Dr Rama Rao hails from Telangana State. He Obtained PhD in Fibre Science & Technology from IIT, New Delhi. He worked for 38 years in the Agricultural Research Service of ICAR from Nov 1978 to Sept 2016. He worked in the senior positions as National Director of World Bank funded National Agricultural Innovation Project &DDG (Engg) at ICAR Hq, New Delhi and as Director, NAARM, Hyderabad.
His work focus is on leadership in agricultural research and education, technology management, organisational change and reforms and innovation management. He was successful in completion of World Bank funded project, National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), utilizing 100 per cent of 250 million dollars across 203 projects spread across 680 public-private partnership partners across the country.
He has extensively contributed on many policy dialogues and strategic initiatives in R&D, capacity development, public-private partnerships, monitoring and evaluation of projects, knowledge management, educational planning and promotion of open access. He has carried out a number of projects funded by DST, ICAR, DFID, FAO, Indo-Swiss Agency, FAO, and World Bank. He has over 125 publications including 40 research papers, 18 technical/consultancy reports, 6 books and 20 training manuals. The book on winning research proposals is well received with fourth revised edition now in use.
He has received advance training in educational leadership and decision systems at Ohio State University, USA. He has coordinated 20 sponsored projects and more than 100 training programs. He has been teaching post-graduate courses on strategy and technology management. Supervised BTech, MCA, MBA and MTech students of various institutions across the country in the area of IT, management and technology forecasting.
Dr Rao’s awards and recognition include: Hari Om Ashram Trust Award in the year 1996 for Database Management; Leadership Award to NAARM for Academic Excellence 2015 by DOPT, New Delhi; Academic Leadership Award to NAARM 2014 by Agriculture Today, New Delhi; Honorary Fellow, Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers; and FAO Fellowship on Educational Leadership. He was/is Project Advisory Committee Member of DST & ICAR, Member in Selection of Faculty/Officers in Central institutions like IIT, ICAR, NIRD, MANAGE, NIPHM, Member in management committees of ICAR institutes and agricultural universities.
Besides professional work, he takes keen interest in sports, yoga and various social events.
Dr Rama Rao's current areas of interests in Agriculture and Rural Development include Monitoring & Evaluation, Minimal Governance processes in Agri-marketing, Promotion of innovations, entrepreneurship and empowerment
Dr. D. Rama Rao
Professor and Centre Director
Centre for Poverty Studies and Rural Development
Administrative Staff College of India,
Bella Vista, Raj Bhavan Road,
Hyderabad - 500 082.
Tel: 040 - 66534212