Vice-Chancellor

Born on 29th June 1955  and hailing from ‘Kadukkarai’, a non descript village in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, Dr.N. Kumar  has an   excellent academic and professional track record. He began his career as an Assistant Professor in Horticulture  during  1979 at TNAU and  by consistent and meritorious performance, he rose to occupy  the position of Dean of  Horticultural college and Research Institute, TNAU, Coimbatore during 2009-2013 before becoming the 13thVice chancellor of  the  renowned Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore . He was conferred with Life Time Recognition award (2019) by the Confederation of Horticulture Association of India (CHAI), New Delhi during May 2019 and Life Time Achievement Award (2019) in August 2019 by Tamil Nadu Hill Banana Grower’s federation, Dindigul and another one from ICAR – National Research Centre for Banana, Trichy during February, 2020.He was conferred with Agriculture Trade and Technology Award 2019 during September 2019 by the Tamil Nadu Agro Input Traders Association, Kumbakonam. He was also conferred with HaritRatna Award (2019) by the All India Agricultural Students Association during January 2020.  He was a recipient of Fellow of Horticultural Society of India ( 2012) and Society for Promotion of Horticulture (2019), five gold medals and nine medals his career spanning  over a period of 35 years . His career path  has  been defined by  his admirable scholastic aptitude in teaching and sterling contributions in research , practical  approach in extension  in the field of horticulture  along with keen  administrative enthusiasm and capabilities to manage multitude of administrative  portfolios.

Dr. N. KUMAR

Vice-Chancellor
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

8
TEXT BOOKS
52
INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED RESEARCH PAPERS
83
RESEARCH PAPERS
42
POPULAR ARTICLES
8
TEACHING AND EXTENSION MANUAL

Endowed with  passion for writing, he has contributed an array of publications including 8 text books,  chapters in 14 edited books, 52 internationally acclaimed research papers,  83 research papers at Indian journals, 42 popular articles, 8 teaching and extension manuals and 14 technical bulletins. The textbooks written by him are popular amongst the students and also served most often as sources of reference by Civil Service aspirants and graduates and post graduates appearing for competitive examinations in Agricultural research or extension services at state and national level. Professor Dr N. Kumar is an inspiring teacher and mentor of research and has guided 21 PG Students and 13 Ph.D scholars so far. Many of his students achieved professional positions of eminence and many of  the contributions so emanated from his guidance fetched several professional accolades including reputed ICAR  Jawaharlal Nehru Awards.

He has secured and spearheaded 20 externally funded projects including five international projects.  Moreover, he played an active role in development of 10 improved crop varieties and many improved production technologies in horticulture. Specifically, the standardized technologies of fertigation  and high density planting systems in banana, papaya and mango are of his specific achievements which  have become popular amongst the farming community. His research contributions in drip fertigation technologies formed the basis for launching of Precision Farming Scheme by the Government of Tamil Nadu though its stupendous performance. He has also organized 17 National and 3 International seminars and symposiums. His professional visits include 15 overseas countries viz., Israel, Thailand, Germany, Brazil, UK, Malaysia, China, South Africa, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, USA, Turkey and Ethiopia. He was also involved in signing of MoUs with two foreign universities; Savannah University, Georgia, USA and Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany for collaborative programs with TNAU. He is anactive member in several professional bodies and academic societies in horticultural stream and was honored  asFellow of Horticultural Society of India, New Delhi. 

Often  drawn for various high level assignments by the Government of India, he has served as Expert Member in several panels such as the Quinquennial Review Team, ICAR Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner and ICAR- AICRP on Arid zone Fruit Crops, ICAR, New Delhi , in the evaluation team  for accreditation and rating of nurseries , National Horticulture Board, Gurgaon, Haryana,  in the Research Advisory Committees for  ICAR- National Research Centre for Banana, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu and ICAR- Central Plantation Crop Research Institute, Kasaragod, Kerala. He  has also served as Horticultural Consultant for the  Afforestation and Greenbelt Project, Coastal Energen Power plant, Tuticorin.

VC Office – Technical Staff


Technical and Personal Officer I

Dr. M. Kumar
Professor (PBG),
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University,
Coimbatore – 641003
Phone(O) – 0422 – 6611307, 6611251
E-mail – tpo@tnau.ac.in

Technical and Personal Officer II

Dr. V. Anandhi
Assistant Professor (Computer Science),
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University,
Coimbatore – 641003
Phone(O) – 0422 – 6611307, 6611251
E-mail – tpo@tnau.ac.in

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