Professor of Soil Conservation at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Surinder Singh Kukal has been selected as fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi, for his vital contribution towards developing irrigation water management strategies for rice-wheat system. This is the most prestigious award bestowed upon scientists.
PAU vice-chancellor BS Dhillon congratulated Dr Kukal for this achievement. He said, "This is indeed a great honour for the university." He hoped that Dr Kukal would continue serving the farming community with dedication and devotion in future as well.
Kukal has developed need-based irrigation water management in rice and wheat crops. He has been the principal investigator of inter-disciplinary international research projects on water management in rice, wheat and maize crops funded by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philipinnes; International Potash Institute, Israel; and Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (Australia).
Besides, he has handled research projects on gully erosion management in the Shiwalik region of Punjab funded by department of science and technology, Government of India.
Kukal has been visiting scientist to CSIRO, Griffith, Australia where he worked on water management in rice and wheat grown on permanent raised beds. He was invited thrice to present lead papers at the International Conference on Land Degradation in Serbia, China and Thailand.
Recently, he had been special invitee to the plenary meeting of Sustainable Rice Platform of United Nations Environment Programme, and was nominated as member of advisory committee of SRP for the period 2013-15.
Kukal was also the recipient of the 12th International Soil Science Congress Commemoration Award (2012) of Indian Society of Soil Science; Dr G S Khush Distinguished Professor Award (2013) and PAU merit certificate for outstanding contributions to research, teaching and extension (2011-12). Besides, he has won best research paper award at the national level.