Dr Tapan Kumar Adhya, the first recipient of prestigious ICAR Norman Borlaug Award, is very well known for his contribution in the research on paddy to with a focus on total sustainability. He has been associated with Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack from 1977 to 2008 worked thru the ranks and retired as Director.

Dr Tapan Kumar is also working as the Director of the South Asia Nitrogen Centre since 2016 and is involved in the coordination of research work and policy implementation on Reactive-N in different sectors of the economy of the South Asian countries with a focus on environmental sustainability including agrochemical and environmental biology.

He has worked on ‘Health and environmental implications of low-carbon, climate- change resilient diets in India’ (2016-17) funded by Wellcome Trust, the U.K. as Co-Investigator. He is also Co-coordinating a GEF/UNEP funded project on Integrated Nitrogen Management System (INMS) for its South Asia Operations and an Indo- Norway program on the use of bio-gas digestate on GHG emission from cropped fields. Recently he has taken over as Co-Director (Science) of UKRI-GCRF funded research program on “South Asia Nitrogen Hub”.

Tapan Adhya has published >170 peer-reviewed journal papers with total citations of >5,000 with an H-index of 37 and i10 index of 102.