Dr. C. CHINNUSAMY, the Principal, Vanavarayar Institute of Agriculture, is the Former Dean and Retired Professor of Agronomy, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, born on 15.03.1959 in a mediocre traditional agrarian family in a hamlet Ayathakuttai, Elachipalayam, Namakkal District, Tamil Nadu. Graduated in Agriculture with distinction and two proficiency awards, Post graduated in Agronomy with ICI Junior Research Fellowship and Doctoral degree with ICAR Senior Research Fellowship, from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. After acquiring doctoral degree in Agronomy, joined as Assistant Professor (Agronomy) at Regional Research Station, Paiyur on 23.04.1986 and worked in various capacities at Sugarcane Research Station, Cuddalore, Department of Agronomy, Coimbatore, AEC & RI, Kumulur and Professor of Agronomy in AICRP on Weed Management, Department of Agronomy, TNAU Coimbatore from 23.04.2003. Served as Head, ARS, Bhavanisagar, Professor and Head, Central Farm Unit, Coimbatore and Department of Farm Management, TNAU, Coimbatore and Dean, AC&RI, Madurai. Worked as PI ACIRP on Weed Management since 2006, facilitated to establish state of art of herbicide residue laboratory, which led to the conferment of Best AICRP Weed Management Research Centre (Thrice) by Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Underwent PDF training on Educational Technology at UWSH, Australia and on Herbicide Technology at University of Florida, USA. Acquired skill and competency on experiential learning during the Post Doctoral Fellowship programme on Educational Technology at University of Western Sydney, Hawksbery, Australia and on Herbicide Technology from Citrus Research and Education Centre, University of Florida, Lake Alfred, USA. Offered many courses for UG from 1992 and for PG & Ph.D. from 1994 till 2019. Guided 10 M.Sc.(Ag.) and 8 Ph.D. scholars in Agronomy and Mobilized Student Fellowships-SRF(12) and JRF(10) for PG Agronomy through Schemes.
Conferred with ten individual and nineteen team awards and recognitions during the entire period of his service, including Fellow and Gold Medal of Indian Society of Agronomy, Fellow, Indian Society of Weed Science and Fellow and Gold Medal of Crop and Weed Science Scoiety. Participated and presented papers in 22 international and 38 seminars and conferences and organized Eight national seminars/symposia and one international conference and two regional agricultural mela in lieu of Golden Jubilee Celebration of Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai during 2014-15. To his credit in the professional carrier, he has published 150 research papers in peer reviewed international (60) and national (90) journals, eight review articles and 84 popular articles, six books and 17 book chapters and 14 training manuals and presented 120 papers in national (70) and international (50) symposia, seminars and conferences. Visited USA, Canada, China, Chezh Republic, Turkey, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka for training and to attend conferences. Served as executive committee member of Madras Agricultural Students Union, Indian Society of Agronomy, Indian Society of Weed Science and Crop and Weed Science Society. Enrolled as Life Member in International (6) and National (6) Professional Societies. Acted as editorial board member in Indian Journal of Agronomy, Indian Journal of Weed Science, Journal of Crop and Weed Science, Madras Agricultural Journal and Mysore Agricultural Journal.
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