Dr. K. Nirmal Ravi Kumar (born February 1, 1969, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India), holding Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics, has studied at Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU). He had a brilliant academic career with specialization in ‘Agricultural Marketing’ both in his post-graduate and doctoral programmes. Dr. Kumar is currently Director (Agricultural Marketing) in MANAGE. He is actively involved both in agricultural research and teaching activities during the past eighteen years in the ANGRAU. During his tenure in agro-economic research, he analyzed the economic aspects of irrigation water management highlighting the research priorities in major irrigation commands of Andhra Pradesh and need based technological interventions to address the same during his active stint in ‘Andhra Pradesh Water Management Project’, an international project funded by The Royal Netherlands Embassy. In the field of teaching, he teaches at every level from first year under graduate to postgraduate in Agricultural Economics. He was instrumental in introducing the use of smart devices (laptops) in the class rooms and during the past three to four years, the number of students using them jumped from about 50 per cent to 80 per cent. So, he combined digital technology with class room teaching. This prompted him to go for online teaching directly, so as to have personalized learning for the students. Even thinking skills were promoted among the students through conducting independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective learning, team work, self-management and effective participation. He was also the recipient of ‘Sri Mocherla Dattatreyulu Gold Medal – for the best research worker in the department of Agricultural Economics in ANGRAU, 2013’ and Best Teacher Award, 2016’. Dr. Kumar has written extensively and has to his credit 10 books, 9 research papers in international journals, 47 research articles in national journals, four practical manuals for all B.Sc (Ag) courses and 2 technical bulletins on economic aspects of irrigation water management.
Dr. K. N. Ravi Kumar,
Director (Agril. Marketing)
National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management
(An Organization of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India)
500030, Telangana State.
Telephone no. 04024594535
Institutional URL: www.manage.gov.in