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Know your VC :: Prof.(Dr.) Surapaneni Koteshwara Rao

Prof.(Dr.) Surapaneni Koteshwara Rao, Vice Chancellor, Rajmata Viyayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh is an accomplished plant breeder by profession and an able research manager as well as administrator. He was born in Polukonda, Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh, India on 8 March, 1952. He obtained his Doctorate and Master Degree from JNAU, Jabalpur with a Certificate of Honours & B.Sc. from Andhra University (A.P.) having a brilliant academic record. He was awarded Department of Atomic Energy Scholarship for his Ph.D. program and served more than 36 years in JNAU of Madhya Pradesh.

He attained expertise in several externally funded national/international research projects and participated in various global programmes organized in Germany, USA, Mexico, Uruguay and Japan. He has developed several crop varieties like "JG 322": "JGG 1": "JG 63": “TJM 3”: JW 3173, JW 3211, JW 1203 and JW 1202, JW 1215, JW 3288, Jawahar Fababeen-1 and 2 early maturing rice hybrids: JRH-4 & JRH-5, JRH -8, JRH-19, and JR 81, improved chinoor, Jeera Sanker and JS 97-52. He was associated with establishment of brand image for high quality seeds and planting materials called Jawahar Seeds which led to Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University emerged as a top ranking institution for breeder seed production in the National Agriculture Research System (NARS) in India. He has published over 200 research papers and several articles in national and international Journals and edited a book on promotion of public bred hybrids of field crops and published a book on Field crop seed production technology principles and practices as a co-author.   

Restructured the commercial farm operations of research farms from cost centre to profit centre through development of infrastructure, business plans, effective monitoring of programmes, development of diversified seed production programmes, university leadership, quantity and quality of breeder seed production and management. Established Agribusiness incubator and developed JNKVV seed and biofertilizer consortium and guided M.Sc.(30)/PhD. (10) students. Involved in Curriculum development at the National level for vocational courses in agriculture provided the farmers seed cooperatives policy to Government of Madhya Pradesh Contributed to the inter institutional linkages for the establishment the farmers seed cooperatives as a Federation and supported farmers self help groups, Champion farmers for participation in seed production programmes in the rural areas, enhanced the varietal seed replacement rates resulted in increased net returns to farmers. Responsible for capacity building of Graduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral level 1000 Senior Seed Management Professionals in the industry and scientists of NARS in areas of seed production technologies, Agribusiness development and seed industry management. Excellent project management and multi-tasking skills plus ability to manage resources effectively and work efficiently in fast-paced environment while prioritizing responsibilities to meet time-sensitive deadlines. Promoted more than fifty entrepreneurs for the business development in Seed, Biofertilizer ventures etc. Licensed the Rice hybrid technologies, promoted farmers producer companies, trained Agro service providers for rural employment generation. Established Agri Business and Agri Clinic Centre (ABAC) at Agri Business Incubator.

He has been in the various committees of national agriculture research and development system like Board of Directors of Management Committee of MP Seeds/ MPSOKA/ MPSSCA/ M.P. State Cooperative Seed Federation and Marketing Ltd., Member of RAC, IMC, QRT of several ICAR Institutes in the country. Member of the Task Force Committee to streamline and ensure the registration of Extant notified varieties of ICAR-SAU system with the protection of PVPFRA, Member of the Task Force on Documentation, Indexing and Cataloguing of farmers’ varieties (Task Force 02/2014). PPVFRA, MOA, GOI (2014), Co-convener of the Fifth Dean Committee constituted by the ICAR for Agriculture Science (2014-2015), Chairman, Research Advisory Council Indian Institute of Seed Research MAU ICAR (2014-2017) and Member of accreditation team of ICAR for Assam Agriculture University, Assam (2016) and others.

His contributions have been recognized with several awards such as Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award for Biennium 2007-2008 for Outstanding Contribution in Field of Crop Science by Indian Council of Agriculture Research, New Delhi, India, Dr. Kailash Nath Katju Award for Year 2008 for Contributions in Science by Government of Madhya Pradesh, ICAR Award for Outstanding Inter-Disciplinary Team Research in Agriculture and Allied Sciences for Biennium 2007-2008 for Outstanding Research Contribution in Soybean Improvement, Achievers Award 2010 for Contribution in Agriculture Development by Society for the Advancement of Human and Nature (SADHNA) during 2011. He is actively associated with several professional societies and awarded Fellow of the National Academy of Agriculture Sciences, India, Indian Society of Pulse Research and Development and Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding.

Prof.(Dr.) Surapaneni Koteshwara Rao, (Vice Chancellor)
Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Gwalior
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