Dr. A. Manikandan
 Years of experience

 Since January 2013 to till date

 Area of research
 Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry

Division of Crop Production,
ICAR- Central Institute for Cotton Research
Post Box No. 2, Shankar Nagar Post Office,

Nagpur- 440 010, Maharashtra, INDIA.

Educational Qualification:


Passing Year

Percentage and Class


Ph.D., Agri (Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry)



Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

M.Sc., Agri (Soil Science)


1st class

Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth,

B.Sc., Horticulture



Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

12th Std- HSC  (PCMB)


73.6 %

St. Michaels Hr. Sec. School, Coimbatore / State Board- Tamil Nadu

10th Std (SSLC)



St. Antony’s RC Boys High School,
Puliakulam / State Board- Tamil Nadu


Thesis and Awards:

Ph.D., Dissertation : “Smart Delivery of Nitrogen in Maize through Nano-fertilizers”
Seminar 1 : Smart Delivery Systems for Plants (Nanotechnological Approach)
Seminar 2 : Soil Inorganic Carbon Sequestration

M.Sc. Thesis : “Effect of different sources and levels of potassium on growth, yield and quality of carnation under polyhouse conditions”
Seminar 1: Heavy metal Pollution in soil

Awards /Medals/ Scholarships/Fellowships

  • Doctoral Fellowship (2010-2013) - University Grants Commission - Government of India
  • ICAR- Senior Research Fellow (2010 and 2011) - 3nd and 2nd rank in Pedology 
  • ICAR- Junior Research Fellow (2004) – 83rd in Physical Science

Employment Record :

Designation with Institution and place of work



Scientist on Probationer, ICAR- NAARM, Hyderabad

1st January to 2nd April, 2013

97th Foundation Course on Agricultural Research Service (FOCARS) Training


Scientist, ICAR-CICR, Nagpur

10th April to 10th May, 2013

Institute Orientation Training at ICAR- Central Institute for Cotton  Research , Nagpur

13th May to 12th August, 2013

Department of Nano Science & Technology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

14th August to till date

ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton  Research, Nagpur



Research Article:

  • A.Manikandan and K.S. Subramanian. 2014. Fabrication and characterisation of nanoporous zeolite based N fertilizer. African Journal of Agricultural Research. Vol. 9(2), pp. 276-284. (NAAS rating 6.00)
  • A. Manikandan and K.S. Subramanian. 2013. Urea Intercalated Biochar–a Slow Release Fertilizer Production and Characterisation. Indian Journal of Science and Technology. Vol 6(12), pp.5579–5584. (NAAS rating 4.06)
  • A. Manikandan, K.S. Subramanian and K. Pandian. 2013. Effect of High Energy Ball Milling on Particle Size and Surface Area of Adsorbents for efficient loading of fertilizer. An Asian Journal of Soil Science. Vol. 8, pp.249-254.  (NAAS rating 3.19)                                
  • P. Latha, P.W. Ramteke, A.Manikandan, Manish Kumar, S.Vellai Kumar & S.S. Porte. 2013. Objective Environmental Science. Parmar Publishers&Distributors, Jharkhand, pp.162.
  • Brajendra, Arun Pratap Singh, Praveen Vaidya, A. Manikandan, Manish Kumar, Y.S. Satish Kumar, Munna Lal, K.C. Nataraj, Bhagwat Singh Kherawat and Kailash Chand Verma. 2013.  Competitive Soil Science. Sharma Publications & Distributors, New Delhi.  pp.  383.

Book Chapter:

  • K.S. Subramanian, A. Manikandan, M. Thirunavukkarasu, C. Sharmila Rahale. 2014. Nano-fertilizers For Balanced Crop Nutrition. Springer Publications, 1-19. (Accepted)
  • K.S. Subramanian, A. Manikandan and M. Praghadeesh. 2012.  Smart Delivery System – Prospects in Agriculture. NAIP Short Course Application of Nanotechnology in Soil Science & Plant Nutrition Research,   18 – 27 SEP, 2012. IISS, Bhopal. pp. 122-136.
  • K.S. Subramanian, A. Manikandan and M. Praghadeesh.  2013. Nano-based Smart Delivery systems in Agriculture. NAIP Short course Nanotechnology and Plant Disease Management (NPDM), 18th June 2013. TNAU, Coimbatore.  pp 119-129.


Popular Article (English):

  • A.Manikandan and Rachana Deshmukh. 2014. Biological Soil Crusts for Ecosystem. Agrobios Newsletter. (accepted) sent on 17-06-14
  • A. Manikandan and T.S. Rajarajeshwaran. 2014.  MassSpectrometry Vital Tool Chemistry. Readers Shelf. (Accepted)
  • A. Manikandan and Rachana Deshmukh. 2014. Crop adaptive mechanisms on soil water stress. Readers Shelf, Vol 10(11) pp7-9.
  • M.Yuvaraj, A.Manikandan, CH. Bhargavaramireddy and  Paladugu. Krishna Dev.2014.Role of Silicon on Biotic and Abiotic Stress Management in Crops.Agrobios Newsletter. Vol13(6), Nov 2014, pp 46-47.
  • Paladugu.KrishnaDev, A.Manikandan, M.Yuvarajand CH. Bhargavaramireddy. 2014. Nanotechnology in Food and Packaging. Agrobios Newsletter. Vol13(6), Nov 2014, pp 25-26.
  • CH. Bhargavaramireddy, M.Yuvaraj, A.Manikandan and Paladugu Krishna Dev. 2014.  Biological Indicators of Soil Health.Agrobios Newsletter. Vol13(6), Nov 2014, pp 44-45.
  • A. Manikandan and P.Rajamani. 2014. Modern Techniques in Soil Testing. Agrobios Newsletter.  Vol 12(10), pp 49.
  • A. Manikandan. 2013. Nano-Fertilizers. Agrobios Newsletter.  Vol 12(6), pp 23-24.
  • A. Manikandan and P.Rajamani. 2013. Facts of Zinc in Soil and Plant Nutrition. Reader’s Shelf.  Vol.10(3), pp 20-21.

Cotton Innovate Newsletter/ Literature Scan:

  • A.Manikandan and Rachana Deshmukh.  2014. Soil Spectroscopy. Cotton Newsletter, December 2014
  • A. Manikandan. 2014. Beyond Biochar. Cotton Newsletter. August 2014.
    A. Manikandan.2014. Life Log Sustainability through Nano-fertilizers. Cotton Newsletter, July 2014.

Conference /Oral Presentation:

  • A. Manikandan and  K.S. Subramanian. 2014. Development of biochar based novel slow release fertilizers. 2nd Agricultural Graduate Students Conference on Sustainable Agriculture to Fuel the Future, 6-7 May 2014, TNAU, Coimbatore.  pp. 573-574.

Participation in Seminar/Training/Workshops

  • Training on Role of Scientists in Natural Resources and Environment Management. 2015. Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal during February 16-20, 2015
  • Training on cotton spinning. 2015. ICAR- Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai, 5-9th Jan, 2015.
    Nanomaterials characterisation for agriculture applications. 2013. Department of Nano Science & Technology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. 13th May to 12th August, 2013.