Professor Arjun Singh Baloda, renowned agricultural scientist has been appointed as Director, Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute (SKNAU, Jobner) that is premier institute of agriculture research, teaching and extension in the Rajasthan. Born on 2nd February 1968 at Reengus (Sikar), Rajasthan, Dr. Baloda graduated from SKN Agriculture University-Jobner in 1990 and also obtained Master’s in 1993 from SKN Agriculture University-Jobner and Ph.D. degree in 1998 in Agricultural Entomology from Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur.
Dr. Baloda is serving as Network Coordinator, ICAR-All India Network Project on Soil Arthropod Pests, RARI, Durgapura under which eight centers are running throughout the country. He served as Dean, College of Agriculture, Kotputli, Jaipur. He also served as Head, Division of Entomology, RARI, Durgapura. Prof. Baloda started his research carrier from Agriculture Research Station, Bhilwara, Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner, as Assistant Professor since May 1996 and worked there in various capacities after he joined Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, Durgapura in 2001under the project ICAR-AINP on Soil Arthropod Pests (SKNAU-Jobner) and worked there as Associate Professor, Professor, Network Coordinator and Incharge of various administrative committees.
He has developed 42 plant protection technologies for management of insect pests in various cropping systems of Rajasthan and India and published 92 research articles in scientific journal of national and international reputes. Prof. Baloda is also member of various reputed journals as well as Member of various Steering Committees of NBAIR, Bengaluru, IIHR, Bengaluru, SBI-Coimbatore, IARI, Regional Station, Pune etc to develop the joint work plans and research strategies. He was also involved to develop various policy documents of the university.
Dr. Baloda and his team begged the best stall award two times in kisan mela organized by SKNAU, Jobner during 22-26 Feb, 2021 and 28-30 March 2022. respectively. He is duly recognized for contributions, with awards and honors by the various other organizations. Dr. Baloda and his team also awarded as the best research centre in the XXth Group Meeting of the project AINP on Soil Arthropod Pests organized during 2019 at University of Agriculture Science, GKVK, and Bengaluru. He guided many MSc. and Ph.D students and also serving as external examiner for MSc. and Ph.D thesis at various institute of India.