For further information please fill the details below:

First Name
Last Name
Mobile Number
Email Address
Program Enquired
School Enquired
Home > About-dean >


Dr. Suseelendra Desai

Dean , School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology


Dr. Suseelendra Desai is M.Sc (Ag) in Plant Pathology (Gold Medallist)  from University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad  and Doctorate from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University. He has more than 3 decades of experience in the field of Agriculture Sciences, Crop Sciences, Plant Pathology and outreach to stakeholders.

Dr. Desai was associated with ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture as Head of Crop Sciences Division. Dr. Desai has been actively involved in research & academics as Principal Scientist, Senior Scientist & Scientist, at ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture and Directorate of Groundnut Research. He was also a Visiting Scientist at International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics. He has also gained knowledge with regards to Agricultural finance as Agricultural Finance Officer with Bank of India. He was a DAAD post-doctoral fellow during 1991-1994 at Justus Liebig University, Germany, followed by DAAD Re-invitation Fellow in 2007, 2011 and 2015.

At Directorate of Groundnut Research, he developed integrated management of foliar diseases of groundnut and HACCP-based integrated aflatoxin contamination management packages in groundnut and demonstrated in participatory mode in 3 states of India. He identified promising strains of Trichoderma, formulated and field-tested for management of stem rot and aflatoxin contamination in groundnut.

During 2004 to 2021, at ICAR-CRIDA, he harnessed microbial diversity for microbe-mediated crop health management. He identified "Multi-nutrient tasking microbes" possessing biocontrol ability as well and commercialized them through Integrated Bioresources Centre, ICAR-CRIDA. He identified abiotic stress tolerant bioinoculants and characterized molecular basis of tolerance. He studied in detail the climate change impacts on plant pathogens and biocontrol agents.

He has handled several externally funded projects on basic and applied aspects in agriculture and conferred with several distinctions. He has guided 4 doctoral students 3 Masters students; and more than 40 student interns. He has authored 77 research papers; >30 book chapters; delivered >100 keynote/lead/invited lectures in national and international seminars and symposia; 12 technical bulletins; 10 popular articles; and edited 5 books.

He has number of accolades and rewards to his credit in the field of Agricultural Sciences. He is a Member of Scientific Panels "Microbial Hazards of Food" and "Contaminants in Food Chain" of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India since 2009. He is a Fellow of several professional societies and recipient of Agriculture Today "Life Time Achievement Award for Eco-agriculture 2021" and "Dr. A.N. Mukhopadhyay Oration Lecture Award”.

After completing 34 years of successful career in Indian Council of Agricultural Research, he had a brief Industry stint in Varsha Biosciences and Technology India Private Limited as Vice President (Research & Business Development). In October 2021, he joined NMIMS as Dean, School of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Shirpur.

© Copyright 2024. Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM) All Rights Reserved.   Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy