• 51/2 Hazra Road, Kolkata 700019

Department of Agricultural Chemistry & Soil Science

History

Year of Establishment : 1969

History of the department :

  • Birthplace of Soil Science in India including the Society of Soil Science (present Hqrs: New Delhi).
  • Bears the legacy of Internationally famous “Calcutta School of Soil Science”
  • ARS (Agricultural Research Service, ICAR) success rate is only next to IARI, New Delhi.
  • iv) Ex-students hold important positions all over India.
  • v) Recently, success at GRE (USA) is remarkable.
  • vi) Winners of several most coveted national awards.
  • vii)Only FNA in the state under section X (Agriculture, Veterinary, Environment, Fishery & Forestry).     
  • viii)Majority of pedologists in India are departmental alumni.
  • ix)Upcoming hubs of soil microbiology, agricultural chemicals and soil survey / genesis / classification.

Eminent personalities :
S. K. Mukherjee, formerly Vice Chancellor of Kalyani and Calcutta Universities was faculty of this department as a Sir P.C. Ray Professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science. He was member, National Commission on Agriculture, Director, Bose Institute, Calcutta, and an UNESCO Consultant for teaching Chemistry at Indonesia. He also served briefly at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. His special fields of interest was colloid chemistry, ion exchange phenomena and soil humus. Last but not the least; he was also an honorary editor of ‘Everyman’s Science’ published by the Indian Science Congress Association, at the later stage of life. Dr. Kunal Ghosh, Ex –Professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science and Dr. Ashim Chowdhury Ex – Sir P.C. Ray Professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science were Expert of ASRB, ICAR, GoI , CSIR, GoI; TIFAC, DST, GoI; Member, Sectional Committee, INSA, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya;

Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body :
Dr. Kunal  Ghosh, Ex –Professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science was only FNA in the state under section X (Agriculture, Veterinary, Environment, Fishery & Forestry).

Academic

Faculty members :

Name Designation Area of specialisation Email Phone number
Dr. Rambilash Mallick
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Head (a) Weed Science
(b)Plant Nutrient Management
(c)Resource conservation
rbmallick@rediffmail.com 9433668935
Professor A.K. Dolui Professor Soil fertility, Fertilizers and Pedology Ajit_dolui1950@yahoo.co.in 9038879712/8902252494
Dr. Sanjib Kar Assistant Professor Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science.   9903158430

Visiting faculty members :

Name Institutions attached with Period of appointment
Dr. Partha Mukhopadhyay Ex –Professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science, BCKV,  Mohanpur,Nadia 2015-16
Dr. Shyamal Banik Ex-Principal Scientist, NIRJAFT, ICAR, Kolkata 2015-16
Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty Ex-Associate Professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science, IAS, CU 2015-16
Dr. Dulal Chandra Nayak Principal Scientist, NBSS&LUP, ICAR, Kolkata 2015-16
Dr. Swapan Roychowdhury Principal Scientist, ICAR , Kolkata 2015-16
Dr. Tapan Deb Principal Scientist, NBSS&LUP, ICAR, Kolkata 2015-16
Dr. Bimal Kumar Bandopadhyay Principal Scientist, Ex- Director of CSSRI, ICAR,Canning Town 2015-16
Prof. Ashim Chowdhury Ex – Sir P.C. Ray Professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science, IAS , CU 2015-16
Dr. Debaprasad Roy Principal Scientist, NIRJAFT, ICAR, Kolkata 2015-16
Dr. Himadri Sen Ex-Director, CRIJAF, ICAR , Barrackpore 2015-16
Prof. Surojit Mallick Ex –Professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science, BCKV,  Mohanpur,Nadia 2015-16
Dr. Pradip Sen Ex- Joint Director , Dept Of Agriculture, Govt. Of West Bengal 2015-16

Courses

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.Sc. (Ag.) in Agricultural Chemistry & Soil Science Post-graduate B.Sc.(Ag) Hons/ B.Sc.(Chemistry ) Hons 22

Research

Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department :

  1. Clay mineralogy and Clay-humus interaction.
  2. Soil environmental chemistry and Forest soils.
  3. Chemistry, analysis and degradation of Agrochemicals from any biological substrate.
  4. Soil quality and analysis of pesticides residue and its impact on soil biological parameters.
  5. Soil fertility, Fertilizers and Pedology.
  6. Biodiversity of soils under stress.
  7. Development of salt tolerant biofertilizers and effective microorganism for jute rating.

Research support :

Name of the equipment Funding agency
UV- Spectrophotometer UGC Special Grant
Centrifuge UGC Special grant
Leaf Area Meter UGC Special grant
Deep Freezer UGC Special Grant
Plant Growth Chamber UGC Special grant
Micro Photography UGC Special grant

Major activities :

Number of Students from this Department enjoying MS,  Ph.D. & Post Doc. Foreign assignment. 

  1. Sudipta Rakshit MS, PhD USA.2003
  2. Atanu Mukhapadhaya MS, PhD USA.2004
  3. Jaya Das MS, PhD USA.2005
  4. Monalisa Bera MS, PhD USA.2006
  5. Priyanka Roy MS, USA.2006
  6. Bidisa Majumder post Doc. Germany 2006
  7. Tanusree Dutta MS, PhD USA.2006
  8. Dr. Pradip Bhattacharyya PhD, Post Doc in South Korea, Now in USA.2006-2007
  9. Debolina Chakraborti MS, PhD USA.2007
  10. Taniya Raychowdhury MS, PhD USA.2007
  11. Dr. Raktim Pal PhD, Post Doc in South Korea, Now in Australia.2007-2008
  12. Dr. Piw Das PhD, Post Doc in South korea, Now in Australia.2007-2008
  13. Amrita Bhattacharyya MS, PhD USA.2008
  14. Santanu Bakshi MS, PhD USA.2008

Links

  1. Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, ICAR
  2. Central Research Institute of Jute & Allied Fibers, ICAR
  3. NBSS & LUP,    ICAR
  4. Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Deptt of Agricultural Chemistry & Soil Science, Agrochemicals.
  5. State Seed testing Laboratory, Pesticides quality control lab, State Pulse & oil seed  Lab.
  6. B.C. Guha center of genetic engineering  & biotechnology,   CU
  7. Department of microbiology, CU

Additional information :

CENTER FOR TESTING TRAINING FOR PROVIDING TECHNICAL BACK UP TO THE BENEFICIARIES FOR AGRICULTURAL HORTICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT, Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science, Institute of Agriculture, University of Calcutta.  (Syndicate approved)

  1. To cater the technical needs of the farmers, Entrepreneurs through advisory, consultancy, field visit etc.
  2. To test the Agri/Horti Inputs for their quality assurance.
  3. To test the quality of produces from agri/horticultural sectors in respect of both chemical constituents & Microbiology.
  4. To test the contaminant/pollutants in ecological substrates as barrier for proper marketing especially for Export market.

ACTIVITIES

  1. Analysis & Testing of all the Ecological Substrates viz; Soil, Plant ,Water etc. related with Crop Growth (Physical, Chemical, Microbiological Physiological etc).
  2. Analysis & Testing of all the Agriculture/Horticulture/Plantation Crop Inputs (Physical, Chemical, Microbiological, Physiological etc).
  3. Research & Development, Recommendation & Consultancy in respect of Crop Management, Fertility Management, Biorational Pest Management, Post Harvest Management & Agricultural Biotechnology for the beneficiaries

Contact

Campus : Ballygange Science College campus

Address for communication : Institute of Agricultural Science , Calcutta University ,51/2 Hazra Road, Kolkata 700019