Speakers Bio & Abstract

Dr. Shaik N.Meera Principal Scientist & Coordinator, ICTs and Rice Knowledge Management Portal
ICAR- Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad

BiographyDr Shaik N Meera is a Principal Scientist at the ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research and is a pioneer in digital extension movement in India. He is a Digital Optimist and is involved in creating an ecosystem for shaping ICTs; knowledge & innovation management, capacity building and large scale demonstration strategies for Indian rice industry. As a leader of the team of World Bank funded project Rice Knowledge Management Portal (2008-14) built several partnerships that created grassroots impacts in rural communities. He led several projects that were noted for their large scale operations, development and deployment of a number of advanced practices in web and mobile technologies in rice industry.

His leadership role in Federal Frontline Demonstrations program, Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), Rice Innovation Management Program, Project on Impact Maximization with Digital Strategies, Livelihoods Projects, Rice Data Interoperability Group of RDA was well recognised nationally and internationally. He received several awards for the impact acceleration work carried out over last fourteen years (most prominent being Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award 2014 of ICAR, Extension Leadership Award 2013 of Agriculture Today).

He has authored several books, extension bulletins, research papers, policy briefs, blogs, manuals on digital extension and agricultural development. He was also a Visiting Researcher (2012-13) at International Rice Research Institute, Philippines and was a Visiting Fellow (2010) at Iowa State University, USA.