I am a DST Science Technology and Innovation Senior Policy Fellow currently based at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. My specialization is in Agricultural Extension and I work on Agricultural Innovation Systems. Within the innovation system, my work has focused on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), livelihood and nutrition, and now climate smart agriculture.
My previous work during my doctoral and postdoctoral research, especially the field work and extensive discussions with agricultural stakeholders including farmers has made me increasingly interested in climate smart agriculture and role of technology in its adaptation and mitigation. My current research project funded by Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India will look into the policy ecosystem for climate smart agricultural systems in India.
In my capacity as Consultant at Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), I have actively engaged in understanding socio-economic implications of development interventions and policy advocacy based on research findings; initiating new and innovative research, and developing new approaches and methodologies.
As a MANAGE Fellow at National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), India, I have taken up research activities in Extension and Advisory Services and value chain analysis in agricultural sector looking from a systems perspective for policy advocacy. As Internship Coordinator I mentored Masters and PhD research scholars in their internship research. Delivering talks and conducting training sessions for officials of development departments as a Training coordinator have been useful in honing my research communication skills and gain a better understanding of technology transfer in a practical context.
I completed my PhD in Agricultural Extension from College of Post Graduate Studies, Central Agricultural University, Imphal.