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Dr SA Patil

An eminent agricultural scientist and educationist, Dr Patil is Chairman, Karnataka Agriculture Mission. Dr. Patil has earlier been Director of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. Before joining as Director, IARI, Dr. Patil was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad (2000- 2006). A cotton hybrid Varalaxmi (DCH-3) developed by him was the world's first inter-specific long staple cotton hybrid. He is a recipient of several international, national, state and university awards

Dr Satish Chandra

A former Director of ICAR's Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur and a former ADG- PIM (ICAR), An agriculture scientist from green revolution era, he developed wheat varieties, pearl-millet hybrids and chickpea varieties. He has experience of international collaborative research with Universities in Australia and USA, and with CGIAR Institutes like CIMMYT, ICRISAT and ICARDA.

Dr Amol Goje

Dr. Amol Goje is enabling rural communities in India to participate effectively in the new economy, driven by computers and rapid information exchange. Dr Amol helps rural communities increase their productivity and avoid the high transaction costs associated with accessing essential services. He is using information technology both to promote computer literacy and IT-enabled entrepreneurship and to service delivery in rural India.

Mr Pradeep Lokhande

Mr Pradeep Lokhande is one of India's most respected rural market experts. He has over 20 yeras of experience in rural marketing. He has established an effective 2- way communication between India's rural society and those who wish to reach it for commercial, academic or development purposes. In the process, he has also brought positive transformation with sustainable measures like Gyan-Key - a free library in village schools.

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