|Name||R. K. Mathukia|
|Designation||Associate Research Scientist|
Born on June 1, 1960 in farming community, he earned B.Sc. (Agri.) degree in 1985, M.Sc. (Agri.) in Agronomy in 1987 and Ph.D. in 2004 from the then Gujarat Agricultural University. He did MBA in HRM from IGNOU. He cleared NET in 1999 and CCC+ in 2004. He maintained first class throughout his academic career.
After serving in rural development and regional rural bank for two years, he joined Gujarat Agricultural University as Senior Research Assistant in 1989. He worked at various stations viz., Sugarcane Research Station, Navsari, Junagadh & Kodinar; Millet Research Station, Jamnagar; College of Agriculture, Junagadh; Agricultural Diploma School, Junagadh and Department of Agronomy, Junagadh. He has 29 years’ experience in teaching, research and extension and also served at various capacities including Assistant Registrar (Academic), Assistant Registrar (Administration), Drawing-Disbursing Officer and Registrar.
His areas of research include organic farming, weed management, nutrient management, water management, cropping systems, dry farming, precision farming, tillage, agrometeorology.
He is editorial board member and reviewer of several journals and published more than 100 research papers, 100 popular articles, 30 books, and several booklets, folders, bulletins, reports etc. as well as delivered several radio/TV talks and lectures in training programmes for farmers and extension personnel. He attended about 50 national/ international seminars, symposia, workshops and training programmes including winter/ summer school and refresher courses. He is also expert in academics, agricultural statistics, Agril. Meteorology and reporting especially thesis writing, research articles, research projects, research reports and proceedings. He contributed lot in self-study report for accreditation of JAU, JAU statutes, JAU vision and till now editing annual report, contingency plan, state agriculture plan and perspective plan of JAU.
He has been awarded with the Best Paper Award (5) in national and international symposia. Recently he is awarded with the Best Teacher Award by JAU, Excellence in Teaching and Research Award, Best Scientist Award and Best Faculty Award. Besides UG and PG teaching, he is engaged in research on weed management, micro-irrigation, nutrient management, organic farming, dry farming, precision farming, cropping systems etc. He is PI of 12 externally funded research projects. He is recognised by the JAU for M.Sc. (Agri.) and Ph.D. guiding in Agronomy as well as M.Sc. (Agri.) guiding in Agril. Meteorology He has so far guided 15 M.Sc. (Agri.) and 8 Ph.D. students, and acted as minor guide and member of advisory committee of 25 PG students. He is counselling PG students, mentoring staff and advising farmers. He is also performing duties in university functions viz., convocation, academics, research meetings, workshop, seminar, conference etc.