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Prof Sunil Puri, Dean of Academic Affairs-cum-Registrar, has more than 38 years of teaching experience. He has published 189 papers and 13 books. His areas of interest are stress physiology, land use systems, climate impacts, agroforestry, biofuel & energy conservation. An NAAS Fellow, Prof Puri has been a member of the Editorial Board of Agroforestry Systems, Coordinator of Tropical Agroforestry (1.15.02) of IUFRO Division 1 (Silviculture) and received the Hon’ble ML Shroff’s Young Scientist Award from the Indian Pharmaceutical Association in 2009.

A pioneer in the education field, he has introduced many programmes at Shoolini University and as registrar and Dean of Academic Affairs, is in charge of the UG, PG and PhD programmes. 

Prof Puri also introduced MSc Agroforestry program in the Department of Agroforestry, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, in 1988. This degree programme is the first of its kind not only in India but also in Asia. Similarly, he initiated the programs of MSc in Agroforestry in 1997 and PhD in Forestry in 2001 at the Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur.  

Additionally, he prepared the reading material and course curriculum for Silvipasture (first degree level), under the vocational education program of UGC.  At present, these courses are taught throughout the country by colleges affiliated with UGC.  Prof Puri also developed the PG curricula in Forestry for ICAR and SAUs. 

In the field of research, this academician of repute has been actively working on Stress Physiology in agroforestry systems, nursery technology, vegetative propagation, tree improvement, selection/introduction of species and afforestation of degraded lands. The pattern of crop productivity and soil nutrient dynamics in traditional agroforestry practices were important contributions. His studies challenged the widely held view (Thornley’s Theory) that trees under stress allocated more photosynthate and biomass to below ground components (roots) than to above-ground components (stem, etc.). Now, this is considered an important achievement in the field of agroforestry. 

His studies related to biomass production and carbon storage in an Agri-silviculture system comprising Gmelina arborea and Populus deltoides trees planted in varying densities did not support Thorley’s Theory.  Prof Puri also contributed to the selection of suitable species of tree under agroforestry practices as well as in wasteland/degraded lands. Techniques for attaining a plantable size of seedlings of fir species, a native of the Himalayas, within 2 - 2½ years (which otherwise takes 4-5 years) is another important contribution. 

Prof Sunil Puri can be reached at sunilpuri@shooliniunoversity.com

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