BRIEF BIOGRAPGH OF DR. ASHOK SANGAPPA ALUR
VICE CHANCELLOR, BHARATIYA ENGINEERING, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION UNIVERSITY, ANANTAPUR, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA
Dr. Ashok Alur hails from Bagalkot district in Karnataka, India.He has received his Bachelors, Masters &Doctoral degrees in Agriculture from Dharwad Agricultural University.He also holds a MBA & a Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension Management.He has undergone more than 10 national & international executive development & management development programs at reputed institutions. He has more than two decades of experience in different areas of agriculture, horticulture, rural development, higher education, international cooperation, institutional development etc.
He is currently serving as Vice Chancellor of Bharatiya Engineering, Science & Technology Innovation University, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. Earlier he has served as Director-Centre of Excellence for Farmer Producer Organizations, Government of Karnataka; Special Officer & Professor -at Horticultural University at Bagalkot; Project Coordinator at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics; Program Coordinator & Head, Sustainable Agriculture in Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation & Team Member in Agriculture-Man-Ecology, a bilateral program of Govt. of Netherlands & India.
He led the team of experts for land Resource Inventorization of 300 micro watersheds, development of resources atlas & Decision Support Systems for land & water management. He spear-headed an international joint initiative of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the Common Fund for Commodities for promoting value chain across cereals & millets in Asia & contributed for the development of innovative institutional model for the collaborative development of agriculture sector. He was instrumental in implementing Indo-Swiss Participative Watershed Development -Karnataka & Natural Resources Management Program in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu by promoting participative & collaborative approaches in natural resources management & watershed development.
He has also guided the Food Security Initiatives, establishment of Soil Health laboratories and popularization of concept of Custom Hiring Centres in African countries such as Mozambique & Swaziland.
He has been awarded with several international, national and state awards, the important ones include, CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION AND LOYALTY AWARD from -International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in recognition of his significant achievements & contributions to the mission to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition & environmental degradation in dry land tropics in World; HONORARY RECOGNITION from Kingdom of Thailand; HONORARY CREDENTIAL & SORGHUM RESEARCH INSTITUTE AWARD by LAAS-China in recognition of the services for improving the livelihoods of small scale farmers in China; CERTIFICATE OF HONOUR from Swaziland and CERTIFICATE HONOUR from Mozambique in recognition of his contributions for Food Security initiatives. He is also recipient of DISTINGUISHED INDIAN AWARD and SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDs. Important state awards include, SARVOTTAM SEVA AWARD-by Government of Karnataka, in recognition of the valuable contributions through superior and efficient administration, innovative agriculture research, Extension for the benefit of farming community; SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR AWARD from Government of Karnataka in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of science communication and popularization. INDEPENDENCE DAY HONOUR from Government of Karnataka in recognition of his research contributions to Agriculture; STATE HONOUR from Government of Andhra Pradesh for his services in agriculture and rural development.
He has been serving on several committees & missions/delegations, such as ones include, Chairperson of several committees at Bharatiya Engineering, Science & Technology Innovation University; Member of High Power Committee of Government of Karnataka for Israel based Technologies; Member of Technical Committee of Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka for guiding technical planning of horticulture development; Member of –Policy Formulation Committee for FPOs in Karnataka; Member of State level Empowered Committee-of Government of Karnataka for FPOs; High Power Committee to suggest the strategy for enhancing Gross Enrollment Ratio; Member of Regional committee of GEF-UNDP-SGP etc.
He has visited over 50 countries on several international missions, delegations, assignments & has delivered keynote speeches in several national-international conferences. He has guided several students for PG & Doctoral research. He has published several books, bulletins, technical- scientific papers, soil and water resources atlas. He writes regular columns several journals, magazines and news papers.