Dr. Saravanan Raj, Director (Agricultural Extension),,

M.Sc (Agril. Extn.), Ph.D (Agril. Extn.)


Dr. Saravanan Raj is a Director (Agricultural Extension) at the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad, India.

Present job responsibilities are;

  • Leading the MANAGE Centre for Agricultural Extension Innovations, Reforms, and Agripreneurship.
  • Leading the MANAGE Centre for Agricultural Extension Policy, Public-Private Partnership in Extension and International Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Extension.
  • Scheme in-charge for the implementation of Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business Centres (AC & ABC) across India (www.agriclinics.net)
  • Heading the MANAGE AC&ABC Knowledge Incubation Centre.
  • Director (PMU), Programme Management Unit (PMU), Feed The Future India Triangular Training (FTF ITT) program (April-August, 2018).
  • MANAGE Internship Programme Director for the M.Sc/ Ph.D students at MANAGE.
  • Programme Director for the MANAGE Young Agricultural Extensionist Programme (MYAEP/ manage30) (www.manage30.net)
  • Co-ordinator for the MANAGE-University alliance for advancing agricultural extension and advisory services.
  • Organizing training programmes on e-Extension, mExtension, Agricultural Innovation Systems and Agro-tourism, and also workshop for the capacity development of extension professionals.
  • Editor of 100 Startups by Agriprenurs
  • Responsible for the editing and publication of “Extension NEXT”, “Agripreneur" bulletins.

Dr. Saravanan Raj, earlier working as an Associate Professor (Extension Education and Rural Sociology); In-Charge, School of Social Sciences; Associate Professor (Communication), at Central Agricultural University (CAU-Imphal), Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh & Barapani (Umiam), Meghalaya, India for almost 14 years.

He was handling prime responsibility of B.Sc (Agriculture.)/(Horticulture)/ (Forestry), M.Sc (Agril.) & Ph.D in Agricultural Extension teaching and research in agricultural extension discipline and also co-ordinated field extension educational activities among the marginal and small land holding tribal farmers of North-East India.

Has specialization in the area of ICTs for agricultural extension, social media, extension reforms, privatization, institutional pluralism and innovations, and related policy issues. In 2006, he was awarded “Netherlands Government Fellowship” and undergone the “Advanced Course in Up-scaling Participatory Approaches and Social Learning”, at Wageningen International, the Netherlands.

His publications include four books on “Agricultural Extension: Worldwide Innovations” (2008) and “ICTs for Agricultural Extension: Global Experiments, Innovations and Experiences” (2010), ICT for Agriculture and Rural Development (2011), Mobile Phone for Agricultural Extension: Worldwide mAgri

Innovations and Promise for Future (2014) and 45 articles in the referred scientific international and national journals, books and proceedings.

He was successfully implemented four innovative e-Extension projects; e-Arik (e-Agriculture), e-Village and e-AgriKiosk and m4agriNEI in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya states of North-East India.

Contact Details

Dr. R. Saravanan
Director (Agricultural Extension)
National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE)
(An Organization of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India)
Rajendranagar, Hyderabad- 500 030, Telangana, INDIA
Telephone: +91-40-24016693 (Direct); +91-40-24016702-708, Extn: 255
Mobile Phone No.: +91-8465007799
Institutional URL: http://www.manage.gov.in