Dr. P. Chandra Shekara
Director General
CCS National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM)
(An Organization of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, GoI)
Kota Road, Bambala, Sanganer,Pratap Nagar, Jaipur. India.
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Tele. 0141-2795104

  • Professional in the field of Agriculture with 28 years of experience and expertise in the areas namely Agricultural Extension Management, Agri-Entrepreneurship Development and Public-Private-Partnership
  • Key Qualifications:
    • 1999 - Doctor of Philosophy (Agricultural Extension), University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore . Cumulative Grade Point Average of 9.57 /10.00 with following Three Gold Medals.
    • Recipient of University of Agricultural Sciences Gold Medal for Securing Highest Grade Point
    • Recipient of Dr. K.A. Jalihal Gold Medal for Best PhD. Student in Agricultural Extension.
    • Recipient of Dr. R. Dwarakinath, Former Vice-Chancellor Gold Medal for Best PhD. Student in Agricultural Extension.
    • The Doctoral Research Thesis contributed an “Agricultural Extension Strategy for the Management of Coffee Industry”.
    • 1989 - Post Graduate Degree: M.Sc. in Agricultural Extension, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. Cumulative Grade Point average of 3.96/4.00 and topped 1987-89 batch.
    • Post Graduate Research thesis focused on “Developing a Tool for Measuring the Effectiveness of Functioning of Rural Youth Clubs”.
    • 1987 – B.Sc. (Agriculture), University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.17/4.00. Bachelor degree in Agricultural Sciences covering full range of courses on Horticulture, Sericulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Agriculture Marketing and Agriculture Extension.
  • 2007-18 Director (Agricultural Extension) at National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) responsible for carrying out Training, Research, Consultancy, Policy Advocacy, Documentation and Dissemination in the field of Agricultural Extension Management. Also chaired two other following centers in MANAGE
  • MANAGE Centre for Agricultural Extension Policy, Public Private Partnership and International Centre for Excellence in Agricultural Extension.
  • Program Management Unit (PMU) of USAID Funded Feed the Future India Triangular Training (FTF ITT)
  • Founder Director of Centre for Agri-Entrepreneurship Development (CAD), MANAGE responsible for implementation of Central Sector Scheme of Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business Centres (AC&ABC), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India (www.agriclinics.net). The scheme aims at transforming qualified Agricultural Professionals in to Agripreneurs who intern setup Agri-ventures in rural areas to provide value added extension services to farmers. Training and Handholding support is provided to Agripreneurs across the country through network of more than 100 partner institutions. Trained 48,000 Agricultural professionals and established 21,000 Agri-ventures in different parts of the country under the scheme.
  • Programme Director of US-India-Africa Triangular International Programme funded by USAID, India, in which 129 Agriculture Extension Professionals from Kenya, Liberia and Malawi were trained in Agricultural Extension Management during 2013-15.
  • Director, PMU implementing USAID funded Feed The Future India Triangular Training (FTF ITT) covering 17 African and Asian Countries, around 1,400 executives through 44 In-country and Third Country programs on various aspects of Agricultural Development.
  • Organized more than 300 national and international level training programs on different aspects of Agricultural Extension Management.
  • Published 80 Technical papers including 21 books, made 10 films and actively associated with several professional activities.
  • Executive Editor of MANAGE Journal of Agricultural Extension Management and Editor of monthly MANAGE International e-Bulletin.
  • Editor-in-Chief of CCS NIAM Journal of Agricultural Marketing and Chief Editor of monthly e-Bulletin “Voice of CCS NIAM”.
  • Recognizing the contribution, Indian Society of Extension Education presented “Young Scientist Award-2007”. Received “Magnum National Honour Award -2011” by Magnum Foundation, Nagpur, Maharashtra, “Special Appreciation Award” by International Society of Extension Education and Dr. Mishra Memorial Award of ISEE, 2015.
  • Member of Working Group on Agricultural Extension during 11th and 12th Plan Agricultural Extension Approach Paper preparation by Planning Commission, Govt. of India./li>
  • Member, Sub-group on Agricultural Extension, Inter-ministerial Committee constituted by GoI for “Doubling of Farmers Income”.
  • Member of India-Indonesia Joint Working Group on Agriculture.
  • Member, Governing Board of Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA).
  • Member, Expert Committee for evaluation of Functioning of Coffee Board.
  • Associated with more than 30 National and International Professional Bodies / Organizations.
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