Director of Research University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK Campus, Bangalore-560 065.
Dr. N.R. Gangadharappa was born on August 8, 1955 in Siddanamata Village of Davanagere District in Karnataka State, India. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture during 1976, Masters Degree in Agricultural Extension during 1980 and Ph.D. in Agricultural Extension during 1989 from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore (UASB). He has an excellent academic track throughout his carrier. He had received the UAS Bangalore Gold Medal for his distinction in Ph.D.
He started his career during 1976 as University extension Guide and then from 1980 he has served as assistant professor in the College of Agriculture Dharwad and Bengaluru for about 12 years. Further he has served in the teaching department as Associate professor/professor for more than two decades. In this period, he had offered more than 15 UG Courses 20 PG Courses in the department of agricultural extension and also guided 12 M.Sc. and 7 Ph.D. research studies. Presently he is serving as Head of the Department and also University Head of Agricultural Economics.
In the same period, he had successfully implemented more than 20 research projects from national and international agencies. He had also organized about 15 human resource development programmes.
He has published over 50 research papers in refereed national and international journals and also made over 40 presentations in the national and international conferences. He has published 25 Full length papers in refereed Scientific Journals, 22 Research Note/Abstracts, in Journal/Seminar/ Symposium/Conferences, 10 Full length papers and has published 3 International Books in the areas of extension education, rural development and farm communication.
His strident accomplishments have been recognized with more than 10 awards and appreciations like ITTO Award, Best Paper Presentation Awards, UAS Certificates of Merit / Appreciation, etc.
He was appointed by the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation to serve as Special Officer in the Karnataka Forest Department to Coordinator in Karnataka State Joint Forest Planning and Management (JFPM) and served for 5 years (2006-2011) on deputation. Where there is only one Coordinator for the entire state of Karnataka who heads the JFPM of the State by guiding, supervising and evaluating of all JFPM activities of the state.
Further, he had served more than 10 times as high power committee member / task force member in various organizations.
He as resource person Event has organized / participated several International conferences among them few are International conferences; International Conference on Extension Educational Strategies for Sustainable Development – A Global Perspective, International Conference on Innovative Digital Applications for Sustainable Development, International Symposium on Assistive Technology for Rehabilitation and Disability Management” held at Thiruvananthapura, Kerala, India during 2-4, December 2014 International Conference on Biotechnology approaches for alleviating malnutrition and human health, 9-11th January, 2006, Bangalore. He has organized two international conferences in collaboration with INSEE and GCRA during 2013 and 2016.
He had also made academic visits to the countries like United States, Paris, Canada, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
Presently, he is serving as Director of Research, UAS Bengaluru.