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Prof. Dr. M. BHASKARAN, Ph.D.,
Vice – Chancellor
Tamil Nadu Open University

Vision Statement

             “Holistic development of the students” – Endless Education Ensures Reaching the Unreached

   To maintain the excellence in higher education, research and innovations.
   To establish effective interface and Promote co-operation between leading Educational Institutions and Industry.
   To encourage Skill Development to empower the human resource through Participatory Education System.
   To engage in downstream programme to reach unreachable – provide education for all, ever, anytime for livelihood improvement.
   Make the learners to feel social elitism at affordable cost and to ensure successful career paths.

 Profile

Born from a humble societal background on 20th April, 1963 at Rasipuram, Namakkal (Dt) of Tamil Nadu, India. Dr. Bhaskaran Muthusamy studied  his primary secondary education at Govt. High School, Thalaivasal, Attur, Salem and secondary education at  Sengunthar Mahajana Higher Secondary School, Gurusamipalayam, Rasipuram, Salem. He underwent his Bachelor’s Degree Program in Agriculture at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University,  Coimbatore. Then he pursued his Master’s and Doctoral Degree Programs in Seed Science and Technology at the same University. He was  the recipient of ICAR Merit and Junior Research Fellowship holder for pursuing his UG (1981-84) and PG programmes (1984-86). Further, he was awarded with Best Ph.D Scholar for his outstanding research work during 1995. He entered into the State Government Service during 1986 and, later, he joined as an Assistant Professor (Seed Science and Technology) in  Tamil Nadu Agricultural University at Agricultural Research Station, Bhavanisagar during January 1989 and continued his service in teaching and research at various other campuses of TNAU. He has put more than 30 years of meritorious service in various State Government and Central Government organizations before assuming O/0. the Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai on 3rd March, 2016.

During 2005, he was appointed by UPSC, New Delhi as the Founder Director of the National Seed Research and Training Centre, Varanasi,  Uttar Pradesh – an apex and referral institute responsible for formulating policies and procedures to regulate seed industry in the country. He served as a Director at  NSRTC, Varanasi for 6 years till 2011 and established all  required  infrastructures and made the institute operational. He was instrumental in organizing training to officials involved in Seed Certification on various aspects viz., Seed Quality Control, Seed Law Enforcement, Seed varietal purity, Seed Industry Management, etc., During this period, he created linkages with several International Organizations such as International Seed Testing Association (ISTA), SAARC- Projects of Ministry of Organization of Economic Co -operation and Development (OECD) etc., He was instrumental in setting up the National Seed Net Portal to link all agencies/institutes in seed-related issues. As recognition for his efforts and contributions, FAO, UN offered him the position of “Senior Seed Policy Adviser”.  As a Director of this apex institution, he played a key role in the preparation of 1) New National Seed Bill’ 2004; 2) Central Sector schemes on Seed Quality Control and Seed Guidelines’ 2010; 3) Document on National Seed Mission’ 2011; 4) ICAR Seed Platforms’ 2012; and 5) OECD Seed Rules and Directions. His sole efforts have put India’s entry into International seed trading and upon seeing his hard work and sincerity, the competent authority in Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, has ranked his performance as “Outstanding”  officer continuously for six years (2005-2011).

He returned back to TNAU, Coimbatore, during June 2011 and took over the charge of Professor and Head, Department of Seed Science and Technology (SS&T). Later, he was elevated to the position of “Special Officer” to the Seed Centre of TNAU (Nov’ 2011 – Dec’ 2012; April’ 2013 to Feb’ 2016) to plan and monitor seed production activities in the State by co-ordinating the State Agriculture Department ICAR, DAC -GOI and TNAU. As a Research Manager and Administrator, he paid most of his attention towards creating enabling environment to the students to carry out challenging research work. During this period, he established a state of the art Seed and varietal purity testing laboratories at Seed Centre, TNAU and obtained notification of the Government. His intensive efforts and leadership have enabled the Dept. of Seed Science and Technology to obtain 1) Best DUS Centre Award from the Government of India during 2011 and 2) Best Seed Technology Research Centre from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, GOI, New Delhi during 2014. He was instrumental in the installation of an innovative low cost seed delivery system, viz., Automated Seed Vending Machine (ASVM) at 11 different locations of Tamil Nadu. This is the first of its kind in India, for any time (24/7 hrs) delivery of vegetable and flower seeds for establishing kitchen and roof gardens in the urban areas. By seeing its effectiveness and benefit, the Central Government Agencies sought his advice and role in establishing such ASVMs throughout India.

As a teacher, Dr. Bhaskaran Muthusamy was involved in teaching UG, PG and Ph.D. students for more than 20 yrs.  He has guided 15 Post Graduate and  Ph.D scholars in getting  their Degrees. Realizing the difficulties/weaknesses of students from rural areas in writing proposals for earning Fellowships/Scholarships, Dr. M. Bhaskaran facilitate them by giving  innovative ideas and help them in writing. So far, he has facilitated more than 5 Ph.D. students in securing National level Fellowships from DST, DBT, UGC,ICAR etc., He was instrumental in instituting several Endowment Prizes in Seed Science with a view to motivating the meritorious students. For the benefit of students he has written 5 textbooks on various aspects of Seed Science and Technology. Madras Agricultural Students Union of TNAU recognized his service in teaching and conferred him with “Best Teacher Award” and “Best Text Book Writer Award” during 2011.

Dr. Bhaskaran has his own fascination towards basic research. He always loves to initiate research on emerging areas of Seed Science and Technology. He initiated several research activities on seed encapsulation and seed quality enhancement and his research efforts led to optimization of encapsulation techniques for several major crops. As an active researcher, he has obtained nineteen research schemes worth of Rs.1630 lakhs as Principal Investigator from various national/international funding agencies viz., Ministry Of Agriculture / Environments and Forests, Coal & Mines, UGC, DST, ICAR and Private agencies.  So far he has published more than 100 research articles in National/International Journals and five text books. He is part of a team in filing three patent applications on Seed taping and Seed Bio priming. He has also obtained two recognitions from TNAU Management for attracting more funds through externally funded schemes.

Dr. Bhaskaran Muthusamy is a member of several national and international bodies related to Seed Science Research/Teaching and several other regulatory bodies. He has acted as a member in the following committees/bodies:

♦ National level Central Sub Committee on Variety Release and Notification.
♦ Selection committee of UPSC /ASRB during 2008 -11
♦ Research Advisory Council, Directorate of Seed Research, ICAR New Delhi.
♦ Convener, Monitoring team of ICAR (South Zone) in NSP (Crops)
♦ State Variety Release and Seed Sub Committee
♦ Organic Seed Certification & Notification Committee (State Govt)
♦ Academic Council of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
♦ Board of Studies for Seed Technology in Periyar University, Salem.
♦ SAARC – Seed Project (Technical Expert)
♦ OECD Seed Schemes
♦ International Seed Testing Association (ISTA)
♦South Zone Executive councilor, Indian Society of Seed Technology, New Delhi

♦Vice President, Indian Society of Seed Technology, New Delhi

Dr. Bhaskaran Muthusamy is exposed to several national and international academic and research environments. He has visited more than 13 countries for the purpose of attending meetings with the policy makers, conferences, workshops etc. He has visited Brazil, Italy, Japan, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and France as a member of Indian Delegate Team to take part in the meetings of OECD Seed Schemes and International Seed Testing Association. He has also visited SAARC countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka as an Indian Delegate & Technical Expert of Ministry of Agriculture an Ministry External Affairs projects for strengthening Seed Quality Regulation in SAARC countries and also to develop bilateral relations on seed related issues.

PERSONAL DETAILS

Name : Dr. M. Bhaskaran
Designation & Affiliation :

Vice-Chancellor
Tamil Nadu Open University
Saidapet, Chennai – 600 015

Father’s Name : Shri. P. Muthusamy
Date of Birth : 20.04.1963
Age : 55 years
Place of Birth and Nativity
(District and State)
:

Rasipuram.
Salem, Tamil Nadu

Teaching, Research, Academic and Administrative experience : 31 years

Former Positions (Designation & Affiliation):

1. Director, National Seed Research and Training Institute (NSRTC), Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh) during October 2005- May 2011. (As a Founder Director appointed by UPSC, New Delhi and the operationalised the Institute with state-of-art facilities).

2. Professor and Head (Department of Seed Science and Technology), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore during June 2011- March 2013.

3. Special Officer (Seeds), Seed Centre, Tamil Nadu Agricultural  University, Coimbatore since November 2011 – December 2013 and April 2013 to 1st March 2016.

Current Position:

Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai w.e.f 03.03.2016.

Awards & Recognitions:

Five Awards:   

1. Best Ph.D Scholar.
2. Best Teacher.
3. Best Book Writer.
4. Best Nodal Officer for DUS.
5. Best Seed Technology Research Centre for 2013.
6. ESTRADE Education leader for innovative use of ICT – 2017
7. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam knowledge prime connectivity – 2017

Recognitions:   

1. ICAR merit scholarship for UG
2. ICAR Junior Research Fellowship for PG
3. Best Research worker and appreciation for obtaining research Schemes.
4. Citation for Best Seed Technology achiever award from ICAR – GOI
5. Two from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University for obtaining externally funded schemes during 2012.

Government of India Award:  The Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, through Indian Institute of Seed Science, honoured  for his outstanding contribution made towards AICRP-NSP (Crops) as well as three decades of distinguished services to Seed Science and Technology during 2016.

Invited lead talk: More than 100

Publications:

Published > 100 research papers, as articles, chapters, technical bulletins etc., five text books various teaching and training manuals. Referee for reputed journals.

Patent: Three patents applied on Seed taping and Seed Bio priming.

13 Countries visited:

As an Indian Delegate in OECD Seed Schemes, International Seed Testing Association, Technical Expert on Seed Quality Regulation for Ministry Of Agriculture  visited Brazil,  Italy, Japan,USA, Canada,  New Zealand, South Africa, France (4 times):during 2006 to 2011 and Japan during 2017.

As an Indian delegate & technical expert of Ministry of Agriculture through SAARC project of Ministry of External Affairs for strengthening Seed Quality regulation & developing bilateral relations visited SAARC countries Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

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