Name: Dr. Sunil S. Mahajan, Senior Scientist
 eMail:
mahsunil@gmail.com
 Specialisation
Seed Production, Seed Research, Storage & Physiology
Qualification
M.Sc. & Ph.D. – Seed Science & Technology
 Years of experience
13 years
Address
Central Institute for Cotton Research
PB. No. 2, Shankarnagar PO, Nagpur-440010,
Maharashtra, India
Office Tel. No. : 07103-275549
Office Fax No.: 07103-275529

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION

  • B.Sc. (Agriculture), Dr. PDKV, Akola, Nagpur Campus
  • M.Sc. (Seed Science & Technology), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
  • Ph. D. (Seed Science & Technology), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
  • ASRB NET (Seed Technology): 1997, 1998, 1999

EMPLOYMENT

  • Scientist: 08/05/2002 to 07/05/2006, CAZRI, RRS, Jaisalmer
  • Scientist, Senior Scale: 08/05/2006 to 11/08/2008 CAZRI, RRS, Jaisalmer
  • Senior Scientist: 12/08/2008 to 30/04/2015, CAZRI, Jodhpur
  • Senior Scientist: 12/08/2018 to till date, CICR, Nagpur

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS HANDLED

Institute Project as PI:

    • Screening of Lasiurus sindicus Henr. germplasm and development of agro-techniques for higher seed and fodder production (CAZRI /T-02/ 25). (6/20004-9/2007). (18.59 Lakh)
    • Development of techniques for quality seed production and post-harvest handling in cumin (Cuminum cyminum) (CAZRI/T-02/33).  (7/2009 to 69/2012). (4.7 Lakh)

Institute Project as Co-PI:

    • Investigation of agro-techniques on germination, productivity and quality of wild melon (Citrullus colocynthis L.) (CAZRI / T-02 / 26). (7/2004 to 6/2008).
    • National Network Research Project on Arid Legumes (ICAR):- Development of agro-techniques for sustainable production of arid legumes in extreme Thar Desert (CAZRI/T-03/45).  (6/2003-8/2008).
    • Improvement of pasture grasses and legumes of arid zone (CAZRI /T-02 /12) (4/2003-8/2008).
    • Screening and evaluation of Date Palm cultivars for commercial cultivation in Thar Desert (CAZRI / T-02 / 29) (7/2006-8/2008).

Externally Funded Projects:

    • All India Coordinated Research Project on Forage Grasses (Cenchrus ciliaris) – PI (2003-2005).
    • Revolving Fund Scheme (NSP): Seed production of pasture grasses (Lasiurus sindicus) – Co-PI   (2003-2006).
    • All India Coordinated Research Project- National Seed Project (STR) (28.90 Lakh) - Co-PI (2012-2015).
    • Seed Production in Agricultural Crops and Fisheries (ICAR Mega Seed Project) CAZRI / T-04 / EF-61. (XIth Plan 70.19 Lakh and XIIth Plan 60.85 Lakh) (Co-Nodal Officer) (7/2005-4/2015).

Ongoing Research Project:

  • Evaluation of exogenous application of Plant Growth Hormones and other chemicals on seed yield and quality of Cotton. (06/2015 to 03/2017).

 

PUBLICATIONS

  Research Papers:

  • Mahajan, Sunil S.; Guar, Ashok; Sinha, S.N.; Gopal, Madhuban; Sinha, J.P. and Sharma O.K. (2004). Persistence and efficacy of seed protectants on maize seed stored under ambient and controlled conditions. Seed Research, 32(1): 76-83.
  • Kandpal, B. K., Kumawat, R. N., Mahajan, Sunil S. and Mertia, R. S. (2008). Moisture stress management behaviour of Moth bean (Vigna aconitifolia) as influenced by planting pattern and urea foliar application. Journal of Arid Legumes 5 (1): 33-37.
  • Kumawat, Ram Narayan, Rathore, Praveen Singh and Mahajan, Sunil S. 2009. Dry matter partitioning and yield of mungbean (Vigna radiata L.) with sulphur and iron nutrition. Journal of Arid Legumes, 6 (1): 52-56.
  • Kumawat, R N, Mahajan S S & Mertia, R S (2009). Response of cumin (Cuminum cyminum L.) to 'panchgavya' and plant leaf extracts in arid western Rajasthan. Journal of Spices and Aromatic Crops Vol. 18 (2): 92–99.
  • Kumawat, R. N., Mahajan, S. S. & Mertia, R. S. 2009. Dry matter partitioning, nutrient content and uptake by Colocynth (Citrullus colocynthis) in relation to spacing and nitrogen under rainfed conditions. Annals of Arid Zone, 48 (2): 119-123. (A 141:2.62)
  • Kumawat, R.N., Mahajan, S.S. and Mertia, R.S. 2009. Growth and development of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) under foliar application of panchgavya and leaf extracts of endemic plants. Indian Journal of Agronomy 54 (3), 324-331. (I024: 5.0).
  • Kumawat, R. N., Mahajan, Sunil S. and Mertia, R. S. (2009). Effect of intra row spacing and nitrogen on yield and yield attributes of colocynth (Citrullus colocynthis L) under rainfed conditions. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 79 (4): 298-301. (NAAS Rating 2015: I022: 6.00).
  • Kumawat, R. N., Mertia, R. S. & Mahajan, S. S. 2010. Comparative performance of groundnut-cumin and cluster bean-cumin cropping systems under foliar application of panchgavya in western Rajasthan. Annals of Arid Zone, 49 (1): 31-38. (A 141:2.62)
  • Kumawat, R. N., Mahajan, S. S. & Mertia, R. S. 2010. Growth and yield of groundnut in relation to soil application of ‘panchgavya’ and foliar spray of endogenous plant leaf extracts. Journal of Food Legumes, 32 (2):124-127. (J191: 3.19)
  • Kumawat, R.N., Mahajan S.S., Mertia R.S., 2010. Effect of spacing and nitrogen on productivity and nitrogen use indices of colocynth under rainfed condition. Indian Journal of Horticulture 67 (4), 317-322. (I056: 6.11)
  • Kumawat, R.N., Mahajan S.S., B.K. Kandpal and Mertia R.S. 2010. Effect of intra row spacing and nitrogen on growth and physiology of colocynth grown on desert soils. Indian Journal of Horticulture 67 (4), 470-473. (I056: 6.11)
  • Kumawat, R.N., Mahajan, S.S., Mertia, R.S., 2010. Response of cluster bean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba L.) to foliar application of panchgavya grown on light textured soils of Indian Thar desert. Environment and Ecology 28(4), 2404-2409. (E054: 4.09)
  • Kumawat, R.N., Mahajan, S.S., Mertia, R.S., Sinha, N.K., 2010. Response of colocynth (Citrullus colocynthis L.) to different level of nitrogen and spacing grown on desert soils of Jaisalmer. Environment and Ecology 28(4), 2381-2385. (E054: 4.09)
  • Mahajan, S. S., Kumawat, R. N. & Mertia, R. S. 2011. Organic seed production of Clusterbean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) with foliar application of panchgavya and plant leaf extracts.  Seed Research, 39 (1): 28-33.
  • Kumawat, R. N., Mahajan, S. S. & Mertia, R. S. 2011. Growth and yield of Clusterbean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) grown on light-textured soils with foliar application of fermented panchgavya. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 81 (3): 230-235. (NAAS Rating 2015: I022: 6.00)
  • Mahajan, Sunil S. Kumawat, R.N. and Mertia, R.S. (2012). Organic seed production of cumin (Cuminum cyminum L.) with foliar application of Panchgavya and plant leaf extracts in arid western Rajasthan. International J. Seed Spices, 2 (2): 19-26. (I214: 3.6)
  • Kumawat, R. N., Mahajan, S. S., Mertia, R. S. And Meena. O. P. 2012. Green agriculture cultivation of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) with foliar applied plant leaf extract and soil applied panchgavya. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 82 (4): 376–380, April 2012. (NAAS Rating 2015: I022: 6.0)
  • Mahajan, S. S. and Kumawat, R. N. 2013. Study of Seed Dormancy in Colocynth (Citrullus colocynthis L.) with After-Ripening of Fruits, Seed Extraction Procedures and Period of Seed Storage. National Academy Science Letters 36 (4): 373-378. (N009: 6.24)
  • Mahajan, Sunil S., Henry, A. and Bhatt, R. K. (2013). Effect of pre-sowing seed treatments on seedling emergence, seed yield and yield attributes of cumin (Cuminum cyminum L). International J. Seed Spices, 3 (1): 36-40. (I214: 3.6)
  • Kumawat, R. N., Mahajan, S. S. and Santra, P. 2013. Effect of Panchgavya on soil chemical properties of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) rhizosphere and crop productivity in western Rajasthan. Journal of Food Legumes 26 (1&2): 39-43. (J191: 3.19)
  • Rajora, M. P., Mahajan, S. S., Bhatt, R. K., Jindal S. K. & Roy, M. M. (2014).  Response of Genotypes to Cutting Management for Seed Yield in Cenchrus ciliaris Under Hot Arid Conditions. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., India, Sect. B Biol. Sci. DOI 10.1007/s40011-014-0467-8 (Online First Published). (P128: 6.40)

Book Chapters:

  • Varshney, J. L.; Mahajan, Sunil, S.; Sharma, S. P. and Gaur, Ashok. 2001. Effect of fungicidal treatments on seed quality of two maize hybrids and their parental lines during storage. In: Seed Technology and Seed Pathology (Eds. T. Singh and K. Agrawal). Pointer Publisher, Jaipur. Pp 182-199.
  • Kumawat, R. N., Mahajan, Sunil S., Santra, Priyabrata and Mertia, R. S. 2005. Standardization of Germination methods for cultivation of colocynth (Citrullus colocynth L.) A medicinal Herb of Desert. In: Proceedings of the National Seminar on “Botanical Products in New Millenium Development and Challenges”. Department of Chemistry, Rajasthan Univ., Jaipur. Pp 32-34.
  • Mahajan, Sunil S., Kumawat, R. N., Mertia, R. S. and Kandpal, B. K. 2006. Effect of Fruit Size and Stage of Harvest on Germination of Colocynthis (Citrullus colocynthis). In: Proceedings of the International Conference & Expo. On “Botanical Products, Innovation, Challenges, Problems, Solutions and Trans-national Marketing”. Department of Chemistry, Rajasthan Univ., Jaipur. Pp 82-84.
  • Kumawat, R. N., Mahajan, Sunil S., Mertia, R. S. and Prajapati, C. P. 2006. Citrullus colocynthis: A Marvel Herb for Botanicals and Food Products from Desertic Flora. In: Proceedings of the International Conference & Expo. On “Botanical Products, Innovation, Challenges, Problems, Solutions and Trans-national Marketing”. Department of Chemistry, Rajasthan Univ., Jaipur. Pp 60-62.
  • Mahajan, Sunil S., Kumawat, R. N., Kandpal, B.K. and Mertia, R. S. 2008. Response of Cumin (Cuminum cyminum L) to Panchgavya & plant leaf extracts in arid western Rajasthan. In: Proceedings of National Workshop on Spices and Aromatic Plants (Eds. Z. S. Solanki, G. N. Parihar, B. S. Rathore and S. R. Kumhar) published by ARS, RAU, Mandore, Rajasthan- 342004. Pp. 308-311.
  • Kumawat, R. N. Mahajan, Sunil S. Kandpal, B.K. and Mertia, R. S. 2009. Response of clusterbean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) to panchgavya and plant leaf extracts in arid western Rajasthan. In: “Legumes in Dry Areas” (Eds. D. Kumar, A. Henry & K. P. R. Vittal), Scientific Publisher (India), Jodhpur-342001. pp. 294-299.
  • Rajora, M. P., Patidar, M., & Mahajan, Sunil S. 2009. Effect of pre-sowing seed treatments on seed germination, plant establishment and yield of moth bean (Vigna aconitifolia). In: “Legumes in Dry Areas” (Eds. D. Kumar, A. Henry & K. P. R. Vittal), Scientific Publisher (India), Jodhpur-342001. pp. 219-224.
  • Mertia, R. S., Kandpal, B. K., Kumawat, R. N. and Mahajan, Sunil S. 2009. Performance of promising mothbean genotypes in extreme arid environment. In: “Legumes in Dry Areas” (Eds. D. Kumar, A. Henry & K. P. R. Vittal), Scientific Publisher (India), Jodhpur-342001. pp 111-116.
  • Kandpal, B. K., Mertia, R. S., Kumawat, R. N. and Mahajan, Sunil S. 2009. Performance of mothbean + pearl millet intercropping system as influenced by delayed sowing in extreme arid environment. In: “Legumes in Dry Areas” (Eds. D. Kumar, A. Henry & K. P. R. Vittal), Scientific Publisher (India), Jodhpur-342001. pp. 240-247.
  • Khan, M.S., Patil, N.V., Patel, A.K., Harsh, L.N. Khan, H.A., Tewari, J.C., Meghwal, P.R., Kondiah, N., Azam, M.M., Raghvender, S., Shakyawar, D.B., Gupta, N.P., Karim, S.A., Mertia, R.S., Kumawat, R.N., Mahajan, S.S., Singh, S.K., Pathak, R., Bhansali, R.R., Vir, S., Singh, J.P., Rathore, V.S., Soni, M.L., Tewari, P. and Malviya, P.K. 2009. Value addition in farm produce. (in): Trends in Arid Zone Research in India (eds. Amal kar, B.K. Garg, M.P. Singh and S. Kathju). Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur pp. 383-410.
  • Bhatt, R. K., Mahajan, Sunil S. and Rajora, M. P. 2012. Production of quality seeds in cultivated crops and grasses of arid region. In: Compendium on achievements of ICAR Seed Project, “Seed Production in Agricultural Crops and Fisheries”. Published by DSR, Mau. Pp 48-53.
  • Bhatt, R. K. and Mahajan, Sunil S. 2013.Collection, extraction, processing and storage of tree seeds to produce quality planting materials. In: Training Manual on “Nursery Management” Compiled and Edited by P. Ratha Krishnan, Rajwant K. Kaliaand Akath Singh. Organized by Division of Integrated Land Use Management and Farming Systems, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur – 342003, Rajasthan during 20th - 22nd February, 2013. Pp 19-28.

Bulletin:

  • A Hindi bulletin entitled, Sewan Ghas: Utpadan avam Prabandhan published by Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur in 2012 and authored by Rajora, M. P., Bhatt, R. K., Mahajan, Sunil S. and Roy, M. M. (Total pages 1-28).

Popular Articles:

  • Kumawat, R. N.; Mahajan, Sunil S.; Mertia, R. S.; Mertia, Dalip Singh; Meena, Mangi Lal and Prajapati, C. P. 2005. Bijopchar dwara fasalon ka visham paristhitiyon se bachao. Rajasthan Kheti-Pratap, Vol. (4): 14-16.
  • Mahajan, S. S.; Mertia, R. S.; Santra Priyabrata, Kandpal, B.K. and Prajapati, C.P. 2005. Rajasthan main Sonamukhi ki unnat kheti. Rajasthan Kheti-Pratap, Vol. 1(12):1-3.

 

AWARDS

  • Dr. J. S. Pruthi Award 2009” was conferred on 08th December 2011 for the best research paper entitled, “Response of cumin (Cuminum cyminum L.) to 'panchgavya' and plant leaf extracts in arid western Rajasthan” published in the Journal of Spices and Aromatic Crops,  Vol. 18 (2) 2009: pages 92–99, authored by Dr. R N Kumawat, Dr. S S Mahajan & Dr. R S Mertia.

 

TRAININGS UNDERTAKEN

  • 75th Foundation Course for Agricultural Research Service” in 2002 for 4 months at NAARM, Hyderabad.
  • Summer School on “Recent Advances in Agricultural Research Project Management” in 2005 for 21 days NAARM, Hyderabad.
  • Excellence in Research Personality Development” at National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Tabiji, Ajmer from 17-27, September, 2008.
  • Refresher Course on “Dynamic of Seed Quality Management for Better Productivity” conducted by the Academy of Agricultural Research and Education Management, Directorate of Human Resource Management, in Collaboration with the Department of Seed Science & Technology, CCSHAU, Hisar from January, 2 to 22, 2009.
  • Two days Training cum Seminar program from 31st July 2009 to 1st August 2009 on “Patenting Systems in India” organized by Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Pharmacy Wing, Jodhpur Sponsored by AICTE.
  • Six days training on “Data Analysis Using SAS” of NAIP on “Strengthening Statistical Computing for NARS” at Rajasthan College of Agriculture, MPUAT, Udaipur from 10th to 15th January, 2011.
  • Four days PVP&FR sponsored training Course on “Conservation of Plant Germplasm including Registered Varieties in Genebank” was attended in the Division of Germplasm Conservation, NBPGR, New Delhi, from 18 to 21 March 2013.
  • A training program on Maintenance Breeding: Training -cum- Exposure Visitarranged for officials of BSP Centres under NSP in the country which was Jointly organized by ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Regional Station, Karnal  & ICAR-Directorate of Seed Research, Mau at IARI Regional Station, Karnal from 26-27 September, 2014.

 

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

Radio Talks / TV shows (Title and date)

  • “Bhumi Urvarta Avam Mitti Parikshan” aired on All India Radio (AIR) on 18.10.2003
  • “Masala: Jeera Avam Isabgole Mein Jal Prabandhan” aired on AIR on 06.03.2004.
  • “Fasal Beej Sarakshan Avam Upchar Ki Adhunik Paddhatiya” aired on AIR on 19.03.2004
  • “Beej Bhandaran Avam Sarakshan Vidhiya” aired on AIR on 16.10.2004.
  • “Moth Fasal Ki Unnat Kismain Avam Visheshtaye” aired on AIR on 27.11.2004
  • “Kruishi Utpadan Mein Beejopchar Ka Mahatwa” aired on AIR on 09.07.2004
  • “Santulit Urvarak Avam Jaivik Udpadan Prabandhan” aired on  AIR on 05.07.2005
  • “Rabi Ki Fasalon Mein Sinchai Avam Paudh Saraukshan” aired on AIR on 03.01.2006
  • “Zaid Ki Fasalon Mein Paudh Saraukshan Karya” aired on AIR on 26.04.2006
  • “Udyano Mein Labh Ke Liye Kya Lagaye” aired on AIR on 15.07.2006.
  • “Methi Ki Unnat Kheti” aired on AIR on 12.11.2006.
  • “Beejopchar Dwara Unnat Kheti Karne Ki Sambhavnaye” aired on AIR on 20.06.2007
  • “Kakdi Wargiya Fasalon Mein Dhyan Dene Yogya Batein” aired on AIR on 11.04.2007.
  • “Varsha Ke Viprit Buwai Se Labh Kaise Uthaye” aired on AIR on 26.07.2007
  • “Pattagobhi Avam Fulgobhi Unnat Kheti” aired on AIR on 11.10.2007
  • “Is Mah Ke Krishi Karya” aired on AIR on 01.03.2008
  • “Niryat Ki Jane Wali Nagadi Fasalon Ki Kheti” aired on AIR, on 06.06.2008
  •  “Importance of seed Treatments” (Beejopchar Kitna Aawasshak?) aired on 11.10. 2011

 

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