Dr. V.PRAKASAM


             

                           
SPECIALIZATIONS

 
MUSHROOM      
 
 
 
  BIOLOGICAL CONTROL       
 
 
 
  HORTICULTURAL PLANT PATHOLOGY
 

  Currently FOUNDER- CHAIRMAN of MUSHROOM FOUNDATION OF INDIA with a Head quarters at Coimbatore.


 Actively engaged as a Consultant, an Adviser and Expert in the field of Mushroom Cultivation and value addition at National level. 


Acting as  Quality Manager in Indian Society for Certification of Organic Products (ISCOP), Coimbatore  in the process of certification of Organic farms, Organic inputs as well as Organic products. 


Acting as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Krishnamurthi International Agricultural Development Foundation (KIADEF), Coimbatore. Actively        involved in as Agricultural Consultant in Advisory and Project Preparation for all fields in Agriculture and allied subjects.



Acting as President, Valaisiddhar Aanmiga Peravai, Thrivannamalai



Acting as Adviser for DESAM NEWSPAPER & ON LINE NEWSPAPER OF         MALAYSIA AND INDIAN EDITION.
   
     






Born in the city of Coimbatore during the year 1953 and being a son of a farmer  developedinterest  in Farming and undergone B.Sc.(Agriculture)  from 1972- 76 as a Ist Batch of Trimester system  of Education and passed with a Distinction of OGPA of 3.96/ 4.00. Awarded with ASPEE GOLD MEDAL  for proficiency in Plant Protection



      
Completed Master degree in Plant Pathology during 1976-78 using ICAR Junior Research Fellowship under Trimester system of Education. Passed out with a  OGPA of  4.00/ 4.00 with 5    awards prizes/medals for securing    University FIRST rank and First rank in the Discipline of Plant  Pathology
 
Thesis: Collar rot -wilt complex of Garden bean(Lablab niger var. typicus) (1978)
 
 
Chairman: Dr.T.K. Kandaswamy


Worked for one year as Research Associate in the Mushroom Scheme of the Department of 
Plant Pathology, developing cultivation techniques for the first commercialized Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus sajor-caju) in India. 



            Received ICAR Senior Research Fellowship during 1979 with a distinction of National First Rank and  completed Ph.D. as a FULL TIME scholar during 1983 under 
Trimester system 
of 
Education. Passed out with OGPA of 4.00/4.00. Awarded with Dr. Puri Medal for obtaining first rank in Plant  Pathology
 
Thesis : Studies on fruit rot diseases of Chilli (Capsicum annuum) in relation to disease resistance (1983)
 
Chairman: Dr. R. Jeyarajan


 Worked in the field of Horticultural crops for more than 12 years and specialized in managing
disease  problems in Horticultural crops at Horticultural Research  Station, Thadiyankudisai, Faculty of Horitculture at Coimbatore, Horticultural Research Station, Yercaud 



     Developed cultivation techniques for Pleurotus sajor-caju during 1978 , as Research Associate in Mushroom scheme. Simultaneously specialized in mushroom for identifying new edible mushrooms. Developed   cultivation techniques (Circular compact bed) for Paddy straw   mushroom ( Volvariella volvacea). 


Developed cultivation techniques for two new mushroom species viz., Tricholoma lobayense and T. gigantium.


Developed cultivation techniques for Black Poplar Mushroom (Agrocybe aegerita)Wood ear mushroom (Auricularia polytricha).


Worked in the Biocontrol Laboratory of the Department as a in charge of     Mass Production of Trichoderma viride and condcuted several training programmes  



   

AIM           ASSESS          ACT

    


Actively involved in Under Graduate teaching and offered 51 courses. Awarded with THREE Best  Teacher Awards for the contributions in Education at University level, State level and National  level 



Served the students as a Warden, Students Hostel for about 3 years and developed a lot of new ammenities in the Hostel and instrumental in the construction of separate 2 hostels    especially for boys and girls of Dayscholar batch.




    
Served a Year Coordinator for the 1992-1996 batch of B.Sc.(Agri) and as a Supplementary Coordinator for 6 years



Served a Under Graduate Coordinator  of Department of  Plant Pathology for nearly 6 years.




  Served as a Cordinator of Rotract Club of TNAU, Coimbatore for nearly 10 years and conducted several Awareness programmes



Worked for 2 years at Forest College and Research Institute, Mettupalayam as a teacher and Placement officer



 As a Professor and Head of the Department of Plant Pathology 
for 2 years, all  the laboartories in the 
department were modernized and new Plant Pathology building was occupied    with all modern facilities and a New Building for Mushroom Research and Training was established with seminar hall facilities.


    
Worked as Scheme officer- All India Coordinated Research Project on Mushroom  and Principal Investigator for Venture Capital scheme on Mushroom training and Spawn production and retired from service on 31-10-2013.