C. Ramasamy
Prof Ramasamy has served as the Vice Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India and helped in conducting valuable international research, shown the way for reforming agricultural education and fostered collaborations with leading US Land Grant Universities such as Cornell University, Michigan State University and University of California, Davis. He was closely associated with Agricultural Human Resource Development Project (AHRDP) of ICAR, supported by the World Bank and was responsible for developing a framework to evaluate its impact on agricultural education in state agricultural universities (SAUs). Prof. Ramasamy introduced technology and management-oriented undergraduate degree programs in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) to churn out industry-ready graduates. Here is a snapshot of Prof Ramasamy’s qualifications and achievements:

Professional Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, University of Minnesota, USA 1980
  • M.Sc. (Agriculture Economics) TNAU, India 1972

Specializations

  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • International Economics / Agribusiness Management
  • Technology and Impact Evaluation
  • Research Investment Economics
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Economics

Professional Experience
Currently involved in the Monitoring and Evaluation of USAID projects “Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II” and “Agricultural Innovation Partnership”. He is familiar with developing performance Monitoring & Evaluation indicators; participatory evaluation; assessing socio-economic and gender impact; data analysis and interpretation; and ex-ante impact; written several publications and books in this area and have consulted several international institutes like Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and National projects.

As the Vice Chancellor of TNAU, he was instrumental in forging several international research and educational collaborations with leading agricultural universities like Cornell University and University of California Davis etc. He had also participated in recent USAID M&E workshops. Some of the positions were highlighted below.

Various international positions held in recent past

  • Year 2011: Consultant, International Water Management Institute ( IWMI), Colombo
  • Year 2010: Consultant World Bank Funded IAMWARM project for Syngenta Foundation
  • Year 2010: Member, Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness Working Group International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC., USA
  • Year 2005: Member, Content Peer Review Committee, International food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC., USA
  • Year 2004: Member, Oversight Committee Rockefeller Foundation- CYMMIT – IRRI Merger
  • Year 2003: Consultant, Government of Tamil Nadu – Precision Farming Study (Tamil Nadu – Agricultural Sector) supported by the World Bank
  • Year 2000-01: Consultant, Food and Agricultural Organization, New Delhi India

Various national positions held in recent past

  • Year 2010: President and Vice President Indian Society for Agricultural Economics
  • Year 2009: Vice President Agricultural Economic Research Association, New Delhi
  • Year 2008: Chairman Editorial Board Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics Mumbai
  • Year 2007: Member Board of Management, Indian Agriculture Research Institute New Delhi
  • Year 2006: Member Board of Indo-US knowledge initiative on Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India
  • Year 2006: Member Project Management committee, National Agriculture Innovation project, ICRA New Delhi
  • Year 2006: Member Working Group on 11th Five year plan Agriculture Research & Education, Planning Commission GOI
  • Year 2004: Member National Assessment and Accreditation Board, ICRA, New Delhi

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