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16 August – 05 September 2023

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), a premier organization of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, is a seat of great scientific achievements and an excellent center of learning. The Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry is one of its oldest disciplines with high level of faculty expertise. In fact the soil testing service in India began in 1955-56 with the soil testing laboratory of this Division as the hub to coordinate with all the other soil testing laboratories in the country. At present, this laboratory is well known among research and extension agencies, and farmers for its advanced facilities, high quality of soil/plant/manure/irrigation water analysis and an efficient advisory service. So far, more than 50 short course training programmes in soil testing have been organized successfully in the Division for Indian and foreign nationals. Based on the long experience in human resource development and in view of the fast-changing scenario of soil, plant, water analysis and instrumental methods and their applications, the Division initiated in 2004 an advanced level training programme with desired emphasis on practical exercises and theoretical background of the subject suiting a wide range of applications. So far, nineteen advanced level courses have been organized successfully.

The 20th Advanced Level Training will be conducted with the major objective of improving awareness and skills of the participants in modern techniques of analysis of soil, water and plant for research and extension activities in agriculture and allied fields, use of instruments and their general upkeep/maintenance, interpretation of analytical data and formulation of reports/recommendations. The course is designed to cover soil characteristics, testing techniques and methods of interpretation of data, so as to make it more useful in the context of global competition in quality and precision of analysis for agricultural export market.

The training course is meant for all those working (or likely to work) in soil testing/analytical laboratories taking up soil, plant and water analysis. The course will cover some theory lectures on topics most relevant to the subject along with a proportionate number of practical exercises with greater emphasis on analytical techniques adopting a learning-by-doing type of approach. Interpretation of test results and formulation of recommendations and/or reports will be a vital component. A few study tours, field visits and group discussions will be an essential feature of the course. In the end, the participants will be required to undergo a performance evaluation test followed by discussion, prior to the award of certificates.

The duration of this training course is 3 weeks i.e. 16 August – 05 September 2023.

Candidates possessing post graduate degree in Science/Agriculture or B.Sc./ B.Sc.(Ag.) with experience in relevant field are eligible for nomination to the course. Candidates sponsored by Govt./Semi-Govt. organizations, fertilizer industry, cooperatives, NGOs, ICAR institutes etc. will be given preference. Private entrepreneurs fulfilling eligibility requirements can also apply. The applications/nominations will be scrutinized and formal admission letters will be issued to the selected candidates. Boarding and lodging arrangements will be made for the participants by the organizers. However, the TA/DA of the admitted candidates has to be borne by their sponsoring organizations, and IARI will have no liability on this account.

A consolidated fee of Rs. 45000/- (Rupees forty-five thousand only) is to be paid by each admitted candidate through Demand Draft in favor of Director, IARI, New Delhi, drawn on any bank in Delhi/New Delhi. The fee covers course fee, and expenses on boarding, lodging, local transport, study tours, training & registration material, stationery etc. The fee has to be sent by the candidate only on receipt of Admission Letter, and not with the application.

The application as per the given format, complete in all respects and duly signed by the sponsoring authority, should be sent to Course Director, Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012, via Registered Mail/Courier/E-mail (, so as to reach him latest by July 25, 2023. The Application Form given at page 5 should be used.

Last date for receipt of applications at IARI: July 25, 2023
Release of admission letters: August 01, 2023
Last date for receipt of fee: August 05, 2023
Commencement of the training course: August 16, 2023

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