Dr. Sushil Solomon: An Agricultural Scientist of Great Repute

By: Dr. Mohammad Aleem, Editor-ICN Group

NEW DELHI: Agriculture sector needs constant scientific and administrative attention. To ameliorate the bad conditions of farmers, who are forced to live in utter penury and hardship due to many natural and man-made disasters, such intervention and support is highly appreciable. We should salute to all those scientists, who in any way are contributing to make the lives of poor Indian farmers better.

Sugar industry is also one of the major components of this important sector. Production of sugar is directly related to the livelihood of millions and millions of people. Right from the sugarcane producer to the owner of the sugar mill, and general people, all are bonded together.

We need agriculture production increased at large level to feed our one billion and twenty five millions strong population in today’s very hostile ecological condition.

The person and visionary like, Dr. Sushil Solomon holds great importance in this regard. He has devoted his whole life in research and production of sugar in India in a very serious way.

He was born on 21st December, 1952. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Micro/Bio-chemistry (1978) from PAU, Ludhiana and PGDBIM from Datamatic School of Management, Mumbai.

He has worked as a scientist in various capacities. His association with the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, (ICAR), Lucknow, as a director is a thing to reckon.

The Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research (acronym IISR) is an autonomous institute of higher learning, under the umbrella of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) by the Ministry of AgricultureGovernment of India for advanced research in sugar cane agriculture. Under his vibrant leadership, the Institute took several initiatives and made policies for improvement of Sugar Cane research and Sugar production in India. He also contributed more than 37 years in scientific/research guidance/teaching in sugarcane/Sugar Industry.

For his immense contribution in this particular field, he was given honors and awards many a time. He is the recipient of several national and international recognitions like Friendship Award, Jin Xiu Qui Award, Award of Excellence, Life time Achievement Award-2014 from China, Sinai University Peace Award and IAPSIT Global Award of Excellence from Egypt, Prestigious Indira Gandhi Purushkar 2013 & 2014, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Award (2014), by Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Gyan-Vigyan Hindi Moulic Pustak Lekhan Purushkar (2014) conferred by H.E. President of India, Dr. Dharampal Singh Life time Achievement Award (2014) from UPAAS and Hariom Ashram Trust Award by ICAR in 2012-13.

He has also been awarded with fellow of Sugar Technologist Association of India, Fellow of International Association of Professionals in Sugar & Integrated Technology, and Fellow of Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemists.

He has also served as President of Society for Sugar Research and Promotion, Editor in Chief of Sugar Tech Journal, Executive Editor of IAPSIT and Sugar Tech Newsletters.

He has organized, coordinated and attended several national and international Symposiums and Conferences in India, China, Vietnam, Egypt and Brazil from time to time.

He is a member of Board of Director and Executive Council of Sam Higgins Bottom University of Agril, member of Management Committee Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore and member of evaluation committee of sweet sorghum project for Ethanol (DSR, Hyderabad). He is working as an advisor of Lamson Sugar Company, Vietnam and Imam Khomaini Sugar Company, Iran.

He has published more than 115 Research paper on Sugar Cane/Sugar Industry in various national & International Journals.

He has vast national and international experience in his particular field and visited many countries like China, Cuba, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Iran, Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa for his Research & Professional works.

Seeing his worth mentioning contribution in the field of agricultural research, especially, in the field of sugarcane production, he has been appointed as the 38th Vice-Chancellor of C.S. Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur, UP, where he is still giving his valuable services.