G. Chandra Shekar


G. Chandra Sekhar Mobile: +91-9440450994

Email: sekhar@csa-india.org

CURRENT DESIGNATION Head, Knowledge Management
DATE OF BIRTH 20/06/1971
No. OF YEARS IN CSA 15 years


Year Degree/ Diploma % marks Institution/


‎2003‎                       ‎‎


PG Diploma in ‎Bio informatics 67.2 Bioinformatics institute of ‎India, Noida
‎1998 and ‎‎2001‎ NET (National ‎Eligibility Test)‎                Agriculture ‎Entomology Agriculture Scientists ‎Recruitment Board
1996 M.Sc (Ag) 73.3 Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar



B.Sc (Ag) 82.6 Agriculture college, Naira (Andhra Pradesh Agriculture University (currently ANGRAU))


OTHER TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS §  Attended a three week Integrated Pest Management (IPM)and Food Safety course organized by Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands. (June 3-21, 2013)

§  Aptech Certified e-commerce professional (ACEP)

§  Post graduate Diploma in Bio-Informatics (PGDBI)

§  ASRB- National Eligibility Test





English –     Read, Write, Speak – Excellent

Hindi  –       Read, Write, Speak – Excellent

Oriya –        Read,  write, Speak – Excellent

Telugu –     Read, Write, Speak – Excellent

Kannada-  Read, Speak – above average

Marathi – understands – below average

SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE ·         Research & project development

·         Project management

·         programme planning & implementation

·         Monitoring and evaluation

·         Capacity building, resource material development and extension.

SKILL  SETS §  Project planning

§  Developing formats for taking observations

§  Identifying the needs

§  Capacity building of farmers

§  Developing course curriculum

§  Pest identification

§  Pest management

§  Lab techniques (insect rearing, feeding experiments etc.)

§  Conducting research trials

§  Analysis and report preparation

§  Communication skills

§  Presentation skills

FROM – TO August 2013 – till date
EMPLOYER Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Hyderabad
POSITION HELD Head, Knowledge Management
Work responsibilities ·          Establishment of Knowledge Management Unit of CSA which offers

courses and trainings, consultancy services, develops resource material and media for awareness and knowledge sharing.

·         Manage Complete Knowledge Management Operations of Agri Clinics/Resource Centers, and ensure they are able to meet their own operating expenses.

·         Create and Publish Books and Periodicals, on time and with the requisite quality which is synonym to CSA.

·         Create Training Material, in all languages required, and use modern

IT systems to render the training materials during various training programs.

·         Maintaining websites up to date

·         Conduct external Training Programs, as per schedule and ensure revenue generation through such training programs.

·          Ensure Research and Development Activities, in the fields of NPM / Organic and Sustainable Agriculture and allied subjects to create and implement innovative solutions and strategies for pertinent issues faced.

·         Conduct Seminars, Conferences, to ensure the work done by the CSAGroup reaches the right stake holders, in the field of academics, research, Production, Policy Making etc.

·         Publish Journals, Research Papers, Articles to build the intellectual outreach and capability of all employees of CSA Group.

·         Create Content for Tele-Media to broadcast through various channels and for training

FROM – TO 7th June, 2006 to July 2013
EMPLOYER Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Hyderabad
POSITION HELD Program Manager
Work performed and


·         For the past 8 months, looking after Maharashtra work as in-charge

·         CSA’s Project proposal prepared for CAIM and it is in the shortlisted organizations.

·         Planning and implementation through partner NGOs on revitalizing rainfed farming

·         Developing resource persons on alternatives

·         Support and guidance to small and marginal farmers through grassroots NGOs on NPM, Organic farming;

·         Monitoring and evaluation

·         Proposal writing

·         Networking with Govt & Building of Farmers Network

·         Collaborations with International NGOs

·         Orientation to the coordinators on objective oriented work plan (for WASSAN, an NGO, on NPM, trained their coordinators for pesticide free redgram for market)

·         Documentation & Report writing,

·         Involved in various projects in technical discourses, trainings, workshops and seminars

·         Designing survey formats and analysis

·         Developed resource persons (68 Nos.) on alternative agriculture through season long trainings. (more than 45 are continuing as resource persons in their respective areas and organisations)

·         25-50% yield improvement for Tribal farmers by improving their manure availability

·         Culture as a means for village level participation in biomass based compost production

·         Publications on “veru shanaga” (Groundnut), “Sasyamitra sanghalu – polambadi” (Farmer Field School) and “mana inti panta” (meaning our home crop/kitchen garden)

·         Developed course curriculum and content on Sustainable Agriculture

FROM – TO 6th October, 2003 – 31st May, 2006
EMPLOYER Agriculture Man Ecology Foundation (AME Foundation), Bangalore
POSITION HELD Central Program Officer (Integrated Pest Management)
Work performed and


·         Enabling the area units to perform the IPM practices on field

·         Need based training

·         Literature development

·         Capacity Building

·         Problem Analysis

·         Planning and monitoring

·         Brought out guidelines on Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and Integrated Pest management (IPM)

·         Trained SHGs of MYRADA on LEISA (Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture) technologies

·         Involved in Farmer Field School (FFS) on Tomato in Dharmapuri (in FFS curriculum development and implementation)

FROM – TO August 2002 – September 2003
EMPLOYER DDS-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Zaheerabad (Medak, A.P.)
POSITION HELD Training Associate (Plant Protection)
Work performed and achievements ·         Training the farmers on Non-Pesticidal management of Crops

·         Application of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools in various community based programmes

·         Conducting front line demonstrations and on- Farm trials

·         Involved in the economics of ecological agriculture study

·         In Natural Resource Management Studies, impact assessment and preparing case studies were done

·         Trained illiterate women farmers on NPM practices

·         Successfully conducted Front-line demonstrations and On-farm trials

FROM – TO August1999-August2002
EMPLOYER PROGRESS (People’s Research Organisation for Grass-roots Environmental and Scientific Services), Hyderabad
POSITION HELD Principal Investigator
Work performed and Achievements ·         Conducting awareness programmes on Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

·         On-farm trials on IPM in Cotton, Castor and Redgram with farmers’ consent

·         Training the farmers in bio-pesticides preparation like NSKE, pongamia kernel extract, NPV.

·         Training the farmers on vermicomposting

·         Supervising watersheds (for one year)

·         The project was adjudged as excellent by the donor i.e. DST

·         NPV production and Trichogramma wasp production

FROM – TO July1997-January1999
EMPLOYER SPIC – Phi Seeds Ltd.
POSITION HELD Marketing Officer
Work performed and


·         Improving the seed sales

·         Conducting comparative tests among hybrids

·         Conducting demonstrations and field days for new hybrids

·         Linkages with online departments like research stations, KVKs, Department of Agriculture and University.

FROM – TO March 1997-May 1997
POSITION HELD Agriculturist
Work performed and Achievements ·         Training the tribal farmers on modern methods of agriculture

·         As a team member helped the PIA in planning the agriculture works in watersheds

Other information 1.    G. Chandra Sekhar, “Rainfed Farming and Successful alternatives: A case study of NPM in Andhra Pradesh”, International Seminar on Environmental Degradation and Food Crisis, held at India International Centre Annexe, Lodhi Road, New Delhi  on 24 Oct 2008.

2.    Chandra Sekhar Ganavarapu, Dr. GV Ramanjaneyulu, Mr. Zakir Hussain, “Sustainable Utilisation and Ecosystem Management – NPM Experience in Andhra Pradesh”, National Seminar on Landuse planning for Biodiversity conservation, held by Land Use Board, Trivandrum, Kerala at Thrissur, Kerala on 6-7 August 2009

3.    Presented the case of Non-Pesticidal Management (NPM) in Andhra Pradesh in the Workshop on Emerging Challenges in Agriculture and Allied Sectors in North-East India in Agartala, Tripura, March 27-29, 2011. This was organized by Department of Agriculture, Government of Tripura; Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; Vigyan Prasar and All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN)

Research studies 1.    Currently involved in ‘Standardization of probiotic products for sustainable agriculture’ funded by NABARD-SDC-RIF

2.    Involved in mainstreaming ecological Agriculture study funded by SETDEV under the knowledge swaraj initiative

3.    Involved in a study on Formal Institutional credit for dry land agriculture study in Vizianagaram, Anantapur and Mahabubnagar districts

4.    Under Department of Science and Tecnology Project, action research was done on “ ecosafe and environmental friendly management of major polyphagous insect pests of crops in telengana area of Andhra Pradesh, India”

5.    As a part of M. Sc (Ag) Thesis work, field research was done on “Evaluation of Biopesticides against lepidopterous pests of Mustard”

6.    Laboratory bio-assays were conducted to evaluate the efficacy of various bio-pesticides against Mustard leaf Webber, Crocidolomia binotalis

7.    Conducting field trials to evaluate the on-farm efficacy of different bio-pesticides on Lepidopteran pests of Mustard

ACCREDITATIONS / PUBLICATIONS 1.         B. Salome yesudas, D. K. Gurava Reddy and G. Chandra Sekhar; “Empowering People through Watersheds – A case study of Edulapally”, DWMA, Medak, Sangareddy and DDS-KVK, Medak at Zaheerabad, 2003.

2.         Prepared internal guidelines on Farmer Field School and Integrated Pest Management (Published in the name of AME Foundation)

3.         G. Chandra Sekhar, ‘Verushanaga’ a manual, SERP with GoAP financial  support, ‎‎2008

4.         G. Chandra Sekhar, ‘Sasyamitra Sanghalu – Polambadi’ a manual, SERP with GoAP financial  support, ‎‎2008

5.         G. Chandra Sekhar, “Rainfed Farming and Successful alternatives: A case study of NPM in Andhra Pradesh”, International Seminar on Environmental Degradation and Food Crisis, held at India International Centre Annexe, Lodhi Road, New Delhi  on 24 Oct 2008.

6.         G. Chandra Sekhar and Dr.G.V. Ramanjaneyulu; “Mana Inti Panta”, Krishi Media, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, 12-13-445, Street no.1, Tarnaka, Hyderabad, March 2011.

7.            G. Chandra Sekhar; “Vyavasayam lo nirnayam teesukovadam” , “Tolakari “ sustainable Agriculture monthly magazine, Bulleting 4 Jun-July; page no: 6

8.            G. Chandra Sekhar; “sankara jati aavu, deshiya aavu, geda – peda mutram – edaina oke phalitam” – a popular article based on the research study on the liquid manures made of raw materials from different origins like crossbred cow, desi cow and buffalo; “Tolakari” sustainable agriculture monthly magazine; Volume 1(2) December 2011,