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New Director General Of ICAR


INDIA - Dr S Ayyappan has been appointed to the post of Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), with effect from 1 January 2010.

With this appointment. Dr Ayyappan also becomes the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE).

ICAR, one of the largest R&D institutions dedicated to agricultural research has 5,000 scientists working in 45 institutes, 17 National Research Centres, 4 Deemed Universities, 6 National Bureaus, 25 Directorates and Project Directorates, 569 Krishi Vigyan Kendras, 44 state agricultural universities across the country and one Central Agricultural University at Manipur.

Dr Ayyappan obtained his B.F.Sc and M.F.Sc degrees from College of Fisheries, Mangalore and PhD from Bangalore University. In his distinguished career of over 30 years, he has headed two ICAR institutions namely CIFA and CIFE, before becoming the Deputy Director General of Fisheries in ICAR in 2002. He is a well known scientist and has contributed immensely to the development of fisheries and aquaculture in India.

Dr Ayyappan is well known to the NACA family of 18 governments in Asia Pacific. He has served NACA as its TAC and GC member for several years. NACA is very pleased and proud that a fisheries scientist has reached the highest position in the ICAR system in a big country like India. On behalf of member countries, NACA Secretariat wishes Dr Ayyappan all the best in his future endeavors.