Academic Department University Of Calcutta


Year of Establishment : 1969

History of the department : Recent achievements : Dr Nilanjan Deb is an inventor and he has already published/filed more than 22 ( twenty two) international and national patents. Dr Nilanjan Deb has invented the first ever nanofertilizer in the world. This nanofertilizer has already been patented in USA (US20130219979A1),China (CN104114028A),Australia (AU2012369910A1), India (IPO 0154/KOL/2012),WIPO(  WO2013121244A1) etc. Calcutta University is the applicant of these above international patents. Besides this invention of nanofertilizer, Dr. Deb has inventions in the field of agriculture, biochemistry, electronics, electrochemistry, electronics sensors, bio polymers and many other scientific fields. I have been awarded a prestigious International (European Union) fellowship “Erasmus Mundas mobility for life”at the Department of Electronic systems of Aalborg University, Denmark to work on bioelectronics . Dr Deb has received distinguished inventor award from Edward Jung ( Co founder of IVIN, USA ) in  the Food and Health Summit in Beijing, China in the field of agriculture . A list of international and national patents and links of Dr Nilanjan Deb is available in his profile. Calcutta University has earned more than USD 140000 (One lakh forty thousand US dollars) from his inventions sold to Intellectual ventures. USA. After commercialization of the patents, Calcutta University will further earn royalty for his patented products once launched in the market.

  • Department of Agronomy has envisage double cropping and triple cropping in southern parts of West Bengal
  • It has developed production technology of salt tolerant crops under costal saline tracts of West Bengal
  • Department involved in popularizing sunflower cultivation in southern parts of West Bengal Department of Agronomy has entailed eminent personalities like Dr. Sisir K.Mukhopadhyay, Emeritus Professor of Agriculture, Visva Bharati; Dr. B. N. Chatterjee, Ex- Professor of Agronomy, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya  and Dr. B. N. Mitra,  Ex- Professor of Agronomy, IIT, Kharagpur
    • Since inception the department of Agronomy till date has produced in all about 30 Ph.D. in Agronomy.
    • Till date the department of Agronomy has published 200 original research papers in National and International Journals of repute.
    • One Faculty Prof. R.K. Sarkar in the department of Agronomy was recipient of endowment post of Khaira Professor (Sir Guru prasad Singh) of Agriculture in 2004.
    • Subsequently the same Professor R.K. Sarkar was the first person in the Institute of Agricultural Science, University of Calcutta who received the UGC Emeritus Fellowship in 2011.

Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body:  Dr. R.K. Sarkar Ex- Khaira Professor of Agriculture in 2004 was the first person in the Institute of Agricultural Science, University of Calcutta who received the UGC Emeritus Fellowship in 2011.


Faculty Members :
Name Designation Area of specialisation Email/Phone number
Dr. Rambilash Mallick
Head, Associate Professor (a) Weed Science
(b) Plant Nutrient Management
(c) Resource conservation
Dr. Nilanjan Deb
Associate Professor Nanotechnology in agriculture
Plant nutrient management
Nanofabrication of agrochemicals
Ashim Kumar Dolai
Assistant Professor Agronomy
Visiting faculty members :
Name Institutions attached with Period of appointment
Dr. R.K. Sarkar Ex- Khaira Professor, Ex- Dean & Director Institute of Agricultural Science, CU 2015-16
Dr. S.P Bhattacharya Ex –Professor of Agronomy, BCKV,  Mohanpur,Nadia 2015-16
Dr. G. Sounda Ex –Professor of Agronomy, BCKV,  Mohanpur,Nadia 2015-16
Dr. Sukanta Dasgupta Additional Director of Agriculture , Dept. of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal 2015-16
Dr. Sitesh Chatterjee Additional Director of Agriculture , Dept. of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal 2015-16

Courses :

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.Sc(Ag.)in Agronomy Post-graduate B.Sc.(Ag) Hons 11
Ph.D. in Agronomy Doctoral Programme M.Sc.(Agronomy) As per vacancy


Research scholars :
Name Research topic Name of the supervisor Date of registration
Amrit Raj Integrated Nutreient Management on rapeseed ( Brassica Campestris var. yellow sarson) in alluvial soil of West Bengal Dr. Rambilash Mallick Thesis Submitted
Debashis Sahoo Nutrient management for sustained production of Sunflower ( Helianthus annus L.) after rice in gangetic alluvial land Dr. R.K.Sarkar 2016
Kashinath Mohanty Nitrogen and phosphorus management in rainfed lowland rice ( Oriyza Sativa ) in gangetic alluvial soils of West Bengal Dr. R.K.Sarkar 2016
Ramprosad Ghosh Integrated management of jute based( Chochorus olitoris) cropping system aided by weed control and nutrition Dr. R.K.Sarkar 2016
Rudragouda Influence of rationalization of nutrients inputs on growth, yield and quality of coffee and pepper in coffee based agro forestry eco system Dr. R.K.Sarkar 2016
Sameer Hembram Evolving integrated agronomic approach for cultivation of summer rice through syatem of rice intensification (SRI)
In the new Alluvial zone of West Bengal
Dr. Rambilash Mallick 2011
Sankar Kr. Biswas Effects of Integrated Nutrient management on growth and yield of hybrid maize ( Zea mays L.) during the rabi season in the gangetic alluvial soils of West Bengal Dr. Rambilash Mallick 2011
Soumen Bera Effect of foliar nutrient on tea plant Dr. R.K.Sarkar 2011
Srimanta Kumar Sahoo Agronomic Practices for increasing productivity of maize ( zea mays) based cropping in red and lateritic rainfed uplands of Odisha Dr. R.K.Sarkar 2011
Sumanta Kundu Improving nutrient and profitability through conservation through conservation tillage and improved nutrient management in maize            ( Zea mays)-horse gram
( Macrotyloma uniflorum) cropping sequence in rainfed Alfifol
Dr. Rambilash Mallick 2016
Surajit Roy Effect of foliar spray of nutrients and sulphur containing fertilizer on growth and productivity of some green gram varieties during summer season (Vigna radiata L.) in gangetic alluvial soil of West Bengal Dr. Rambilash Mallick 2016
TathagataChakroborty Effects of foliar application of nutrients and weed management on zero tilled wheat in ganjetic alluvial soil of West Bengal Dr. Rambilash Mallick 2011
Collaborations :
Title of the programme Principal collaborator of the department Name and address of the collaborating institution Principal collaborator of the collaborating institution Duration of the programme
Algal biofuel Dr Nilanjan Deb IMMT, Bhubaneswar Dr L.B Shukla 3 yrs
Algal biofuel Dr Nilanjan Deb CCMB, Hyderabad Dr. HRN Prasad 3 yrs
Resource Conservation  on maize -horse gram cropping sequence in rainfed alfisol  Dr. Rambilash Mallick CRIDA, Hyderabad Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao
Director, CRIDA, ICAR, Hyderabad
5 yrs    
Effects OF INM on hybrid maize during rabi season in the gangetic alluvial soils of West Bengal Dr. Rambilash Mallick Department of Agriculture
Government of West Bengal
Dr. Paritosh Bhattacharya,
Director of Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Government of West Bengal
5 yrs
Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department :

Major thrust areas of the Department :

  • Effective Cropping System Management for Saline Coastal Belt of Southern part of West Bengal.
  • Development of Low Cost Farmer’s Friendly Technology for Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Evaluation of nano-fabricated nutrient delivery in plants and molecular impact    assessment. 
  • Emphasis on proper development of organic farming.
  • Development of location specific weed management practices for different crops.
  • Research findings of the dept. would be demonstrated in the nearby farmers’ field.
Teaching support :

For effective learning, faculty members of Agronomy imparts teaching by participatory style of teaching, learning by doing, seeing by believing.

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 :

Students after passing M.Sc Agronomy, they are placed in different Multinational companies related to Agriculture

Links :
  • Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia
  • Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Narendrapur
  • Department of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal.
  • Central Research Institute for Dry land Agriculture, Hyderabad, Andha Pradesh. 
  • Dept. of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, O.U.A.T., Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  • Uttar Banga Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya, Pundibari, Coochbehar


Campus : Ballygange Science College campus

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