Dr. K.S. Ramachandra is a renowned Animal Nutritionist of the Country with vast experience as a researcher, planner and policy implementation expert. After graduating in Science in the year 1972, he did his Indian Dairy Diploma from the National Dairy Research Institute, Bangalore and subsequently post graduation in the discipline of Animal Husbandry from Allahabad Agricultural Institute in the year 1976. He obtained his Doctorate degree in the year 1993 from the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal in the discipline of Animal Nutrition.

Dr. Ramachandra started his professional career with the Karnataka Dairy Development Corporation in 1976 and subsequently joined Agricultural Research Services of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in 1978. During his long service of more than 30 years at different ICAR institutes, his contribution to the discipline of animal nutrition has been note worthy. In the area of livestock feed resources availability and utilization, he is considered as one of the pioneers in the country and the base line information generated in this area has been utilized by policy makers, planners and researchers for formulating short term and long term strategies. The technologies developed by Dr.Ramachandra and his team for utilization of sunflower heads and castor cake as livestock feed has made profound impact across the country for overall augmentation of animal feed resources.

Dr. Ramachandra held the position of Technical Expert in the rank of Additional Secretary to Government of India at The National Rainfed Area Authority, Planning Commission, New Delhi from November 2007 to January 2015 wherein he was actively involved in providing technical and policy support to various Central Ministries and State governments for integrated and holistic development in rainfed areas of the country, especially for dairy and animal husbandry development.

Dr. Ramachandra as Life Member of IDA for past more than 25 years has made significant contribution to growth and development of Indian Dairy Association. He has held the positions of Member, Central Executive Committee, IDA, Secretary, IDA(SZ), Treasurer IDA (SZ) and has been instrumental in organizing sucessful DICs in the past.

He also held important positions outside IDA like Member Secretary -Inter-Ministerial Team for recommending drought mitigation strategies in Bundelkhand region of U.P. and M.P. States; Member, Mid-Term Appraisal Committee (Agriculture & Allied Sectors) of 11th Five Year Plan, Member- Advisory Committee on Matters relating to the Development of Animal Husbandry and Dairy in the States/ UTs constituted by Planning Commission in February 2009 under the Chairmanship of Dr. N.R.Bhasin ; Member - QRT of IGFRI, Jhansi and CAZRI, Jhodpur; Member-Working Group (Animal Husbandry and Dairying) of 12th Five Year Plan.


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