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Profile of Prof. Dr. M. Bhaskaran, Pro Vice Chancellor, VISTAS


Previous Positions Held

Vice Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai: 2016 to 2019
Director, National Seeds Research and Training Centre, Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture & FW, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – Operationalized NSRTC, Varanasi during 2005 to 2011 as founder Director.
Special Officer (Seeds), Seed Centre, TNAU, Coimbatore:2011 to 2016
Professor and Head, Dept. of Seed Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore – 2011 to 2013 and 2022.

  • Prof. Dr. Muthusamy Bhaskaran had obtained his B.Sc (Agri)., M.Sc (Agri)., and Ph.D in the
    Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. He was awarded with the ICAR Merit and
    Junior Research Fellowship for both UG and PG Degrees and the best Ph.D. Scholar award for
    his research. The area of Dr. M. Bhaskaran’s research in Seed Science with a specialization on seed
    production, quality enhancement and regulation. He entered in to the State Government Services
    during 1986 and later during January 1989 joined as an Assistant Professor (Seed Science and
    Technology) served at various institutes in TNAU, Coimbatore.
  •  Completed 34 years of impeccable service as Teacher, Researcher and Extension worker in the
    field of Seed Science and Technology, Education with more than 16 years in diversified
    administrative experience @ State and Central Government service. He obtained National and
    International research projects worth of Rs 2600 lakhs.
  •  After his 30 years of meritorious service at various State and Central Government Organizations,
    Dr. M. Bhaskaran assumed charge as the Vice-Chancellor of the Tamil Nadu Open University,
    Chennai, on 3rd March2016. Since joining as VC in TNOU contributing for the transformation of
    academic, research, faculty welfare and their developments including outreach activities for the
    benefit of students and aspiring learners. In particular, specific recognition obtained from the UGC
    for all the academic programmes during 2018-19 along with M.Phil and Ph.D recognition in
    regular mode.
  •  Introduced novel courses, Evolved innovative technologies, ICT enabled digital initiatives Viz.,
    Seed Net Portal, Digital Library project, automated seed vending machine and linkage of National
    and International institutions.
  • Received more than 14 awards and honors in recognition of his professional achievements. For
    the recognition of innovative ICT enabled Education activities in order to reach the unreachable,
    he received two awards ESTRADE 2017 Education and Dr Abdul Kalam knowledge
    connectivity prime award.
  •  During 2005, he was appointed as the Director of National Seed Research and Training Centre
    (NSRTC), GOI, Ministry of Agriculture, Varanasi, UP selection through UPSC, New Delhi.
    During his 6 years stint at the NSRTC till 2011, he played a key role in operanalization of various
    Organizations at Central and State level and preparation of several Policy documents, Bills,
    Schemes, Guidelines, Rules and Directions for implementation.
  •  Dr. M. Bhaskaran served as Professor and Head, Department of Seed Science and Technology
    as well as Special Officer of Seed Centre of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University from June 2011
    to March 2016 and Professor & Head, Rice Research Station, Tirur, Tiruvallur. During his tenure
    at RRS, Tirur he was involved in development and responsible to release TKM 15 rice variety.
    As Special Officer of Seed Centre of TNAU he was Nodal Officer for implementation and
    monitoring for ICAR – All India Coordinated Research Projects (AICRP) / Mega Seed Project,
    Co-ordinated production and distribution of high quality seeds of improved varieties in 47
    principal crops and 174 varieties.
  •  Facilitator for funding and strengthening infrastructure for seed quality regulations. Key member
    in the preparation of policy document on Creation and Establishment of Tamil Nadu State Seed
    Development Agency.
  •  Conceptualized and introduced “Automatic Seed Vending Machines” for delivery of vegetable
    seeds for kitchen / roof garden for the benefit of consumers.
  •  Served as a Member of Research Advisory Committee of Indian Institute of Seed Research,
    ICAR, MAU, UP.
  •  As a teacher, Dr. M. Bhaskaran apart from teaching UG and PG has guided 14 Post Graduate and
    Ph.D. students. The Madras Agricultural Students Union of TNAU conferred him with Best
    Teacher Award and Best Textbook Writer Award in recognition of his services in teaching. So
    far, he has published more than 100 National and International research publications in peer review
    journal and authored 6 textbooks with vast UG, PG teaching experience.
  •  Received 14 awards in recognition of professional achievements.
  •  Dr. Bhaskaran has represented and visited 14 countries as an Indian delegate with regard to policy
    making on quality regulatory issues and bilateral policy development between countries as well as
    to deliver lead talk in the International conference and established laurels to India with
    International linkages including prestigious Leadership for Academician Program (LEAP) of
    MHRD, Govt. of India and undergone knowledge sharing program @ Cambridge University
    London, UK during 2020.
  •  Dr. Bhaskaran is a member of several National and International Boards related to Education and
    Seed Science Research. Served as President of Seed Science Forum, TNAU and Vice President,
    Indian Society of Seed Technology, New Delhi.
  • Offered advisory services as Chairperson / Member of several high level committees in State /National – UGC, NAAC / International organisation.
  • Acted as Hon’ble Governor Chancellors Nominee and Convener of search committee for the selection of Vice- Chancellor for Anna University during 2017.
  •  Member in various policy making committee of Higher Education Dept. of Govt. of Tamil Nadu
    & and Hon’ble Governor Chancellors Nominee in faculty selection committee.
  • Acted as Selection Committee Board Member of UPSC, New Delhi (2007-2011) and TNPSC,
    Chennai for combined Group –I Civil services as Board Member (2016 to 2019).
  •  Currently nominated by ICAR- GOI and serving as Chairman, Research Advisory Committee,
    ICAR – Indian Institute of Seed Science (IISS – Mau, UP) for three year tenure from 20th
    February 2021 to 19th February 2024.
  •  Acted and Acting as more than 20 Professional and Scientific bodies of International and
    National as Chairman and member.
  •  Prof Muthusamy Bhaskaran proved his leadership ability as Head, Founder Director, Special
    Officer, and Vice Chancellor brought various academic and administrative reforms including
    outstanding financial resources generation and management. Dr Bhaskaran exceptional service
    and contributions are well documented continuously as “Outstanding” for six years in central
    government services ACR performance report. Liaising well in various capacities and enabled
    effective implementation of schemes / programs and provided advisory services.
    Significant Government responsibilities assigned and served
  • Acted as Hon’ble Governor Chancellors Nominee and Convener of search committee for the
    selection of Vice-Chancellor for Anna University during 2017.
  •  Acted as Government and Hon’ble Governor Chancellors Nominee in faculty selection
    committee of State Universities during 2016-2019.
  • Member in various policy making committee of Higher Education Department of Govt. of Tamil
  • Acted as Selection Committee Board Member of UPSC, New Delhi (2007-2011) and TNPSC,
    Chennai for combined Group I Civil services as Board Member (2016 to 2019).
  •  Acted as Chairman of UGC Committee for finalizing NAAC Criteria of Leadership, Governance
    and Management (2017-2019).
  •  Acting as Chairman, Research Advisory Committee, Indian Institute of Seed Science from March
    2021 to 2024; Tenure of three years.
  •  Acted and acting as Chairman and Member in more than 20 Professional and Scientific bodies
    at International and National level.
  •  Awards and Honors: 14 Awards and Recognition @ International and National level.
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