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Dr. Laxmi Narayan Harsh

The Vice Chancellor  

Agricultural University, Jodhpur, India

Academic Credentials

Higher Secondary – Board of Secondary Education, Ajmer – 1966

B.Sc. –University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur – 1970

M.Sc. (Botany) – University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur – 1972

Ph.D. (Botany)/Discipline : Plant Ecology, University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur – 1976 

Professional Profile

Lecturer (Honorary)                                                      1973-1974

Botany Department, University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur   

Junior Research Fellow                                                1974 – Oct. 1975

"PL–480 Project"                                                           

Botany Dept., University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur

University of Jodhpur

Scientist S Range Management and Soil Conservation Oct. 1975 – June 1976

Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur             

Scientist S1 (Economic Botany)                                     July 1976 – June 1982

and Officer Incharge Range Management Areas            

Palsana Unit and Pali Unit of CAZRI, Jodhpur

Scientist S2 (Economic Botany)                                     July 1982 – Nov. 1983

and Incharge Pali RM&SC Unit, CAZRI, Jodhpur             

Silviculturist (Scientist – S2 Forestry)                          1983 to June 1986

CAZRI, Jodhpur                                                             

Senior Scientist (Forestry)                                            July 1986 to 22 Oct. 1998

& OI/c Silva Section, CAZRI, Jodhpur                          

Principal Scientist (Forestry)                                        22 Oct 1998 – 31 Aug. 2010

and OI/c Silva Section                                                    


Publications Summary and Post-Graduate Thesis Guided

·  Full length Research Papers in referred National/International/ Journals.


·       Papers in Conferences Proceedings/Book Chapters


·       Popular articles/short communications


·       Books published authored or edited


·       Research Bulletin


·       UGC Class Room TV Programme


·       Thesis Guided (Students Awarded Degree)


Peer Recognitions

·   Member International Panel of Expert of UNCCD, Geneva – 1993-1994  (2 yrs).

·      Contract Consultant to UNCED (United Nations Conference on Environmental Development), Geneva – 1991 (45 days).

·       Expert for UNDP–IRAN & FRWO to Deliver Lecturers on Combating Desertification – 2009 (7 days).

·       Indian Expert of UNDP to visit Egypt to study "Greening the Desert– 2008" (21 days).

·     Invited as Expert to FRWO-IRAN to deliver Lecturers on "Management and Utilization of "Mesquite" 2010 (7days).

·      As Indian Delegation visited IRAN to Attend ESCAP – exposure visit to see Sand Dune Stabilization – 1989 (20 days).  

·       Fellow Indian Society of Salinity Research Scientist – 2004.

·       President Prosopis Society of India since 1996.

·       Vice President Indian Society of Agro Forestry since 2009.

·       Chief Advisor – Desert Environmental Conservation Association Dept. since 2011.

·       Honorary Advisor – Research Board of Advisor to American Biographical Institute, 2001.

·       Advisor to International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, Sweden.

·       Member Research Advisory Group Arid Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur since 2000.

Membership of Professional Societies

·       Arid Zone Association of India – Life Member

·       Indian Society of Agroforestry – Life Member

·       Geo-bios A Bimonthly Journal of Life Sciences – As Member & Treasurer.

·       Forage Research, HAU, Hissar – Member

International Assignments Visits

Ø Consultant to United Nations Conference on Environmental Development (UNCED) Geneva.                     Feb.–April–1991

Ø Expert Member – International Panel of Expert on Desertification (IPED) for UNCCD. Geneva   Feb. 93 to 1994 (attended 7 meetings)

Ø Invited by Association for International Research Initiatives for Environment Studies (AIRIES) Japan as panelist in "International Symposium on Research to Combat Desertification" and "Workshop on Thematic Programme Networks in Asian Region"                            March 1999. (2 days)

Ø Sponsored by Australian Tree Seed Center, CSIRO Australian to Present Paper in "IUFRO Symposium on Tree Seeds" and training on seed handlings & production. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. 23 Nov. to 8 Dec. 1992. (21 days).

Ø Visited – Iran (1989), USA (1990, 1996), Kenya (1986). Zimbabwe (1984)

Ø Received Advance Nursery Technology at OSU, Oregon, USA, and appointed as Associate Professor (Honorary)         Feb. – June,1990 (6 months).

Ø Visited IRAN as an UNDP expert on "Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Arid and Semi-arid areas" from 5th Dec. to 11th Dec. 2009 hosted by FRWO, Iran.

Ø Invited by FRWO IR of Iran to deliver series of Lecturers on Prosopis juliflora utilization & management to the Iranian delegates in Oct. 2010.

Ø Presently working as Consultant for TM USA since Aug. 2011.

Ø Working as Functional Area Expert of Ecology & Bio Diversity for RK Consultants Jodhpur – 342008.

Externally Funded Projects

v Prospis species for biofuel and Pod production in arid and semi arid regions of India from USAID (PL-480 project) as PI.                       

v Standardization of vegetative propagation in Simumon chinensis (Jojoba) from NWDB as PI.                                                                   

v Standardization of advance nursery technologies for large-scale Quality Seeding production AP CESS Fund ICAR as PI.                                    

v Development of techniques for gum production from Acacia senegal AP Cess Fund ICAR as Co PI.                                                                   

v Desert development project – Transfer of Technologies in 10 villages of 5 districts of arid region sponsored by State Government of Rajasthan as PI & Project Co-ordinator.                                                                      

v Utilization of industry effluent water for tree plantation sponsored by Rajasthan State Government as PI.                                                    

v Management and Utilization of Prospis juliflora in arid and semi-arid regions of India HDRA-UK as PI.                                                     

v NAIP Project – Value chain on value added products derived from Prosopis juliflora as CPI.                                                                          

v Network project on "Harvesting Processing and Value Addition of Natural Resins and Gums" of IINRG, Ranchi as PI.                                

v Vegetation Carbon Pool Assessment funded by IIRS. Dehradun as PI. 

Technology Developed

·       Agroforestry models for Arid and Semi and regions have developed.

·       Agronomic practices for Arid grasses have developed.

·       Macro-propagation techniques for different tree sp. have developed.

·       Nursery practices for different trees developed.

·    Value added products from different tree sp. Like Salvodora. Anogeissus. Acacia tortilis and Prosopis juliflora.

·       Gum tapping tehcnologies for Acacia senegal (Gum Arabic) Anogeissus rotundifolia (Gum Gutti). Boswellia Serrata (Salar). Acacia tortilis (Isreli babool), etc. developed.

·     A thornless prospis juliflora with high sugar content (>50% in Mesocarp) has been screened and mass multiplication techniques developed.

·       Package of practices for Jojoba cultivation developed.

·       Developed Hydroponics models for growing of vegetables and floriculture.


*    Received Nobel Peace Prize as contributor to UN IPCC for the Year 2007.

*    Received "Marwar Ratna" Award for year 2009.

*    Received JCC Award of 1992.

*    Received Bronze Medal by Maru Paryavan Adhyatmic Society in 1993.

*    Honored by different Paryavaran Societies in the field of Forestry Research.

*    Awarded University travel grant to visit different universities in 1973.

*    Honoured by on Veer Durga Das Rathore Samiti, Jodhpur - 2009.

*    Honoured by All India Pustikar Seva Parishad, Branch, Jodhpur – 2008.

*    Honoured by Sohanlal Manihar School on Science Day – 2013.


Post Superannuation Activities

Superannuated as Principal Scientist from CAZRI, Jodhpur on 31-08-2010.

·     Invited by FRWO-IRAN as expert to deliver Lecturers on Management and Utilization of Mesquite (Prosopis juliflora) Oct., 2010.

·      Invited by ICFRE-Dehradun to deliver Lecturer to African delegates (Indo-African Collaboration on Deserts & Catrons) Two Time.

·      Invited by CAPART – Jaipur to deliver Lecturers Dr. Gum tapping techniques at KVK Barmer, Rajasthan.

·   Invited by NTSC-DST to prepare guide line for the children science congress 2012-2013. On "Energy Resources & Management" at Tejpur University, Tejpur, Assam.

·       Invited by AFRI, Jodhpur as RAG member.

·   Invited as Expert to review Research proposals and the thesis submission by Research Fellow of AFRI-Jodhpur.

·       Attended Brain Storming Meetings on Agroforestry, Forestry Research at AFRI, Jodhpur.

·     Indian Expert for the Project on "Best Agricultural practice of Senna" for Traditional Medicine – California USA.



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