NEFORD (Nand Educational Foundation for Rural Development)

A Vechile for Empowerment of Rural Masses and Sustainable Agricultural Development

(Registered under Indian Societies Act, 1860)


Recipient of the most prestigious Mahindra & Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri 2012, Award

The Trustees of the Asian Agri-histrory foundation, Secundrabad awarded ‘Sipani Krishi Anushandhan Farm Award – 2005’ for our work on “Rediscovering Scented Rice cultivar Kalanamak”.

NEFORD, a member of “Alliance for Mission : Every Village a Knowledge Centre” is proud of having 14 of its staff and volunteers awarded “Jamshedji Tata Virtual Academy Fellowships”.

Purvanchal Pragatisheel Kisaan Manch Samman-2011, for helping farmers improving their agriculture in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Bayalis Ratna-2015 : Conferred by Nikumbh Kshatriya Samaj, Mau

Rotary Vyavsasik Award-2016, for the work on social up-liftment and livelihood improvement, given by the Rotary Club, Maunath Bhanjan

PHSS Foundation Award for Science and Society, Lucknow-2018

Plaque of Recognition-2005 presented by International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, for more than 9 years of exemplary and dedicated service in the pursuit of IRRI's mission in India

“Plaque of Appreciation”-2014, awarded by STRASA IRRI, for his contribution towards promoting stress-tolerant varieties in India

Fellowship of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. (NAAS); Vice-President 1 Jan., 2008 to 31 Dec., 2008 ; Secretary, 1 Jan., 2005 to 31 Dec., 2007

Honorary Senior Research Fellow: University of Birmingham, U.K

British Royal Society Bursary Award (U.K.), 1980-81 (to work on a project ' Resolution of Genotype x Environment Interaction'at the University of Birmingham)

German Exchange Fellowship for higher studies. (1965-1969).

Rashtriya Hindi Sewi Sahstrabdi (Millennium) Award-2000, for promotion of science through Hindi medium

Best citizen of India award-1998

"Sahitya Bhushan" - an award given by Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sanshthan, Government of UP for exemplary contribution to Hindi literature

Lokmat Samoan 2018

Peer Comments

  • Comments by Dr. M.S. Swaminathan on Dr. Mazid’s Story.
    “I am grateful to you for the information you have given on the work of Dr Mazid. I also thank you for your own contributions in getting a scientist’s dream converted into a mass movement.”

  • Comments by Dr. Mruthyunjaya on Dr. Mazid’s Story.
    “The write up effectively reiterates the critical importance of people, priority, passion, partnership, programme, sincerity and seriousness at all levels including at the highest level for harnessing science for societal gains. The hero of the story is Dr. Mazid who is quoted 34 times and rightly so. The moral and message of the story is , "Clone Mazids" for science to make a difference to society. Well done Dr. Mazid and well reported Dr. Singh.”

    – MRUTHYUNJAYA, National Director, NAIP, ICAR
  • Comments by Achim Dobermann on Swarna Sub-1 Story.
    “This is much more fun to read than the usual project report and it doesn't need any statistics to back up.”

  • ‘The Indian Express’ writes on NEFORD’s work on Kalanamak : Comments by Gautam Goswami.
    “The real satisfaction comes to an individual when outsiders appreciate the work. Thats what happened. Great! We believe your sincere effort will boost up farmers confidence and economic status.”

    – G. GOSWAMI, Program coordinator (DST)
  • Dr. Panjab Singh on TIFAC (DST) Project Report
    ''Farmers found the technology 1 ½ to 2 times more profitable than they earned from traditional Kalanamak technology. According to farmers' perception, the produce was of high quality. The crop looked uniform and pure and the new crop establishment methods (i.e., Kalam/Sanda) ensured no lodging even with higher dosages of fertilizer, saving of water and a follow up crop of wheat. The acceptability of the technology package consisting of 'Improved Kalanamak variety, Kalam transplanting and a sho

    -Dr. Panjab Singh, Chairmen, Project Monitoring Committee (DST)
  • from 'Personal & Confidential' letter from Dr. R.P. Cantrell, DG, IRRI
    ''With a large number of activities spread across the country, we recognize the efficient manner in which the IRRI India office and activities are undertaken. Los Banos Staff have commented on the sound support that they get from you (R.K. Singh) and your office. Based on IRRI performance scale, you are placed in the highest category "SUPERIOR" performance and in recognition of many valuable contributions that you have made''.

    Dr. R.P. Cantrell, DG, IRRI
  • Excerpts from DG-UPCAR, Dr. Modgal's letter to Dr. R.D. Havener, DG IRRI, April, 30, 1998
    ''Research and development workers of eastern Indian states who participated in the symposium, highly appreciated positive and effective role that IRRI has played during last 6-7 years in promoting rice research and development activities in the region. They placed on record the deep and positive involvement of Dr. R.K. Singh, IRRI, Liaison Scientist in actively supporting and facilitating these activities scientifically, technically, and financially. To formalize their feelings, the participant

     Dr. Modgal on Dr. R.K. Singh