Directorate of Research was established in November 2013. There are seven
research stations encompassing three agro-climatic zones under the
administrative control of Directorate of Research, SKNAU, Jobner. These include
Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute (RARI) at Durgapura, Jaipur, two
Agricultural Research Stations located at Navgaon (Alwar) and Fatehpur-Shekhawati
(Sikar) and four Agricultural Research Sub-Stations at Tabiji (Ajmer), Kumher
(Bharatpur), Gonera - Kotputli (Jaipur) and Diggi (Tonk). Rajasthan
Agricultural Research Institute, Durgapura is the main Agriculture research
station of the University. There are 17 short and long term AICRP and AINP
projects operating in Directorate of Research. The research grant mainly comes
from ICAR & matching grant from the state govt. in proportion of 75:25. Out
of these 17 projects, twelve are operating at Rajasthan Agricultural Research
Institute, four at SKN College of Agriculture, Jobner and one at ARS
Fatehpur-Shekhawati. The research is being conducted on most of the crops,
fruits, vegetables and other crops suitable for this region. About 879.43 ha
land is available in different units of the University to conduct research and
for seed production.
strategic and anticipatory research in field and horticultural crops for
enhanced productivity and quality.
in frontier areas to develop resource use efficient integrated crop management
technologies for sustainable agricultural production system.
and evaluation of new crop varieties and hybrids in wheat, barley, pearlmillet,
groundnut, pulses, and seed spices for the zones of SKNAUSA.
of low cost agro-technologies for agricultural and horticultural crops and
plan, coordinate and monitor the Agroclimatic zones need oriented agricultural
develop appropriate production technologies for sustainable production
develop linkages with national and international organizations for research and
various current aspects
extend consultancy services.
territorial jurisdiction and responsibility of this University extend to the
districts of Jaipur, Sikar, Alwar, Dausa, Tonk, Ajmer, Bhartpur and Dholpur
which comprises about 16 percent geographical area of the state. Agricultural
research needs time bound solutions of emerging challenges, while re-orient
strategy as multidisciplinary approach to develop the technology which is
climate resilient, acceleration of technology development with use of modern
biotechnological tools, to minimize the post –harvest losses, provide balanced
nutrition through accelerated green fodder production to live stocks, use of
modern agro-meteorological and remote sensing tools, and integrating
conservation/organic farming. University jurisdiction covers three agro-climatic
zones of the Rajasthan.
of inland drainage (IIA)
eastern plain zone (IIIA)
prone eastern plains (IIIB)
land area is available at different research units of SKNAU, Jobner for
research experiments and production of quality seed is as follows:
major crops of the state, viz, Wheat, Barley, Pearl Millet, Chickpea, Mungbean,
Moth bean, Cowpea, Groundnut, Cluster bean, Mustard, Taramira, Seed Spices and
majority of vegetable crops are grown in the regions under jurisdiction of the
university. Thus, the three agro climatic zones under the jurisdiction of the
university have potential to address the needs of the state with respect to
food crops, vegetables and seed spices.
present 17 ICAR funded All India Coordinated ResearchProjects (AICRPs ) and the State
Governmentfunded long term
projectsarealreadyinvogueanddedicatedto theneedsofthe three zones along with
several ad-hocprojects sponsoredbyvarious prestigious funding agencies . Besides the basic mandates, the
Directorate is on its way to finalize newer mandates in light of the State
Agricultural Policy of the Dept of Agriculture, GOR and new frontier areas of R
& D in agriculture covering various aspects of Precision Agriculture,
Conservation Agriculture, Secondary Agriculture and Specialty Agriculture etc.
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Dr. M.L. Jakhar is serving as an agricultural scientist and
researcher in SKNAU, Jobner. He was born on 15th June, 1969 in Jobner.
Dr. Jakhar obtained his B.Sc. (Ag) in 1990, M.Sc. in 1992 and Ph.D. in
2000 in Plant Breeding and Genetics from RAU, Bikaner. He was awarded
with gold medal in M.Sc.
Dr. Jakhar started his service as Assistant Professor from 8th May,
1996 at SKRAU, Bikaner and worked at Mechanized Agriculture Farm, Khara,
for 2 years where, he was actively engaged in seed production programme
of various Kharif and Rabi crops. Dr. Jakhar was transferred to SKN
College of Agriculture, Jobner on 20th July. 1998 and provided his
services at this campus till date 22.08.2019. Afterwards Dr. Jakhar was
assigned the responsibility of Director Education of SKN Agriculture
University, Jobner and worked there 22.08.2019 to 04.07.2020. On
04.07.2020 joined as Director Research, SKNAU, Jobner Till June 06,2023
and Now he is Director HRD at SKNAU Jobner.
He has been associated in teaching for last 23 years and taught
almost all the courses at of Plant Breeding & Genetics at UG, PG and
Ph.D. levels. He has specialization in Plant Biotechnology. He guided
30 M.Sc. and 5 Ph.D. students as Major Advisor and acted as a member in
the Advisory Committee of four dozen students of M.Sc. and Ph.D. of
other department including PBG.
During his service tenures, Dr. Jakhar worked as Principal
Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator of ten research projects
related to variability in cumin through in vitro techniques, medicinal
and aromatic plants, Aloe vera, modernization and mechanization of ARSS
farm, Diggi, infrastructure facilities for breeder seed production,
establishment of herbal park. Establishment of tissue culture set up and
laboratory under RKVY was a great task of his service career with a
budget provision of Rs. 1.38 Crores. Now this laboratory is an integral
part of Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics. Under this project he
developed regeneration protocol and micro propagation techniques of
arid zone crops. He standardized and developed regeneration protocol of
cumin, coriander, fenugreek, fennel, bael, guggal, pomegranate etc.
He was also the Officer Incharge of All India Coordinated Research
Project on Oil Seeds (Taramira Unit). This project is being operated in
SKN College of Agriculture, Jobner since 1987. Under this project Dr.
Jakhar developed several varieties of Taramira viz. RTM -314, RTM-2002,
RTM-1355 and RTM-1351. About 650 germplasm of Taramira is being
maintained in the project.
He has published 83 research papers in international and national
journals, wrote 5 books, several articles, and book chapters. He has
participated in 38 national seminar/workshop/conference/symposium and 3
international conferences. He also organized one workshop, one seminar
and two trainings of national level and attended five summer/ winter
Dr. Jakhar is serving as secretary Sports Board, SKNAU, Jobner since
2013 and organized 7 inter collegiate tournaments. During his student
life he participated four times in Inter University Kabaddi tournaments.
From administrative point of view, Dr. Jakhar served as University
Head and Campus Head of the Departmentof Plant Breeding &Genetics.
He also served as convener and member of various committees viz. tender
enquiry, student election, spot purchase etc.
Dr. Jakhar got best teacher award (2002-2003). Best performer Award
(2016) by ICAR for development of taramira varieties, Appreciation
certificate by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor for outstanding contribution
in the development of college and university on the occasion of Republic
Day in 2016, 2018 and 2019. He is also acting as Joint Secretary in the
executive board Rapeseed-Mustard Research, Sewar Bharatpur. He is also
awarded with SRMR Fellow Award, 2017. He also got best oral presentation
award in International Conference on Food Security through Agriculture
and Allied Science (FAAS-2019) held at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
(Nepal). He is the life member of farming system Research and
Development Association, Society of Rapeseed-Mustard Research and the
Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding and also acting as
scientific referee for several prestigious journals.