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Dr. Prakashkumar Rathod

Visiting Scientist, ICRISAT Development Center ICRISAT, Patancheru, Telangana INDIA

He graduated from Veterinary College, Bidar in 2008 and completed his M.V.Sc in the discipline of Veterinary and A.H Extension Education from Mumbai Veterinary College, Mumbai (MAFSU, Nagpur) in 2010. During his Masters research, he has worked with the members of producer organizations (dairy cooperatives) to know their perception towards livestock service delivery and the functioning of dairy cooperative in Western Maharashtra. During his M.V.Sc studies, he was awarded JRF from ASPEE Agricultural Foundation, Mumbai. Further, he has also qualified in University Grants Commission, New Delhi-JRF and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi-SRF examination for his Ph. D studies. He is bestowed with Jawaharlal Nehru Award for P.G. Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Agricultural and Allied Sciences-2016 (Social Sciences) by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi for his innovative Ph.D. research of field and policy relevance on need for strengthening “Livestock Innovation System (LIS)” in India.

Dr. Prakash is presently associated with International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India ( https://www.icrisat.org/ ) as Visiting Scientist from March, 2018 and is looking after various projects based at Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. However, before joining ICRISAT, he served as Assistant Professor in Department of Veterinary and A.H Extension Education, Veterinary College, Bidar, Karnataka from November, 2011. He was involved in UG & PG teaching, research activities and Extension activities like training, demonstration etc. of the institute. He has also guided four M.V.Sc students as advisory committee member and has been the external examiner and question paper setter for UG and PG of various colleges and universities across India. As a researcher, he has been Principal Investigator (PI) for three Projects and Co-PI for two projects which also include the funding support under World Bank Funded- KWDP II – Sujala III Project, Karnataka Livestock Development Agency, SCSP-TSP Grants of Government of Karnataka etc. Majority of these projects aimed to improve the livelihood of the farmers through scientific livestock interventions and the same has been published through different research papers and conference/seminar presentations.

As an extension professional, he has organized about 10 training programmes/workshops for officers of Development Departments funded through MANAGE, Hyderabad; ICAR, New Delhi, Government of Karnataka etc. Further, he has also organized/coordinated about 35 training programmes, 60 demonstrations and eight Melas/exhibitions for the benefit of farming community. Also, he has participated as a resource person in various extension activities organized by other organizations. He has published 45 research papers in high quality national and international journals apart from about 25 contributions in the form of training manuals, compendium, book chapters, folders etc. He has also edited about 20 different documents like training manuals, practical manuals, annual reports, compendium, proceedings, books etc. Being a social media savvy person, he has developed and published various online resources like you tube videos, slide share PPT, blogs, good practices etc. which are for open access.

Dr. Prakash is also a member of various professional societies and reviewer of various national and international journals. In recognition of his academic and professional excellence, he is bestowed with four best paper presentation awards and One Best Poster Presentation award at XII Agricultural Science Congress-2015 organized by ICAR-NAAS at ICAR-NDRI, Karnal. Further, he has also received Young Scientist Award, Best Student award, Ganga Singh Chauhan Memorial Award etc. by various professional societies and organizations.

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