Designation: Principal Scientist (Hort.), Division of Post Harvest Technology &
Agricultural Engineering, ICAR-IIHR and Chief Executive Officer, BESST-HORT (A TBI of ICAR-IIHR), Bengaluru
Qualification: Ph.D in Post Harvest Horticulture – ICAR-IARI, New Delhi
M.Sc (Hort.PHT), ICAR-IARI, New Delhi
PG Dip Export Management-IIEM, Bangalore
B.Sc. (Ag) – Agricultural College, Bapatla, AP Agricultural University, Hyderabad
- 33 Year experience in Research, Education and Extension in the area of Post Harvest Horticulture and Processing of Fruits and Vegetables. Published over 50 Peer reviewed research papers, 45 technical and popular articles in Hindi and English; 4 Book & 3 Bulletins; 12 Book Chapters. Presented over 130 papers in national and international symposia / seminars / workshops etc. Served as Research Guide for 25 PG / 3 PhD Scholars.
- Served as Head of the Division, PHT & AE (5 years) & Head-Incharge for 2 years and Director (Acting), ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru for 4 months.
- Serving as Regional Coordinator (South) for National Agricultural Education Accreditation Board, ICAR, New Delhi.
Served as IMC Member: ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru; ICAR-NRCB, Trichy; ICAR-CIAH, Bikaner
Served as RAC Member: NHRDF, Nashik; ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi; ICAR-NRC Grapes, Pune.
ICAR-NRC Litchi, Muzaffarpur.
Served as QRT Member: ICAR-NRC Pomegranate, Solapur; ICAR-CIAH, Bikaner.
Serving as Member: Academic Council: ANGRAU, Guntur; Board of Studies, Amrita School of Agricultural Sciences, Coimbatore.
Serving as Member: Scientific Panel in Food and Agriculture Division, Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi.
Scientific Panel-12 (Fruit & Vegetable), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
Served as Member & Secretary of Peer Review Teams for ICAR Accreditation Board, for 10 State Agricultural Universities / Colleges, etc., for their UG/PG/PhD programmes.
Awards & Recognitions: Dr.J.C.Anand Award & Gold Medal from IAHS, New Delhi
Dr.J.S.Pruthi Award & Gold Medal from CFTRI, Mysore
Shri.N.R.Jagdale Memorial Award & Gold Medal from AIFPA, New Delhi
Appreciation Award from Bioversity International, France.
VIRA Life Time Achievement Award in Agriculture Sciences, VIF Chennai
Fellowships: Fellow of NABS, IAHS, AIPUB, CHAI.
Current Areas of Research & Development: Processing of fruits, vegetables, crop residues and processing waste, extension of shelf life, Incubation and Entrepreneurship development and Startup Support.