Dr. Ajoy Kumar Singh joined as a Vice Chancellor of Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour
on 21st Jan, 2016. Born on 14th January, 1956 at Garhibishanpur, Lakhisarai district
of Bihar, Ajoy Kumar Singh completed his school education under Bihar School Examination
Board with First class. He obtained his graduation degree in Agriculture from Banaras
Hindu University in the year 1976 with First class. He is having distinction of
obtaining Master’s and Ph.D degree in Agronomy both with First class from Indian
Agricultural Research Institute, the premiere agricultural institution of the country
during 1978 and 1981, respectively.
The service career of Dr. Singh started in November 1981 as Junior Scientist-cum-Assistant
Professor under All India Coordinated Research Project on Diara Land Improvement
at Bihar Agricultural College, Sbour, Bihar. In 1986, he joined as Project Officer,
Operational Research Project, Binda ‘Diara’ and carried out systematic work in Diara
area to develop land situation-based cropping pattern. Package of practices for
rabi maize cultivation, application of phosphatic fertilizer in Diara land, refinement
of the existing bamboo boring technology and preparation of contingent crop planning
studying the trend of onset of flood were some of the contributions made by Dr.
Singh during this tenure.
In 1990, Dr. Singh was transferred to PG Department of Agronomy at University Headquarter,
Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa as Senior Scientist-cum-Associate Professor
in AICRP on cropping systems-on Farm Research. As the teaching faculty, Dr. Singh
undertook both Undergraduate and Post Graduate courses besides guiding PG students.
Dr. Singh also contributed significantly in introducing newer courses as well as
modifying the existing courses.
Dr. Singh joined ICAR service in the year 1998 as Principal Scientist, Project Directorate
for cropping Systems Research, Modipuram. In addition to normal duties, he shouldered
the responsibility of Programme Facilitator, Technology Transfer and Refinement
and also acted as Principal Investigator of on Farm Research having 32 centres across
the country. A manual for on-farm Research on cropping system was developed by him
followed by carrying out of on-farm farming systems research through OFR centres.
In 2005, Dr. Singh was appointed Zonal Coordinator, Zone-II to monitor, evaluate
and guide 56 Krishi Vigyan Kendras spread across Union Territory of A&N Islands
and the states of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
As Director of ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata,
Dr. Ajoy Kumar Singh took the performance of the Institute and 83 KVKs to a new
height in establishing the credibility of KVKs systems in the country. His contribution
became quite evident in almost all walks of agricultural development including enhancement
of cop and livestock productivity, extrapolation of tested technologies through
effective convergence between KVK and ATMA and KVK and line department, extension
and research system and many more. His successful contribution towards the growth
of KVK system could also be visualized in the form of collaborative research and
development activities with Internationally and Nationally reputed research institutes
As a part of visit to abroad programme, Dr. Singh was deputed to IRRI, Philippines
for 5 months in 1996 as FAO fellow to work on Computer Simulation Modeling (Ceres
model) on rice-wheat cropping systems. He also took part to a joint learning and
experience sharing event on ‘Strengthening agricultural research, extension and
input markets in South Asia: Evidence from regional and global practice’ held at
Washington D.C. on June 3-10, 2015. The event was convened by the Modernizing Extension
and Advisory Services (MEAS) Consortium, the Central Systems Initiative for South
Asia (CSISA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Dr. Ajoy Kumar Singh was associated with a number of Universities/ICAR Institutes
in the capacity of Member-Secretary, member of Board of Management, IRC, Nodal Officer,
Co-opted member and others. The major organizations include Calcutta University,
RKM Vivekananda University, Birsa Agricultural University, Narendra Deva University
of Agriculture and Technology, CRIJAF, IDWG, Govt. of West Bengal; Sub-group on
HRD, Training and Accreditation of Planning Commission’s Working Group on Agril.
Extension for XII Plan and others. He also served as Councilor of Indian Society
of Agronomy and Editor of Agronomy Digest; Secretary, FSR and Development Association
and Vice-President, FSR and Development Association.
Dr. Singh also handled 6 externally funded multi-disciplinary projects as PI and
Co-PI including NATP and NAIP followed by conduct of national symposium as Organizing
Secretary. He also remained Course Coordinator for International and National Training
Dr. Singh is the fellow of Indian Society of Agronomy, Indian Society of Extension
Education and Indian Society of Extension. He is having 101 research papers, 73
technical bulletins and popular articles, 171 conference proceedings and 02 Instruction
Manual in his credit. He has also edited and contributed 43 book chapters and manuals
alongwith 01 patent.