Dr. Vikas Abrol (b. Nov 14, 1974), a Soil Scientist, received his PhD degree from Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology - Jammu and holds PG Diploma in Ag. Marketing, PG Diploma in Business Management, PG Diploma in Rural Development and Diploma in Computer Application as additional qualification. Awards • Awarded Postdoctoral research fellowship for one year by Ministry of Agriculture, State of Israel to pursue research “Biochar: Mechanism of action as soil and water conservation agent in agricultural soils” in Volcani Centre, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel. • Awarded research fellowship for one academic year in Volcani Centre, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel to pursue research on “Efficacy of synthetic polymers (Anionic PAM) on soil and water conservation”. • Best Paper Award 2015, for Best Paper in National Seminar organized by Society for Community Mobilization, IARI, New Delhi • Best Research Paper 2015, in Indian Journal of Soil Conservation, in Soil Science and Agronomy Externally funded projects: 03 He started his professional career as Assistant Professor/Jr. Scientist at Dryland Research Substation, Dhiansar and published research accomplishments in the journals of international reputation like the European Journal of Agronomy, European Journal of Soil Science, Journal of Soil and Sediments, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural Mechanization in Asia, Africa and Latin America etc., with high impact factor and edited two international books, “Crop Production Technologies” and “Resource Management for Sustainable Agriculture”. He served as reviewer of research articles in international journals like Soil Science Society of America Journal, Agronomy for Sustainable Development, Land Research and Development, Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Indian Journal of Dryland Agricultural Research and Development, Indian Journal of Soil Conservation, Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences and International Journal of Agriculture Sciences etc. His research interests entail using biochar for offsetting climate change by soil carbon aggradation, runoff quality and soil erosion control, soil quality evaluation, soil and water pollution. He holds specialization in using biochar and synthetic polymers (PAM) for erosion control, infiltration improvement and soil structural stabilization. He also served in Krishi Vigyan Kendra (extension services) and conducted trainings to farmers and officials of line departments. He is serving as Resource person for Prasar Bharti, Department of Agriculture, SAMETI, ATMA, National Fertilizer Limited, Indian Potash Association. He has presented papers in national and international conferences and seminars. He is life member of the Indian Journal of Soil Conservation, Indian Journal of Dryland Agriculture and Research, International Biochar Initiative, Friends of Israel Biochar Researchers Network, Biochar India e-group and his future endeavours envisage focuses on research to address two vital natural resources - soil & water and carbon aggradation in resource poor soils of dryland areas.