Roshan Babu Ojha

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Introduction

Roshan Babu Ojha, son of Mr Pashupati Nath Ojha and Mrs Dhan Kumari Ojha, born in the beautiful village (Ghokhreswara, Bhotewodar) of Lamjung district is a happily married man with one lovely daughter. He is an early career researcher striving to understand the climate feedback mechanism playing with soil science stuff. Realising the immense potentiality of soils in our life, he is keen to learn and share soil science language to the scientific and local community. Striking with negligible importance given to the soil science he is trying to be a science communicator for making science easy for policymaker and layman. In addition, he loves travelling, tasting new food, and rejoicing nature. He is a recipient of ‘Young Scientist Award – 2017’ presented by Society of Agriculture Innovation and Development, India and ‘Outstanding Contribution Scientist in Soil Conservation Award – 2018’ jointly presented by the Global Soil Partnership, UNFAO, Italy and the organizing committee of soil health and sustainable development international symposium, China.

Education

He started to know the letters from ‘Shree Kalika Primary School’ nearby to his village. After one year, he left that school. Then, he received school leaving certificate from Future Star Secondary Boarding School, Bhotewodar, Lamjung in 2004. After doing basic sciences from Bishnumati College, Kathmandu he joined Tribhuvan University for undergraduate studies in Agriculture and completed in 2011. Immediately, he pursued his post-graduate from the same university and mastered in soil science in 2014. After four years of completing Master, he is now doing his PhD in ‘soil organic carbon’ with the amazing researchers of “Terrestrial Carbon Research Group‘ in the University of New England, Australia.

Work Experience

Now, he is an employee of Nepal Agricultural Research Council as a soil scientist started from 2015. Before, he was a lecturer of soil science to HICAST, Purwanchal University from 2014-2015 and a project manager at an NGO, FOCUS-Nepal from 2014-2015. He served as a ‘national focal point’ for Global Soil Partnership Progam of UNFAO, Rome, Italy.

Publications

Pandey D., Ojha R.B., Chalise D., Das S., and Twanabasu B. 2019. Spatial Variability of Soil Properties under Different Land Use in the Dang District of Nepal. Cognet Food and Agriculture, 5(1): 1600460 https://doi.org/10.1080/23311932.2019.1600460

Shrestha S., Ojha R.B., Pradhan N.G., and Joshi B.D. 2018. Performance of Tomato with Organic Manures in Plastic Tunnel. Journal of Nepal Agricultural Research Council. 4:1-6 http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/jnarc.v4i1.19681

Ojha R.B., Timalsina H.P., Malla R. 2017. Rapeseed (Brassica napus) Varieties Performance under Soil Moisture Stressed and Non-stressed Condition in Terai Region of Nepal. World Research Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 4(1): 120-125.

Ojha R.B., Timalsina H.P., Malla R. 2017. Rapeseed (Brassica napus) Varieties Performance under Soil Moisture Stressed and Non-stressed Condition in Terai Region of Nepal. World Research Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 4(1): 120-125.

Kalauni S., Shrestha R.K., Ojha R.B. and KC S. 2016. Nitrogen Stress on Maize Roots in Subtropical Condition of Nepal. International Journal of Soil Science, 11: 137-142. DOI: 10.3923/ijss.2016.137.142 URL: http://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ijss.2016.137.142

Jnawali, A.D., R.B. Ojha and S. Marahatta, 2015. Role of Azotobacter in soil fertility and sustainability: A review. Adv. Plants Agric. Res., Vol. 2.(6): 00069. DOI: 10.15406/apar.2015.02.00069

Ojha R.B., and Devkota D. 2014. “Earthworms: ‘Soil and Ecosystem Engineers’ – a review.” World Journal of Agricultural Research. Vol 2(2):257-260. doi.10.12691/wjar-2-6-1

Books

Khatri-chhetri TB and Ojha RB. 2018 (2nd Edition).   “Fundamentals of Soils, Soil fertility and Soil Conservation.”  Heritage Publisher and Distributor, Bhotahity, Kathmandu, Nepal

Ojha RB and Vista SP. 2017 (1st edition). Agro-Ecology and Sustainable Soil Management. Heritage Publisher and Distributor, Bhotahity, Kathmandu, Nepal

Current Projects and Research

His current research focuses to find the mechanism of ‘new carbon’ derivation through the pasture root system and to study their potentiality of restoring abandoned land (an emerging nationwide issue). The research will be implicated to generate additional scientific information in the climate feedback mechanism as well as policy support for the Nepal government in 20 year’s vision document ‘Agriculture Development Strategy’ by answering the C accrual capacity of agricultural land through the use of pasture species.