Dr. Rakesh Chandra Agrawal

Born in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India on 1 June 1963. Educated at Government School affiliated to UP Board; B.Sc. BSA Degree College, Agra University, Mathura, 1983; M.Sc. Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1985; Ph.D. IARI, 1989; Post Graduate Diploma, Indian Law Institute, 2007.

Deputy Director General (Agriculture Education) and National Director, National Agricultural Higher Education Project, ICAR- 2019 to date.

Scientist, 1989-94; Scientist (Sr. Scale), 1994-98; Senior Scientist, 1998-2006; Pr. Scientist, 2006-continue; Consultant, FAO, 2006-2009; National Co-ordinator, NAIP (World Bank funded)-Component-1, 2010-11; Registrar General, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority, 2011-2019; Co-chair, Ad-hoc Technical Expert Group on Implementation of Farmers Rights, ITPGRFA of FAO; Led the Indian delegation to negotiate during 8th Governing Body Session, 2019.

Awards/Honours: Dr. B.R.Barwale Award, 2017; Life time achievement award by "The Society for Community Mobilization for Sustainable Development", 2020; Certificate of Excellence for outstanding contributions in Agricultural Higher Education and Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers Rights, by Hon'ble Governor of Rajasthan, 2020; Sir Syed Ahemed Khan Life time Achievement award by Aligarh Muslim University, 2021; Vice-President, Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources, 2015-2017 and 2017- to date; Core-team Member of the 1st Indian Agro-biodiversity Congress; Chairman of the Technical Committee, 9th Governing Body, ITPGRFA; President, Indian Society of Genetics, Biotechnology Research and Development- 2020-to date; Vice-President- Society of Community Mobilization for Sustainable Development, Vice-President, 2017-to date; National Convenor, Roadmap for Implementation of National Education Policy in Agricultural Universities

Fellow: Uttar Pradesh Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources; The Society for Community Mobilization for Sustainable Development; "Society for Horticultural Research and Development: for significant contribution in Agricultural Research and Education

Research Areas: Bodiversity Informatics; Information Management; Intellectual Property Rights; Farmers' Rights; Agricultural Education

Address: DDG (Agril. Education), Division of Agriculture Education, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi 110012; C-II/72, Bapa Nagar, New Delhi 110003; [Tel: Off. (011) 25841760; Cell: 9899008855; Email: ddg.edu@icar.gov.in; agrawal_rakesh_chandra@yahoo.com]

Dr. M.S. Randhawa Award 2019-2020