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Dr. K. Ravi Shankar

Principal Scientist (Agril. Extension)

Education : Ph.D. in Extension Education
Major research areas : Farmers’ Perceptions, Attitudes and Adaptation measures towards Climate Change, Indigenous Rain Forecasting (ITKs) in Agriculture, Participatory Natural Resource Management in Drylands, and Technology Adoption studies.
E-mail : kr.shankar@icar.gov.in

Experience profile
  • Joined at CRIDA as Scientist on 10.11.1999
Awards
  • Received ‘Dr. K. Chandrakandan’s Family and Professional Colleagues Award-2006’ for the BEST PAPER PRESENTATION on “Constraints in Adopting Agricultural Weather Forecasts by Farmers in Ananthapur and Rangareddy Districts of Andhra Pradesh” from the International Extension Forum, Coimbatore (TNAU) during the National Seminar on Emerging Issues and Development Strategies for Dryland Agriculture and Wasteland Management held at CRIDA, Hyderabad from March 6-8, 2006.
  • Ph.D. Thesis Summary entered as an International Compilation in Dissertation Initiative For the Advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS) with the following citation:
  • Kuntamukkula, Ravi Shankar 2006. Agricultural Weather Forecasting, Impact and Analysis in Andhra Pradesh. Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad (India), 236 pp. Available online at: http://www.disccrs.org/abstracts.html?class=disccrs&year=2006.

  • Travel grants (to and fro to Australia and back), accommodation for 3 nights and waiver of conference registration fees for the 2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference held at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia during June 29-July 1, 2010.
  • Received the Young Scientist Award-2014 from Society of Extension Education, Agra at the 7th National Extension Education Congress on "Translational Research-Extension for Sustainable Small Farm Development" at ICAR RC for NEH Region at Barapani, Meghalaya during November 8-11, 2014.
  • Associate Editor of the “International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management” (IJCCSM), U.K. from February, 2015.
  • Awarded the Best Paper Presentation Award for the paper “Extension’s Role in ensuring Nutritional Security of the Rural Poor” presented during the 8th National Extension Education Congress-2017 on “Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture: Changing Role of Extension” jointly organized by Society of Extension Education, Agra and ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad during January 28-31, 2017 at NAARM, Hyderabad.
Summer/Winter Schools, Training Programmes organized

    S. No.

    Role

    Number

    1.

    As Organizer* (Coordinator/Co-Course Coordinator)

    53 (of which, 4 are winter schools).

    2.

    As participant

    35 (of which, 7 are international).

    3.

    As Resource Person (faculty)

    44.

         

          * Different topics on which trainings organized are viz., Impact of Climate Change in   Rainfed Agriculture and Adaptation Strategies; Integrated Watershed Management; Integrated Nutrient, Pest and Disease Management in Drylands; Organic Farming in   Rainfed Agriculture; Agricultural Mechanization in Drylands; Participatory Natural  Resource Management for Enhancing Water Productivity in Drylands for middle and senior level extension functionaries from state departments of  agriculture/horticulture/animal husbandry all over the country.

     
Publications

    i) Research Articles

                Nirmala, G. and Ravi Shankar, K. (2001). Women Farm Management on Rainfed   Agriculture. Agricultural Extension Review, 13 (6): 18-20, 22.

                 Ravi Shankar, K. and Radhakrishna Murthy, Ch. (2002). Profile characteristics of Agricultural officers. Journal of Psychological Researches, 46 (1&2): 45-50.

                 Ravi Shankar, K. and Radhakrishna Murthy, Ch. (2002). Sources of Job Stress for Agricultural officers and their Coping strategies. Journal of Extension Education, 13       (4): 3427-3430.

                Ravi Shankar, K. and Radhakrishna Murthy, Ch. (2003). Sources of Organizational   Stress in Agricultural officers and their Coping strategies. Indian Research Journal of   Extension Education, 3 (1): 48-50.

                Ravi Shankar, K., Subrahmanyam, K.V., Reddy, B.M.K., and Sharma, K.D. (2007). Farmers’ Perceptions and Adoption Patterns of Soil and Water Conservation             Measures: A Case in Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh. Indian Journal of Dryland   Agricultural Research and Development, 22 (2): 197-200.

                Ravi Shankar, K. and Pochaiah Maraty. (2008). Correlates of Adoption of Weather Forecasts by Farmers. Indian Journal of Extension Education, Vol. 44, No. 3&4: 33-37.

     

                Ravi Shankar, K. and Pochaiah Maraty. (2009). Concerns of India’s Farmers. Outlook   on Agriculture (International Journal), Vol. 38, No.1, IP Publishing Ltd., London: 96-   100.

                Ravi Shankar, K., Pochaiah Maraty and Nagasree, K. (2009). Psycho-social Factors as      Correlates of Weather Forecast Decision Making Behaviour among Farmers in   Andhra  Pradesh. Indian Research Journal of Extension Education, Vol. 9, No. 2: 105-109.

                Misra, A. K., Rama Rao, C.A., and Ravi Shankar, K. (2010). Analysis of Potentials and       Problems of Dairy Production in Rainfed Agro-ecosystem of India. Indian Journal of      Animal Sciences, 80 (11): 1126-1133.

                Ravi Shankar, K., Nagasree, K., Venkateswarlu, B., and Pochaiah Maraty. (2011).   Constraints and Suggestions in Adopting Seasonal Climate Forecasts by Farmers in      South India. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension (International     Journal), Netherlands, 17 (2):153-163.

                Ravi Shankar, K., Nagasree, K., Prasad, M.S. and Pochaiah Maraty. (2012). Farmers’       Attitudes towards Weather Forecasts in South India. Indian Journal of Dryland          Agricultural Research and Development, 27 (1):95-100.

     

                Osman, M., Sonune, S.V., Ravi Shankar, K., Ravi Dupdal and Pandit Wasre. 2013.  Impact Evaluation of Kadwanchi Watershed in Maharashtra: Lessons from Post-Project    Sustainability. Indian Journal of Dryland Agricultural Research and  Development, 28    (2):9-15.

                Nagasree, K., Ravi Shankar, K., Venkateswarlu, B., Sreenath Dixit, Raju, B.M.K., Subba    Rao, A.V.M. and Vijay Jesudasan. 2013. An Analysis on Use of ICT Tools for        Dissemination of Weather Based Agro advisories. Journal of Agrometeorology, 15 (Special Issue-II): 110-115.

     

                Prasad, M. S., Maruthi Sankar, Ravi Shankar, K., Nirmala, G., Nagasree, K., Thyagaraj,    C. R., Osman, M. and Srinivasa Rao, Ch. 2015. Effect of Socio-Economic Variables on     Productivity of Rainfed Crops in Farmers’ Fields under Semi-arid Alfisols in South   India.   Indian Journal of Dryland Agricultural Research and Development, Vol.30   (2):113-124.

                Pankaj, P.K., Ramana, D.B.V., Nirmala, G., Ravi Shankar, K. and Srinivasa Rao, Ch.       2017. De-crypting bio-molecular variability in small ruminants and antioxidants to        combat bio-meteorological stress in semi-arid tropics. Journal of Agrometeorology 19 (2): 99-103.

     

                ii) Papers presented in Seminars/Symposia/Workshops: 23

                iii) Other Publications

    S. No.

    Item

    Number*

    2.

    Popular/Extension articles

    20

    3.

    Radio talks

    6

    4.

    Extension bulletins

    3

    5.

    Technical bulletins/Folders

    7

    6.

    Audio visual aids developed

    15 CDs

    7.

    Books written

    6

    8.

    Book chapters (one international by Springer)

    10

    9.

    Proposal notes/Vision documents

    4

    10.

    E-publications

    4

    *updated number

Contributions in Extension
  • Extension activities organized (Meetings, Demonstrations, Field days, Training Programmes/Exhibition etc.)
  • Associated with Programme Coordinator, KVK, Rangareddy district, Telangana state from 2013 to 2016 in discharging various KVK activities like conducting demonstrations, on-farm Trials, trainings to farmers, Scientific Advisory Committee Meetings etc.
  • Agro-advisory services through mobile contacts and SMS (252 number) have been posted to farmers in Ranga Reddy district, Telangana by KVK-CRIDA in association with ATMA –IFFCO platform to around 1000 farmers.
  • Participated actively as member/chairman for several committees constituted by Director, CRIDA for conducting Farmers’ Day, Field Day etc.
  • Village Climate Risk Management Committee (VCRMC) was formed at Gadda Mallaiguda (KVK-CRIDA adopted village), Yacharam mandal, Ranga Reddy district, Telangana on 30th August, 2014. The committee consists of 6 members from the village and a resolution to this effect was passed in the presence of sarpanch and ZPTC of the village. The main functions of the committee are to facilitate custom hiring of agricultural machinery, climate literacy and NRM activities in the village. Head, KVK-CRIDA and I coordinated the event.
  • One of the editors for CRIDA Newsletter.
  • Chairman, Public Relation officers committee, CRIDA.
  • Evaluated watershed projects funded by NABARD, State governments etc.
  • External examiner for evaluating M.Sc. (Ag.) (Extension Education) thesis of PJTSAU, Hyderabad and ANGRAU, Guntur.
  • Referee for evaluating manuscripts of Indian Journal of Dryland Agricultural Research and Development (CRIDA Journal) and Karnataka Journal of Agricultural Sciences, UAS, Dharwad.
Membership in Professional Organizations
  • Life member – Indian Society of Dryland Agriculture, CRIDA, Hyderabad.
  • Life member – Society of Extension Education, TNAU Campus, Coimbatore.
  • Life member – Society of Extension Education, Agra.
  • Life member - Association of Agrometeorologists, Gujarat Agricultural University, Anand.
  • Life member – Society of Extension Professionals, EEI Campus, ANGRAU, Hyderabad.