Dr. Shyam Narayan Jha is a renowned scientist and is pioneering research on nondestructive evaluation of fruits’ quality andmakhana processing in India. He developed novel maturity and quality indices for mango and apple and predicted them using near infrared spectroscopy and colour, respectively.
His Design of Evaporative Cooled Storage Structure for hot and dry region for short period storage of fruits and vegetables, first indigenous pilot plant for tomato processing, and ventilated and insulated freight container for trucks and train for long distance transport of fruits and vegetables are famous in their users. Concept of quantitative quality indices given by Dr. Jha has opened a new vista of precision post-harvest technology in general and food safety and quality in particular in India.
Dr. Jha is bestowed with numerous awards and recognitions including Gold medals of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers and Horticulture Society of India, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Recognition award of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, National Research Development Council (NRDC), Govt. of India award and fellowships of various academies and professional societies. There are more than 250 research papers/books/conferences/patents and 25 awards/fellowships/scholarships/recognitions to his credit. He has also contributed significantly in National and International issues of Agricultural Processing in the country and is member of numerous scientific panels/ Governing bodies/ policy making committees. He is presently working as Asst. Director General (Process Engineering), ICAR, New Delhi