Professor BasuthkarJagadeeshwar Rao,currently the Vice-chancellor at Univ of Hyderabad served as Senior Professor, Chair of Biology, Dean-Faculty, at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, and was associated with Biology Department at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai for about 24 y and served as Senior Professor and Chair of the Biology programme before moving on to IISER-Tirupati in 2018. He is a National Science Talent Awardee (1st in AP, 16th rank in India), received his PhD from Indian Institute of Science (Bengaluru) and worked as a Research Scientist at Yale University Medical school (USA) before joining TIFR, Mumbai. Prof. Rao is a Fellow of all three National Academies of India, Sir JC Bose awardee from the Department of Science & Technology. He has made fundamental contributions in the areas of Genome Biology & Cellular regulations & adaptations where he published about 160 peer reviewed international publications with high citations and impact. His publications range from experimental to theoretical Biology to Chemistry and Physics. He has chaired and been a member of several National and International committees on various policy matters related to Science, Technology and Education. He has widely travelled and lectured across the globe and is a strong votary of knowledge-centric, concepts-oriented interactive modes of learning methods combined with a strong “do-it-yourself” critical thinking model. Prof. Rao has won many awards and recognitions. He has contributed significantly as the Chief-Editor of Journal of Biosciences, a flagship journal of Indian Academy of Sciences and Springer Nature, combined and has been instrumental in its high impact. He has been a DST-Inspire teacher, articulating the current excitements of basic Biology to undergraduate students across India. He perceives Biology as a complex manifestation of physics-chemistry of a dynamically evolving system and emphasizes the design principles in Biology. He has delivered numerous technical and public lectures for varied audiences. Reaching young minds has been his passion.

Mahatma Gandhi’s vision about rural development is the ultimate goal a nation like India which has a strong rural base can expect to reach. The rural orientation of education that was envisaged by Gandhi is timeless and eternal in nature. The republic of India is, now, one of the fastest growing economies of the World, with certainty of emerging Global Leader of the World in near future. The twin factors of geo political shift towards India and characteristic demographic feature of country with large percentage of youth lay emphasis on the vision and mission of Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education (MGNCRE) – to involve higher education curriculum in India in the process of building resilient rural India. The three verticals of intervention – curricular changes, community engagement and skilling are highly impactful in building robust rural economies. However, as an institution with dedicated approach towards rural development it is required to formulate and implement policies for sustainable rural livelihoods at the same time a bottom-up process is also essential to ensure the percolation of the impact to the grass root level.

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