Prof. RM. Kathiresan, Ph.D., D.Sc.,
Vice-Chancellor, Annamalai University
Annamalainagar, Chidambaram 608 002, INDIA
Dr. RM. Kathiresan, acquired all his educational qualifications starting from his M.Sc. (Ag.), Ph.D., Post Doctoral Research (at Rothamsted Experimental Station, U.K.) and Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), specializing in Weed Science. He has served as the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture (2012 to 2013), Head of the Department of Agronomy (2008 to 2013) and Director, Centre for Research and Development (2016 to 2019). He has put in 36 years of total teaching, research and extension service and 18 years of service in the cadre of Professor. He has done his Post Doctoral Research in U.K., as a Commonwealth fellow and obtained his Prestigious D.Sc., degree from Annamalai University.
He is an International consultant for FAO, Rome and IRRI, Philippines and expert committee member of National Biodiversity Authority, Ministry of Environment and Forestry. He is participating in Prime Minister's Skill India Programme as a technology developer. He has Evolved Integrated Rice + Fish + Poultry Farming technology that has tripled the income of 1600 farmers in Tamilnadu, as per Prime minister's motto of doubling farmer's income and Introduced SIGAPI rice variety that has survived recurrent floods in Kerala, this year in 1000 acres.
He has completed Research Projects over Rs. 16 crores, sponsored by National and International agencies like World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID,ICAR, DST, DBT etc, benefitting 2700 farmers in India and even across the border like Nepal. Funded fellowships for students worth Rs. 2 crores and added infrastructure for University worth Rs. 3 crores. He has received awards from Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh ji, and from national and international agencies like ICAR, British Crop Protection Council etc.
He has been extending technologies to SAARC nations and collaborating with NIAES of Japan, FAO of Rome, IRRI of Philippines and Cornell University of USA and Popularizing cultivation of National flower LOTUS in rice fields as intercrop.
He has been nominated by His Excellency the Governor of Tamilnadu as member of the Staff Recruitment Committee of Bharathidasan University, Trichy and member of Board of Management Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.