Jayanta Tarafdar

President 1
Name Jayanta Tarafdar
Designation Professor
Complete postal Address with city code Department of Plant Pathology, Faculty of Agriculture, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Dist. - Nadia, Mohanpur - 741252, West Bengal
Email IDs jayanta94bckv@gmail.com
Mobile No. 9830342320

Brief Biodata

Educational Qualification: M.Sc (Ag.), PhD, Post-Doc Fellow, Bose institute, Kolkata and KSU, USA 


Position Held: Professor and Officer in charge of ICAR-AICRP on Tuber crops, Kalyani Centre


Significant Achievements:

I joined as Lecturer (Research) under National Agricultural Technological Project (NATP) at the Regional Research Station (Hill Zone), BCKV on 10th September 1991. As per the mandate of the NARP, I performed need based research work on agricultural and horticultural development for the hill peoples. Thereafter, I took post-doctoral training in Bose Institute, Kolkata and Kansas State University, USA under DBT National and overseas Associateship program. I joined to ICAR-AICRP on Tuber Crops (ICAR), BCKV, Kalyani in 2000 and serving more than 20 years for Crop Improvement, Crop Production and Crop Protection of Root and Tuber Crops as well as other crop diseases, plant molecular biology and genomics as evidenced by the research publications in journals of National and International repute and brought the Award of best performing ICAR centre of tuber crops research to BCKV.  I have developed an active research group in collaboration with ICAR centers and Universities e.g. Department of Metabolic Biology, John Inns centre (JIC), Norwich, UK, Department of Plant Molecular Biology of University of Delhi (South Campus) Departments of Botany, Zoology and Biotechnology of University of Kalyani, Department of Botany of Calcutta University and West Bengal State University. As a consequence, I am supervising as Principal Investigator of several Govt of India funded research projects from DBT, UGC, Ministry of Agriculture and also operating several Corporate funded projects and act as a Principal Investigator of the Indo-UK collaborative project funded by DBT, India-BBSRC, UK under CGAT program.  I have established advanced plant pathology and crop genomics laboratory published several scientific papers and articles in the International and National journals. We released 12 crop varieties of high yielding and disease resistant tuber crops. I visited the countries like USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Thailand, Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanka and delivered several plenary and invited lectures in different scientific programs. Fourteen students got PhD degree under my supervision and three students are pursuing PhD dissertation work under my guidance and several researchers have been working in my laboratory.


Awards Honours:

  • Recipient of  Gold Medal in 2016 for Best Scientific contribution offered by the Crop & Weed Science Society, BCKV
  • Adjunct Professor, Central Agricultural University, Umium, Shillong, Meghalaya
  • Recipient of Best Achievement Award, 2014 in World Biodiversity Congress (WBC-2014), Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Recipient of Best Senior Scientist Award, 2013 in World Biodiversity Congress, at Raja Bhat University,  Chiang Mai, Thailand in World Biodiversity Congress
  • Received Best ICAR-AICRP Tuber Crops Centre from ICAR in 2013 (as group leader) under my Officer in chargeship


Fellows: Fellow of Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS), IARI, New Delhi


Research Areas: Plant Virology and Crop Genomics