mathematics securing distinction.

Dr. Gupta passed B.Sc. (Ag.) with Honours from S.K.N. College of Agriculture Jobner in 1984. He obtained Master’s and Doctoral degrees from prestigious Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in the years 1986 and 1990, respectively.  Dr. Gupta conducted his post-doctoral research at the Federal Agricultural Research Centre, Braunschweig Germany availing the coveted DAAD fellowship during 1995-98.

He started his professional career in January, 1989 as an Agronomist with the Fertiliser Association of India, New Delhi. Then he joined Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner (Now SKRAU) as Assistant Professor in August, 1989. Dr. Gupta was promoted as Associate Professor in 2001 and Professor with effect from 1.1.2009.

Out of 30 years of service career he served as a teacher, researcher, guide to PG students and administrator. As a member of Course Committee for about 20 years he has contributed significantly to restructure and modify the course contents of almost all the courses in the discipline of Agronomy. He has guided 13 M.Sc. and 8 Ph.D. Scholars as major Advisor and more than 5 dozen students as member advisory Committee.  


 He has more than 80 Research Papers to his credit published in International and National journals. He has also contributed about 4 dozen technical articles in various magazines and newspapers. As an effort to disseminate latest know-how he has delivered more than 200 talks at through and Radio. Besides being a member of a number of scientific, professional and technical committees his remarkable contribution to Agricultural Education is founding and establishing two new Colleges namely College of Agriculture at Lalsot (2007-2013) and SKN College of Agri-Business Management, Jobner (2016-2019).

He served as Chief Agronomist of All India Coordinated Research Project on Integrated Farming Systems and HoD of the Division of Agronomy (2013-2016) at Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, Durgapura, Jaipur. He has also performed additional duties of Controller of Examinations of SKN Agriculture University, Jobner for 3 and a half year.

He has recently established an Agri-Business Incubator at SKN Agriculture University, Jobner with the support from DAC M/o Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, Government of India for mentoring, nurturing and honing the skills of innovators. He has taken over as Director of Research of SKN Agriculture University, Jobner w.e.f. 01.08.2019.

About Directorate

The Directorate of Research is in the process of establishment under  Sri Karan Narendra  Agriculture University at Jobner (Jaipur). The  territorial jurisdiction of this newly created agricultural university encompasses  over three agroclimatic zones out of the ten zones recognized by the Dept of Agriculture, GOR,  and comprise  about  6.4 M ha   geographical area of  the state  covering   districts of  Ajmer,  Alwar, Bharatpur, , Dausa, Dholpu ,  Jaipur  Sikar, Tonk.  At present  17  ICAR funded All India Coordinated Research  Projects ( AICRPs )  and  the  State Government  funded  long term projects  are  already  in  vogue  and  dedicated   to the  needs  of  the three zones along with several   ad-hoc  projects sponsored  by  various prestigious funding agencies . Thirteen of the 17  AICRPs  and  most  state govt. supported projects   are in operation  at  Rajasthan Agriculture Research Institute (RARI),  Durgapura, Jaipur .  This  new university is  working on widening the spectrum of  funding to support  research/developmental  activities particularly to promote the socioeconomic upliftment  of the farmers of this regional jurisdiction. The three zones cover  the cultivation of staple food crops like, wheat, barley,  bajra, mustard , chickpea, pulses , sorghum, groundnut along with specialty  crops like seed spices etc.  

The Directorate of Research will have its function  through   its three zone-wise  Agricultural  Research Stations located at  RARI (Jaipur), Fatehpur-Shekhawati (Sikar)   and Navgaon (Alwar)  and four sub-stations  located at Gonera (Kotaputali) , Diggi (Tonk), Tabiji (Ajmer) and Kumher    ( Bharatpur) . Besides the basic  mandates , the Directorate  is on its way to finalize newer  mandates in light of the State Agricultural Policy of the Dept of Agriculture, GOR and new frontier areas of R & D  in agriculture covering various aspects of Precision Agriculture, Conservation Agriculture, Secondary Agriculture and  Specialty Agriculture etc.

Last Updated : 27 May 2020