Professor Umakanta Sarker was born on 1st January, 1972 in the village of Boro Shalenga , Kalmakanda in the district of Netrakona, Bangladesh. He secured telentfull scholarship in Primary and Junior scholarship examinations. He passed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination in 1987 securing 1st Division from Anjuman Model Government High School, Netrakona; and the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinationin 1989securing 1st Division from Netrakona Government College, Netrakona. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Bangladesh Agricultural University, in 1993 (held in 1997) securing first class with sixth position (out of 402 students). He completed MS in Genetics and Plant Breeding in 2001 from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University and secured CGPA 4.00 out of 4.00. He is continuing his PhD degree from Gifu University, Japan under JSPS-RONPAKU fellowship.
Professor Sarker started his service in 28 February, 1999 as a Scientific Officer in Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Gazipur. In 16 January 2001, he was appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Genetics and Plant Breedingin Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University. He joined as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University in 13 June, 2006. He joined as an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding in 1 February, 2012 and as a Professor in 1 February, 2017 in BSMRAU. Sarker is a life member of Krishibid institution of Bangladesh, Farmgate, Dhaka, Bangladesh Society of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) and member of Entomological Society of Bangladesh, Horticultural Society of Bangladesh.