Dr. Voliveru Sudha Rani, Professor & Director
Dr.V. Sudha Rani has more than 31 years of experience in the area of teaching, training, research and extension. She is a topper in PG and Ph.D and completed PG Diploma in Computer Applications. She started her career as Bank employee and joined University as Asst. Professor. As a teacher and trainer she contributed more to the society. She is specialized in Training Management, Entrepreneurship Development, Extension Management, Advanced Research Methodology in Extension research, Advanced Management & Instructional Technology and innovative extension approaches &methodologies. She bagged number of awards and achievements in her career viz,.Received the ISTD – Vivekananda National Award for Excellency in HRD & Training for the year 2006-07 on 8-12-2007; and National award for “Excellence in Teaching” in Agricultural Extension by ASTHA Foundation, Meerut, UP.
Dr. Rani attended international training programme on Development of Computer Assisted Instructional designs at AIT, Bangkok, Thailand and received an Appreciation letter for the CAI Design developed by her; Dr. Sudha Rani has conducted 90 training programmes covering 1725 trainee officers viz., Extension personnel and middle level officers of Dept. of Agriculture and allied sectors and SAU scientists. She has 8 years of filed experience during which she has conducted 80 field level and vocational trainings to 2000 farmers, farm women, DWCRA women and rural youth. She was anominated member for Education Technology Cell of the university during 2005 – 2013;Presently she developed an e- course ware on Entrepreneurship development and communication skills under TELAGE (Technology Enhanced Learning in Agriculture Education) project in association with NAARM; She has also developed self learning instructional material for IGNOU & MANAGE.
As Major adviser / Chairman guided 6 Ph.D and 12 M.Sc students. As Minor adviser guided 5 M.Sc & 5 Ph.D students. Developed 20 attitude scales during PhD teaching; Her student Ms. N. PriyaPatil, M Sc Ag has bagged University Best thesis Award for the year 2014; Her research contribution to mention she has published 96 research articles,conference papers, book chapters in reputed NAAS rated journals of national and international level. She has authored four practical manuals and two study materials for undergraduate students of B.Sc(Hon’s) Agriculture and was instrumental in curriculum revision from time to time in the university.
She has made innovations in Training Management by extensively using / implementing CBT, CAI, video conferencing, management games, role plays, brain storming, Concept of Extension Field Laboratories, Innovative feedback mechanism, Strategic planning by trainee officers and developed a check list for a trainer for effective training management.Dr. Sudha Rani got sanctioned NAIP ICT project with Media Lab Asia & NIRD as Co PI from Univ. during 2008 titled “Development of alternative ICT models based on study and analysis of ICT initiatives taken up in Indian Agriculture”. At present the project is implemented and continued by Directorate of Extension PJTSAU as AKPS Annapurna Krishi Prasar Seva i.e., an Interactive Information Dissemination System. Presently she is CCPI to NASF (ICAR) Project titled “Addressing farmers suicides issue through Capacity building of Farm families” as partnering center with Punjab Agricultural University as lead center. She has Conducted evaluation, impact and follow up studies in client states of EEI while working as faculty and she was a resource person to state and national level training institutes.