Soil Science & Agril. Chemistry
Dr. N.G. Mitra
Professor & Head
Ph.: 0761-2680771, 2681773; Extn.324(O)
Government of India in coordination of the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh established the
multi campus university at Jabalpur, in the heart of the country, named after the
architect of modern India,Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, based on the recommendations of
Radhakrishnan Commission (1949) on the concept of establishment of Agricultural
University. An approach was envisaged to narrow down the gap between the experts
and farmers through Joint Indo-American Team on Agricultural Research and Education
in 1954-55 and 1959-60 on the pattern of Land Grant Colleges of USA. College of
Agriculture, Jabalpur was established in 1955 (affiliated to then Jabalpur University).
On October 2, 1964, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (JNKVV) was inaugurated
by the then Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Smt Indira Gandhi. Dr.
J. S. Patel took over as the first Vice Chancellor in October 1964.
The Central Administrative Offices of the University are located about 7 km North
of Jabalpur town on National Highway No. 7. The University had to part with the
creation of sister universities Indira Gandhi Vishwa Vidyalaya (IGKVV) at Raipur
in 1987, Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (RVSKVV), Gwalior in
2008 and Madhya Pradesh Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur in 2009.
At present, the University has four Agriculture, one Agricultural Engineering College,
one Dryland Horticulture Research Station; five Zonal Agricultural Research Stations
(ZARS), 5 Regional Agricultural Research Stations (RARS) and 20 Krishi Vigyan Kendras
(KVK) spread over 25 districts.
With the establishment of the Faculty of Agriculture in Jawharlal Nehru Krshi Vishwa
Vidyalaya, the Department of Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry came into existence
during 1967 which was first headed by Prof. P.M. Tamboli. However, M.Sc.(Ag.) &
Ph.D. in Soil Science & Agril. Chemistry was started in 1962 and 1971, respectively.
The Department runs M.Sc.(Ag) and Ph.D. degree programmes as scheduled by the VV.
Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition, Soil Physics, and Soil Microbiology are the
prime areas of specialization in the department. The department has established
several magnificent milestones in research, teaching and extension activities for
the benefit to mankind, particularly to the farming community.