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Dr. Nirpendra K. Chauhan was born in a farmer’s family at Bijnor (U.P) on 20th August 1967. He has been awarded his doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Agronomy from H.N.B. Garhwal Central University and got M.Sc. (Ag.) in Agronomy from Agra University.

He is having more than 26 years experience on Research & Development, extension, development of agrotechnologies, processing and commercialization of aromatic plants. He is one of the important pillars to develop Aromatic sector in Uttarakhand state. Furthermore, he played an important role when the state's government established the Centre for Aromatic Plant (CAP) in Selaqui in the year 2002. CAP motivates 18,000 farmers for the cultivation of aromatic crops in, 7200 ha. area of the Uttarakhand state. Most of these lands were abandoned and not in use before this innovation. Under this process,109 aroma clusters have been developed in which 178 field distillation units are working. Uttarakhand's state had Rs. 2 crore turnovers in the year 2002. Due to Dr. Chauhan and his team sincere effort, this turnover reached at the level of Rs. 70 crore per year in the year 2018-19. This achievement is because of the marketing strategy adopted by the CAP under his leadership. He is also being successful of creating a revolving fund of Rs. 117 lakhs for the farmer to buyback of aromatic produce at minimum support price (MSP). His visionary approach and devotion to this sector resulted that Government of Uttarakhand is declaring MSP of 23 essential oils every financial year which is providing very good price to the farmers for their aromatic produce.garh ratan

Dr. Chauhan is heading Centre for Aromatic Plants (CAP), Selaqui, Dehradun as a director since April 2017 earlier he was scientist-in-Charge in the same institution. He had worked as Assistant Director in Flavour and Fragrance Development Centre (FFDC), Kannauj (UP) from 1999 to 2002, Agriculture Research Officer in Pharmaceutical & Herbs Development Institute, Ranikhet from 1995 to 1999 and did research work in Central Institute for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Lucknow from 1989 to 1995. A total number of 10 projects funded by different funding agencies have been successfully executed under his guidance. Besides that, he is an author of 65 research papers, all of them published in international reputed journals, Technical Bulletins on aromatic crops. He is also an author of a book titled “Essential Oils, Extracts & Absolutes”.

            He has been honored as “Scientist of the Year” award by Essential Oil Association of India for the year 2010, for his outstanding contribution in development and propagation of aromatic Sector in Uttarakhand. Besides the above, he has published 43 research papers in reputed journals.

Dr Nirpendra Chauhan felicitated by International Goodwill Society of India on August 20 ,2022 for significant contribution in sustainable development of Uttarakhand.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D (Agronomy.)
    HNB Garhwal University
  • M.Sc. (Ag.)
    Agra University, Agra

Work Experience

Services in Centre for Aromatic Plants (CAP), Govt. of Uttarakhand

  • Director, CAP, from 01 December 2020 till date
  • CEO, State Medicinal Plant Board, Uttarakhand from 16 December 2017 till date.
  • Scientist E/Director CAP from 15 April, 2018 to 30 November, 2020 (Officiating Director, CAP from  15 April 2018  to 30 July 2020)
  • Scientist-In-charge from January 2008 to 15 April 2018
  • Agri. Res. Officer from Feb., 2002 to Jan., 2008

Services in other institutions

  • Asstt. Director (Agronomy) at Fragrance & Flavour Development Centre (FFDC), Kannauj, U.P., Min. of SSI & ARI, Govt. of India (on deputation since June, 1999 to Feb., 2002)
  • Pharmaceutical Agri. Res. Officer at Pharmaceutical & Herbs Development Scheme, (U.P. Cooperative Deptt., Ranikhet) from Sept., 1995 to June, 1999
  • Tech. Asstt at CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow from Aug., 1989 to Sept., 1995


  1. Research Papers – 54
  2. Technical Bulletins – 10
  3. Book Published – 01

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